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Unhealthy Diets Linked With Mental Health of Children

HBNS STORY | November 6, 2014

Children and adolescents who ate foods high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates and processed foods appear to experience more depression and low moods, suggests a new systematic research review in the American Journal of Public Health.

Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids

HBNS STORY | July 8, 2014

Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Mental Health Wins When Teens Play School Sports

HBNS STORY | July 1, 2014

Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Families with Preschoolers Buying Fewer High Calorie Foods and Beverages

HBNS STORY | May 27, 2014

Families with young children are purchasing fewer high calorie drinks and processed foods, which may be a factor in declining rates of childhood obesity, finds a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Many New Parents Unaware of Safety Guidelines

HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014

A new parent’s health literacy can affect their ability to follow recommendations to protect infants from injury, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Parents Should Team with Kids to Encourage Exercise

HBNS STORY | March 4, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s weight, finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Teen Concussions Increase Risk for Depression

HBNS STORY | January 9, 2014

Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens with Late Bedtimes Have Lower Grades

HBNS STORY | November 10, 2013

Late bedtimes during the school year, especially in younger teens, predicted a lower cumulative grade point average and more emotional distress by college age, finds a new article in Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens with Chronic Illnesses Find It Hard to Stick to Treatment

HBNS STORY | October 29, 2013

Teens with a variety of chronic illnesses report facing similar barriers to taking their medications, according to a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 30, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

This week in health news: For teens, fighting is bad for the brain | Skeptical elderly turn to home remedies | Bedwetting treatments offer help | Green light for eating and drinking during labor

Bedwetting Treatments Offer Help

HBNS STORY | August 20, 2013

Simple treatments for bed-wetting are better than nothing at all, but aren’t as effective as more advanced alarm therapy or drug therapy, according to a new meta-analysis in The Cochrane Library.

Later Cord Clamping After Birth Increases Iron Levels in Babies

HBNS STORY | July 11, 2013

Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Prebiotics: Do Supplements In Baby Formula Help Prevent Allergies?

HBNS STORY | March 28, 2013

Prebiotic supplements in infant formula may help to prevent eczema, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Monitoring Your Child's Development: Your Pediatrician Can Help

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

When all is well with physical health, often it is a child's behavior that prompts parents to the visit their pediatrician who may rule out — or uncover — developmental problems.

Early Intervention for Premature Infants Increases IQ

HBNS STORY | December 20, 2012

Programs aimed at helping premature infants and their families once they leave the hospital have been found to increase IQ in the period up to school age and improve cognitive skills, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Good Health Helps Grades When Students Hit Puberty

HBNS STORY | August 28, 2012

Good health helps children with stressful transitions from elementary school to middle school, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Do I Have to Go to the Dentist? Oral Health Starts Early

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

Increasingly, children are losing their baby teeth not due to the budding of their permanent teeth but to the ravages of early decay and cavities. For some parents, this is a result of a lack of understanding about the importance of oral health, even at an early age.

Risk of Future Emotional Problems Can be Identified During Well-Child Visits

HBNS STORY | April 24, 2012

A new study suggests clinicians might be able to identify children at risk of later emotional or behavioral problems by paying attention to a few key signs during early well-child check-ups.

Early Bloomers with Poor Social Skills More Likely to Smoke

HBNS STORY | February 14, 2012

Children who go through puberty earlier than their peers are more likely to have poor social skills and to smoke cigarettes during their high school years, a new study in Journal of Adolescent Health confirms.

Teens Have Fewer Behavioral Issues When Parents Stay Involved

HBNS STORY | January 19, 2012

When parents of middle school students participate in school-based, family interventions, it can reduce problem behavior, according to new research released online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Group Programs to Prevent Childhood Depression Prove Effective

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2011

Psychological interventions to prevent depression in children and adolescents can be useful, with protective effects that last for up to a year, finds a new systematic review in The Cochrane Library.

Youth with Behavior Problems Are More Likely to Have Thought of Suicide

HBNS STORY | December 6, 2011

Children who show early signs of problem behavior are more likely to have thought of killing or harming themselves, suggests new research in the latest issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Daily Exercise, Minimized Computer Time for Optimal Sleep in Teens

HBNS STORY | November 8, 2011

Daily exercise improves a teenager’s chances of a good night’s sleep, while excess computer time has the opposite effect, according to a new study.

Inhaled Epinephrine Confirmed Quick, Effective for Croup

HBNS STORY | February 15, 2011

For more than 30 years, pediatricians have treated children who have croup with inhaled epinephrine to relieve their symptoms quickly. Now, a new review confirms the value of this approach.

Childhood Chronic Illness Affects Future Income, Education, Career

HBNS STORY | February 1, 2011

For some children, serious illness can lead to fewer years of education, more joblessness and lower pay as adults.

Infants Not Exempt From Obesity Epidemic

HBNS STORY | December 31, 2010

A revealing new study finds that obesity might begin in babies as young as nine months old.

Girls Who Start School Earlier Might Have Lower Obesity Risk

HBNS STORY | December 14, 2010

Effective strategies to fight youth obesity have been elusive. A new study suggests a simple step that might help cut the problem down to size: start school sooner.

Childhood Sexual, Physical Abuse Linked to Drinking Problems in Women

HBNS STORY | November 16, 2010

Women who suffered sexual or physical abuse as children are more likely to abuse alcohol than are others, according to a new study of 3,680 women.

Early Alcohol, Tobacco Use Might Delay Puberty in Girls

HBNS STORY | September 14, 2010

For Obese Teens, Weight Problems Persist Into Young Adulthood

HBNS STORY | September 7, 2010

Early Puberty Tied to Obesity in Girls

HBNS STORY | July 26, 2010

Scoliosis in Teenagers: To Brace or Not to Brace Is Still a Question

HBNS STORY | January 19, 2010