Updated Wednesday, February 10, 2016Children who are the victims of bullying have an increased risk for anxiety, depression and eating disorders. New research indicates bullies also have an increased risk of bulimia, an eating disorder. After studying over 1,400 children, researchers determined that bullies are twice as likely to develop bulimia than their peers are. “For a long time, there’s been this story about bullies that they’re a little more hale and hearty,” said lead author William Copeland, Ph.D., “Maybe they’re good at manipulating social situations or getting out of trouble, but in this one area it seems that’s not the case at all. Maybe teasing others may sensitize them […]
Updated Sunday, October 18, 2015The incidence of falling televisions is increasing and causing severe head and neck injuries to children, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. Of children, toddlers between ages one and 3 are most likely to suffer severe injuries, reports Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon and lead author of the paper. Toppling televisions lead to over 15,000 emergency room visits each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Of these incidents, nearly 280 result in death. Most falling television incidents occur in the home. Although many reported cases involve minor injuries, over half cause potentially fatal skull fractures, intracranial bleeding and/or […]
Updated Saturday, September 5, 2015High school teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more than 4 times more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes and other tobacco products, reports a study published Aug. 18 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. University of Southern California researchers collected data from over 2,500 ninth-graders to investigate the link between e-cigarettes and smoking, according to the study. Researcher Adam M. Leventhal, Ph.D., points out that although e-cigarettes initially appealed to adult smokers as a smoking alternative, many teens use them for recreational purposes. The use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students increased substantially over the period of 2011 to 2014, according to […]
Updated Thursday, July 7, 2016 A common worry among parents as their children return to school is whether they are victims of bullying. Some children tell their parents if another student is bullying them. Other kids may not say anything because they are embarrassed or afraid. As parents we need to be aware of the warning signs of bullying, so we can intervene as soon as possible. Here are ten signs of bullying in children:
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Back to school shopping is underway, including the search for new schoolbags. Backpacks are very popular, but cause health problems if heavy and improperly packed. When picking the right backpack, make sure your children choose a bag that will not harm their health. One study, reported in the Journal of School Nursing, warns: Given that children are still developing physically, regularly carrying heavy loads can contribute to pain and injuries in the lower back, shoulders, and joints and ultimately related disorders in adulthood. Furthermore, heavy backpacks increase the chances of children falling.
Updated Saturday, August 15, 2015The number of headaches children suffer increases when they go back to school reports Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Children between ages 5 and 18 experienced more headaches in the autumn, according to researchers. Doctors think the increase in headaches is due to several factors including increased stress, poor hydration, schedule changes, inadequate sleep, skipping meals and extra activities. “When we saw many of our families and patients in clinic, the families would report that their child or teenager’s headaches would increase during the school year,” said Ann Pakalnis, MD, lead researcher, and Director of the Comprehensive Headache Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “So, we decided to go […]