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Obesity declining in young, poorer kids: study

Obesity declining in young, poorer kids: study

The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or «extremely obese» has dropped over the last decade, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

Although the decline was only «modest» and may not apply to all children, researchers said it was still encouraging.

«It’s extremely important to make sure we’re monitoring obesity in this low-income group,» said the CDC’s Heidi Blanck, who worked on the study.

Those kids are known to be at higher risk of obesity than their well-off peers, in part because access to healthy food is often limited in poorer neighborhoo...

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To help kids move, docs try Rolfing

To help kids move, docs try Rolfing

For the umpteenth time on a recent afternoon, Ethan Todd sprang to his feet and reached for a toy truck. And for the umpteenth time, the 5-year-old boy’s thin legs buckled and collapsed.

The San Mateo boy then allowed Karen Price to sit behind him in the Palo Alto studio and knead his calves and thighs. «Look how high your feet can go!» she said, lifting his right leg into the air.

To the casual eye, what Price did may have looked like a massage...

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Low Vitamin D More Common in Overweight Kids

Low Vitamin D More Common in Overweight Kids

Overweight and obese children and teens are more likely to have low vitamin D levels than kids with healthy weights, a new study suggests.

The study is published in Pediatrics.

Vitamin D is essential for bone health. Bone growth is high during childhood and adolescence. So it may be especially important to identify and treat vitamin D deficiency during that time, the researchers write.

Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to a variety of chronic conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis

Previous research suggests that obesity may put you at risk for v...

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Ultrasound Diagnoses Appendicitis Without X-Rays

Ultrasound Diagnoses Appendicitis Without X-Rays

Children suspected of having appendicitis are more likely to receive CT scans, which involve radiation, if they are evaluated at a general hospital, a new study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown.

Similar patients who went to St. Louis Children’s Hospital were more often evaluated with an ultrasound scan, a safer option that uses sound waves instead of radiation to confirm or rule out the need for surgery to remove the appendix.
Use of either scanning technique can potentially reduce the occurrence of unnecessary surgeries and expedite the diagnosis of appendici...

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Taking Care Of Your Cat’s Abscess Or Wound

Taking Care Of Your Cat’s Abscess Or Wound

Some simple tips on how to care for your cat’s abscess or wounds, if you are unable to visit a veterinarian.

CAT OWNERS:

Regardless of whether your cat has an obvious wound or is simply behaving more lethargic or more frail than usual, it is always important to bring him or her to a professional veterinarian where health and proper treatment can be ensured. This is particularly the case if your cat appears to be in any stress or pain, if he or she has lost an appetite or completely stopped eating, and/or if your cat is vomiting (as they can dehydrate rather quickly)...

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Genomic ‘Hotspots’ Offer Clues to Causes of Autism, Other Disorders

Genomic ‘Hotspots’ Offer Clues to Causes of Autism, Other Disorders

An international team, led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has discovered that «random» mutations in the genome are not quite so random after all. Their study, to be published in the journal Cell on December 21, shows that the DNA sequence in some regions of the human genome is quite volatile and can mutate ten times more frequently than the rest of the genome. Genes that are linked to autism and a variety of other disorders have a particularly strong tendency to mutate.

Clusters of mutations or «hotspots» are not unique to the autism genome bu...

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Kids With Food Allergies Targets for Bullies

Kids With Food Allergies Targets for Bullies

Colorado Springs high school junior Morgan Smith can’t remember a time when he didn’t have life-threatening food allergies.

The 16-year-old had his first reaction to peanut butter at 9 months of age when he broke out in hives after touching his sister’s PBJ sandwich.

He had his first run-in with a peanut butter bully in first grade.

The classmate chased him around the playground during recess with a pack of peanut butter crackers saying he was going to kill him with them.

Morgan says he wasn’t exactly terrified, but he didn’t find the incident funny either because he knew even casu...

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Home Health: Humidifiers Vs Vaporizers

Home Health: Humidifiers Vs Vaporizers

Discover the differences between a humidifier and vaporizer and why humidity can help with colds.

Every parent wants what’s best for their baby, and this is especially true when baby is sick.At some point, most parents have to make a decision about what type of humidifier to buy.At first, the task seems simple, but then the questions begin.What’s the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer?How do these machines add moisture to the air?Which one is best for my child?Relax.The answers are here.
When a person has a cold or allergies, humidity helps alleviate the symptoms...

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Secondhand smoke linked to childhood meningitis

Secondhand smoke linked to childhood meningitis

«Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child’s chance of developing the disease,» the Daily Mail reports.

The headlines follow the publication of a review that has looked at whether children exposed to secondhand smoke (passive smoking) could be at increased risk of meningococcal meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis (caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis) is the most common type of bacterial meningitis in the UK. If it progresses to a blood infection (septicaemia), the condition can be fatal.

The 18 studies included in the review found that children and adoles...

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Children who eat their own boogers may have stronger immunity than peers

Children who eat their own boogers may have stronger immunity than peers

It is a nasty little habit that most parents try to dissuade their children from engaging in as early on in their childhood years as possible. But one particular piece of scientific research actually suggests that kids who eat their own boogers may end up building stronger immunity compared to their peers, and go on to live healthier, happier lives.

This is the somewhat unusual assessment made by Dr. Friedrich Bischinger, a professor and lung specialist out of Austria, whose research involving boogers and immunity led him to make this somewhat shocking claim. According to Dr...

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