Tag Archive: All Ages

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…

The Benefits of Springtime

As religious communities celebrate Easter and Passover this week, we’re reminded of the general celebration of springtime in cultures around the world and over the centuries. Spring symbolizes regeneration, renewed life and beginnings, and even hope for the future. From a psychological perspective people appear to be intuitively aware of how this symbolism translates into…

FA055 – Anatomy of Teaching Responsibility

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the importance of teaching children to be responsible by giving them jobs around the house. Dr. G hates the Ch-word, but: give your kids chores! Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] You can get your free podcast subscription in iTunes. If you use iTunes, you can…

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April Showers bring May Flowers and then….Dog Bites?

According to┬ánew research published in the March 2009 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, rising temperatures leading into, and during the summer months, are correlated with an increased incidence of kids being bitten by dogs. The researchers believe that this is explained either by the fact that there is more outdoor, rough play with dogs…

One meeting can treat childhood phobia

Childhood fears are natural and most children outgrow them. When fears begin to interfere with a child’s day-to-day functioning, parents might justifiably be worried that a phobia may be developing. Lena Reuterski├Âld of the Swedish Research Council has expressed concern that children whose phobias go untreated risk developing anxiety-related difficulties later in life. The Research…

Can dads get it right?

Parenting.com has posted a series of well-produced, entertaining videos in partnership with Juice Box Jungle. I found the headline, “Daddy Doesn’t Do It Right” and had to check it out. The brief video interviews mothers and fathers about their participation in childcare, and includes some not-so-surprising information: In this video: Over 25% of dads polled…

Getting overweight kids off the couch

A study published online in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology indicates that exercise can increase self-esteem and reduce depressive symptoms in overweight 7 to 11 year-olds. Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia randomly placed over 200 overweight kids into groups that continued their inactive lifestyle, or exercised after school for 20 or 40 minutes….

Smart Gerbils Eat Good Food – How About You?

Researchers from MIT conducted a study this past summer to look at whether healthy food intake was related to increased intelligence in gerbils. The researchers gave one group of gerbils beets, choline and fish oil products. The other group of gerbils did not get these nutrients. Four weeks later they tested them for increased learning…

FA051 – Anatomy of Unplugging Your Kids, Pt. 1

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk to Dr. David Dutwin about his book, “Uplug Your Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, Active and Well-Adjusted Children in the Digital Age.” Part 1 focuses on kids and television. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] You can get your free podcast subscription in iTunes. If…

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Are sports enough?

We’ve talked quite a bit on the Family Anatomy show about the importance of extracurricular activities. Research shows that participation on teams can have a positive impact on school performance and can increase a student’s feeling of connectedness to their school, reducing the likelihood that they’ll drop out. I often recommend these activities for kids…