Tag Archives: children

Parents Underestimate Drowning Risks for Kids, Poll Suggests

As the weather warms up just enough for kids to jump in the pool, a new national poll suggests some parents may underestimate drowning risks. Most parents surveyed in the poll felt uncomfortable letting their child swim unsupervised in a lake or the ocean, however, more than one-third were OK with letting their child swim […]

Flu Shot Study Shows Major Benefits for Kids

All the tears and pleas that parents put up with to make sure their kids get a flu shot appear to be worth it. A new federal study shows that flu vaccination significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from influenza. In fact, getting a flu shot cut the risk of dying from flu-related complications […]

Children Consuming Excessive Sodium, Health Officials Warn

Pizza. Soups. Processed Snacks. Many American kids love to fill up on these salty foods to keep hunger at bay. Trouble is, these quick meals loaded with sodium could be setting up children for heart disease when they’re older, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 90 percent of […]

Millions of Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise

More than 25 percent of Americans who are 50 or older do not exercise regularly and are physically inactive, according to a new federal health report. As a result, millions of people are missing out on many health-related benefits linked to staying active. Not only can physical activity reduce the risk of premature death, but […]

Doctors Say Kids Need Flu Shot This Year, Not Nasal Spray

Parents, get ready to roll up some sleeves for this year’s flu vaccination. Health officials are not recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for children. Studies show the nasal spray offered little protection the past three flu seasons. Instead, all children ages 6 months and older should receive a seasonal flu shot for the 2016-17 season, according […]

Poor Diet, Little Exercise Keep Kids from Ideal Heart Health

Sugary drinks, desserts and a lack of exercise are keeping the majority of American children from meeting the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health. Indeed, nine out of 10 children did not meet their nutritional needs because they received most of their daily calories from simple carbohydrates, according to a new scientific statement published in […]

Trampoline Park Injuries, Emergency Room Visits Rising

As more families play at trampoline parks, the number of children heading to the emergency room for related injuries has soared, a new study shows. The most common injuries treated at the emergency room were for sprains and fractures. Serious injuries included open fractures and spinal cord injuries, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics. […]

Obesity Affecting More Women Than Ever

Despite efforts to help Americans lose weight, the obesity epidemic in the United States continues to worsen especially for women and teens. Federal health statistics show that for the first time, roughly four in 10 U.S. women have obesity, which means their body mass index is 30 or greater. Among children and adolescents, 17 percent […]

Eating Fruits, Vegetables During Adolescence May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Parents of young daughters may want to keep their fridge stocked with plenty of fruits and vegetables. A new large-scale study suggests that women who eat more high-fiber foods during adolescence and young adulthood have a “significantly lower breast cancer risk” than those who eat less dietary fiber. Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public […]

Warning Labels on Drinks May Take Aim at Childhood Obesity

Warning labels – like the ones found on cigarette cartons – might be a way to persuade parents not to buy sugar-sweetened beverages for their children, researchers say. It’s not just soda that have health authorities concerned. Flavored waters, fruit and sports drinks can contain added sugars, causing tooth decay and contributing to obesity and […]