Get Girls Active Early For Better Lungs Later: Study

It’s been accepted wisdom (and for good reason) for what seems like forever that physical activity is good for humans of all ages, sizes, ethnicities and both genders. The myriad of benefits makes it well worth the time and effort, according to, well, everyone! However, its connection to lung function during childhood years and into… Continue reading Get Girls Active Early For Better Lungs Later: Study

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Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

When we think of concussions, traumatic brain injuries and serious head and brain injuries, we tend to associate them with trauma, collisions and catastrophic incidents. It’s common to hear about concussions from football or other sports collisions, falls and accidents. Stories about children thrown from bikes or horses or who fall from heights being diagnosed… Continue reading Consumer Products Causing Nearly 75 Percent of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids Under 19: Study

Teens Using Cannabis Risk Depression, Anxiety in Adulthood

While there has been a lot of focus on the role of cannabis use in psychosis, there has been less attention on whether cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Researchers from McGill University and the University of Oxford carried out a systematic review… Continue reading Teens Using Cannabis Risk Depression, Anxiety in Adulthood

School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Ask just about any parent whether napping has benefits and you’ll likely hear a resounding “yes,” particularly for the child’s mood, energy levels, and school performance. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal SLEEP backs up that parental insight. A study of nearly 3,000 fourth,… Continue reading School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

Obesity is a Risk Factor for Depression, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, independent of traditional risk factors such as parental psychiatric illness and socioeconomic status, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, UK (28 April-1 May). The nationwide study comparing over 12,000… Continue reading Obesity is a Risk Factor for Depression, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Teen Sleep and Activity Too Low, Screen Time Too High: Study

Only 1 in 20 U.S. adolescents is meeting national recommendations for sleeping, physical activity, and screen time, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics, also revealed differences in the findings between females and males, with just 3 percent of girls… Continue reading Teen Sleep and Activity Too Low, Screen Time Too High: Study

Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study

Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics has found. The study, by University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues, is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related… Continue reading Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study