ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO DRINK WATER

Water access in schools may curb pediatric obesity
Researchers estimated that 570,000 fewer US children would be overweight or obese if water dispensers were installed in school cafeterias across the country. The findings in Pediatric Obesity -- based on 2009 to 2013 data involving 1,200 elementary and middle schools in New York City -- showed that students in schools with water dispensers had a threefold increase in lunchtime water intake, significantly lower whole-milk consumption and a small but substantial drop in overweight risk after a year.

REDUCED TEEN SLEEP IS TIED TO INCREASED SMARTPHONE USE. SET UP THE LIMITS

Nearly 40% of US teens got fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, a 58% increase over 1991 and 17% increase over 2009 rates, when adolescent smartphone use began to significantly increase, researchers reported in Sleep Medicine. The findings also showed a link between increased time spent online and shorter sleep duration, with a 50% higher likelihood of inadequate sleep among those who were online five hours daily, compared with those who were online an hour daily.
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CDC REPORTS HIGH STD CASES IN THE US IN 2016

New cases of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in the US reached a record high of more than 2 million in 2016, more than 1.6 million of which were from chlamydia, according to a CDC report. Data also showed that syphilis prevalence among newborns increased by 28% between 2015 and 2016. CNN (9/26)

WHY PARENTS DON'T FOLLOW SAFE SLEEP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BABIES

Many parents participating in focus groups said they don't adhere to safe sleep recommendations for their babies because they think sudden infant death syndrome is "fate" and can't be prevented, while others had doubts about the science and concerns about infant comfort, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting.

STUDY LINKS MATERNAL FOLIC ACID INTAKE TO AUTISM RISK IN CHILDREN

Youths born to women who took folic acid supplements around the time of conception had a lower risk of autism, even if their mothers were exposed to pesticides, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives. Low folic acid levels plus repeated exposure to pesticides combined for a higher risk of autism than either factor alone.
HealthDay News (9/8)

UPDATED FLU VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released an updated policy statement in Pediatrics reiterating that all youths ages 6 months and older should receive trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccines, not the FluMist live-attenuated intranasal vaccine, this flu season. The statement also urges all pregnant women, household contacts and health care personnel to receive flu shots.

SUMMER VACATION LEADS TO FITNESS LOSS IN CHILDREN, STUDY SAYS

Research that included 400 British children found that over the summer, they lost 80% of the fitness they had built up during the school year. The study, presented at the annual Congress of European College of Sports Science, found fitness loss was 18 times greater among children from the poorest families than among those from the most affluent families. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model)

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