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)

SCREEN TIME IS RELATED TO SERIOUS EFFECTS ON CHILDRENS HEALTH

Adolescents who spent more time doing screen-based activities such as gaming, social messaging, TV watching, or web surfing were more likely to develop symptoms of insomnia and, eventually, depression, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The findings also show that gaming was more strongly linked to depressive symptoms than messaging. U.S. News & World Report (6/5),

PEDIATRICIANS CALL TO ACT IN CURBING FIREARM DEATH, INJURIES

Congress should advance gun legislation improving background checks and firearm trafficking solutions, supporting safe firearm storage, and funding the CDC's gun violence research to curb gun-related deaths and injuries in the wake of mass school shooting events, according to a letter from American Academy of Pediatrics . The AAP "will also continue to work to ensure that children and their families have access to appropriate mental health services, particularly to address the effects of exposure to violence," President wrote.Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (5/23)

CDC REPORTS RECORD LOW FERTILITY RATES IN THE USA

The CDC reported a fertility rate of 60.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2017, a 3% decline from 2016 and the lowest rate since tracking began. Births to teen mothers dropped by 7%, as did fertility among all age groups except women in their early 40s, but the prevalence of preterm births and low birth weight infants rose. Los Angeles Times

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