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Teen Alcohol Drinking May Cause Breast Disease

By Margarita Nahapetyan Results of a new study by U.S. scientists show that female teenagers who consume alcohol are putting themselves at higher risk of developing breast disease later in life, a condition that is a known risk factor for cancer. Breast disease is characterized by hard lumps in the breast which can turn cancerous at a certain point. According to the National Cancer Institute, women with benign breast disease also may

Hearing Problems Linked To Vision Problems In KIds

By Margarita Nahapetyan About 20 per cent of all the kids with sensorineural hearing loss also have eye disorders, a new study has reported in the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Sensorineural hearing loss is a hearing loss that is caused by damage to the inner ear or to the nerves that link the ear to the brain. According to the background information in the stu

Lead Levels Go Down In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan New government report shows unbelievable progress concerning children's health - far fewer kids have dangerously high levels of lead compared to the numbers of 20 years going back. Lead is a toxic metal that has been widely used in thousands of products, including the ones designed for kids. Lead from paint, water and soil can have a severe impact on the development of a nervous system of young people and cause

The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce

Excerpted from The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce By Richard A. Gardner, M.D. My name is Dr. Richard Gardner. I am a child psychiatrist. For those of you who don't know what that is, a child psychiatrist is a special kind of doctor who tries to help children who have troubles and worries. Some of the children I see in my office have problems because their parents are divorced. These children often feel better about their worries after they le

Children's Past Life Memories

Excerpted from Children's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child By Carol Bowman Ian Stevenson's rigorous research proved that children's memories are real and natural. The past life therapists convinced me that these memories can heal. But where were the researchers and practitioners working with children? In several years of searching, I hadn't found them. So I decided to do my own research to confirm what I knew was true-children's past life memories ca

Neural Plasticity: Nature's Double-Edged Sword

Excerpted from Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think And What We Can Do About It By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. The large auditorium is hushed as the lights dim and a statistical chart appears on the screen. I reflect momentarily that I have never heard a large group of educators this quiet. "Now, I'll show you the effects of different environments on our animals' brains." Dr. Marian Diamond wields her laser pointer triumphantly. "We've been worki

Sinus Infections Can Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome In Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan Sinus infections can put kids at an increased risk of developing toxic shock syndrome, report the scientists from the United States, who state that sinus infections might be responsible for more than 20 per cent of all cases of toxic shock syndrome in children. Toxic shock syndrome, a potentially fatal condition caused by bacterial toxins, is often linked to tampon use (nearly half of all cases), surgical wound

Is Your Child at Risk For Depression?

Excerpted from Raising Depression-Free Children : A Parent's Guide to Prevention and Early Intervention By Kathleen Panula Hockey When is a child clinically depressed? When is he at risk for depression? When is he simply going through a phase? These are difficult questions to answer. Popular magazines, news articles, television stories, and advertisements all tend to highlight the biological aspects of depression and depression treatment. This c

Water Fountains At Schools Help Kids Stay Lean

By Margarita Nahapetyan Installing water fountains at schools, and teaching children about the health benefits of water, could reduce their risk for getting extra unnecessary pounds, reports a new study that is published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics. The findings are based on a unique intervention in 32 elementary schools in poor areas of two German cities, Dortmund and Essen, during the 2006-2007 academic year. For t

Down Syndrome - Changed by a Child

Excerpted from Changed by a Child By Barbara Gill We brought our baby home and sent out the birth announcements we had already purchased; they read "A star is born!" I remember struggling with whether to say "Amar has Down syndrome" or "Amar is Down syndrome," a puzzle that seems preposterous to me now. Friends and relatives came to visit, bearing gifts, condolences, comfort, and encouragement. We were enrolled almost immediately in an infant-stimulation program, and in

Parental Divorce Affects Children's Education

By Margarita Nahapetyan Couples who are about to get divorced should know that their decision could have a negative impact on their child's long-term academic performance, reports a new study by two Canadian Universities. Researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba found that the consequences of parental divorce lead to higher school drop-out rates among children whose parents are getting a divorce, compa

The Movement of Imperfection

Excerpted from Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children By Gina Gallagher, Patricia Konjoian They are here. There. And everywhere. You can hear them buzzing at spelling bees. Running at the mouth at track meets. Even trumpeting at concerts. They are the parents of those "perfect" kids. You know them - those people you meet in life who love to tell you how smart, athletic, gifted, and talented (blah, blah, blah) their kids

Baby Boys Are Weaker Biologically Than Baby Girls

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study by Tel Aviv University (TAU) School of Medicine, offers scientific evidence that baby boys are born with a bigger package of associated risks than their female counterparts. Based on the data taken from 66,000 women who delivered their children at Israel's Rabin medical Center between 1995 and 2006, Professor Marek Glezerman, obstetrician and gynecologist at the TAU School of Medicine, in collaborat

Baby Body Signs; The Head to Toe Guide to Your Child's Health

Excerpted from Baby Body Signs; The Head to Toe Guide to Your Child's Health: from Birth Through the Toddler Years By Joan Liebmann-Smith, Jacqueline Egan MOST NEW PARENTS-WHETHER FIRST-TIME moms and dads or not - are understandably a bit paranoid about the health of their babies. Babies are tiny, fragile, and helpless beings. If they're not feeling well or are in pain, they can't tell anyone what's bothering them or where it hurts. They are totally dependent on doctors

Depression - The Teenage Brain

Excerpted from More Than Moody; Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression By Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. Anna Freud was half right. It would be abnormal-maybe even impossible-for a teenager to breeze through adolescence on an even emotional keel. Being moody and crabby are as much a part of the territory as pimples and proms. To a certain degree, they can't help themselves: it's virtually a biological necessity. Where Freud was wrong was in her assertion that there's

Quirky Kids - Arriving At a Diagnosis

Excerpted from Quirky Kids : Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry By Perri Klass, M.D., Eileen Costello, M.D. Once upon a time, most quirk)' children did not get assigned to formal diagnostic categories. They were called eccentric or odd and were humored as odd-balls or tortured as weirdos, coddled as infant geniuses or ostracized as misfits. We all remember such children from our own school days, and chances are,
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