Child Health

Asthma in Children from the Bronx may have increased risk from Diesel Truck Soot

Asthma in Children from the Bronx may have increase risk from Diesel Truck Soot

Trucks line up in parking bays at Hunts Point Market in the South Bronx.

A five year study of school-aged children that lived in the South Bronx found increasing rates of asthma symptoms. Researchers from the New York University’s School of Medicine and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service measured the ground pollution levels for carbon levels and found that students in the South Bronx had higher asthma rates and more air concentration of air pollution.

Hospital admissions at the South Bronx’s Hunts Point district were at a rate of 21 percent to 23 percent for elementary school aged children having asthma incidences. The South Bronx has several major highways surrounding the area including Interstates 95, 87, 278 and 895. Trucking is heavy, and at Hunts Point Market alone, there are around 12,000 trucks coming in and out on a daily basis.

Mike Torchia, Fitness Authority introduces ”Operation Fitness,” a program focusing on solving the epidemic of overweight and out

Mike Torchia, Fitness Authority introduces ”Operation Fitness,” a program focusing on solving the epidemic of overweight and out

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Mike Torchia, Fitness Authority introduces ”Operation Fitness,” a program focusing on solving the epidemic of overweight and out of shape young children in America

Parents dictate their children’s future... statistics show us parents are failing at encouraging their children to have healthy lifestyles. Studies have shown that it is the responsibility of parents to provide guidance and inspiration for their children to pursue healthy and active lives. Poor nutrition and a lack of daily exercise have been the leading causes of the rise in health problems and the decrease in academic achievement amongst children. In addition, children will develop emotional and psychological problems that will manifest throughout the rest of their lives. It’s a common understanding that you cannot put a price on one’s health, but when bad habits begin to lower the quality of life and you can quantify the result in lower income and increased medical costs, it becomes very real. Thus, demanding the need to find a solution.

Children with High Blood Pressure may also have Sleep Disordered Breathing – Sleep Apnea

Children with High Blood Pressure may also have Sleep Disordered Breathing – Sleep Apnea

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A study reported at the American Heart Association’s 60th Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, found that children that had high blood pressure could be at a higher risk for sleep disordered breathing (SDB).

Sleep disordered breathing (SBD) is a condition where there is short periods (sometimes longer) of upper airway obstructions that are either complete (apnea) or a partial (hypopnea) of inadequate air flow which is termed obstructive hypoventilation.

New Website Offers Tools and Resources for Parents of Teenagers

New Website Offers Tools and Resources for Parents of Teenagers

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Raleigh, NC, October 11, 2006 – The newly launched website, helpwithteenagers. “Find out how to get your teenager to talk to you; how to get your teen to listen to you and your advice; how to boost your teen's self confidence and make him or her less susceptible to peer pressure, and how to act and react in every day situations. We also offer help with individual issues parents are struggling with, online as well as offline.”

www.helpwithteenagers.com offers many resources for parents:

  • Articles on parenting teenagers
  • A news page to keep parents informed about the latest trends and issues
  • Message boards where parents can ask specific parenting questions, post upcoming events or share success stories
  • A step-by-step guide called “Help Me With My Teenager!”
  • Private phone sessions with Christina

Stopping The Stimming?

Stopping The Stimming?

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Autistic children and adults do many things that typical children and adults cannot understand, and the one that is often most prominent is self-stimulation. Called “stimming” in the autism world, self-stimulation is repetitive behavior used solely to engage the senses. Examples include humming, clapping, hand flapping, manipulating objects (such as ripping paper), or running in circles. While these behaviors may seem inappropriate or unnecessary to others, those who suffer from autism are not simple looking for attention or trying to be disruptive—stimming is a way to reduce the stresses of the world.

Autism is a disorder that causes people to react to sensory stimuli in non-typical ways. Stimming is one way of dealing with this bodily malfunction. For example, rocking is a common form of stimming. Some autistic people have asserted that rocking back a forth a few times helps them refocus when they become overly sensitive to the world around them. We all do this to some extent—can you remember a time when you tapped your pencil repetitively because you were nervous about a test or played with your note cards before giving a big speech. Often these and other behaviors, like biting your nails or whistling, are involuntary but help us calm down. Some autistic people need this calming effect every day, multiple times. Others simple enjoy the sensory feelings derived from stimming. In the same way that you may enjoy a back massage’s feelings, an autistic individual may enjoy the sensations felt from ripping paper.

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