Black Children Ask 'Am I Next?' at George Floyd Protests

As people across the world joined in protests against police brutality over the weekend, demanding justice for George Floyd, many of the headlines focused on violent stand-offs. But there was another story happening at many of the peaceful demonstrations held on Saturday and Sunday: Parents were bringing their children, teaching them a valuable, if scary, lesson about fighting for racial […]

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From Chris Evans to Reese Witherspoon: Celebs are coming together to read aloud to kids

Let your favourite celebrities keep your kid entertained during this period of lockdown. In these difficult times, celebrities are doing whatever they can to make the period less stressful for parents and children. Around the world, schools are closed while countries are in lockdown. For many kids, this can be a difficult time, as they are suddenly separated from friends […]

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Study: Obesity could affect brain development in children

Published studies have long found a correlation between obesity in children and decreased executive function. New research published in JAMA Pediatrics, based on data mined from a massive national research study, suggests that a change in brain structure—a thinner prefrontal cortex—may help explain that interrelationship. “Our results show an important connection; that kids with higher BMI tend to have a […]

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Good aerobic fitness doesn’t protect children against type 2 diabetes, staying active does

It is a generally accepted idea that good aerobic fitness reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, and it has also been thought to protect against other obesity-induced adverse changes in the glucose metabolism. However, this idea is based on studies whose methodology does not allow a distinction between the roles of aerobic fitness and body fat percentage as risk […]

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When do children begin to recognize hypocrisy?

Practice what you preach. Suit your actions to your words. Walk the talk. Hypocrisy is ingrained as a moral failing for most adults, but when do children learn to make the same distinction? According to a new study from University of Chicago psychologists, the shift seems to happen early in elementary school. The researchers discovered that children who were at […]

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‘Time-outs’ not associated with long-term negative effects in children

It’s an age-old debate: are time-outs bad for kids? Now, a new study suggests that despite sometimes getting a bad rap in the news, the common disciplinary strategy isn’t linked to harmful effects in children. Researchers compared emotional and behavioral health between kids whose parents reported using time-outs and those who didn’t over a roughly eight-year period. The result: no […]

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Early life environment may lead to high blood pressure in children

Where a mother lives and the temperature outside while she is pregnant, among other environmental factors, can impact whether her child is prehypertensive or hypertensive during childhood, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Exposure to negative lifestyle factors in pregnancy, such as obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol and tobacco […]

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Junk food intake in children reduced by health education that addresses emotional issues

Teacher training followed by classroom education with information, activities, and emotional support improves lifestyles in teachers and students, according to research to be presented at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. The study suggests that knowledge alone is insufficient to change behaviour. “Numerous studies have addressed health issues in the school setting, but most have focused […]

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