Stories about: vitamin D

Health Headlines: too much vitamin D can hurt, cut the grass not the kids and dads get hormonal during pregnancy too

Even in the world of vitamins there exists “too much of a good thing.” Check out this story on potentially harmful doses of vitamin D.

Kids who undergo puberty early can have a difficult time because developing physically before you’re mentally ready can be tough. Here’s advice on how to help them.

Did you know dads’ hormones change during pregnancy? It’s true, check out this USA Today story on how men’s level of the chemical cortisol increase a month after they learn they’re going to be a father.

June is internet safety month. The AAP has new guidelines on how to talk to your kids about safe use of internet.

Lawn mower safety is crucial this time of year. Learn how to keep your grass looking great and your little ones safe.

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Health headlines: Sports injuries, lazy ear and lice

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Be sure to keep liquid detergent capsules out of your kids’ reach. Scientists find out why Vitamin D is important. [Read how children are at risk of a Vitamin D deficiency.]There’s a jump in kids’ sports injuries due to overuse. [Read about how girls’ soccer injuries are preventable.]

Twenty percent of U.S. babies don’t get the hepatitis B vaccine. A Canadian vaccine study proves the idea of “herd community.” [Read about this year’s vaccine schedule.] A new drug could help protect against treatment-resistant lice.

Parents can help prevent bullying by modeling kindness and empathy. [Find out how to address bullying.] Girls start bullying at a younger age.

Special needs kids are often uninsured. Can a behavioral optometrist help kids with “issues?”

A consumer groups gives food advertisers an “F” on kids. Taxing soda and pizza could help consumers lose five pounds a year. Schools are serving less sugary drinks. [Read about artificially sweetened beverages.]

A stomach bug can raise a child’s risk of having irritable bowel syndrome. Temporary hearing impairment leads to lazy ear.

Peanut allergies are linked to worse asthma in kids. A family finds success using a pediatric obesity program.

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This week on Thrive: Oct. 26 – 30

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

Frances Jensen, MD, senior associate in Neurology, was featured in a piece on 60 Minutes about the prevalence of epilepsy and the importance of funding research that can lead to its cure. It’s clearer than ever before: American children are suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency. A novel surgery saves one baby’s vision. The HealthMap team gives our weekly H1N1 update. Children’s doctors talk about how easily H1N1 spreads and Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits Children’s. Our Mediatrician tackles “slut lists” and a Children’s expert offers parents a guide to a healthful Halloween.

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Vitamin D: A generation at risk

vit_dA study in the November Pediatrics adds to mounting evidence that the U.S. population is starved of an important nutrient—vitamin D. Based on the latest analysis of national data, roughly 20 percent of all children in this country fall below the blood level of vitamin D recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (50 nmol/L).

And far more—two thirds—fall below 75 nmol/L, the level many people now believe should be the standard. A shocking 80 percent of Hispanic children and 92 percent of Black children fall short.

If not corrected, this deficiency will put an entire generation of children at greater risk.

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