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Health headlines: Fitness supplements, ecstasy use and tongue-powered wheelchairs

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Multi Vitamin MadnessMore high school athletes are using fitness supplements with knowledge of their harmful effects. Parents don’t have to be fit in order for their kids to be fit – supporting your kids’ physical activity is what motivates them to be physically fit.

Scheduling recess before lunch is helping students and teacher alike. Menus with calorie listings have parents picking healthier options for their kids but not necessarily for themselves.

Parents who feel burned out at work are more likely to have kids who feel burned out at school. If parents use complementary or alternative therapies, their children are more likely to use them too. [Read our blog post on insurance coverage for alternative therapies.] Did you know that your child is more likely to have a mental disorder if you –as a parent – are bipolar?

cigarettesHigh cholesterol is putting 20 percent of teens at risk for heart disease. Healthy kids are more likely to die from ecstasy use than regular drug users. If your child smokes cigarettes, it’s much more likely that pot is next.

Toilet seat dermatitis is on the rise. Vaccinating babies against rotavirus could save two million lives a year. [Read our blog post on this year’s updated immunization schedule.] Female teachers might pass on math anxiety to girl students.

Teen pregnancies and abortions are on the rise. Parents shouldn’t be concerned if their children hear voices. There’s a new wheelchair that powered by the user’s tongue.

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Health headlines: Unhealthy cholesterol, parents grade schools and the First Lady’s war on childhood obesity

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We discovered this week that Thrive is listed as one of the top 50 early childhood health blogs! school gradeThe FDA voices some concern over BPA risk. Using the term “concussion” versus “brain injury” garners different responses from parents.

Parents feel traumatic stress after their child’s been injured. Twenty percent of teens have unhealthy cholesterol. Researchers are asking why U.S. birth rates are falling.

Parents get to grade public schools. Children raised by same-sex couples do just as well as those raised by parents of both sexes. First Lady, Michelle Obama is launching a major initiative to fight childhood obesity.

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Health headlines: Psychotherapy, lung infections and tanning beds

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Are kids’ films getting better or worse about safety? New studies say that psychotherapy can help teen girls avoid obesity. Young hunters are more likely to incure treestand injuries.

You don’t need a large amount of lead to damage kids’ kidneys. Adult’s breathing troubles can start in childhood. There are more lung infections due to kids’ pneumonia vaccines.

One-fourth of all teen girls have been involved in violence. England wants to keep kids away from tanning beds. Breast feeding could lower your child’s risk of mental health problems.

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Health headlines: Iron fortified rice, teen weight-loss surgery and math skills

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The FDA warned Nestle that its health claims on Juicy Juice are against the law. New iron fortified rice reduces anemia. Using kitchen spoons to measure medicine raises risk of dosing errors. Does folic acid during the late stages of pregnancy lead to children with asthma?

Showing kids how fast they eat may help them shape up. When it comes to teen weight-loss surgery, timing is everything. Tiny frogs are causing giant stomach aches in kids. What’s the best way to offer your kids vegetables at dinner?

Kids’ vaccines are making holiday visits less infectious. California has turned up 10 autism clusters in neighborhoods with high concentrations of white, highly educated parents. Abused children are much more likely to develop migraines as adults. When it comes to math skills, gender differences are hard to find.

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