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Turn Down the Volume: Noise and Kids

Unfortunately, for some this message is coming too late. U.S. government survey data shows that approximately 5.2 million children ages 6 to 19 already have permanent damage to their ears’ hair cells caused by exposure to loud noises. Sadly, these kids may suffer not only from diminished hearing, but also from impaired language development, ability […]

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School Bag Safety – What to Look For

With the heavy load of books that children have to carry around in school, it is no wonder that safety is becoming more of an issue in regards to backpacks. Because muscles are still forming throughout childhood, it is important to choose a backpack that will carry the weight of the books rather than put […]

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ADHD and Pesticide Exposure

A recent study published in the June online edition of Pediatrics showed that children with higher levels of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in their urine were at higher risk of developing ADHD symptoms.  For every 10 fold increase in organophosphate pesticide metabolites in the urine there is a 55-72% increase in the odds of developing ADHD. Organophosphate […]

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Bullying: The One Child-Safety Hazard We Don’t Address

Last week’s bullying related death of Phoebe Prince in Massachusettes once again demonstrates the immediate and serious child health and safety problem of bullying. In the loud echo of these nationally-publicized incidents, it would seem that there would be a national call-to-action. If it were another problem killing our children at school, let’s say a […]

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Antidepressants Cut Risk of Hospital Re-admission for Suicidal Youth

Suicidal adolescents who were prescribed an antidepressant medication during inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment were 85 percent less likely than others to be readmitted within a month after discharge, a new study found. This is reassuring data, as there have been concerns about prescribing antidepressants in adolescents since 2003, when the FDA issued a black box […]

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