Half Of Parents Unaware That Screen Time Impacts Vision

Moms – Ashley Wehrli

A national survey has found that half of parents are not aware of the effects of screen time on children’s vision. Screen time has always been a popular topic of conversation among parents and even pediatricians. With contradictory information out there, it can be hard for parents to know what the right amount of screen time is.

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10 Creative Ways To Keep Your Kids Cool In The Backyard

Moms – Jessica Tucker

The hottest part of summer is here. And while it may be tempting to spend the days indoors where the air conditioning is on and fans are blowing, not taking advantage of the beautiful weather outside seems foolish. But the only way to be outside while the temperatures soar to ensure that heatstroke and other heat-related problems do not occur is by finding ways to stay cool. And that is where the ingenuity comes in when parents devise creative ways to keep kidscool in the backyard.

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Students’ Physical and Mental Health Declined During the Pandemic. Could a New Telehealth Initiative Help?

Ed Surge – Vanessa Peters Hinton and Rachel Burstein

Many districts are dusting off COVID-19 safety and cleaning protocols and shoring up remote learning options. All signs point to record teacher and staff departures at schools across the country. Pandemic era shortagescontinue to plague school districts, affecting everything from the availability of nutritious food for school lunches to basic classroom supplies. And that’s to say nothing of the impact of high inflation and record-high gas prices on schools. Meanwhile, school and district leaders continue to try to regain ground against so-called “learning loss” that occurred during the pandemic, investing in tutoring programs and summer school options.

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Children who lack sleep may experience detrimental impact on brain and cognitive development that persists over time

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Elementary school-age children who get less than nine hours of sleep per night have significant differences in certain brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the recommended nine to 12 hours of sleep per night, according to a new study led by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers. Such differences correlated with greater mental health problems, like depression, anxiety, and impulsive behaviors, in those who lacked sleep. Inadequate sleep was also linked to cognitive difficulties with memory, problem solving and decision making. The findings were published today in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Food and drinks are getting sweeter. Even if it’s not all sugar, it’s bad for our health

Medical X-Press – Cherie Russell, Carley Grimes, Mark Lawrence, Phillip Baker and Rebecca Lindberg

Humans have an evolutionary preference for sweetness. Sweet foods, like fruit and honey, were an important energy source for our ancestors. However, in the modern world, sweetened foods are readily available, very cheap and advertised extensively. Now, we are consuming too much sugar in foods and drinks—the kind that is added rather than sugar that is naturally occurring. Consuming too much added sugar is bad news for health. It is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

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