Why It’s so Important to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Bel Marra Health – Devon Andre

Ever since you were a child, you were told to eat your fruits and vegetables. Maybe back then, you were a picky eater but now have grown to like them, or maybe to this day you don’t eat as much as you should. But eating fruits and vegetables isn’t something that people just nag you about – there is plenty of research to support that regular consumption of them can go a long way in supporting your health. https://www.belmarrahealth.com/why-its-so-important-to-eat-fruits-and-vegetables/

BMI is a good measure of health after all, new study finds

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A new study from the University of Bristol supports body mass index (BMI) as a useful tool for assessing obesity and health. A simple measure based on weight and height, BMI is widely used to assess if a person is of a healthy weight. But its reliability as a health measure is often criticized, as it does not distinguish fat from muscle and does not tell us where body fat is stored. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-12-bmi-good-health.html

Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

CBS News – Anderson Cooper

If you have kids and wonder if all that time they spend on their smartphones endlessly scrolling, snapping and texting is affecting their brains, you might want to put down your own phone and pay attention. The federal government, through the National Institutes of Health, has launched the most ambitious study of adolescent brain development ever attempted. In part, scientists are trying to understand what no one currently does: how all that screen time impacts the physical structure of your kids’ brains, as well as their emotional development and mental health. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/groundbreaking-study-examines-effects-of-screen-time-on-kids-60-minutes/

Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens’ brains: study

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Researchers have found “different patterns” in brain scans among children who record heavy smart device and video game use, according to initial data from a major ongoing US study. The first wave of information from the $300 million National Institute of Health (NIH) study is showing that those nine and 10-year-old kids spending more than seven hours a day using such devices show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain’s outermost layer that processes sensory information. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-12-heavy-screen-impact-childrens-brains.html

Key to lifelong heart health is childhood intervention

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Evolving evidence shows that heart healthy habits in adults are rooted in the environments we live in in early childhood, representing a window of opportunity in young children to focus on health promotion and potentially prevent disease in adulthood, according to a review paper published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Senior author Valentin Fuster, MD, Ph.D., MACC, will also discuss related findings on Dec. 9 in a Future of Health Education Session at the American College of Cardiology’s New York Cardiovascular Symposium. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-12-key-lifelong-heart-health-childhood.html

New review highlights importance of good sleep routines for children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Sleep hygiene, which includes practices like providing a cool and quiet sleeping environment or reading before bed time to help kids unwind, is increasingly popular among parents looking to ensure their children get a good night’s rest. But are these practices all they’re cracked up to be? University of British Columbia sleep expert and nursing professor Wendy Hall recently led a review of the latest studies to find out. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-12-highlights-importance-good-routines-children.html

‘Screen time’ causing, exacerbating childhood psychiatric disorders | Rothman

The Reno Gazette – Annette Rothman

Working in the world of child and adolescent psychiatry as an advanced practice nurse, I frequently hear about symptoms of irritability, anger, isolation and poor sleep from my patients. These symptoms are common to many childhood psychiatric disorders. These disruptive symptoms baffle parents, teachers and clinicians alike, and can lead to incorrect diagnoses for these children with dysregulated moods. https://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/12/05/screen-time-causing-exacerbating-childhood-psychiatric-disorders-rothman/2221571002/

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Child’s Health

Time Square Chronicles – Staff Writer

As a parent, you are constantly on the lookout for ways to make things better for your child, and there are few areas more important than their health. Making sure your child is healthy doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive: there are some simple things you can do to boost their immune system and keep them in good health. Some of these may even surprise you! https://t2conline.com/7-easy-ways-to-boost-your-childs-health/