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Recess Promotes Healthy Eating by School Kids: Study

Posted: 01/21/15 17:39

School kids are a lot more likely to eat the green beans and peaches on their lunch tray if they have recess beforehand, a new study suggests. Students in the federally funded U.S. National School Lunch Program must select a fruit and a vegetable side, the researchers explained. But many school officials say these healthy foods often end up in the trash. "Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to 'finish' so that they can go play. This...

How Sleep Impacts Academic Performance in Children

Posted: 01/14/15 17:00

A good night's sleep is linked to better performance by schoolchildren in math and languages -- subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success, according to a study. The researchers reported that "sleep efficiency" is associated with higher academic performance in those key subjects. Sleep efficiency is a gauge of sleep quality that compares the amount of actual sleep time with the total time spent in bed. To read more, <link...

Yoga Therapy For Children with Autism & Special Needs

Posted: 01/07/15 17:39

As a former yoga teacher, I used to consider Anatomy of Hatha Yoga my bedside manual. Years later, after my life priorities changed and the focus on physical stamina became less important than attaining a peaceful mind, I revisited the practice. It was a different yoga in my forties than in my twenties and thirties, despite that the poses and concepts were the same. This reminded me that the quintessence of yoga includes many things - among them, intentional focus, honoring the...

Can Fast Food Hinder Learning in Kids?

Posted: 12/29/14 18:45

A steady diet of fast food might hurt your child in the classroom, a new study finds. Kids who frequently ate fast food in fifth grade lagged behind by eighth grade, said researchers who reviewed questionnaires and test scores of more than 8,500 U.S. students. "The largest effects were found for the kids who reported daily consumption of fast food," said study leader Kelly Purtell, assistant professor of human sciences at Ohio State...

Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance

Posted: 12/22/14 16:46

The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates. The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until age 32. Those who received more sensitive parenting early in life had better social skills -- including romantic and peer relationships -- and higher levels of academic achievement into adulthood. However, the study did not prove...

Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows

Posted: 12/17/14 17:39

Brain inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune system, is common among people with autism, a new study finds. However, this inflammation does not cause the developmental disorder. Rather, it's a response to the different factors that can trigger autism, the researchers stressed. Their findings are based on autopsies performed on 72 brains of people with and without autism. In the brains of those who had autism when they were alive, a certain type...

Study of Kids Who Were Preemies & Flu

Posted: 12/10/14 17:58

Children who were born prematurely are twice as likely to develop pneumonia and other flu-related complications, so they should be first in line for flu shots every year, researchers suggest. However, current U.S., U.K. and World Health Organization guidelines do not identify these kids as a high-risk group for flu complications, the study authors noted. In their analysis, the researchers reviewed data from 27 studies that included more than 14,000 children. The finding about children...

Yogurt Every Day May Help Keep Diabetes Away

Posted: 12/03/14 13:58

Eating a serving a day of yogurt may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. "The data we have gathered show that yogurt consumption can have significant benefit in reducing the risk of diabetes," said senior study author Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. "It's not a huge effect, about an 18 percent reduction [in risk]." "Yogurt is...

MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants

Posted: 11/26/14 17:28

Some people with cochlear implants experience pain, discomfort and problems with the implant's internal magnet when they undergo an MRI scan, a new study finds. According to background information supplied by the researchers, about 300,000 people worldwide have cochlear implants, devices which provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. There have been prior reports of problems among people with cochlear implants when undergoing...

Mom's Weight Might Influence Baby's Earliest Development

Posted: 11/19/14 17:50

A mother's weight before pregnancy may affect her embryo's early development and possibly the long-term health of the child, a new study suggests. "Previous studies have indicated that a mother's weight at conception is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in the children later in life," Dr. Roger Sturmey, from the Center for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the University of Hull in England, said in a university news...

Many Docs Mistaken About Allergies: Study

Posted: 11/12/14 18:29

Many primary care doctors may not be up to speed on the causes and best treatments for allergies, a new study suggests. In a survey of over 400 internists and pediatricians, researchers found that misconceptions about allergies were fairly common -- particularly when it came to food allergies. For example, one-third of all doctors, and half of internists, did not know the go-to treatment for a person who develops hives and vomiting after eating a known...

High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help With Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Posted: 11/05/14 17:22

Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet could help control epilepsy that is difficult to treat, according to new research. A review of five studies found that a ketogenic, or modified Atkins diet, that focuses on foods like bacon, eggs, heavy cream, butter, fish and green vegetables, could help reduce seizures in adults whose condition doesn't improve with medication. "We need new treatments for the 35 percent of people with epilepsy whose seizures are...

Disney Urged To Include Characters With Disabilities

Posted: 10/29/14 19:01

In the history of human storytelling, the flawed hero is as old as the story of Achilles that the ancient Greeks once told one another on the Acropolis hillside. In more modern times, though, and especially writ large on the silver screen, animated films have, for the most part, focused on heroic characters of outward and inner strength ­- and, of course, fair young women of noble beauty. Such characters might easily provide role models for the vast...

Broccoli Compound Shows Promise for Autism Symptoms in Small Study

Posted: 10/22/14 17:48

A compound extracted from broccoli sprouts may improve some social and behavioral problems that affect people with autism, a new study suggests. The study was short-term and small, including just over 40 teenage boys and young men with autism. And experts stressed that no one is saying broccoli -- or its extracts -- is a magic bullet. "This is just one study, and it's a preliminary study," said lead researcher Dr. Kanwaljit Singh, of...

Billionaire Urges Disability Hiring

Posted: 10/15/14 17:30

One of the richest people in the world is calling on employers to join him in hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver kicked off a new campaign Tuesday to encourage expanded employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs. Dubbed "I'm in to Hire," the...

TV Networks Featuring More Characters With Disabilities

Posted: 10/08/14 18:18

The number of characters with disabilities appearing on broadcast television is on the rise, according to a new analysis. Eleven characters with disabilities are expected to be featured regularly on scripted prime-time programs on ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC this season, up from eight last year. The findings come from a <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal;...

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