Posted on October 5th, 2011 No comments
Source: The Medical Benefits of Circumcising Boys, abcnews.com
By Courtney Hutchinson
Between San Francisco’s attempted ban on infant circumcision and the move by 19 state governments to defund Medicaid coverage for the procedure, the millennia-old act of removing a newborn boy’s foreskin has undoubtedly become a point of controversy in America.
Twenty years ago as much as 67 percent of all infants born in U.S. hospitals were circumcised. Today, that number hovers around 32 percent, in part because of decreased funding for the poor and a rise in controversy over the merits of the practice. Opponents of circumcision, who call themselves “inactivists” because they wish to leave the foreskin alone, lampoon the practice as a violation of human rights, a form of genital mutilation and as medically unnecessary.
Posted on September 21st, 2011 No comments
Source: Exercise Spurs Teenage Boys to Stop Smoking, nytimes.com
For teenagers struggling to quit smoking, a new study has some advice. To break the habit, try breaking a sweat.
It showed that teenage boys who took part in a smoking cessation program and combined it with exercise were several times less likely to continue smoking than those who received only traditional anti-smoking advice. Exercise did not have a comparable effect on teenage girls; researchers aren’t sure why. But the research is among the first to show that an exercise plan for teenage smokers can help them kick two bad habits at once, smoking and inactivity, which often go hand in hand.
For young smokers, breaking the habit before adulthood can be particularly crucial. Studies show that starting as a teenager makes it much more difficult to quit later on. About 80 percent of adult smokers began their habit before turning 18. Yet every day, 3,500 teenagers light their first cigarette. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 12th, 2011 No comments
Source: SpongeBob impairs little kids’ thinking, study finds, latimes.com
By Eryn Brown
Watching just a short bit of the wildly popular kids TV show “SpongeBob SquarePants” has been known to give many parents headaches. Psychologists have now found that a brief exposure to SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the rest of the crew also appears to dampen preschoolers’ brain power.
Angeline Lillard and Jennifer Peterson, both of the University of Virginia’s department of psychology, wanted to see whether watching fast-paced television had an immediate influence on kids’ executive function — skills including attention, working memory, problem solving and delay of gratification that are associated with success in school. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 17th, 2011 No comments
Source: Kids with nut allergies feel teased, excluded, cnn.com
By Amanda MacMilan
(Health.com) — Amanda Santos wanted to send her 5-year-old daughter, Skylar, to a small private school. But after they interviewed, met the teachers, and submitted Skylar’s medical records, they never heard back from the school, despite repeated inquiries.
Santos, who lives in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, can’t say for sure why communication was cut off so abruptly, but she’s convinced that Skylar’s severe nut allergy was an issue. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 7th, 2011 No comments
Source: Teen Smoking Skyrockets, thestatecolumn.com
A study reported that American teenagers are becoming casual smokers, instead of heavy/regularly smokers. Heavy smoking was defined by enjoying more than 11 cigarettes per day. Moderate smoking was defined as enjoying between six to 10 cigarettes per day. Light smoking was defined by having one to five cigarettes per day.
Between 1991 and 2009, heavy smoking among teenagers has decreased by 10 percent, down to 8 percent. During this time, casual smoking has increased from 67 percent to 79 percent. No significant changes in smoking trends for African American teenagers was observed, but for Hispanic teenagers, the heavy smoking rate increased from 3.1 percent to 6.4 percent.
Smoking has different risks for people who smoke at all. By smoking, people have an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, lung cancer, and other types of cancer. An estimated 90% of all lung cancer in males are caused by smoking. An estimated 80% of lung cancer in females is caused by smoking. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on July 28th, 2011 No comments
Source: Kids With ADHD More Likely To Be Hit By A Car, medicalnewstoday.com
By Christian Nordqvist
A child with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has a greater chance of being hit by a car while walking about in the streets compared to other children without any developmental disability, researchers reported in the medical journal Pediatrics. Quite simply because they become easily distracted, the authors wrote.
Despina Stavrinos, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and team studied 78 kids between 7 and 10 years of age. They all had ADHD. They were compared to 39 children with normal development. 71% of them were boys. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 29th, 2011 No comments
Source: New crib standards may mean junking the old crib, washingtonpost.com
By Janice D’Arcy
Think a hand-me-down crib will save some money? Considering handing down or selling that beloved crib that’s been in storage? Bad ideas, both.
Beginning this week, new regulations make it illegal to make, sell — or re-sell— drop-side cribs and many other cribs currently in use.
The stricter new regulations [pdf] went into effect Tuesday after being approved last December by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after it reviewed evidence that included reports of at least 32 infant deaths since 2000 due to drop-side cribs. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 22nd, 2011 No comments
Source: Jack In the Box Pulls Toys From Kids’ Meals, huffingtonpost.com
By Joe Satran
San Diego-based Jack in the Box will no longer include toys in its kid’s combo meals, spokespeople from the fifth-largest fast food chain told Reuters yesterday. The move comes amidst pressure from new ordinances in several California towns, which will require that kid’s meals meet certain nutritional standards in order to be allowed to include free kid’s meals. Jack in the Box has said that their decision was not related. It comes hot on the heels of a June 9th announcement of a new option to swap out the fries in kid’s combos for apple slices. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 22nd, 2011 No comments
Source: Smoking in pregnancy tied to child’s cholesterol, reuters.com
By Kate Kelland
In a study in the European Heart Journal, Australian researchers found that by the age of eight, children born to mothers who smoked in pregnancy had lower levels of HDL cholesterol, at around 1.3 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), than those born to mothers who hadn’t smoked, with about 1.5 mmol/L.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is often referred to as “good” cholesterol and is known to play an important role in protecting against atherosclerosis, where fatty materials collect along the walls of arteries, thickening and eventually blocking them, leading to heart problems and heart attacks. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on June 15th, 2011 No comments
Source: Chinese Child Abuse? High Lead Poisoning Levels In Watchdog Report, medicalnewstoday.com
By Sy Kraft
It seems the Chinese government officials are abusing human rights, and those of children in particular when it comes to lead poisoning according to a watchdog organization, Human Rights Watch. In a news release published this week, the group claims China is restricting access to lead testing, withholding and falsifying test results and denying children treatment. The full 75 page report focuses on the highly industrialized providences of Henan, Yunnan, Shaanxi and Hunan. (see link below for the full report) Read the rest of this entry »