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Iron deficiency important to assess in children adopted from institutional settings

Posted March 10, 2014

Iron deficiency predicts lower IQ scores and poor higher-order thinking skills in children adopted from institutional settings like orphanages, according to a new longitudinal study. The study analyzed data on 55 children adopted from international institutions, with a focus on nutritional status. Conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the research appears in the journal Child Development.

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Alternative ADHD treatment: chinese herbs

Posted March 6, 2014

There are numerous alternative treatments for ADHD – some more effective than others. Chinese herbal medicine has roots that go back thousands of years. Surprisingly enough, when modern studies test many of the traditional Chinese herbs used to treat ADHD and other medical conditions, the studies find that the Chinese treatment methods are highly effective at treating the condition they are designed to cure.

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Omega-3 supplements may boost neuropsychological measures for kids who need most support

Posted March 5, 2014

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve attention, processing speed, executive function and hand-to-eye coordination in malnourished children, scientists report.

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New Childhood Obesity Rates Study Causes Call to Action

Posted February 27, 2014

With more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children categorized as obese, the health of our nation and future generations is truly at stake, making obesity a top priority for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its members.

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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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High cost of fruits, vegetables linked to higher body fat in young children

Posted February 21, 2014

High prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with higher Body Mass Index in young children in low- and middle-income households, according new research. Research showed that when the prices of fruits and vegetables go up, families may buy less of them and substitute cheaper foods that may not be as healthy and have more calories. The study also identified a small association between higher-priced soft drinks and a lower likelihood of obesity among young children.

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European study reinforces importance of eating breakfast for children’s health

Posted February 20, 2014

The message that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ is familiar to many of us. And now a European study of Cypriot children has revealed that choosing the right kind of breakfast each morning can have a direct impact on their weight and overall health.

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Child Obesity: Using attention modification program to decrease overeating in obese children

Posted February 16, 2014

Attention modification programs, which train a person to ignore or disregard specific, problematic cues or triggers, have been used effectively to treat cases of anxiety and substance abuse. In a novel study published this week, a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry reports using a single session of attention modification to decrease overeating in obese children.

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Zinc Supplementation May Reduce Relapses in Children with Steroid Sensitive Nephrotic Syndrome

Posted February 13, 2014

In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial involving 60 nephrotic children between the ages of 2 and 15 years of age, 74% male and 26% female, out of which 54 completed the trial, supplementation with zinc was found to be associated with a 43% relapse rate reduction, as compared to 27% in the placebo group.

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Poor breakfast in youth linked to metabolic syndrome in adulthood

Posted January 30, 2014

It is often said that breakfast is important for our health, and a new study supports this claim. The study revealed that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with those who ate more substantial breakfasts.

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