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Children are put into foster care for variety of reasons–parental neglect, physical and sexual abuse, abandonment, incarceration, and parent death often necessitate removing children from their home. But should an obese child
be placed into foster care because his or her parents can't control their kid’s weight? Though it may seem incomprehensible, that’s exactly what some experts believe.
One of the most reliable predictors of insulin resistance
and heart disease in adults is how much body fat they are carrying around. But what about kids? How can we predict their risk?
For the fortunate among us, playtime with Dad is among our fondest memories. Whether you remember a little lighthearted rough and tumble on the floor or a game of “chase” in the backyard, roughhousing with dad seems to elicit a warm, happy smile.
These days Botox injections are becoming so commonplace there is an almost blasé attitude about them. From celebrities to soccer moms, women are injecting Botulinum Toxin Type A, better known as Botox, into brow wrinkles, laugh lines, crow’s feet
, and more . . . all in the name of beauty. However, when a mother injects her eight-year-old daughter with Botox in the same vein, the attitude is far from blasé. As a matter of fact, it’s a different story altogether, and according to public and professional opinion, borders on child abuse.
Nutritional supplements have become a big business and are used by a number of people who want to stay healthy but do not feel that they are getting the right vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to do so. In addition to taking a multi-vitamin, many adults are also taking other nutritional supplements to make up the difference. With more and more research on nutritional elements coming out, supplements are being credited for everything from warding off cancer to helping protect your heart
. But what about children? Are vitamins necessary in children who are otherwise healthy? And how much is too much? Keep reading, the answers may surprise you. . .
From cloned sheep to genetically modified food
, the advances in genetic engineering have been pretty remarkable in the past two decades. So much so, as a matter of fact, that many people are wondering just what will scientists think of next. It’s a good question, and chances are the average person never saw this latest marvel coming. Now there is a way to make cows produce human breast milk.
Anyone raising a toddler knows that every nook and corner of your house is a potential minefield. Inquisitive young minds and fingers want to explore every shiny, rattling thing that catches their eye – like your bottle of herbal supplements
that you conveniently keep by the kitchen sink.
Unless you’ve been totally cut off from the radio, morning talk shows, or late night TV you’ve heard about the YouTube sensation Rebecca Black. Rebecca is a charming, confident 13-year-old girl whose singing talent was discovered by the independent record label Ark Music Factory in Los Angeles. While most would consider that quite an accomplishment, it’s not the reason Rebecca has received so much airtime. It’s because of her song “Friday” and the response it has generated in cyberspace.
While so little is really known about this disease that affects so many people, studies are ongoing regarding Autism
to understand if certain treatments
affect any sort of change in those suffering with this disability. And now, research is indicating that early treatment of the condition may dramatically improve symptoms and behavior.
Imagine the sinking feeling of hearing your newborn had failed the routine hearing screening. The doctor reassures you that further testing will probably show your baby is just fine. Then imagine that further testing shows moderate to severe hearing loss.
If you have a friend or loved one suffering with ADHD, you know that living with this disorder can be fraught with frustration and pain. While adults may try to decrease this pain with compulsive behaviors like spending, gambling, or drugs and alcohol, adolescents often find a more individual - though just as dangerous - outlet.
Girls and boys who spend a lot of time on Facebook run the risk of neglecting their studies and other responsibilities, as many parents will tell you. However, a new study from the University of Haifa has revealed a much more serious risk. The more time adolescent girls spend engaged in the Facebook social network, the greater their chances of developing serious eating disorders such as extreme dieting, anorexia, and bulimia.
Soccer practice after school, piano lessons, dance class, homework, then off to bed only to get up the next day and do the same thing all over again. You hear a lot of parents complain about this type of mad-paced schedule. But who really pays the price here–the parents or the children?
There is an international nonprofit organization on a mission aimed directly at America’s youth. It’s called D.A.R.E. and it’s all about Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Its mission is
“teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives” through the administration of a school-based substance abuse prevention program.
There is no doubt that modern technology has changed the face of society. Smart phones have replaced touch-tone phones in a way that not only provides instant telephone access, but also ensures we can check e-mail, browse the Internet, and check the weather report in the time it takes to push a few buttons. Videoconferencing allows for face-to-face meetings with people on the other side of the world. And the marvels of the World Wide Web are just too numerous to recount.
For parents there is no greater tragedy than the death of child. The pain and despair that follows is possibly the most overwhelming, life-altering loss imaginable. Though parents of children with cancer know the possibility of death is very real, when it comes it’s always untimely and devastating . . . despite efforts to prepare for the loss.
Enterprising teenagers are finding a new way to experiment with herbs. Much to the dismay of many parents, it turns out that a homemade high is readily available in the kitchen pantry.
When you consider all the things you can buy and sell on the Internet these days, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some mothers are peddling their surplus breast milk online. Apparently, there’s a pretty big market for it, too. The only problem is when you add it all up it really isn’t a good idea.
It’s another sign of the times, it seems. A generation ago schools were considered a safe haven. A place where parents could confidently send their children each morning knowing they were being taken care of, nourished, and encouraged.
First problems with the diabetes drug Avandia, now this... The FDA has announced the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine for rotavirus, called Rotarix, could increase risk for serious bowel problems – potentially fatal problems.