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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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L. rhamnosus probiotic shows long-lasting anti-eczema benefits for kids: RCT

Posted September 8, 2013

Daily supplements containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 strain may reduce the incidence of eczema and skin sensitivity in children, according to data from a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial.

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Magnesium May Be as Important to Kids’ Bone Health as Calcium

Posted May 6, 2013

Parents are advised to make sure their children drink milk and eat other calcium-rich foods to build strong bones. Soon, they also may be urged to make sure their kids eat salmon, almonds and other foods high in magnesium — another nutrient that may play an important role in bone health, according to a study to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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Natural remedies to treat sick kids

Posted February 21, 2013

Kids get sick a lot, about six to eight times each year with the common cold alone. And for some parents, herbal remedies are a natural alternative to prescription or over-the-counter medications. In fact, natural products accounted for the most common alternative and complementary medicine therapy used by children in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Canadian Kids Often Turn to Alternative Meds

Posted January 14, 2013

Many children at a group of Canadian specialty clinics used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to supplement their care, researchers found. In a survey of parents, 71% of children in a western Canadian hospital and 42% of those in a central Canadian hospital reported using CAM, including vitamins, minerals, massage, and chiropractic, reported Sunita Vohra, MD, of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and colleagues online in Pediatrics.

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Heavy Kids Low in Vitamin D

Posted December 27, 2012

Overweight children are likely vitamin D deficient, according to a new study from the University of Texas (Pediatrics. 2012 Dec 24). Minority and obese children are at an ever higher risk of low vitamin D levels, and the study authors suggested health care professionals screen vitamin D levels in overweight children.

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Overweight Kids More Likely to Be Deficient in Vitamin D

Posted December 24, 2012

Vitamin D deficiency is common in overweight and obese children, especially in severely obese and minority children, according to a new report by Christy Boling Turer, MD, MHS, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues. The report was published online December 24 in Pediatrics.

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Study: Occasional Family Meals Enough to Boost Kids’ Fruit and Veg Intake

Posted December 20, 2012

Eating meals together as a family, even if only once or twice a week, increases children’s daily fruit and vegetable intake to near the recommended 5 A Day, according to researchers at the University of Leeds.

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The many benefits of yoga for kids

Posted December 14, 2012

Many children live a fast paced lifestyle between school, busy parents, sports and activities. It may not seem like it, but they are inundated with stresses such as peer pressure, competition, finding balance and over stimulation. Teaching yoga to children at a young age has tremendous health benefits and can give them the means they need to handle many life situations.

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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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