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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

RESEARCH ON PARENTAL CIGARETTE AND CANNABIS USE

A study in Pediatrics showed that the rate of parents with children ages 18 and younger at home who smoked cigarettes in the previous month declined from 27.6% in 2002 to 20.2% in 2015, while the rate of those who used cannabis rose from 4.9% to 6.8% during the same period. The findings, based on National Survey on Drug Use and Health data, also showed those who smoked cigarettes were four times as likely to use cannabis at home, compared with nonsmokers.

CHILDREN WITH YOUNGEST AND OLDEST MOTHERS ARE AT RISK OF DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES

A study suggests that children born to mothers ages 15 and younger were more likely to develop developmental issues compared with other children. Analysis of data from almost 100,000 children revealed 21% of them had at least one developmental issue at age 5. This group is followed by kids born to women ages 35 to 45, and lowest among children born to mothers ages 30 to 35. HealthDay News (5/2)

EVEN LOW EFFICACY FLU VACCINES ARE EFFECTIVE, STYDY FINDS

Researchers estimated that a flu vaccine that is only 20% effective at a 43% vaccine coverage rate would prevent more than 20 million illnesses, 129,000 hospitalizations and 61,000 deaths. The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also showed that at a 50% coverage rate, the same vaccine would avert another 3.63 million infections, 21,987 hospitalizations and 8,479 deaths. CNN (4/30),

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