Child Health

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen discuss their new book for teens on ‘GMA’

You: The Owner's Manual for Teens book by Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Dr. Memhet Oz

(Best Syndication News) - Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen have written a new book called, “You: The Owner’s Manual for Teens” and shared a few tips on ABC’s ‘GMA’ TV show today. The two doctors offered a few tips to improve the health of teens.

In the first part of the segment, Doctor Oz went to a school to answer questions for teens. Doctor Oz had his sixteen-year old daughter with him. The first question was about hair loss in teen years. Dr. Oz said there is medicine that can slow down the process. Another teen asked about dark circles even though she has plenty sleep and eats healthy. Dr. Oz said that is a sign of allergies and she should change her pillow to either a Hypoallergenic one or put a casing on the pillow. Doctor Oz surveyed the class about how much sleep they were getting at night. Almost half the kids in the class did not get at least 7 hours of sleep.

USDA introduces MyPlate to help make it easier for Americans to eat healthy


(Best Syndication News) - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has introduced MyPlate, which is an icon that will help promote eating healthy meals. The plate graphic shows a little over a quarter of the plate should have green vegetables, another was a smaller quarter for fresh fruit, the third smaller quarter should contain protein or meat, and the last quarter should have a starch with focus on whole grains. The government agency recommends drinking either low fat or no-fat milk.

First Lady Michelle Obama has been on a mission to get kids moving, as well as eating healthy. She likes the plate icon to teach parents because it is an easy guideline to remember.

The USDA will be replacing the MyPlate icon instead of the MyPyramid as its main food group graphic. The USDA will continue to have MyPyramid to help health professionals and nutrition educators further understand the government nutrition recommendations.

Obesity Epidemic - Could niacin be making us fat?

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credit: National Cancer Institute

(Best Syndication News) - Niacin is supplemented in many grain products in the US, which may be promoting overeating and contributing to the obesity epidemic. Researchers from China investigated glucose levels and insulin resistance when children had excess consumption of nicotinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3. They found nicotinamide supplementation could be a factor in obesity increasing in children. The study was published in the May 21, 2010 issue of the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

The Chinese researchers had concluded that nicotinamide is involved in oxidative stress and promoted an increased appetite. With a glucose and niacin loading test, the children showed insulin resistance at the first measure, and then at the second measure there was hypoglycemia. The hypoglycemia is low blood sugar, which causes a person to get hungry. Insulin resistance is associated with Type 2 diabetes. The researchers suspect that the excess niacin in the diets of children in the US is a major factor for the rising obesity rate.

Premature babies should not have SimplyThick warns FDA

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a thickening product called SimplyThick should not be given to premature babies that were born before 37 weeks. The reason is it could cause nectrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in the infant. In this condition, the intestine tissue inflames and dies.

The FDA has received reports of premature infants having this problem with SimplyThick on May 13, 2011. They agency is aware of 15 cases of NEC, including two deaths of premature infants that were fed SimplyThick . The FDA is still investigating the cause of illness from using the SimplyThick product with premature babies.

SimplyThick is a product that is available to both consumers and medical centers that helps with swallowing problems. The thickening product is added to infant formula to help prevent spitting up and to aid in swallowing it better.

Doctors and Health Institutions challenge McDonald’s to stop advertising Junk Food to Kids

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(Best Syndication News) - There are over 550 health institutions and medical professionals from all 50 states who have signed an open letter to McDonald’s that is asking the fast food restaurant chain to stop marketing their junk food to kids. The open letter will appear in advertisements nationwide along with events promoting their efforts to change the way food is sold to kids.

The reason for the push for public awareness is that the Federal Trade Commission has been considering changing their guidelines for marketing junk food to kids. One such thing the FTC is considering is not being able to advertise junk food during children TV programs. Also the rising trend for obesity in our nation is another concern for government health officials as well as the medical professionals.

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