DIETARY BEHAVIORS MAY BE TIED TO ACADEMIC ACHIVEMENT IN CHILDREN

Youths who ate vegetables every night scored significantly higher on most parts of a standardized academic test, compared with those who didn't eat vegetables, according to an Australian study. The findings also showed higher writing scores among those who ate more fruits but lower test scores, especially in reading, among those with increased sugary drink intake.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (7/29)

MYOPIA RISK IN CHILDREN

Six-year-olds with myopia had lower odds of playing sports, had reduced vitamin D levels and increased body mass index, and spent less time outdoors, compared with those who weren't nearsighted, according to a study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. The findings, based on data involving 5,711 youths in the Netherlands

LESS SLEEP TIED TO FASTER AGING, STUDY FINDS

Youths with shorter sleep lengths had shorter telomeres, which is associated with faster aging at the cellular level, compared with those with longer sleep duration, researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatrics. The findings, based on data involving 1,567 9-year-olds across the US, showed that every hour less of sleep per night was tied to 1.5% shorter telomere length.
CTV.ca (Canada)/RelaxNews (7/7)

FC MRI SHOWS PROMISE IN PREDICTING AUTISM RISK IN BABIES

Researchers examined 59 infants aged 6 months whose siblings had autism spectrum disorder and found that functional connectivity MRI yielded 96.6% accuracy and 81.8% sensitivity in determining those who would develop Autism/Spectrum by age 2 years. The findings in Science Medicine also showed that all of those without Autism diagnoses were correctly identified.
Scientific American online (6/7)

STUDY FINDS HIGHER SUBSTANCE ABUSE RISK AMONG US YOUTH IN ELITE HIGH SCHOOLS

The rates of teen boys and girls who studied at elite high schools in the US who developed drug or alcohol addiction by age 26 were two and three times higher than national norms, respectively, researchers reported in the journal Development and Psychopathology.

Only 22% Of US Moms Exclusively Breastfeed Their Infants For Six Months.

USA Today (5/26) reported that approximately 81% of US mothers “reported breastfeeding at some point, CDC data” indicate, “but that number drastically decreases to about 22% when looking at exclusive breastfeeding for six months, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.” Some women stop nursing their babies because they don’t know if the infant is getting enough milk. Others have difficulties with getting the baby to latch on properly. Still others find the process too painful.

LEGAL MARIJUANA TIED TO HIGHER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT USE AMONG YOUTH

The annual number of teens and young adults who were diagnosed with marijuana intoxication or tested positive for marijuana at a Colorado children's hospital emergency department increased from 146 in 2005 to 639 in 2014, after the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in the state, researchers reported at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. The findings, based on 2005 to 2015 data involving youths ages 13 to 21. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News

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