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C-sections could double the risk of childhood obesity, study finds

5/26/2013 - Incidences of childhood obesity have skyrocketed over the last couple of decades, and factors such as processed foods and limited exercise play a big role in it. However, an interesting contemporary study by researchers at the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Boston Children's Hospital...

New research targets childhood 'picky eating' as a selective eating disoder: Gluten-free recipe included

5/5/2013 - Duke University is currently conducting a survey titled, "Finding Foods Fearful: A Study of Children and Adolescents with a Fear of Trying New Foods." In an attempt to "develop new treatments, help parents feel less blamed, and learn more about the development of taste preference," researchers are encouraging...

Warning: Many childhood vaccines contain aborted human fetal protein, DNA

1/29/2013 - The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit vaccine safety group, recently conducted an independent review of the contents of childhood vaccines and found that many of them are tainted with ingredients that would shock most parents. According to the manufacturer-produced package inserts...

Childhood obesity is gateway to many other chronic diseases

1/27/2013 - Long known to dramatically increase the risk of certain chronic health conditions later in life, childhood obesity also has serious, immediate health consequences, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles and published in the journal Academic Pediatrics. The...

Simple formula can predict childhood obesity at birth

12/21/2012 - A simple formula can calculate a newborn baby's risk of childhood obesity without the need for medical tests, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the world's wealthier countries - for example, more than 15 percent of all British children...

NSAIDs used for infant fevers tied to higher rates of childhood asthma, other health issues

11/22/2012 - Parents who give their young children acetaminophen (Tylenol) and various other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat fevers and other ailments could be putting them at serious risk of developing childhood asthma. A new study out of Denmark links the use of these potentially deadly...

Reversing the trend of childhood tooth decay: How parents can make lifestyle changes to improve the health of their children's teeth

10/12/2012 - Our modern lifestyle has created unprecedented levels of tooth decay in both children and adults. According to Weston A. Price, a dentist who researched the link between diet and tooth decay, the modern diet is lacking important fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D, as well as a substance known...

Edible schoolyards and healthy cooking lessons - Growing fresh solutions for childhood obesity

9/19/2012 - Purple carrots, raspberry bushes and a bounty of schoolyard-grown vegetables are sprouting up around the nation. Edible schoolyards are teaching children about sustainability, nutrition and the fun of growing, cooking and eating their own food. As more of these gardens germinate from an idea to a full...

Parental considerations for eliminating infant and childhood obesity

8/10/2012 - Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Advances in technology and cheap, empty calories have created a lazy and fat population. New generations of children are getting thrown into this culture and are turning up with a higher incidence of diseases. Estimates state up to one-fifth of the global...

Responsible TV and Internet advertising needed to reduce childhood obesity

4/14/2011 - Nearly one-forth of students are overweight or obese. Though junk food and fast food ads aren't completely to blame for childhood obesity, they do contribute to the overall problem. The Impact of Banning Junk Food Ads Aimed at Kids The Australian Medical Association has requested a ban on junk food...

Mainstream media and Institute of Medicine miss mark in reducing childhood obesity (Opinion)

4/2/2011 - Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in recent years. According to the Institute of Medicine, obesity in preschool aged children and teens has more than doubled since the 1970`s while the obesity rate in children 6 to 11 has more than tripled. Protecting advertising revenue and financial interests...

Poor childhood diet lowers intelligence in later life

2/21/2011 - Most people understand the importance of a well balanced diet, including the minimum daily requirements of vitamins and minerals, to prevent chronic disease. These critical cofactors of life are repeatedly shown to promote health and prevent a myriad of chronic diseases from diabetes and dementia to...

Reduce childhood obesity by replacing junk food with organic alternatives

1/24/2011 - According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Junk food is one of the culprits for the obesity epidemic. Kids are exposed to junk food in many ways, from unhealthy parental role models to marketing...

Thimerosal-free childhood vaccines still suspect in autism

12/30/2010 - In a recent article in the Chicago Tribune "Link between autism and vaccines discredited," Dr. Cory Franklin makes the definitive claim that vaccines do not cause autism. The study to which his article refers was published in Pediatrics, the online journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Researchers...

Prevent Childhood Leukemia

8/28/2010 - Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow. Every year there are 2000-3000 children diagnosed with this cancer in the United States. Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer and is most common in children under the age of 10. But in Asia those statistics look very different. They have a much lower...

Childhood cancer survivors have 10 times greater risk of heart disease (because radiation damages the heart!)

6/18/2010 - Survivors of childhood cancers are nearly 10 times more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease as adults than people who did not have cancer as children, according to a study conducted by researchers from Emory University and published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Researchers...

Pesticides Cause Childhood Brain Cancers

9/28/2009 - Children living with parents who use pesticides around the home are significantly more likely to develop brain cancer than children who are not exposed to such chemicals, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers matched each of 400 fathers and 250...

Home Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancers

9/19/2009 - Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a malignant disease of the bone marrow, is the most common cancer diagnosed in children. In fact, nearly one third of all pediatric cancers are cases of ALL. Although this form of cancer can be cured in many cases, in the worst case scenarios the cancer crowds out...

Home Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancers

8/18/2009 - Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a malignant disease of the bone marrow, is the most common cancer diagnosed in children. In fact, nearly one third of all pediatric cancers are cases of ALL. Although this form of cancer can be cured in many cases, in the worst case scenarios the cancer crowds out...

Packaging Chemical Linked to Childhood Obesity

6/11/2009 - Phthalates used in food packaging could be linked to childhood obesity, according to two recent studies conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine that included research conducted on more than 900 children in East Harlem and surrounding communities. The studies have added to a growing body of evidence...

Residential Pesticides Linked to Childhood Brain Cancer

4/29/2009 - Children who live in homes where parents use pesticides are twice as likely to develop brain cancer, according to the results of a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The study evaluated more than 800 fathers and more than 500 mothers that live in residential areas...

Childhood Obesity Initiative Is Same Old Story: Looks Good on Paper, But Kids Keep Getting Fatter

2/21/2009 - In an announcement that's picking up considerable press, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (which includes the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation) has announced it's doing something to prevent kids from getting fatter. They're calling for kids to visit dieticians,...

Childhood Stress Induced by Trauma Increases Risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

2/16/2009 - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition marked by persistent cycles of fatigue and recovery accompanied by diverse symptoms affecting multiple organ systems. It causes long-term tiredness which cannot be relieved by rest or sleep. There are a wide range of factors involved in the development...

Why Vaccinations Harm Children: Health Experts Sound Off

2/11/2009 - What follows is a collection of quotations from naturopathic physicians, health authors, researchers and doctors on the dangers of vaccines. I assembled these quotes from a private library of health books and published them here to make this entire collection public. Here, you'll learn how vaccines...

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

1/7/2009 - Children today are faced with many struggles. The most serious and widespread health problem they face, unfortunately, is obesity. Between 1986 and 1998 a national survey conducted showed that the incidence of obesity doubled in children between the ages of four and twelve. This is a 12% increase during...

Childhood Constipation: A Bigger Health Problem Than We Think

12/28/2008 - Is your child constipated, or showing signs of constipation? If so, you may want to do something about it, especially in view of the findings of recent research conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The study found that the negative impact on children suffering from constipation as well as the...

Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Childhood Dental Problems

12/1/2008 - Women who do not get enough vitamin D while pregnant place their children at increased risk for tooth enamel defects and early childhood tooth decay, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and presented at the General Session of the International Association...

How Media Drives Obesity in Children and Simple Counter Tactics

11/28/2008 - One the most important indicators of the state of health of Americans today may be the ever increasing rate of overweight and obese children. The Institute of Medicine has found that one-third of American children are either obese or at risk for obesity. The Center of Disease Control has found that,...

Childhood Vaccinations Hoax - Not Effective and at Worst, Harmful

2/8/2008 - It's taken as an article of faith that vaccinations have improved our lifespan. We take our children to the doctor for their injections without question. We think of ourselves as bad parents if we don't. It's simply one of those things that we don't question, as if it's obvious. It's gone so far now...

Eat Better to Live Better - 5 Steps for Preventing Childhood Obesity

1/29/2008 - "You are what you eat." A once universal theme of awareness has become all but lost to us when it comes to improving our children's eating habits. I fondly remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Hooks, warmly walking down each row of desks passing out snacks. It was the time of the day every one looked...

Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood blasts TV promotion of junk foods to children

5/8/2007 - In the wake of findings that food is the most-advertised product on television programming viewed by children, the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) recently issued a statement calling for "policies that will protect children from junk food marketers." CCFC's Dr. Susan...

Childhood lead exposure linked to increased injuries as teens (press release)

11/20/2006 - Teenagers who experienced high blood-lead levels during childhood appear to suffer more accidental injuries than those who had lower lead exposure, according to new research conducted by University of Cincinnati (UC) environmental health experts. The UC team reports these findings in the October...

Overweight in early childhood increases chances for obesity at age 12 (press release)

10/24/2006 - Children who are overweight as toddlers or preschoolers are more likely to be overweight or obese in early adolescence, report researchers in a collaborative study by the NIH and several academic institutions. The researchers periodically collected height and weight measurements of a sample of children,...

Childhood cancer treatments cause chronic illness later in life

10/12/2006 - Nearly 80 percent of children diagnosed with pediatric cancer will become long-term survivors due to advances in treatment, according to a new study published in the Oct. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, but it also states that those survivors will likely live for 20 to 30 years with...

Number of Indoor Swimming Pools Per Capita Linked to Rise in Childhood Asthma Across Europe (press release)

9/19/2006 - The prevalence of childhood asthma and wheeze rises around 2 to 3 per cent for every indoor swimming pool per 100,000 of the population across Europe, indicates research published ahead of print in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The researchers analysed the rates of wheezing, asthma, hay...

Overweight Childhood Leads to Adult High Blood Pressure (press release)

9/12/2006 - Fifty percent of adults with high blood pressure were overweight as children, according to a new study by Tulane University epidemiologist Sathanur Srinivasan. The study links childhood obesity to the development of both high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome in adulthood. Metabolic syndrome...

Overweight Childhood Leads to Adult High Blood Pressure (press release)

9/6/2006 - Fifty percent of adults with high blood pressure were overweight as children, according to a new study by Tulane University epidemiologist Sathanur Srinivasan. The study links childhood obesity to the development of both high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome in adulthood. Metabolic syndrome...

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces 14 Research Grants to Prevent Childhood Obesity; Studies Will Look at Impact of School Food Policies, School Food Environments (press release)

8/29/2006 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded 14 research grants that will explore how federal, state and local school food policies can help prevent childhood obesity, especially among low-income and minority populations who have the highest risk for being overweight. Over the past three decades,...

Household insecticides associated with increased risk of childhood leukaemia (press release)

8/28/2006 - Household insecticides may increase the risk of childhood leukaemia, suggests French research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine . Leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer in France, affecting 43 in every million children every year. The...

Whole Grain Foods Are Simple Way to Fight Childhood Obesity (press release)

8/28/2006 - As childhood obesity continues to grow on an epidemic scale in the United States, experts are suggesting a number of simple ways parents can encourage healthy eating early in life. One of the simplest ways is integrating whole grains into a child's diet. ...

Exercise in childhood and adolescence may stave off osteoporosis (press release)

7/20/2006 - Recent studies indicate that exercise can help build and maintain healthy bones. But just how early should one start? At the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto, Canada this week, several studies highlighted the importance of exercise in children and adolescents for building peak bone mass...

Combat childhood asthma naturally with the Buteyko breathing method

10/25/2005 - Childhood asthma is fast becoming an epidemic in the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, close to one in 13 schoolchildren have asthma, with the numbers of new diagnoses rising sharply since 1980. Close to 4.2 million children had asthma attacks in the last year. For parents,...

The great thimerosal cover-up: Mercury, vaccines, autism and your child's health

9/22/2005 - You have probably seen your nurse insert a syringe into a large vial, extract some liquid, and then leave a substantial amount of vaccine in the original container. If you've witnessed this seemingly benign procedure, you've seen how vaccine manufacturers are saving money at the expense of public health....

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