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Adolescent Back Pain at School

May 26, 2015
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A new study found that “the prevalence of low back pain in the last year was 57% among (12 -15 year old) participants, with no significant difference between the sexes.” Researchers note that those students who were older and larger (greater body mass) were more likely to experience back pain. “Remaining seated at school...
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Vitamin D for Kid’s Better Breathing

April 7, 2015
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An important study examined how the lack of sufficient vitamin D impacts the lung function in children. Researchers tested children ages 5-18 and found that “the mean forced vital capacity (breathing in) was 53.4 mL, and the mean forced expiratory volume (breathing out) in 1 second was 48.2 mL lower for children with insufficient...
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Infant Antibiotics = Childhood Obesity

March 19, 2015
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A recent study looks at “the impact of antibiotics prescribed in infancy (ages 0-23 months) on obesity in early childhood (ages 24-59 months).” The findings of the study (also reported in the Los Angeles Times) are that “early exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics was also associated with obesity” and that “cumulative exposure to antibiotics was...
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Essential Oils & Kid’s Respiratory Health

March 3, 2015
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A study from Russia looks at “the application of essential oils for the prevention of acute respiratory diseases and alleviation of clinical manifestations of rhinitis (stuffy, runny nose) was evaluated in a group of children aged 3-4 years.” Researchers found “that inhalation of a mixture of essential oils resulted in a 42.5% decrease of...
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Music Works Wonders

February 26, 2015
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The full power of music has yet to be fully understood. There is evidence to suggest that music can improve learning and even neurologic function, particularly with how children speak and hear. One study is beginning to look at “the potential for co-curricular music programs to provide auditory-cognitive enrichment to children during critical developmental...
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Breastfeeding Encourages Healthy Diet

February 10, 2015
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An interesting study examined if any (partial) or exclusive breastfeeding as an infant had an impact of the eating habits of children when they turned six years old. The study found that “frequency of consumption of water, fruits, and vegetables was positively associated, and intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was inversely associated with any and...
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Children Eat as They Are Taught

February 3, 2015
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A study of children’s eating habits found that “31.9% of 6-year-old children consumed fruit less than once daily and 19.0% consumed vegetables less than once daily.” Upon further examination, researchers found that “children who consumed fruits and vegetables less than once daily during late infancy had increased odds (more than twice as likely) of...
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Infant Antibiotics = Asthma

January 27, 2015
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Three studies have demonstrated an association between antibiotics and childhood asthma. The first study found that “both prenatal (before birth) and post-natal exposure to antibiotics was associated with an increased risk of asthma.” Building on this, the second study notes “antibiotic use in the first year life is associated with an increased risk of...
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Poor Eating on Weekends

January 22, 2015
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A study of overweight adolescents aged 12-16 years looked at when they ate healthy and when they did not: “Overweight adolescent girls were more likely to eat fruit on weekdays than weekends as were boys. “Adolescents consumed more fruit at school than other meals. “Weekday dinner was the meal where girls were most likely to...
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C-Sections + Antibiotics = Infant Eczema

January 13, 2015
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A new study examined the relationship between cesarean deliveries, exposure to antibiotics prior to birth and the potential for the baby to develop atopic dermatitis (AD) also known as eczema. The study found that “the combination of cesarean delivery and prenatal exposure to antibiotics associated significantly and positively with AD.” In fact, exposed prenatally...
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