NUMBERS ARE TERRIFYING:

Children increasingly need care for type 2 diabetes, obesity
Insurance claims for type 2 diabetes and other conditions more typically seen in adults rose sharply among children and youths from 2011 to 2015, according to an analysis from Fair Health. Type 2 diabetes claims rose more than twofold, prediabetes claims increased 110%, hypertension claims went up 67%, and obesity-related claims rose 94% among babies and toddlers and up to 154% among 19- to 22-year-olds.
Kaiser Health News (1/12)

STUTTERING MAY BE TIED TO DECREASED BLOOD FLOW IN BRAIN

Researchers examined MRI scans from 62 children and adults with and without stuttering and found that those who stuttered had lower blood flow to the brain's Broca's region, which is involved in word processing, than those without the speech disorder. The findings in Human Brain Mapping also showed even lower levels of blood flow to the brain area among those with more severe stuttering.
HealthDay News (1/6)

RESEARCH SUPPORTS LATER SCHOOL START TIMES

Students at a Hong Kong school that delayed its start time by 15 minutes had improved mental health, fewer behavioral issues, better concentration in class and less tardiness after the time change, according to a study in Sleep Medicine.
Reuters (12/21)

BIOMARKERS OF SECONDHAND MARIJUANA SMOKE EXPOSURE IS FOUND IN LARGE PERCENTAGE OF CHILDREN

Researchers examined urine samples from 43 children ages 1 month to 2 years hospitalized for bronchiolitis in Colorado between 2013 and 2015 and found that 16% had the marijuana metabolite 11-nor-9-carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol at concentrations between 0.03 ng/mL and 1.5 ng/mL. The findings in Pediatric Research also showed increased odds of tobacco smoke exposure among those exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke.
AAP News (12/7)

STUDENTS GAIN ALMOST 10 POUNDS DURING COLLEGE YEARS

A study that tracked the mean weight of college students found they gained about 4.5 kilograms, or nearly 10 pounds, from the time they entered school to the end of their senior year, researchers reported in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The number of overweight or obese students increased from about 23% to 41% during that time period.

CHILDHOOD ANESTHESIA HAS AN EFFECT ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

A Swedish study in JAMA Pediatrics found that children with a single exposure to anesthesia and surgery before age 4 had 0.41% lower school grades and 0.97% lower IQ scores in adolescence, compared with those who weren't exposed. The findings, based on data involving more than 190,000 youths

REASERCH FINDS THAT BULLYING AFFECTS CHILDREN'S WEIGHT

Children who experienced chronic bullying had a 1.7 times higher risk of obesity at age 18, compared with those who weren't bullied. The findings in Psychosomatic Medicine, based on data involving more than 2,000 youths in England and Wales, also showed increased body mass index and waist-hip ratios among those who were bullied.
PsychCentral.com (11/13)

OUR KIDS DESERVE THE BEST!

Our children deserve the best!
They need to have universal and affordable medical coverage. Every day in my office I see gross neglect and wrong decisions from parental side because of under-coverage.
KIDS CANNOT VOTE, BUT WE CAN!
I CARE FOR KIDS AND I VOTE!

INSIGHT ON PAID PRENATAL LEAVE

Studies showed that paid parental leave reduces the risk of maternal depression and family stress and increases breast-feeding, said AAP President Dr. Benard Dreyer. Such leave should be at least six to nine months, with research linking longer parental leave to more health benefits in children, Dreyer said.

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