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“Coach Yelled at Me!”

Summer is almost here, and with it come the ill-fitting baseball uniforms, iodine swabbed skinned soccer knees, and a load of sports uniform laundry that will keep the washer going continuously until September.  Legions of children sign up for summer sports across the country and enjoy the benefits of exercise, fresh air, and personal goal-setting and […]

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Parental Suicide Increases Rate of Suicide and Psychiatric Disorders in Children

In the May 2010 issue of The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the results of a large study at John Hopkins Children’s Center reveals that the suicide rate in children and adolescents who have a parent who also commited suicide is much higher. These children and adolescents also have a much higher rate of suffering […]

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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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Rotavirus Vaccine Reduce Hospitalizations

The Rotateq vaccine was introduced to the U.S. market in 2006; it is used to prevent gastroenteritis caused by the Rotavirus virus.  Rotavirus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea in infants and young children.  The subsequent dehydration often cause hospitalizations.  This live vaccine is used in infants and is administered orally in a three dose regimen.  It […]

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Mothers: science’s new rock stars?

Mother’s Day is typically a time to pay tribute to our own, individual mothers, or at least the person who we had a personal, mother-like relationship with. On an individual basis, our mothers of course had their strengths and their weaknesses, their days of sorrow and days of peace. But why don’t we take a […]

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Children’s Medication Recall

On April 30, 2010, McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced a voluntary recall of many of their children’s over-the-counter medications.  This recall is not due to any adverse reaction to the medications; McNeil noted that the medications did not meet their quality standards.  One example is that a medication may have a higher concentration of the active […]

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At-Risk Children who Display Self-Regulation of Behavior have Better Academic Performance

A new study to be published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly by Michaella Sektnan reveals that at-risk children who are better able to control their impulsive thoughts and behaviors have better academic performance in reading, mathematics, and vocabulary. Sektnan used data on 1,298 children from birth through the first grade from the National Institute of […]

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Asthma and Vitamin D

Asthma and Vitamin D

A recent article published in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology looked at the relationship between asthmatic children and vitamin D levels. The study showed that 47% of the children studied had low levels of vitamin D. In addition there was an inverse relationship between levels of vitamin D and allergy markers; high levels […]

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CURRENT CRITERIA FOR DIAGNOSING EATING DISORDERS

Current Criteria for Diagnosing Eating Disorders May Exclude Sickest Patients

A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital has found that many patients who do not meet full criteria for Anorexia Nervosa or Bulemia Nervosa are still extremely imparied, and the diagnosis they now receive, “Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,” may delay their ability to get treatment. The study’s […]

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