Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids: Repost

I rarely repost articles written by others, but this one is particularly well-written and particularly appropriate, given the season. The original can be found at: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-toys-not-tablets-are-best-for-kids Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids Leah Campbell December 11, 2018 How traditional toys like building blocks, dolls, and action figures help children develop in ways… Continue reading Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids: Repost

The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you… Continue reading The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

Siblings of Kids With Autism or ADHD Are at Higher Risk For Both: Study

Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. The findings were published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The… Continue reading Siblings of Kids With Autism or ADHD Are at Higher Risk For Both: Study

Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Every autumn weekend in the US, thousands of youngsters as young as 5 years old strap on their pads, lace up their cleats and get after each other on the football field. However, fewer and fewer of them are playing tackle football. Parents are concerned about concussions, brain injuries and brain damage. Proponents of the… Continue reading Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

One Quarter of Kids Asthma Cases Obesity-related: Study

A study including health data for more than 500,000 children in the U.S. suggests obesity might be to blame for about a quarter (23 to 27 percent) of asthma in children who are obese. This could mean about 10 percent of all kids ages 2 to 17 with asthma — almost 1 million children in… Continue reading One Quarter of Kids Asthma Cases Obesity-related: Study

Lifting Less Than an Hour a Week Improves Heart Health:Study

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are… Continue reading Lifting Less Than an Hour a Week Improves Heart Health:Study

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study

Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children who have poor aerobic fitness, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The study also found that the traditional way of expressing aerobic fitness in proportion to total body mass overestimates the role of aerobic fitness in identifying children at… Continue reading Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study