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Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can Make You Drink More
Alice G. Walton

When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, they tend to drink more. Read more >


Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

The simple fact is that time outside translates into more physical exercise. And that brings better health. Read more >


Organic Foods Show Clear Nutritional Benefits
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Not only do organic foods offer far more polyphenols and other antioxidants, they have far fewer pesticide residues. Read more >


For Kids, Sports Are about Much More than Just Winning
Alice G. Walton

For kids, winning isn’t the best part of sports. Knowing what is most important can keep them engaged — and fit. Read more >


Unstructured Time Helps Develop Children's “Executive” Skills
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children learn the “executive” skills that will help them run their lives best when they have unstructured time. Read more >


At the Intersection of Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer
Sami Hocine

The obese suffer from chronic inflammation in fat cells. This not only can bring on diabetes, it may also promote cancer. Read more >


What Looks Like Depression in Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Something Else
Alice G. Walton

“Depressed” people with diabetes may not be clinically depressed – they may just be reacting to having an illness. Read more >


Preschoolers More Likely to Recognize Unhealthy Food Brands
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What parents eat has the biggest effect on kids' food choices. But it would help if carrots or apples had the branding that junk foods do. Read more >


Sun Worshipper or Sun Addict?
Leslie Carr

Some people need the sun the way an alcoholic needs a drink. And the health risks can be just as severe. Read more >


An Obsession with Popularity Can Handicap Teens' Social Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids obsessed with who's cool may be less popular later in life. They don't know how to make friends. Read more >


Children from Divorced Homes May Be at Risk for Weight Problems
Alice G. Walton

Children of divorce are more likely to be overweight or obese. Especially boys. Read more >


Early Exposure to Allergens Can Boost Infant Immunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

When it comes to allergens and bacteria, early exposure may be better than no exposure. Read more >


ADHD Stimulant Treatment May Help Prevent Smoking
Esther Entin, M.D.

People with ADHD are often smokers and face serious health problems. Stimulant drugs for the disorder may reduce this risk. Read more >


Kids Need Early and Repeated Exposure to Veggies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You know the best way to keep kids healthy and at a good weight is to be sure vegetables are part of their diets. Here's how to make that happen. Read more >


Body Fat, Obesity in Kids Linked to Getting Too Little Sleep
Charlotte LoBuono

Kids who don't get enough sleep have more body fat and are more likely to be obese. Read more >


Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

Vaccinating for the flu earlier can curb a pandemic. So can washing your hands. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >


Home Food Environment Affects the Quality of Your Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Some homes are like Superfund sites -- toxic to healthy eating. A few changes can make eating better a lot easier. Read more >


Children Prefer Being Helpers to Helping
Charlotte LoBuono

If you want your children to clean up, try enlisting them as helpers, rather than asking them to help. It makes a difference. Read more >


No Duping the Anti-Dopers
Sami Hocine

Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a step ahead of the agencies meant to police them. No more. Read more >


A Steep Rise in Diabetes Seen in Children and Teens in the U.S.
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids are eating more and exercising less. The upshot is a huge increase in diabetes -- and medical costs. Read more >


Bullying's Effects Seen in Adulthood
Charlotte LoBuono

We tend to think of bullying as schoolyard behavior, but it can affect victims even as adults. Read more >


Kids' Food Portions Mirror Parents' Food Portions
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avoid that "finish your dinner" fight. Young children need smaller portions. Better they ask for more than not finish. Read more >


Physicians Take on Gun Violence
Esther Entin, M.D.

Because of their special understanding of family issues, doctors can play a big role when it comes to preventing gun violence, according to a new ACP policy statement. Read more >


Marijuana's Bad Effects on the Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Marijuana may ease the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy, but it also leaves certain brain areas abnormally enlarged. Read more >


Active Moms Raise Active Kids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents' own activity levels have a big effect on how active — and healthy — their children will be. Read more >


Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >


Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >


Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >


Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Leslie Carr

Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >


Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >


Mephedrone Just As Dangerous, and Perhaps More Addictive, Than MDMA
Charlotte LoBuono

Mephedrone, a newer club drug has effects similar to those of MDMA, but it appears to be more addictive. Read more >


All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Jennifer Senior



Violent Video Games and Aggression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Playing violent video games makes kids prone to seeing others as hostile and acting aggressively. Read more >


Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. Read more >


Little League Pitching Can Do Major League Damage
Alice G. Walton

Young pitchers’ arms are prone to injuries, especially from certain types of pitches. Read more >


Study Finds One Way Genes Are Affected by Lifestyle
Michael J. Gertner

We don't choose our genes, but as we age we make choices that can affect them, and that can make all the difference. Read more >


It Pays to Offer Healthy Food Options
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having a few healthy options at the concession stand can improve waistlines and still maintain the bottomline. Go team! Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Alice G. Walton

Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >


Raw Milk Doesn't Ease Lactose Intolerance
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There may be benefits to raw milk, but easing the symptoms of the lactose intolerant isn't one of them. Read more >


Teens' Breakfast Behaviors Predict Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids who don't eat in the morning aren't just depriving themselves of nutrients, they are setting the stage for major health issues down the road. Read more >


Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Hyperactivity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Acetaminophen has some bad effects on unborn babies and may be behind the rising rates of ADHD. Read more >


The Road to Obesity Begins in Infancy
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overeating is so easy, even a child can do it. Parents and pediatricians can nip the tendency in the bud. Read more >


Scientists Begin to Understand Why Autism Is More Common in Boys Than Girls
Alice G. Walton

Now we know why boys are more genetically susceptible to autism. Read more >


More Evidence for Bullying's Emotional Toll
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bullying casts a long shadow. There are things parents can do to reduce the emotional, physical, and psychological damage. Read more >


Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >


Video Game Improves Ball Players' Vision and Skills
Charlotte LoBuono

A video game helped baseball players improve their vision. The results were seen on the field. Read more >


Can Childhood Memories Be Trusted?
Neil Wagner

Our memory for childhood events is usually modest. The details we recall are often added later. Read more >


Down with The Good and Up with The Bad: Food Costs Fuel Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When fruits and veggies cost less, people weigh less. High-priced soda helps, too Read more >


Study Reaffirms the Key Roles Oxytocin and Chloride Play in Autism
Neil Wagner

Oxytocin helps babies' cells adjust to the shift from womb to world. ASD kids' cells appear to lack this transition, and that may be possible to change. Read more >


To Ease Babies' Colic — Probiotics
Alice G. Walton

Probiotics can help reduce infants' colic, easing babies' discomfort and parents' stress. Read more >


Weight in Kindergarten Predicts Obesity Later in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If your child is overweight, he or she needs your help. The weight isn't going to come off naturally. Read more >


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more children are being diagnosed and treated for attention deficits. Is this a good thing? Read more >


Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Alice G. Walton

Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >


Tips for Avoiding Screen-Related Eye Fatigue
Neil Wagner

You can ease the strain of hours in front of a screen. Start by giving your monitor a high-five...and blinking. Read more >


Too Few Doctors Talk to Teen Patients About Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors tend not to discuss sex with their teenaged patients. What a wasted opportunity. Read more >


Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. Read more >


Home Visits Help New Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Nurses' visits to new parents not only provide answers to questions and ease stress, they reduce healthcare costs considerably. Read more >


A Different Approach to Self-Control
Neil Wagner

Our willpower can fail us when we are tired or stressed. But how we view the problem could be the problem. Read more >


Healthy Eating May Be as Easy as Following Traffic Signals
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When cafeteria food is labeled green, yellow, or red according to its nutritional value, people make healthier choices. Genius! Read more >


A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Esther Entin, M.D.

Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >


New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
Alice G. Walton

If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >


Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Neil Wagner

Does making kids take servings of nutritious food actually improve their diets? Nope. Bribery works better. Read more >


Potentially Dangerous Fracking Chemicals Found in Ground Water
Charlotte LoBuono

Fracking increases the levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in the water supplies near sites. Read more >


FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >


Student-Teacher Relationships Are Key to Early Education
Alice G. Walton

Teachers' responsiveness to preschoolers' questions and needs is even more important than what's being taught. Read more >


Cell Phone Angst
Neil Wagner

We all love our cell phones, but they can increase anxiety and make us miserable. Read more >


For Teens, Sleep Is a Family Affair
Esther Entin, M.D.

Puberty wreaks havoc on teens' sleep cycles; so do teens' family and social relationships. Read more >


Men and Women's Neural Networks Reflect Sex Differences
Michael J. Gertner

A new kind of brain scan tells us a lot about why women are better at meetings and men at maps. Read more >


Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Neil Wagner

Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >


Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Esther Entin, M.D.

Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >


How to Keep Those Holiday Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

The holidays are a great time...to gain weight. Here are tips for ways to avoid picking up pounds. Read more >


Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Alice G. Walton

Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >


Fitness Declining Among Children and Teens Worldwide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids today are slower and less aerobically fit than their parents were. It's a global problem. Read more >


SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Alice G. Walton

Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >


Vaginal Delivery Is A Viable Option Following Caesarean Birth
Charlotte LoBuono

Women who had a C-section with their first child often are successful giving birth vaginally for the next. Read more >


Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
Neil Wagner

When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better Read more >


Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Can Exceed That in R-rated Films
Charlotte LoBuono

Beware the gun effect. PG-13 films are more violent than those rated R. Read more >


Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Neil Wagner

Overtraining is the main way kids injure themselves. Specializing in one sport is also a problem. Read more >


Musical Training Improves the Brain's Sensitivity to Sound, Speech
Charlotte LoBuono

People who have studied music for a few years tend to hear better because their brains process sounds more rapidly. Read more >


Exercise During Pregnancy Can Improve Infant Brain Development
Neil Wagner

Exercise makes pregnancy and childbirth easier. It also seems to boost infant brain development. Read more >


Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
Neil Wagner

Oral sex is not the protect from STDS that many think it is. In particular, herpes is more likely to be transmitted. Read more >


Too Many Bike Riders Without Helmets End Up in the ER
Alice G. Walton

Helmets can only help prevent injury when kids wear them. Parents need to insist. Read more >


Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >


Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
Neil Wagner

The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >


Exercise Improves Teens' Academic Performance
Charlotte LoBuono

Teens who exercise moderately to vigorously every day do better academically. But no, running a 10K can't replace studying. Read more >


Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Young children need to go to bed at a regular, consistent time. Think of it as a miracle cure for bad behavior. Read more >


A Meth-Like Substance Is Found in Workout Supplements
Alice G. Walton

The fitness supplement, Craze, appears to have caused certain athletes to fail drug tests. Read more >


Brief School Counseling Program Helps Teens Cope
Neil Wagner

Offering teens a couple sessions of therapy can go a long way to nipping mental health problems in the bud. Read more >


Brain Changes Are Seen in More Ex-Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Former football players may have "pronounced" brain abnormalities, even if they do not have dementia. Read more >


Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Irisin, the magic molecule of the moment, turns bad fat into good and helps exercise boost the brain Read more >


Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
Neil Wagner

Little of the mercury in our blood actually comes from fish. Go for those omega-3s! Read more >


A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn't Help
Esther Entin, M.D.

No parent starts out wanting to yell at his or her child. But somewhere along the line, usually in adolescence, most of us do. Read more >


Psoriasis Drug Has Potential As Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

Alefacept, a drug used to treat psoriasis, helped diabetics produce their own insulin. Read more >


Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Michael J. Gertner

Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >


Severe Obesity On the Rise Among Kids and Teens
Charlotte LoBuono

The fattest kids are getting fatter. Parents and doctors need to step in to help. Read more >


Skype Me! Social Interaction Feeds Language Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

The back-and-forth of social interaction -- gestures, eye contact and reactions -- are very important to learning language. Read more >


State Bans on Harmful Chemicals Appear to Help
Alice G. Walton

Brain-damaging compounds from flame retardants have dropped significantly since PBDEs were banned. Read more >


Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Neil Wagner

Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >


New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Treatments
Charlotte LoBuono

New technology may make it possible for ASD kids to guide their own treatments. Read more >


Nap Time is Learning Time
Neil Wagner

Preschoolers need their naps, even, or especially, in school. Read more >


Oxytocin and The Pleasure We Get from Being Social
Alice G. Walton

The hormone oxytocin helps stimulate human connection. It also appears important to experiencing ple Read more >


Antipsychotic Use in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Bad Nutrition: Baby Food Is Promoted for Babies Too Young to Need It
Alice G. Walton

Breastfeeding is best for babies six months old and younger. Read more >


Lead Exposure Linked to School Suspension
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children exposed to lead are almost four times more likely to be suspended from school. Read more >


Simple Routines Help Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Just a few small changes at home help kids avoid the kind of weight gain that leads to obesity. Read more >


Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >


Even Short Bouts of High-Intensity Exercise Can Affect Weight and BMI
Charlotte LoBuono

Forget the long hours at the gym. A short bout of intense exercise may be all you need to keep the pounds off. Read more >


Frustrated Football Fans Find Consolation in Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Win or lose, NFL teams' records affect their fans' eating patterns...for better and worse. Read more >


Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >


Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Our ideas about the "right" amount of sugar in the diet may need adjusting. Weight is not the issue. Read more >


Preventing Drop-Outs: Keeping Kids Engaged in School
Esther Entin, M.D.

Keeping kids engaged in school is perhaps the most important thing you can do to foster success. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


When Bullying Hits Home: Sibling Rivalry or Dangerous Victimization?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Siblings will fight, but bullying happens at home, too. And the emotional impact is just as serious as when it happens at school. Read more >


Eczema May Make Infants Vulnerable to Food Allergies
Charlotte LoBuono

Irritated, inflamed skin may set the autoimmune response leading to food allergies in motion. Read more >


Brain Development Appears Influenced by Regular Bedtimes
Alice G. Walton

Regular bedtimes for kids are important for brain development. Read more >


Researchers Cast Doubt on The Virtues of Low-Fat Milk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Whole milk is fattening, right? Not so fast says a group from Harvard's School of Public Health. Read more >


Breastfeeding Promotes Brain Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastmilk enhances the fatty covering around nerves so baby's brain circuits become superhighways. Read more >


Childhood Iron Deficiency's Long-Term Effects
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Babies with low iron run the risk of a range difficulties that persist into adulthood. Read more >


Singing with Others Synchronizes Hearts and Minds
Alice G. Walton

People who sing together also share changes in heart rate. Read more >


For Millenials, Global Downturn May Have A Silver Lining
Michael J. Gertner

If you survey high school seniors, the global downturn has had some positive, as well as negative, effects. Read more >


Hand Gestures Help Kids Pick Up Language
Alice G. Walton

The more we “talk” with our hands – using gestures to express meaning – the easier it is for children to understand and pick up new words. Read more >


Pediatricians and LGBTQ Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Whether a teenager's sexual orientation is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, his or her doctor is an important ally. Read more >


Self-Help That Works
John C. Norcross, PhD, Linda F. Campbell, PhD, John M. Grobal, PsyD, John W. Santrock, PhD, Florin Selagea, MS and Robert Sommer



BPA Appears to Increase the Risk of Obesity in Teenaged Girls
Alice G. Walton

The plastic additive BPA has been linked to obesity in teenaged girls. Read more >


Sensory Enhancement Helps Autistic Children Connect
Neil Wagner

Lemons and bubblewrap. Kids with autism improved with sensory focused therapy. Read more >


Expectant Mom's Diet May Determine Child's Bone Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Mothers' prenatal diets appear to set the stage for children's bone development for years after birth. Supplements are not enough. Read more >


When Good Hikes Go Bad
Neil Wagner

Over half of all hikers are seriously under-prepared. Here are 10 items you need to bring with you — even for a short hike. Read more >


Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >


Exercise As a Treatment for Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise is a valuable treatment for depression, especially for those who have trouble with antidepressants. Read more >


Fat Cells Secrete Proteins Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Charlotte LoBuono

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with factor D, secreted by fat cells in joints. Stop Factor D, stop RA. Read more >


Road Kill: Nearly Half of Teens Text While Driving
Neil Wagner

Half of all teens text while driving, a danger for all. Parents are the front line of defense. Read more >


Certain Migraine Medications Should Not Be Taken during Pregnancy
Alice G. Walton

When taken during pregnancy, certain migraine medications may affect a baby's mental abilities. Read more >


Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >


Kids Need Magnesium for Healthy Bones
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to bone density, children need magnesium as much, if not more than calcium. Read more >


Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

Summertime means vacation and trips to the amusement park. But before you strap yourself and your kids in, consider the safety issues. Read more >


Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. Read more >


Tweaking a Balkan Bed Bug Remedy
Charlotte LoBuono

The fuzzy leaves of bean plants have been used to trap bedbugs for centuries. Read more >


Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >


Kids with Autism Focus on the Essentials
Alice G. Walton

Kids with ASD copy the actions of others differently. This tells us a bit more about how they see things. Read more >


Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >


Public Pre-K Exceeds Its Goals
Alice G. Walton

Pre-K programs can help kids with school readiness and bring unexpected side benefits that last a lifetime. Read more >


CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Charlotte LoBuono

Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >


Barefoot Running Shoes: Go Slowly
Neil Wagner

Minimalist or barefoot running shoes may be more natural, but switching to them is tricky. Stress fractures are not uncommon. Read more >


Teens' Relationship Problems Predict Their Struggles as Adults
Alice G. Walton

When parents help teens navigate peer social relationships, they improve kids' adult relationships down the road. Read more >


Bacteria Offer New Hope for Acne Prone
Neil Wagner

People with acne have a different mix of bacteria on their skin than those who don't. Read more >


Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >


What Texting Does to Your Neck
Neil Wagner

Sitting bent over a phone or tablet or laptop puts a huge strain on your neck. The pain has a name: text neck. Read more >


New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >


Exercise Improves Self Control, Decision-Making
Charlotte LoBuono

Exercise can help us exert more self control. It enhances the brain's ability to solve problems, plan, and make decisions. Read more >


Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Neil Wagner

Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >


Aerobic Fitness Raises Scores on Reading and Math Tests
Alice G. Walton

Fitness is more important to academic performance than most people realize. Read more >


The Bitter Truth about Sugar
Charlotte LoBuono

The World Health Organization reviews the global effects of sugar on obesity. Guess what they found. Read more >


Helicopter Parents: When Mothering Is Smothering
Neil Wagner

College kids whose parents haven't learned to let go are prone to anxiety and depression. Support autonomy. Read more >


Bullying Leaves Long-Lasting Psychological Effects
Charlotte LoBuono

The effects of bullying can be long-lasting, especially for those who have been both bully and victim. Read more >


Smarter Lunchrooms Help Kids Make Better Lunch Choices
Alice G. Walton

DesignChildren need to be encouraged — not forced — to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more >


BPA Exposure Damages Male Reproductive Tissue
Neil Wagner

A new study finds human fetal cells are highly sensitive to the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A. It's not just about lab animals anymore. Read more >


The Link Between Lifestyle and Semen Quality
Charlotte LoBuono

Exercise is an important factor in male fertility. Men who watch TV 20 hours a week have sperm counts half those of men who watch less. Read more >


Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Alice G. Walton

Ibuprofen can occasionally lead to serious kidney problems in children. Read more >


Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. Read more >


Eating More Fast Food Is Linked to Kids' Risk for Asthma and Eczema
Alice G. Walton

Eczema and asthma have been linked to fast food consumption in kids. Another reason rates are soaring. Read more >


Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >


The School Day Needs More...Recess
Neil Wagner

In Japan, schoolchildren are given a 10-15 minute break every hour. Recess is important to cognitive, physical and social development. Read more >


Kindness Is a Key to Kids' Happiness and Popularity
Alice G. Walton

When kids are encouraged to be kinder, they also end up being happier and more popular. Read more >


Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Moodiness is not uncommon in kids, so how do you know if your child or teen is suffering from mood swings related to this disorder? Read more >


Good Partners Make Good Parents
Neil Wagner

Wondering what kind of parent you will be? Certain qualities make it pretty easy to predict. Read more >


The Power of Social Media Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Charlotte LoBuono

Dieting is easier when you are part of a community. The Internet is a natural place for kids and teens interested in losing weight to gather. Read more >


Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
Alice G. Walton

A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >


Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >


Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Neil Wagner

Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >


Better Language Skills Help Kids Cope with Emotions
Alice G. Walton

Helping kids with language development gives them the tools to express their emotions, rather than act out. Read more >


Aerobic Exercise the Best Route to Weight, Fat Loss
Charlotte LoBuono

Aerobic exercise is superior to resistance training for losing weight and body fat. Read more >


Study Skills and Motivation More Important to Math Than Smarts
Alice G. Walton

Math is not all about smarts. Motivation and going beyond rote memorization are more important. Read more >


Pediatricians Come Out in Favor of Emergency Contraception for Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

The AAP says girls need to know emergency contraception is an option when birth control fails. Read more >


How Old is Too Old for Santa?
Neil Wagner

Concerned about telling your children about Santa? A psychologist says, back off. Read more >


The Emotional Lives of Parents
Alice G. Walton

Some studies suggest parenting is linked to happiness, while others claim the opposite. A new one gets closer to the truth. Read more >


Endocrine Disruptor Compounds: What We Know; What We Suspect
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can't see, smell or taste these environmental toxins. But even lose doses can cause cancer. Read more >


Treating ADHD with Medication Reduces a Person's Risk of Criminal Behavior
Alice G. Walton

Crime and medication? People with ADHD are less likely to commit crimes if they take medication. Read more >


Putting Shoes that Promise a Firmer Posterior to the Test
Neil Wagner

Does my butt look smaller? Can shoes make a difference? Read more >


Too Many Toxic Chemicals Making Their Way into Food
Neil Wagner

Probably the easiest way to lower acrylamide exposure is to avoid or minimize eating potato chips, tortilla chips and French fries. Read more >


Cheerleading: Pediatricians Call for Improving Safety
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cheerleaders should be coached and conditioned just like any athletes. Serious injuries are on the rise. Read more >


A Ball by Any Other Name: How Dogs Process Language
Alice G. Walton

When your dog hears a human word, he processes it his own way. This could be helpful for training. Read more >


Flame Retardants Affect Children's Brain Development
Alice G. Walton

Flame retardants may cause delays in children’s brain development. Read more >


Even a Little Alcohol When Pregnant Puts a Child's IQ at Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drinking alcohol while pregnant carries serious risks to a child's IQ. Read more >


Kids' Generosity Needs Monitors
Alice G. Walton

Is our “ungenerosity” innate? Read more >


Clear Expectations Mean Better Student Behavior
Neil Wagner

Bullying and disruptive behavior are big problems in schools. So why not teach kids how to behave? Read more >


Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
Alice G. Walton

Tick-borne diseases are rising steadily. And it's not just Lyme disease anymore. Read more >


The Impact of Eating Out on Children's and Adolescents' Nutrition
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids eat out a lot. And when they do, they consume extra salt, fat, sugar, and of course, calories. Read more >


Why Teenage Fear Lingers
Neil Wagner

Problems with anxiety often show up in adolescence. A study shows why, and why it's hard for teens.. Read more >


Free Fruit for Kids = Less Junk Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Making fruit freely-accessible is a good way to raise kids' fruit consumption, and reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks they eat. Read more >


What A Lack of Sleep Does to Metabolism
Esther Entin, M.D.

People who sleep too little have reduced insulin sensitivity, leading to weight gain and diabetes... Read more >


HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Charlotte LoBuono

Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >


Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Neil Wagner

Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >


Enlisting Exergames in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Esther Entin, M.D.

"Exergames," video games controlled by players' motion, offer a new way to raise children's activity levels. Read more >


Screen Media Hinders Child Development
Charlotte LoBuono

Screen time is physiologically distinct from other sedentary activities like reading or being read to. And that's a problem. Read more >


New Research Points to Viral Acne Treatment
Charlotte LoBuono

Despite what the infomercials say, a cure for acne remains elusive. But scientists may have found... Read more >


Off-Label Antipsychotic Use Continues to Rise, Especially in Children
Neil Wagner

Off-label prescribing for kids is way up. So are their serious side effects. The search for... Read more >


The Effects of Social Violence in Children's TV Shows
Esther Entin, M.D.

All the gossip, rejection, teasing and excluding that goes on on shows sets the wrong tone. Read more >


Progress on Two Fronts in Our Understanding of Autism
Alice G. Walton

Researchers may have found a treatment for one form of autism. Read more >


Dioxin's Harmful Effects Span Generations
Neil Wagner

Dioxin persists in the environment, and the body, for a very long time. It appears its effects can.. Read more >


BPA Linked to Obesity in Kids and Pre-Teens
Charlotte LoBuono

Children and teens with high levels of BPA were over two and a half times more likely to be obese... Read more >


Big Test? Get Some Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting less sleep before a big test is more likely to reduce your learning than improve it. Read more >


Sugary Drinks, the Obesity Epidemic, and New York City's "Soda Ban"
Alice G. Walton

For people predisposed obesity, drinking lots of sugary beverages "amplifies" the effects of one's genes. Read more >


Shy Preschoolers May Be at a Disadvantage
Alice G. Walton

Children who are quiet or withdrawn may not reap the same benefits of education as the outgoing ones. Read more >


Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome and Cognition in Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Childhood obesity can affect the brain, shrinking areas connected with memory and reducing performance on IQ and achievement tests. Read more >


Can Memories Be Strengthened During Sleep?
Neil Wagner

But don't try it in place of studying. The brain does pick up, or at least cement, information while Read more >


Healthy Diet Leads to Better IQ in Kids
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There is strong evidence that what an infant eats from six to 24 months can have a significant effect on IQ at eight years of age. Read more >


Relationships, Not Schoolwork, Are the Key to a Good Future
Neil Wagner

When it comes to well-being later in life, having friends is more important than good grades. Read more >


A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Neil Wagner

Antibiotics appear to fatten up kids the way they fatten up cattle. Needless to say, this is not... Read more >


Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >


Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Alice G. Walton

Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >


Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Children and Adolescents
Jessie Hill, J.D.

Can a child or teen seek medical treatment without parental consent? Maybe. It pays to know the issues. Read more >


Online Infant Sleep Safety Information May Be Inaccurate
Charlotte LoBuono

It is unwise, and sometimes even dangerous, to trust all the health information you find through search engines. Read more >


Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Alice G. Walton

Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >


Dental Filling Material Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Fillings with a form of the chemical BPA raise the likelihood that a child will have emotional... Read more >


Influencing Flavor Preferences Begins During Pregnancy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What you eat while you are pregnant can influence your baby's food and flavor preferences. Read more >


Vitamin C Supplementation and Smoking During Pregnancy
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you are pregnant and smoke (not a good combination), taking vitamin C can help prevent damage to the your unborn baby's lungs. Read more >


Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >


Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 3: Yoga
Alice G. Walton

Yoga has some proven benefits and unproven claims. What you can, and can't, expect it to do for you. Read more >


Many Patients Look to the Internet for a Medical Education
Alice G. Walton

Many people use medical websites to help them learn about their conditions, but not as a substitute for an office visit. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus, A Serious Health Risk Hiding in Plain Sight
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for roughly 20% of the hearing loss in newborns. Read more >


Give Me More Space: A Novel Strategy For Dyslexic Readers
Esther Entin, M.D.

It appears that having more space around letters and words makes it easier for people with dyslexia to understand printed text. Read more >


Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Neil Wagner

Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >


Us or Them: Who's to Blame for Our Sugar Problem?
Alice G. Walton

In the "war" against obesity, it seems that the soda industry wants to shift the blame to consumers. Read more >


What's Waiting for You in Your Hotel Room?
Alice G. Walton

If you're staying in a hotel or motel this summer, some unwelcome "guests" may precede you. Read more >


Oxytocin May Hold Even More Promise for Treating Symptoms of Autism
Alice G. Walton

Oxytocin, the mother-infant bonding hormone, activates the "social" areas of the brain.... Read more >


Teens Showing Ominous Signs of Cardiovascular Trouble to Come
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overweight adolescents show early warning signs of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Touch and Hearing May Be Linked
Neil Wagner

The better a person's hearing, the better his or her sense of touch. These senses may share... Read more >


A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
Alice G. Walton

People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with... Read more >


Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
Esther Entin, M.D.

When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >


Rhythmic Neural Patterns Drive Movement
Leslie Carr

Neurons firing in the brain produce organized movement in the body. But how? It may take a neural... Read more >


Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >


Text Messaging Increases Flu Vaccinations
Neil Wagner

Text messaging is proving useful to promoting public health - as long as it isn't done while you are Read more >


Managing Major Depression During Pregnancy: To Treat or Not to Treat?
Jennifer L. Payne, M.D.

Taking antidepressants while pregnant can mean choosing between a woman's mental health and potential risks to the fetus. Read more >


Why Babies Don't Come with a Manual
Neil Wagner

A survey of child-rearing books over the past 50 years finds many contradictions, but offer... Read more >


Adolescence, A Global Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

With nearly two billion adolescents worldwide. If you think that's scary, consider the health risks. Read more >


Teens, Alcohol and Benign Breast Disease
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen girls who drink have an increased risk of benign breast disease and ultimately, breast cancer.. Read more >


Helping Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Helping your child lose weight is tricky. You may want to start by changing your own behavior. Read more >


Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Children's Brainpower
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you use sunscreen to protect your child's skin, are you also preventing vitamin D synthesis... Read more >


A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
Alice G. Walton

The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >


Losing Weight May Not Change Body Image
Alice G. Walton

Losing weight may not make body image issues disappear. Read more >


Recess: A Learning Opportunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Recess can be an arena for bullies or a lab for learning the social skills needed to get past conflict. Read more >


No More Tears: Comforting Baby after Vaccinations
Neil Wagner

The five S's calm babies who have just felt the sting of a vaccination; it's likely they can help... Read more >


Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Alice G. Walton

Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >


Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Michael J. Gertner

Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren't.. Read more >


Print Referencing Helps Preschoolers Learn to Read
Neil Wagner

When children come to understand that the story they love is also a thing in print, it can inspire.. Read more >


Home Visits for Asthma: Healthcare that Works
Neil Wagner

For kids with asthma and their parents, home healthcare visits save time and money... Read more >


Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, PANS
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infection can sometimes bring on sudden bizarre obsessions and compulsions in children. Knowing the signs can help. Read more >


Special K Can Lead to Ongoing Bladder Problems in Its Users
Alice G. Walton

The club drug Special K or Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems in the people who use it.... Read more >


Harmful Chemicals, Unlisted on Labels, Can Lurk in Everyday Products
Alice G. Walton

Worrisome compounds can appear in even the most "natural" household products... Read more >


Brown Rice Syrup: Trading Fructose for Arsenic?
Neil Wagner

Brown rice syrup, used in baby formulas and energy bars, contains arsenic, exceeding safe limits... Read more >


Failing Has Its Benefits For Kids
Alice G. Walton

Teaching kids that failing is a part of learning can give them the confidence to do well. Read more >


Hiding Veggies in Other Foods May Not Be the Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Alice G. Walton

Hiding vegetables in children's food can backfire. Read more >


Breastfeeding as a Public Health - and Family – Issue
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding has so many health benefits, it's like a miracle drug. But work and family can be obstacles. Read more >


Parent Training Could Help Manage the Difficult Behaviors of Autism
Alice G. Walton

Training parents helps them help their children behave better.... Read more >


Kids' Sugar Consumption Down, But Not Enough
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Centers of Disease Control have released a report on sugar consumption. Read more >


Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
Alice G. Walton

A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >


Little League Safety: Protecting Future All Stars
Esther Entin, M.D.

Tips to keep Little Leaguers injury-free. Learn the rules and risks and stay out of the ER. Read more >


A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antidepressants can literally be lifesavers for people with depression. Read more >


Headphones: More Powerful than a Locomotive
Neil Wagner

Headphone use can turn deadly when shutting out the world means being unaware of approaching traffic... or trains. Read more >


Teen Weight Loss Programs May Work Better Without Parents
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Parents have long been key players in helping their kids lose weight. But for teens, peers may... Read more >


Physical Activity and School Performance
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children do better in school when they have more opportunity for physical activity, not more time at a desk. Read more >


Punch Drunk: Repetitive Brain Injury
Alice G. Walton

Chronic head injuries can cause dementia, violence and death. Helmets may not help. Read more >


Physical Punishment Takes A Toll on Kids' Mental Health
Alice G. Walton

Physical punishment does more harm than good to a child and encourages aggressive behavior. Other methods are more effective. Read more >


Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
Esther Entin, M.D.

To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >


Humble People to the Rescue
Alice G. Walton

Need help? Call on your humble friends. Those who are arrogant may let you down. Read more >


"Western" Diet May Contribute to ADHD
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Sugar, preservatives and allergies have been thought to contribute to attention deficits... Read more >


Preschool Attachment and Teen Obesity: Is There a Link?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens rated as less attached during infancy were almost 2.5 times more likely to become obese... Read more >


More Education Improves IQ
Alice G. Walton

An extra year or two of education can raise IQ significantly, even if the students are already teens Read more >


Children May Eat More When Served Less
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There is a really simple way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables: reduce the size of their main course. Read more >


The Overuse of Allergy Tests
Neil Wagner

Many allergy tests are unnecessary. It helps to know what they show and what they don't. Read more >


When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Alice G. Walton

Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >


Study Links PFCs to Poor Vaccination Response
Neil Wagner

Children's immune response to vaccines was greatly reduced if they had been exposed to a common... Read more >


The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
Alice G. Walton

The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >


Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >


Children's Powers of Positive Thinking
Esther Entin, M.D.

At what age do children learn that one can choose to see a situation in a more positive light? Read more >


Lead Poisoning: Proposed New Guidelines for Identification, Prevention, and Treatment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Because many of the effects of lead on young children are irreversible, they have troubling implications for the potential children... Read more >


Play and the Impact of Poverty
Esther Entin, M.D.

Underprivileged kids have less chance to play at school, at home, in their neighborhoods... Read more >


Preference For Salt Shaped Early in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When introducing solids, parents should try to avoid giving infants cereals and crackers with... Read more >


Having Trouble with Parenthood? You Are Not Alone
Alice G. Walton

Having kids interrupts your sleep, destabilizes your relationship, and costs lots of money and time. So what's the upside? Read more >


Children and Family Violence
Esther Entin, M.D.

The brains of children exposed to family violence show changes similar to those of soldiers... Read more >


Hope for Overweight Children
Neil Wagner

If obese or overweight kids lose the weight as they become adults, the associated health risks also seem to vanish. Read more >


Procedure Helps Babies Who Have Trouble Breastfeeding
Alice G. Walton

"Tongue-tie" or tether tongue makes it hard for babies to latch on to the breast. It can be easily diagnosed and corrected. Read more >


Energy Drinks Responsible for More ER Visits
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Energy drink-fueled visits to the ER have risen 1600 percent since 2005. Read more >


Eating Canned Soup Raises BPA Levels in Your Body
Alice G. Walton

Soup cans may contain BPA, a known toxin. People who ate canned soup had higher levels of this toxin in their bodies. Read more >


Too Much Iron Might Be Harmful to Infants
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having a hemoglobin, or iron, level that is too high carries many of the same risks as having a level that is too low. Read more >


Autism Spectrum Disorders Linked to a Variety of Genetic Mutations
Michael J. Gertner

Autism spectrum disorders are increasingly being linked to different genetic mutations... Read more >


Women with PID May Be at Risk of Infertility
Alice G. Walton

Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: New Guidelines for Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Current recommendations call for children to first be screened for high LDL cholesterol between age 9 and 11. Read more >


A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
Alice G. Walton

The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >


An Over-Abundance of Neurons Linked to Autism
Esther Entin, M.D.

Runaway neuronal growth in the prefrontal cortex, in the brains of kids with autism. Read more >


Preschoolers Learn Language From Each Other
Neil Wagner

Other children are often the best teachers when it comes to language skills. Read more >


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated in Infants
Esther Entin, M.D.

Generally speaking, infants with colic do not need acid-suppressing drugs, which carry a number of risks. Read more >


Research Finds the Immune System A Key Player in Osteoarthritis
Michael J. Gertner

Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >


Gestational BPA Linked to Developmental Problems in Girls, Not Boys
Alice G. Walton

Higher BPA levels during pregnancy are linked to cognitive and emotional problems in children. Read more >


Carbonated Soda Consumption Raises Risk of Teen Violence
Leslie Carr

Heavy soft drink consumption (5+ cans a week) has been linked to an increased risk of violent behavior and alcohol consumption. Read more >


Toddlers and TV: The AAP says No!
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children under two are not yet mentally equipped to learn from a screen. They benefit most from hands-on play with others. Read more >


Cartoon Viewing Reduces Children's Higher Cognitive Functioning
Esther Entin, M.D.

Fast-paced cartoons and other shows can reduce, at least temporarily, children's ability to plan and organize. Read more >


A False Positive for Miscarriage
Alice G. Walton

When ultrasounds to diagnose miscarriage are inaccurate, healthy pregnancies may be terminated. Read more >


Early Introduction of Solid Foods Doesn't Affect Baby's Growth
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Introducing solids earlier may increase an infant's weight gain in the near term, but has little overall effect. Read more >


The Brain Can Form New Connections between Cells into Young Adulthood
Alice G. Walton

Contrary to popular belief, the brain can form new connections into adulthood... Read more >


All Work and No Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >


Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
Alice G. Walton

It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >


Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Alice G. Walton

Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >


Bringing Home Baby: Doctors and Parents Offer Advice on the Big Decisions
Alice G. Walton

What would new moms do differently the next time around? Reconsidering circumcision and breastfeeding are high on the list. Read more >


Researchers Show that "Paying Attention" May Distort Reality
Alice G. Walton

The mind is notorious for playing tricks, but researchers discover paying attention can mislead us.. Read more >


Parks and Play: How To Get Our Children To Exercise More
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents who want to encourage physical fitness should take their children to a playground or park with other active children. Read more >


College Students Fail at Good Nutrition
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Most college students don't even eat one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. Guess how many... Read more >


Breastfeeding May Help Brain Development
Alice G. Walton

Infants, particularly preemies, who were breastfed scored higher on reasoning and language tests at age 5. Read more >


Impulsive Children Become Impulsive Adults
Neil Wagner

The brains of impulsive people are different from those who can delay gratification. Read more >


Fewer Boys Being Circumcised
Esther Entin, M.D.

The decision to circumcise a newborn boy is one that is best made after looking at all the information available. Read more >


Hookah Smoking: Not Safe At All
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hookah lounges are on the rise in California and with them, tobacco use... Read more >


Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Alice G. Walton

Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >


Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >


Venus Williams Shares Her Battle with Sjogren's Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >


Sprained Ankles and Strained Emergency Rooms
Neil Wagner

Sprained ankles and minor injuries clog emergency rooms, endangering people with serious problems. Read more >


How We React to Stress Influences Performance
Alice G. Walton

How you interpret your stress can influence how you perform on tests. Read more >


A Nagging Problem
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids' nagging can wear down moms' resistance. But a study found some winning strategies... Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There Are Developmental Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

Secondhand smoke sharply increases the risk of a child's having neurodevelopmental disorders like learning disabilities and ADHD. Read more >


Parenting and Temperament: Does "Goodness of Fit" Matter?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain styles of parenting are more beneficial for children with difficult temperaments, such as the anxious or depressed. Read more >


Study Links Folate to Better Grades
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Folate, a B vitamin, and folic acid, its synthetic version, have been linked to better school performance. Read more >


Hidden Veggies Increase Kids' Intake
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Including some pureed vegetables in foods your children already love is a good way to help them on the path to healthier eating. Read more >


Speech Processing May Be at the Heart of Dyslexia
Alice G. Walton

The root of dyslexia may be in speech processing, a surprise to researchers... Read more >


How to Mess up Your Kids
Alice G. Walton

Twelve things parents do that can damage their children. How to avoid such mistakes. Read more >


Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Just Hype?
Neil Wagner

Dog dander thought to be hypoallergenic may not be as allergen-free as hoped. Read more >


The Causes Of Autism: So Many Theories. So Few Answers.
Esther Entin, M.D.

What causes autism? What can parents do to avoid it? Early environments matter. Read more >


Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
Alice G. Walton

A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >


Asthma Linked to Cockroach Exposure
Neil Wagner

A study of middle-income kids with and without asthma found that cockroaches are a factor in asthma Read more >


"Late Talkers" Turn Out Just Fine
Alice G. Walton

Children with language delays have no more behavioral or emotional problems as adolescents than other kids. Read more >


Eight Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Your Performance
Alice G. Walton

Doing your best is a balancing act involving practice, calmness and drive. What research has found. Read more >


The Latest Cell Phone - Cancer Study Finds No Link
Alice G. Walton

A new review study finds no good evidence of a cell phone-brain tumor connection... Read more >


Why Rocking Yourself to Sleep Works
Neil Wagner

Break out the hammocks. Rocking to sleep is not just for babies. It offers a deeper sleep... Read more >


ADHD and The Risk of Substance Abuse
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why are kids and adolescents with ADHD prone to substance use? Read more >


How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
Neil Wagner

Gels that glow under black light can be used to teach kids to wash their hands more thoroughly. Read more >


Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies: Where are they Treated?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Too often, children with behavioral or emotional issues are taken to the ER. Read more >


Sports and Energy Drinks: Not Kids Stuff
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a warning about sports and energy drinks. Why? Read more >


Prolonged Bottle Use Linked to Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Children still being bottle-fed at two years old are 33% more likely to be obese. Read more >


New Proof the Exercise Really Does Wonders for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even light exercise can have a significant effect on the health of your heart and blood vessels. Read more >


More Reasons to Get Your Zzzzs
Alice G. Walton

Sleep can help you lose weight, make better decisions, and improve your sex life. Read more >


Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Alice G. Walton

Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >


Kids' Brains Change as They Learn New Math Skills
Alice G. Walton

Children's brains change as they learn math skills. Adults' too, hopefully. Read more >


The Color Red Boosts Speed and Intensity of Performance
Alice G. Walton

Looking at the color red actually boosts the strength and speed of our physical reactions. Read more >


Violence in Cartoons Does Not Make Them More Enjoyable
Alice G. Walton

Contrary to popular belief, kids do not enjoy violent cartoons any more than nonviolent ones... Read more >


Children with Asthma Prescribed Antibiotics, Contrary to Guidelines
Neil Wagner

Nearly a million kids a year are prescribed antibiotics for asthma, another unnecessary use. But why Read more >


Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
Alice G. Walton

To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >


FDA Panel Urges New Instructions and Dosing on Infant Pain Relievers
Alice G. Walton

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does not appear to reduce kids' pain, just their fever. Read more >


Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Alice G. Walton

Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >


Children and Environmental Chemicals: A Call for Better Regulation
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are small and low to the ground, leaving them more exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >


Reducing Stress May Boost Success Rate with IVF
Alice G. Walton

Reducing stress can improve the odds of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Read more >


Pesticide Exposure May Affect Kids' Cognitive Function
Alice G. Walton

A banned residential pesticide is linked to lower IQ in kids. Read more >


Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Alice G. Walton

Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >


Family Meals Help Cut Childhood Obesity
Alice G. Walton

Just having kids cut their fat intake does not help them lose weight. So what does work? Read more >


More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >


FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Alice G. Walton

Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >


Dangerous Exposures: Sun and Skin
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence than can set the stage for skin cancers and problems later. Read more >


Many People Rate Themselves as Normal Even When Overweight: What's Changed?
Alice G. Walton

People who are seriously overweight tend not to see themselves as being as heavy as they are... Read more >


Study Finds Opioids Taken During Pregnancy Increase Birth Defects
Neil Wagner

If you are pregnant or trying to beome pregnant, check with your doctor before taking any medication — even herbal preparations. Read more >


Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
Neil Wagner

One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >


Simple Febrile Seizures: Revised Practice Guidelines and Advice for Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Seizures that occur when a child has a fever are scary, but are they dangerous? Sometimes. Read more >


Exercise Boosts Tests Scores, Thinking Ability
Neil Wagner

Intelligence scores rose by four points with just 40 minutes of play a day... Read more >


Starting Baby on Solids Too Soon May Pose Obesity Risk Later
Alice G. Walton

Introducing solid foods too early raises the risk of obesity... Read more >


100 Innings a Year or Less for Young Arms
Neil Wagner

Pitching too much can damage young (and old) arms. It is important to limit the number of pitches to reduce the risk of injury. Read more >


Nutrition for Athletes
Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D.

Elite athletes can teach us all a lot about eating right. Who knew chocolate milk was the perfect recovery drink? Read more >


Diet and ADHD: The Debate Continues
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are kids with ADHD just exhibiting an allergic response to certain foods? Read more >


Helping Overweight Children by Teaching Parents
Neil Wagner

Educating parents about healthy lifestyles and nutrition is a very good way to reduce childhood obesity. Read more >


Nature and Nurture: Social Environments Influence Genetic Blueprints
Esther Entin, M.D.

A study of children two and under shows just how much being poor restricts kids' genetic potential. Read more >


How to Beat Test Anxiety
Neil Wagner

Writing about your anxiety may help release some of its grip and enable you to perform more in line with your ability. Read more >


Proposed Guidelines Will Make School Food Healthier
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Updates to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program lower fat and salt and increase greens Read more >


Kids' Friends May Be Big Influence on Grades
Alice G. Walton

Kids' friends may have a bigger influence on how well they do in school than parents do. Read more >


Surgeon General: End Barriers to Breastfeeding
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Surgeon General addresses the reasons women don't engage in this free, healthy practice... Read more >


Infant Formulas Are Not All the Same
Neil Wagner

When it comes to babies' weight gain, not all formulas are alike. Which is right for your baby? Read more >


High Sugar Intake in Teens May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Teens who eat a diet high in added sugars have higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides. Read more >


Baby Fat May Predict Childhood Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't assume a chubby baby is a healthy baby. Don't deny infants food, but when solids are introduced, make healthy choices. Read more >


Anesthesia-Related Deaths During Childbirth Drop, But Still Present Risk
Alice G. Walton

The number of women who die from general anesthesia during childbirth has dropped, but epidurals... Read more >


BPA Lowers Women's Fertility in Study
Neil Wagner

Women having trouble conceiving may want to consider their exposure to BPA and learn how to limit it Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus May Affect Newborn Health
Alice G. Walton

Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >


Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
Alice G. Walton

A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >


Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
Neil Wagner

It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >


Revamping School Nutrition from Vending Machines Up
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Vending machines full of junk food? A new landmark nutrition bill is a game changer. Read more >


Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
Alice G. Walton

College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >


Many Kids Skipping Meals and Snacking Instead
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When kids skip meals, they snack instead which raises the chance they will take in empty calories... Read more >


Synthetic Marijuana Worse Than the Real Stuff
Alice G. Walton

Synthetic marijuana, often legal and sold at convenience stores, can be more deadly than the real thing. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Neil Wagner

Don't smoke at home. Secondhand smoke appears to affect children even more than it does adults. Read more >


New Mothers' Brains May Grow Larger
Alice G. Walton

The thrill and pleasure of a new baby appear to stimulate brain growth, particularly in areas... Read more >


CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
Neil Wagner

The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >


More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Alice G. Walton

Teens' hearing has gotten worse. It may be from having the iPod or MP3 up too loud. Read more >


Literate Mothers Boost Children's Test Scores
Neil Wagner

For young children in poor communities, having a mom who reads is a huge boost to school success. Read more >


Evidence that Violent Media Desensitizes Teenage Boys
Neil Wagner

Boys used to violent video clips have less response to them. Does this increase the likelihood... Read more >


AAP: Infants Should Be Screened for Iron Deficiency at 12 Months
Alice G. Walton

Breastfed babies should have iron supplements beginning at four months old. All babies should be checked for iron at 12 months. Read more >


Dogs Can Ease the Stress of Autism
Neil Wagner

Having a service dog reduces undesirable behavior and eases kids' (and parents') stress. Read more >


Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?
Alice G. Walton

Women who experience morning sickness are less likely to miscarry than women who do not... Read more >


Too Much Screen Time Bad for Kids' Psychology
Alice G. Walton

Limiting kids' TV and computer time can improve their ability to pay attention and reduce the risk of psychological problems. Read more >


Sports Drinks: Soda in Disguise?
Neil Wagner

Don't let the term, "sports drink" fool you. Often these drinks have nearly as many calories as soda. Reach for water instead. Read more >


Can Tooth Health Reduce Preterm Births?
Alice G. Walton

Taking care of gum disease while you're pregnant may reduce the risk the risk of preterm birth. Read more >


Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Alice G. Walton

Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. Read more >


FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Alice G. Walton

Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >


Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
Alice G. Walton

New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >


Contagious Yawning Teaches Researchers About Social Development
Alice G. Walton

Contagious yawning is familiar to most. But did you know it is a form of normal social bonding... Read more >


Eye Injuries from Laser Pointers
Neil Wagner

Laser pointers can damage eyesight. Parents should teach kids the risks and know the power of any pointer their child uses. Read more >


More Young Athletes Reporting Concussions
Neil Wagner

The best medicine for concussion is rest. Young children need even more rest after a concussion than teenagers do. Read more >


It's Quality, Not Quantity, of Sleep That's Important for New Moms
Alice G. Walton

Even though they may total enough hours at night, interrupted sleep is what hurts new moms. Read more >


Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >


Youngest Children in Their Class Most Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Neil Wagner

Before accepting a diagnosis of attention-deficit disorder, consider whether your child is young for his or her grade in school. Read more >


Earlier Onset of Puberty in the U.S.
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more girls are beginning puberty between ages seven and eight. Read more >


Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Data to Aid Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you have had a cesarean section, you may still be able to deliver a child vaginally. Read more >


Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Neil Wagner

Babies born to mothers who received Earned Income Tax Credits weigh more, a sign of greater health. Read more >


Stages of Puberty and the Risk of Violent Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen violence can de-rail young lives. A new study links it to a teen's stage of sexual development, not age. Read more >


Too Much Mac-N-Cheese? Lure Your Kids to Healthy Eating With a Little Fun
Alice G. Walton

Adding some fun activities to meal preparation improves kids' attitude toward fruits and vegetables. Read more >


Kids Read More When They Pick the Books
Neil Wagner

Let your child choose his or her summer reading books. Reading anything helps keep those skills sharp and helps in school. Read more >


Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Alice G. Walton

Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >


The Teenager Sleep Schedule vs. the School Bell
Esther Entin, M.D.

Starting the school day just a half hour later helps teens get the sleep they need, raising motivation. Read more >


Why Are So Many Children Overweight?
Neil Wagner

When it comes to helping kids lose weight, exercise is very important; but reducing calories is the most important first step. Read more >


Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
Alice G. Walton

More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >


Car Seats Should Stay in the Car to Avoid Accidents
Alice G. Walton

Don't leave your baby unattended while in his or her car seat - especially outside the car. Serious injuries can happen. Read more >


TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Alice G. Walton

Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >


Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Neil Wagner

Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >


Fructose May Increase Fat Cells in Kids
Alice G. Walton

If fructose didn't already have a bad enough rap, now it seems to help kids' fat cells proliferate. Read more >


A New Look At Postpartum Depression
Neil Wagner

New mothers have elevated levels of MAO-A, an enzyme known to deactivate neurotransmitters that affect mood. Read more >


Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Alice G. Walton

Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >


FDA Issues Warning for Parents to Measure Carefully When Giving Babies Vitamin D
Alice G. Walton

Make sure your baby gets the proper amount of vitamin D Read more >


Parents Should Be Cautious with Autism Sites, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

Be cautious about what websites you use for research Read more >


Cutting: Teens Who Hurt Themselves
Esther Entin, M.D.

The medical community calls it "non-suicidal self-injury" (NSSI); the kids call it "cutting." Read more >


Pregnancy, Sunlight, and Multiple Sclerosis Risk
Esther Entin, M.D.

The risk of multiple sclerosis increases in parts of the world that receive less sun. Read more >


Food for Thought: Pesticide Exposure and ADHD Risk in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Pesticide exposure may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more >


Does Mozart Really Make Your Kid Smarter? New Study Says "Nein."
Alice G. Walton

There’s little evidence that exposing your child to Mozart will actually improve their IQ. Read more >


Alcohol and Adolescents: The Need to Teach our Children Well
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen drinking is not like on TV. There are real risks, like auto accidents and impaired brain development. Read more >


Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >


A Simple Way to Eat Less
Neil Wagner

Keep serving platters off the table during meals and reduce calories by 20%. Read more >


Kids and Screens: Media and Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens' screen time offers risks and rewards. How to minimize the risks. Read more >


Parents, Especially Dads, Affect Teen Smoking
Neil Wagner

Father-child communication is more important than many may realize, particularly when it is about things like cigarette smoking. Read more >


Vitamin D: Are Babies Getting Enough?
Esther Entin, M.D.

When babies begin to eat solids they are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Read more >


Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Esther Entin, M.D.

Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >


Mothers' Diet Can Lower the Risk of Eczema, Wheezing in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

What a woman eats when pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce her child's chances of asthma and eczema. Read more >


Mother-Infant Bonding Hormone Oxytocin May Help Those with Autism
Alice G. Walton

Oxytocin, a hormone, may help some autistic kids gain social skills. Read more >


Youth Sports Without All the Injuries
Neil Wagner

Sports injuries among child athletes are increasing. Many injuries can be prevented by getting proper rest, stretching after games... Read more >


Herbs and Pregnancy: Does Natural Mean Safe?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The use of herbal preparations, in any stage of life, but particularly during pregnancy, should not be taken lightly. Read more >


Researchers Help Children Build Tolerance to Peanuts over Time
Alice G. Walton

Some children with peanut allergies can become less dangerously allergic through immunotherapy. Parents should not try this on their own. Read more >


Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >


Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >


Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychosis
Neil Wagner

Study finds omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help prevent youth psychosis. Read more >


SIDS and Serotonin: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not yet known, but low levels of serotonin may play a role. Read more >


A Simple Test for Concussions
Neil Wagner

A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >


Psychiatric Drugs During Pregnancy: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives
Esther Entin, M.D.

Timing makes a difference when it comes to taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs while pregnant. Read more >


"Artificial Pancreas" Helps Control Nighttime Blood Sugar in Young Diabetics
Alice G. Walton

Used during sleep, the system, which calculates and administers insulin, was far more effective at preventing nighttime hypoglycemia. Read more >


Blood Test Tells Baby's Sex Early in Pregnancy
Neil Wagner

A simple blood test may replace amniocentesis as the best means for determining a baby's sex early in utero Read more >


Running Shoe Design: Miles to Go
Neil Wagner

Walking in high heels increases knee torque by 20-26%. Read more >


Autism Clusters Around the Highly Educated, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Autism appears to be more common among the children of the well-educated. But is this just the result of more frequent diagnosis? Read more >


Better Relationships Cut Teenage Weight Gain
Neil Wagner

Negative emotions can contribute to overeating or binge eating. Therapy aimed at improving social skills can therefore help prevent weight Read more >


Prescribing Medication Safely for Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Warnings about the effects of prescription drugs on children are often not reported accurately... Read more >


Kids' Mental Health Needs Often Unmet
Esther Entin, M.D.

Treating children for mental health problems can reduce the risk that the problems will get worse. Read more >


England Gets Serious about Penalty Kicks
Neil Wagner

England has lost three World Cups on penalty kicks, so researchers came up with a new strategy. Read more >


Breast Milk: The Best Food Money Can't Buy
Esther Entin, M.D.

For most babies, breast milk is the best milk, but it is important to supplement with vitamin D. Read more >


Early Daycare and Childhood Asthma: Are They Related?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Daycare may actually lower the risk of developing asthma even though it may raise the risk of infection. Read more >


Adolescent Behavior: Expectations vs. Reality
Esther Entin, M.D.

When teenagers feel alienated from their families, they are at greater risk for sadness and depression. Read more >


High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy: When and Why Should It Be Treated?
Esther Entin, M.D.

High blood sugar during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, is a major health risk for mother and babies. Read more >


Preterm Birth and the Risk of Autism
Esther Entin, M.D.

Being premature doesn't in itself raise the risk of autism, but complications affecting the brain do. Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Esther Entin, M.D.

Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >


Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >


Raising Safer Teen Drivers: What Works?
Esther Entin, M.D.

As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your child safe on the road is to set rules and pay attention to their activities. Read more >


High Quality Day Care: An Escape Route for Children of Poverty
Esther Entin, M.D.

Daycare that offers children living in poverty a chance to learn school-readiness skills and exposure to role models helps them keep pace... Read more >


Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
Esther Entin, M.D.

All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >


Getting Online Support May Help College Kids Tackle Drinking
Alice G. Walton

College students who have harmful drinking patterns can be helped to rein in their drinking by receiving personalized online feedback. Read more >


Bullies and Victims Both At Risk for Future Mental Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Both bullies and the victims of bullies may suffer from mental disorders in later life. Read more >


A Quiet Routine Makes for an Easier Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Having a consistent and peaceful nighttime routine helps babies and toddlers fall asleep more easily. Read more >


Little Boy Blue: Depression in Toddlers
Esther Entin, M.D.

What does a depressed toddler look like? He may be unable to enjoy things that used to be fun or not thinking as clearly as she used to. Read more >


"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >


No Place Like Home: Premature Infants, Socioeconomic Status, and Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

As important as medical intervention is for premature infants, the home environment is just as important. Read more >


Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Neil Wagner

Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. Read more >


A New Look at the Cause of Colic
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bacteria may play a major role in causing the discomfort of colicky babies. Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are starting to show dangerously high cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels. How to prevent life-long damage to young hearts. Read more >


Helping Parents Change Children's Health Habits
Esther Entin, M.D.

Having confidence in your ability to change behavior even in the face of obstacles is a critical asset for an effective parent. Read more >


Teen Smoking: The Influence of Movies and Team Sports
Esther Entin, M.D.

For teens, playing team sports helps reduce the risk of starting smoking. Read more >


From Silent to Serious: Chlamydia Infections in Teens and Young Adults
Esther Entin, M.D.

The STD chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine specimen and does not require a pelvic examination or vaginal or urethral culture. Read more >


Colicky Babies and Depressed Dads: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Excessive crying lasts for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, during which a baby can't... Read more >


Adolescent Health: So Many Teens; So Little Care
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents may want to request that their teen‘s doctor discuss safety, diet, smoking, sexuality and other topics. Read more >


Weighty Matters: The Risks of Obesity During Pregnancy
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infants of obese mothers have increased fat mass compared to infants of mothers who are not. Read more >


Get Milk!
Esther Entin, M.D.

Only half of males and one-fifth of females between the ages of 19-30 get the recommended amount of calcium. Read more >


Pacifiers and Breastfeeding: Is There Really A Problem?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. Read more >


Let Them Drink Water
Esther Entin, M.D.

Between the 1970s and the early 2000s, the rates of obesity in children ages 2-11 years nearly doubled. Read more >


Sleepless in Adolescence
Neil Wagner

The Internet, television and online videos and games are all responsible for a reduction in the amount of sleep that teens receive nightly. Read more >


Turn off the TV and Talk to Your Baby
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children do not watch TV or videos before age two years. Read more >


Improving Children's Mental Health: An Updated Agenda and a Roadmap
Esther Entin, M.D.

Resilience, the ability to thrive in the face of extreme adversity, is a reason why some children develop successfully while others fail. Read more >


Needles Optional? Sham Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain Too
Jordana Bieze Foster

Acupuncture can help reduce back pain, but piercing the skin may not be necessary to reap its benefits. Read more >


Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >


Birth Control Pills May Interfere with Strength Training
Jordana Bieze Foster

Taking birth control pills can interfere with women athletes' ability to build muscle mass. Read more >


This Is Your Brain on Fish
Esther Entin, M.D

Teenage boys who ate plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, primarily through consumption of fish, had improved memory and cognitive skills. Read more >


Finding Fun Ways to Stay Fit
Jordana Bieze Foster

Think of play (dancing, hiking, tennis) when you think of fitness. It will help keep you motivated. Read more >


Gradual Exposure to Peanut Protein May Help Develop Tolerance to Allergy
Alice G. Walton

Giving children with peanut allergies tiny amounts of peanut protein can help build tolerance over time. Read more >


Flat Feet: Not the Achilles Heel for Young Athletes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Flat feet used to have the reputation of causing painful feet in adulthood as well as poor motor skills but research is finding differently. Read more >


Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
Alice G. Walton

A common enterovirus may be the tipping point in a chain of events that cause beta cells in the pancreas to stop producing insulin and diabetes... Read more >


Violent Video Games Dampen Players' Reaction to Others' Pain
Alice Walton

Playing violent video games and watching violent films make people insensitive to others' pain and less likely to notice others' distress. Read more >


Pump Up Quads For Better Postoperative Function
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strengthening quads after a total knee replacement can improve functional performance enough to rival that of healthy older adults. Read more >


Teens, TV and Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Adolescents who watch excessive TV are more likely to show signs of depression when they become young adults. Read more >


Helping Children Get What They Want
Neil Wagner

Researchers have developed a light-emitting headband that may soon help children who can't speak to communicate their preferences. Read more >


Quad-Cartilage Connection: Strength May Protect Against Knee OA Progression
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >


New Hope for Back Pain
Neil Wagner

Spinal discs are gel-filled sacs that sit between the vertebrae (bones) of the spinal column. They function as a cushion or shock absorber. Read more >


Osteoarthritis Origins: Protein Discovery Could Be Key to a Cure
Jordana Bieze Foster

A protein in cartilage appears associated with age-related articular cartilage loss, a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for OA. Read more >


Meditation, Anxiety, and ADHD
Esther Entin, M.D.

People with ADHD have a hard time filtering out stimuli present in the environment and deciding which deserve their attention. Read more >


Kids and OTC Cold Meds Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

Roughly two-thirds of children's emergency room visits come from kids drinking OTC cold medication while unsupervised. Read more >


Salmonella in Peanut Butter: Outbreak Continues
Neil Wagner

The plant in Georgia responsible for the outbreak of salmonella has been found. What the FDA has to say about finding the peanut butter on shelves... Read more >


Mother-Infant Bonding: Up in Smoke
Esther Entin, M.D.

For newborns whose mothers smoke, withdrawal from nicotine occurs during the first five days after birth. Read more >


Strong Bones for Tiny Preemies
Esther Entin, M.D.

Although premature infants' bones grow in length and circumference, the quality of the bones themselves is often poor. Read more >


Exposure to Alcohol in the Womb Leads to Altered Connections in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

It is not clear that drinking any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Read more >


Happy Feet Keep Exercise Resolutions on Track
Jordana Bieze Foster

Have your feet measured before you buy athletic shoes. Exercising in tight shoes can cause a neuroma, or a pinched nerve. Read more >


Nutrition Preschool: A Trip to the Grocery Store
Esther Entin, M.D.

One of the best places to teach kids early lessons on eating healthfully may be while they are riding in the grocery cart. Read more >


Fear Reaction Different in Anxious and Depressed Adolescents and Adults
Alice G. Walton

The neurotransmitter serotonin is important in regulating the fear response. Read more >


Winning Warm-up: Soccer Injuries Nearly Halved
Jordana Bieze Foster

Warming up before exercise can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Read more >


Exercise Helps Moderate Anger in Overweight Children
Alice G. Walton

Exercise appears to reduce children's anger as it increases fitness. Read more >


Far Beyond The Three R's
Esther Entin, M.D.

Social skills, such as knowing how to resist peer pressure, endure beyond childhood and support a person's success in adulthood. Read more >


Obese Children's Arteries Are Just as Bad as Middle-Aged Adults'
Alice G. Walton

The vascular "age" of obese children is like that of middle-aged adults, based on the amount of plaque build-up. Read more >


ADHD: Treatment With Stimulants Safer than Expected
Esther Entin, M.D.

Do the stimulants used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) put them at risk for future drug abuse? Read more >


Tai Chi: Good for the Knees?
Neil Wagner

Study says Tai Chi can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Read more >


Glucosamine And Chondroitin: A Joint Venture In Question
Jordana Bieze Foster

Glucosamine and chondroitin may not work as well together as we think. Read more >


Turf Wars: Artificial Surfaces Match Grass for Overall Safety
Jordana Bieze Foster

Injuries during matches played on artificial turf are more likely to be severe than match injuries played on grass. Read more >


It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing
Esther Entin, M.D.

Loud sounds damage the ear's hair cells, turning a lush "pasture" of these cells into a burned-out wasteland. Read more >


Breastfeeding and Fish Consumption Spur Early Child Development
Neil Wagner

Mothers who eat fish while pregnant and who later breastfeed their infants see better early physical and mental development. Read more >


Sports-Related Concussions: Risks and Recovery
Jordana Bieze Foster

Concussions can be difficult to spot, especially when young athletes hide their symptoms to keep playing. Read more >


Television's Effects on Children's Attention and Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

Television distracts children from their own play, interfering with cognitive development. Read more >


Eating Cake May Help Children Kick an Allergy to Eggs
Alice G. Walton

Egg allergies are very common in children, but overcoming them may be as simple as exposing kids to small portions of cooked egg. Read more >


Fine Young Moralists
Neil Wagner

Keep in mind that your seven-year old has a pretty good idea of the difference between right and wrong. Read more >


Fatigue Facilitates ACL Injury
Jordana Bieze Foster

Female athletes risk of ACL injury is up to eight times greater than that of men. Fatigue is a big cause. Read more >


Focusing on Infant Pain Relief
Esther Entin, M.D.

Newborns who felt repeated pain showed changes in neurologic development and in their immediate and future behavior. Read more >


What Parents Should Know About Coxsackievirus
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's summertime and children are gathering on playgrounds and in sandboxes and pools. Read more >


The Water's Not So Fine
Tom Gilbert

Next time you decide to take the family to the beach or the local swimming hole — even if your local health department has not issued a health warning — you might want to leave the younger kids at home. Read more >


Greening Cities May Reduce Childhood Asthma
Tom Gilbert

The lack of trees in urban areas may be behind the rising rates of asthma there. Read more >


U.S. Kids Under-Vaccinated
Tom Gilbert

From 2003 and 2004, a time when a toddler up to 18 months old should have received about 14 shots of several different vaccines. Today, even more shots are recommended. Read more >


More Autism or More Diagnoses?
Tom Gilbert

This is a question that researchers have been struggling with for decades, as developed nations such as the United States have seen an alarming rise in the number of children diagnosed as autistic. Read more >


Reality Check: Gymnastics as Dangerous as Hockey
Tom Gilbert

Gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates of all girls' sports, according to a survey of emergency room admissions. Read more >


Vitamin D in Childhood Lowers Diabetes Risk
Tom Gilbert

Giving young children extra Vitamin D supplements may help prevent type 1 diabetes later in life, says a new study. Read more >


Cleaning Products and Your Child's Lungs
Tom Gilbert

Using strong cleaning products while pregnant may put your child at risk for breathing problems. Read more >


Getting Our Children off the Road to Heart Disease
Tom Gilbert

We spend 18 years teaching our children how to walk, talk, read and drive, but many of us drop the ball when it comes to teaching them how to eat right. Read more >


Childhood Vaccine Not Linked to Autism
Tom Gilbert

Do vaccines given to infants and very young children somehow promote autism? This is the idea that researchers have been investigating and parents have been debating since a 1988 study of 12 children suggested such a link, provoking a wave of concern. Read more >


Keeping Young Athletes' Shoulders Healthy
Tom Gilbert

A few minutes practice and exercise each day will keep a young athlete in shape, and ready to play. Read more >


Asthma and College Athletes
Tom Gilbert

A significant number of athletes suffer from undiagnosed exercise-induced asthma. Read more >


Cars & Childhood Asthma

Some children are genetically predisposed to develop breathing problems when exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >


Watch Out For Heat Stroke
Tom Gilbert

What is the major cause of heat stroke? Ignorance — of our own bodies, of the weather and of what one can do to the other. Read more >


Vaccine Vs. Ear Infections
Tom Gilbert

As many parents can tell you, a small child who is prone to ear infections can make the whole family miserable. Read more >


The Children of 9/11
Tom Gilbert

Nearly 73 percent of children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center catastrophe developed a psychiatric illness in the years following the event. Read more >


U.S. Child Health System a Failure?
Tom Gilbert

In February of 2007, a U. Read more >


Body Clocks and Sports Performance
Tom Gilbert

The 24-hour rhythmic cycle of our bodies, known as circadian rhythm, significantly affects athletic performance, according to just-published research. Read more >


Two Cochlear Implants Better than One
Tom Gilbert

We hear better with two ears, so maybe it's not so surprising that deaf children who receive cochlear implants hear better when they have them in both ears. Read more >


Do Steroids Leave Tissues Open to Injury?
Tom Gilbert

People who get a steroid injection in their shoulder might be better off waiting a few weeks before returning to regular activities or starting physical therapy, according to a new study. Read more >


Pregnant Smokers May "Program" Their Kids to Smoke
Tom Gilbert

Pregnant smokers may "program" their children to become smokers suggests the latest research. Read more >


Neurosurgeons Back Child ATV Ban
Tom Gilbert

A group of neurosurgeons is renewing calls for a ban on the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) by children under age 16 after a 10-year review of injuries caused by the vehicles. Read more >


Obesity and Your Baby's Diet
Tom Gilbert

Minimally processed, natural food can help protect your baby against obesity later in life, according to the latest research. Read more >


Drinking and Running
Tom Gilbert

In recent years, long distance runners have been getting conflicting advice from experts about liquids. Read more >


Not By Breast Alone
Tom Gilbert

Giving breastfed babies a bit of solid food may help ward off food allergies. Read more >


No Particulate Place to Go
Tom Gilbert

Tips to help urban athletes breathe easier. Read more >


Getting the Lead Out - The News About an Old Problem
Sassan Farjami, M.D., Ogleh Nesheiwat, M.D., Carol Karmen, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Sleep disturbances, restlessness, lethargy, memory loss and irritability can be signs of lead poisoning. Read more >


Cod Liver Oil - It Really Is Good for You
Tom Gilbert

Decades ago, children dreaded the very words "cod liver oil. Read more >


Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >


A Body to Die For: The ABC's of Eating Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Recovering bulimics should protect their teeth by NOT brushing vigorously. Read more >


Sports Injuries and the Aging Athlete
John E. Morley, M.D.

Not long ago, a man named Al Hanna successfully reached the southern summit of Mt. Read more >


Violence and Inner-City Kids

Think of how rattled you might be if you lived in constant fear of a gun going off. Read more >


Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >





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