Stories about: immunization schedule

Health headlines: Peanut allergies, obesity rehab and diabetes

Child at the DentistOther stories we’ve been reading:

This newborn care program promises to dramatically reduce the number of stillborn births. IVF babies are four times more likely to be stillborn.

Is diabetes to blame for birth defects? [Read Minnie’s story about living with Type 2 diabetes.] Taking antidepressants while pregnant can slow fetal development.

What you eat during pregnancy can impact your baby’s chance of having certain allergies. Can peanut allergies be cured? [Watch Brett’s journey to overcome his milk allergy.] The lactose intolerant population might be smaller than we think.

Poverty in childhood can shape neurobiology. [Read about how more children than ever are relying on food stamps.] Twenty percent of children don’t see a dentist annually. [Did you know that February is Children’s Dental Health Month?]

H1N1 hasn’t peaked yet. [Have your questions answered about whether or not your child should get the H1N1 shot.] A new vaccine has been approved for child infections. [Read about the new immunization schedule.]

Does obesity rehab for kids work? [Read about the First Lady’s obesity initiative.] Physically fit students do better academically. Playing the Wii could help stroke rehabilitation. [What are the effects of “exergames” like the Wii?]

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This week on Thrive: Jan. 25 – 29

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

We continue our coverage of Children’s employees working in Haiti through daily updates from nurse anesthetist, Nelson Aquino. Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics writes about the most urgent children’s health stories that were neglected by the media last year. Claire McCarthy talks about the updated immunization schedule released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control. Our Mediatrician answers one grandparent’s question about whether toddlers can learn sign language from DVDs.

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

Other stories we’ve been reading:

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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