Category Archives: Physical Health

TV and Computer Screen Time May Be Associated With High Blood Pressure in Young Children

CHICAGO – Sedentary behaviors such as TV viewing and “screen time” involving computer use, videos and video games appear to be associated with elevated blood pressure in children, independent of body composition, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The recent trend…

Sharing bad news: Should parents talk to kids about their health?

When your doctor tells you that you have a serious medical condition, it’s stressful. When you have kids, it can be even more so as you and your partner debate about how much the kids should know, along with when and how they should be told. Most parents that I know want to be honest…

Study Examines Association of Movie Smoking Exposure and Team Sport Participation With Youths Becoming Established Smokers

CHICAGO – Participating in team sports is associated with a reduced likelihood of youths becoming established smokers, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, exposure to movie smoking appears to be associated with an increased risk of established smoking in both…

Infants' Pain Response to Immunization Varies Based on Which Vaccine Is First

CHICAGO—Infants who receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) following the combination vaccine for diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DPTaP-Hib vaccine) appear to experience less pain than those who are immunized in the opposite order, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a theme…

Girl Scout meetings promote healthy living

Source: Richard Rosenkranz, 785-532-0152, [email protected] News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415, [email protected] Wednesday, June 24, 2009 K-STATE RESEARCHER FINDS THAT GIRL SCOUT MEETINGS PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE GIRLS’ PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MANHATTAN — Girls typically are less physically active than boys, but a Kansas State University researcher has…

Putting the 'P' in 'Pool': Americans and Unhealthy Pools

A survey conducted by the Water Quality and Health Council in the U.S. revealed that 47% of Americans engage in unhygienic pool behaviours, with almost 20% admitting that they urinate while swimming and 78% believing their fellow swimmers are doing so. The online survey collected data from 1000 U.S. adults between April 30 and May…

Childhood Personality May Affect Adult Health

A study published in the May issue of Health Psychology (currently available as a free download) suggests that personality factors have long-term implications. Laura Kubzansky of Harvard University and her colleagues measured some personality factors in a group of over 500 seven year-olds, and followed up with them 30 years later to find out about…

High blood pressure linked to learning problems

In the last week or so, we’ve reported on the possible impact of fluorescent lighting, sleep problems, and stress related to racial stereotypes on school achievement. Research has also linked high blood pressure in children to learning problems. Dr. Marc Lande, a pediatric nephrologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has spent years researching…

FA058 – Anatomy of Pregnancy Stress

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the impact of stress during pregnancy, along with post-partum depression, and what to do about it. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] You can get your free podcast subscription in iTunes. Vote for The Family Anatomy Podcast at Podcast Alley and for the blog at Blogger’s…

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Fat Intake Can Disrupt Sleep

Researcher Cibele Crispim of the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil conducted a study to find out how fat intake is related to sleep. She studied 52 volunteers between 20 and 45 years old. She had her participants record what they ate over a three day period. Polysomnographic recordings were also taken to evaluate their…