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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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Kid Cannabis Use Lowers IQ Permanently

January 8, 2015
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A 20-year study revealed that “persistent cannabis use over 20 y(ears) was associated with neuropsychological decline (IQ decline), and greater decline was evident for more persistent users. This effect was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, a finding consistent with results of several studies showing executive functioning or verbal IQ deficits among adolescent-onset but not...
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Vitamin D for Infant Food Allergies

December 30, 2014
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A new study examined the relationship between food sensitivity and levels of vitamin D in infants. The study found that “significant differences in (Vitamin D) levels were found between groups on number and degree of food sensitization. Vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of sensitization to food allergens, especially to milk and wheat.” The...
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Importance of Parent-Child Relationship

November 13, 2014
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An interesting study looked at how the quality of their parental relationships impacts the ability of youths to deal with conflict. Researchers specifically examined how young people (ages 10-17 years) reacted to marital conflict and “social evaluative threat” (a situation where the child can be judged negatively by others). What they found is that...
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