Posts Categorized: Positive Parenting

Poor Sleep Equals Weight Gain, Even For Children

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Continuing my focus of supporting the health of our children during this back-to-schoool month… …today’s article is a reminder about just how crucial it is for children to get good sleep.   Just published in The Journal Of Pediatrics, a new study finds that an earlier bedtime for young children reduces their risk of obesity… Read more »

Back To School Special: The Latest Medical Studies On ADHD

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Recently published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) on May 31, 2016… …researchers found that the stimulant methylphenidate (commonly prescribed for children to treat ADHD: Ritalin, Daytrana, Concerta) increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmias.     It’s back-to-school time… a time when children are often diagnosed and treated for ADHD (average age of diagnosis of… Read more »

Pets Decrease Asthma Risk

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  Since Mother’s Day was yesterday, today let’s talk about an important medical study that parents need to be aware of. You’ve probably heard that exposure to dirt in childhood is an essential part of boosting immunity and decreasing future allergies… …but did you know the same is true for animals?   It’s true. Early… Read more »

Autism Linked To Low Levels Of This Brain Chemical…

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Published December 17, 2015 in Current Biology, a new study finds and association between Autism and decreased action of GABA in the brain.   GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is calming to the brain. It helps to down regulate brain activity and it’s absence has long been associated with seizure disorders. After noting that… Read more »

Don’t Use ADHD Meds (This Works Better Anyway…)

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There is no longer any convincing evidence left that kids should be considered for Rx methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, etc…) In fact, a new study now urges physicians to use caution when prescribing these medications and reveals that there is no data to support the use of these prescriptions, especially in light of the serious side… Read more »