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2015 Annual School Health Conference Call for Abstracts to open soon
ASHA’s 89th Annual School Health Conference will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Oct. 15-17. The Call for Abstracts will open in the next couple of weeks and we hope you are considering submitting one or more proposals. More information will be shared with you soon.
A new study suggests that fast food hinders kids' learning
Money Talks News
If your child is not performing well in school, you may want to cut back on fast-food burgers and such.
A new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics found a link between children’s low test scores and the amount of fast food they eat.
CHILD study sees environmental link to asthma, allergy
The big CHILD study, the Canadian research initiative to understand the origins of allergies and asthma, is on the cusp of releasing its first findings — including how environments are contributing to the rise in the development of asthma and food allergy.
“You are crafted with a set of genes that you have no choices over,” Dr. Allan Becker, one of the principal investigators for the CHILD study, said during a presentation at the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s annual meeting in September.
Study debunks the notion of 'healthy obesity'
HealthDay News via CBS News
The notion of potentially healthy obesity is a myth, with most obese people slipping into poor health and chronic illness over time, a new British study claims.
The "obesity paradox" is a theory that argues obesity might improve some people's chances of survival over illnesses such as heart failure, said lead researcher Joshua Bell, a doctoral student in University College London's department of epidemiology and public health.
School lunch changes for 2015 may be just the start of rollback
The American Journal of Managed Care
When Congress adopted the Omnibus Appropriations Bill in late December 2014, it featured changes to the National School Lunch Program, which came after months from brinksmanship between the School Nutrition Association and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The changes are not close to a rollback of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which brought widespread change to what schoolchildren eat for lunch. However, with Republicans taking control of the Senate and adding members in House this month, more changes may be on the way.
Kids with bedroom smartphones sleep less
HealthDay News via WebMD
A smartphone in a child's bedroom may undermine good sleep habits even more than a TV, new research suggests.
A study of more than 2,000 elementary and middle-school students found that having a smartphone or tablet in the bedroom was associated with less weekday sleep and feeling sleepy in the daytime.
Parents can make a difference in teen drinking practices
Emerging research finds parenting practices and restrictions when it comes to alcohol use can significantly influence adolescent drinking behaviors.
University of Buffalo psychologist Craig Colder discovered consistent and sustained parental attitudes can make a difference in a child’s use of alcohol.
Overweight teens who lose weight for health more likely to succeed
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Overweight teens trying to lose weight for their own well-being are more likely to succeed than those who do it to impress or please others, according to a new study.
Researchers at Brigham Young University said parents should help their children focus on their health, rather than social pressures to shed unwanted pounds.
Misfit or miss goody-two-shoes? Adolescent misperceptions abound, Stanford researcher says
It's true: teens are misunderstood. But apparently, teens themselves have dramatic misperceptions about what their peers are doing when it comes to sex, drugs and studying, possibly prompting them to conform to social norms that don't exist. That's according to new research that shows that adolescents overestimate the amount of drug and alcohol use and sexual behaviors that many of their peers are engaging in.
2 cups of milk may be ideal for preschoolers
Preschoolers who drink three or more cups of milk a day may get a small height boost, but they’re also more likely to be overweight or obese, according to a new U.S. study.
The results, based on nearly 9,000 children, support current recommendations that preschoolers consume two one-cup servings of milk a day, the authors say.
Bullies and their victims may be at higher risk of suicide
A new analysis of research from around the world suggests that kids involved in bullying are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and actions.
Kids who bullied others and were victims themselves were the most troubled of all, the report found. "Our study highlights the significant impact bullying involvement can have on mental health for some youth," said study lead author Melissa Holt, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Boston University.
Music training may improve attention, cut kids' anxiety
Musical training may help children focus their attention, control their emotions and lower their anxiety, according to a new study by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The study is the largest investigation of the link between playing a musical instrument and brain development, according to the authors.
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