PARENTS, BE A ROLE MODELS

Survey Reveals Bad Driving Behaviors In Parents And Teens. “A new national study” of 2,000 adolescents and “1,000 parents” revealed that “37 percent of parents of teen drivers use apps while driving, which is almost at the same rate of teens at 38 percent.” The survey “also found that parents admit to speeding, driving while tired and even taking selfies behind the wheel at similar or higher rates than teenagers.” Notably, “more than a third of teens said their parents claimed more experience as a justification for bad driving habits.”

BITTER FACTS

CDC: Opioid use disorder prevalence up among pregnant women. CDC researchers found that the rate of US pregnant women with opioid use disorder rose from 1.5 per 1,000 deliveries in 1999 to 6.5 in 2014. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that OUD among pregnant women was most prevalent in Vermont and least prevalent in the District of Columbia. CNN (8/9), United Press International (8/9)

SERVE YOUR CHILD'S FOOD RIGHT WAY

Researchers found that children who were given plates with compartments that had pictures of fruits and vegetables took larger average servings and consumed more fruits and vegetables daily, compared with when they received regular plates. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics were based on data involving 325 preschoolers. Reuters (8/6)

OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTATION

Children who received a fruit drink with omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to have disruptive behaviors, compared with those who took the fruit drink alone, researchers reported in Aggressive Behavior. The findings also showed a lower likelihood of interpartner psychological aggression and verbal abuse among parents of those in the omega-3 group. Xinhua News Agency (7/25)

BABIES BORN FROM IVF REACH 8 MILLION WORLDWIDE

Eight million infants have been born from in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies around the world since the first IVF baby was born in 1978, according to an International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies report presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting. The report also showed that the prevalence of twins and multiple births has dropped over the past 40 years and is now at 14%.CNN (7/3)

TEEN DRIVING. RISK REDUCTION

The findings suggest that a less abrupt reduction in adult supervision may benefit teens during the first few months of independent driving, researchers said. An NIH study in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that adolescent drivers had an eightfold higher risk of being involved in a collision or near-crash event during the first three months after receiving a driver's license, compared with the previous three months when they were still on a learner's permit.

SCARY

Obesity rates in the US consistently rose across groups and regions since 1999, with obesity and severe obesity prevalence among boys, but not girls, continuously rising to reach 20.6% and 7.5%, respectively, in 2015-2016, researchers reported at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting. The findings also showed that nearly 33% of children ages 6 to 11 and about 50% of teens ages 12 to 19 will be overweight or obese by 2030 if current trends continue.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay NewS

GET TECH SMART FOR YOUR KIDS

Parents can effectively manage their children's media consumption by using the TECH parenting style that urges them to talk with their children regarding media use; educate them about various media risks; actively co-view and co-use media with children; and create clear media use rules in the household, according to a perspective paper in Pediatrics.

PREVALENCE OF OBESITY IS RISING

Obesity rates in the US consistently rose across groups and regions since 1999, with obesity and severe obesity prevalence among boys, but not girls, continuously rising to reach 20.6% and 7.5%, respectively, in 2015-2016, researchers reported at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting. The findings also showed that nearly 33% of children ages 6 to 11 and about 50% of teens ages 12 to 19 will be overweight or obese by 2030 if current trends continue. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (6/11)

BREASTFEEDING, GUT MICROBIOM AND WEIGHT

The gut microbiome in breastfed babies differs from that of babies fed mostly formula, and breastfed babies are less likely than their formula-fed peers to develop obesity, suggesting that obesity starts early and is linked to gut bacteria. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, found an association between a proliferation of certain gut bacteria and healthy weight, and revealed that occasional formula feeding does not raise the risk of overweight. ABC News (6/6)

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