Child Health

Teenagers need exercise to build Strong Bones

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(Best Syndication News) - Sedentary teenagers are at an increased risk for low bone-mineral density and developing osteoporosis later in life, according to a new study published in PubMed.

Researchers studied both adolescent boys and girls and found that different sedentary activities put them at the greatest risk for thin bones. Studying put girls at the greatest risk for low bone density, while boys were at the greatest risk because of leisure Internet use. Girls bone density could be improved by participating in a minimum of three hours of sports, such as football, basketball, netball, or running.

Vitamin C Deficiency in Pregnant Mothers may affect Baby’s Brain Development

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(Best Syndication News) - Vitamin C deficiency in expecting mothers can cause brain damage for the developing baby, according to a study from researchers at the University of Copenhagen. Giving the baby vitamin-C supplements after birth did not reverse the brain damage. The results were published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

Around 10 to 20 percent of all adults are estimated to have some level of vitamin-C deficiency. This study demonstrates the importance of women taking doctor-recommended vitamin supplements during pregnancy.

Trends in California Health Insurance Coverage

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(Best Syndication News) - A new report from the California HealthCare Foundation found that one out of every 10 children was uninsured; over 1.1 million children in California were uninsured in 2011. The proportion of uninsured children is higher that the nation’s rate. The report came from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and Diringer and Associates.

The report also found that more children had public health insurance with fewer of them getting coverage from their parents’ employer. The California children's health insurance program, Healthy Families, has run into problems over the last three years because of budget cuts funding issues. There was a decline in enrollment for Healthy Families.

Nevada has the highest proportion of children that are uninsured, while Massachusetts has the lowest proportion. In California, the rate of uninsured children is more than the national average and more than in most states.

Poorer Children at higher risk for becoming Obese

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(Best Syndication News) - Researcher from Rice University found that children living in poorer neighborhoods were at almost a 30 percent higher risk for becoming obese than children who were living in high-class neighborhoods. Another factor contributing to obesity risk was lower levels of education. The study did not investigate factors such as family composition or individual features.

Rice sociologists Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's Urban Health Program, and Justin Denney, associate director of the program, investigated data collected on 17,530 children that were age 5. These children lived in 4,700 different neighborhoods nationwide. The researchers used factors such as socioeconomic status, maternal education, and television watching time to help determine their results.

Gargling Sugar Water could help improve Self-Control

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that rinsing the mouth with glucose helped improved participants’ self-control. The research results were published in the Oct. 22 issue of Psychological Science.

The study was co-authored by University of Georgia professor of psychology Leonard Martin and Matthew Sanders, a doctoral candidate who is also in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

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