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Association between high cost of fruits, vegetables and higher body fat in young children

Posted February 24, 2014

High prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with higher Body Mass Index (BMI) in young children in low- and middle-income households, according to American University researchers in the journal Pediatrics.

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Adding cognitive behavioral therapy to treatment of pediatric migraine improves relief of symptoms

Posted December 30, 2013

Among children and adolescents with chronic migraine, the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) resulted in greater reductions in headache frequency and migraine-related disability compared with headache education, according to a study appearing in JAMA.

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Eating peanuts in pregnancy lowers allergy risk for child

Posted December 26, 2013

Allergic reactions to peanuts and tree nuts can range from mild to life-threatening. But new research suggests that pregnant women who are not allergic to the nuts/legumes and who eat more of them during pregnancy lower the risk of their child developing an allergy to the food.

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Exercise May Thwart Type 2 Diabetes in Kids

Posted December 3, 2013

Exercise training was found to have a small to moderate effect on fasting insulin and insulin resistance in children and teens, according to a meta-analysis. The analysis of 24 studies revealed that exercise training could lead to measurable improvements in clinically relevant insulin outcomes, including fasting insulin (11.4 U/ml, 95% CI 5.2-17.5) and homeostatic model assessment insulin resistance (2.0, 95% CI 0.4-3.6), reported Michael V. Fedewa, MA, of the University of Georgia in Athens, and colleagues.

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Diet during pregnancy and early life affects children’s behaviour and intelligence

Posted September 17, 2013

The statement “you are what you eat” is significant for the development of optimum mental performance in children as evidence is accumulating to show that nutrition pre-birth and in early life “programmes” long term health, well being, brain development and mental performance and that certain nutrients are important to this process.

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Process of mindfulness may help children focus in the classroom

Posted August 7, 2013

A Kansas State University child/adolescent counselor says a process used to help adults with anxiety disorders may also have a place in the classroom, helping children keep their focus on the subject at hand.

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Good eating and sleep habits help kids succeed in school

Posted August 5, 2013

Adults often hear what they should be doing to improve their health. But many of these known wellness behaviors are important for kids, too, and two University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) experts say school success depends on making the right choices.

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A Child’s IQ Can Be Boosted By Diet, Parental Behavior, And Preschool

Posted January 29, 2013

Supplementing children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child’s intelligence, according to a new report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Prenatal exposure to fish beneficial to child development: New study adds to evidence that ‘good’ outweighs the ‘bad’

Posted January 6, 2013

A study published recently in the Journal of Nutrition adds to the growing scientific evidence that when expecting mothers eat fish often, they are giving their future children a boost in brain development even though they are exposing their children to the neurotoxin, methyl mercury, present in fish.

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For kids to be healthy, physical activity even more important than diet, study finds

Posted November 23, 2012

Physical activity rather than food has the biggest impact on children’s weight according to new data from the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) longitudinal study. Lead researcher Professor Richard Telford from the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the Clinical Trials Unit at The Canberra Hospital said the new aspect of the LOOK study provides some of the strongest evidence to date in the important debate around how best to tackle childhood obesity.

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