Adolescent females found especially vulnerable to mental health impact of pandemic-related school closings

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Data from 44 hospitals in 26 states show that suicide or self-injury and depressive disorders were the primary mental health reasons children received emergency department (ED) or hospital inpatient care after statewide school closures were enacted during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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There’s a Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

The U.S. News and World Report – Robert Preidt

Do you have a child who refuses to eat anything green? Rewarding them for trying new vegetables may make them more willing to eat them, a new study claims. “It’s important to start eating vegetables from a young age,” said lead researcher Britt van Belkom, from the Youth, Food and Health program at Maastricht University’s Institute for Food, Health and Safety by Design in the Netherlands.

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Heart-healthy habits for children and teens lengthen lives

Harvard Health – Claire McCarthy, MD

The International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohorts Consortium Outcomes Study has been collecting data on almost 40,000 people from the United States, Finland, and Australia. They started enrolling them as children in the 1970s through the 1990s, and have been following them ever since.

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