Exercise Boosts School Grades

  Children that exercise are likely to get better grades at school than those that don’t according to a review carried out in Holland. The review was undertaken amid fears that the pressure on schools and pupils to achieve high academic grades could reduce the emphasis on physical education and school sports, which would then…

Spanked Kids Are More Aggressive

(Health Secrets) Whether it’s done out of frustration, anger or belief that spare the rod and spoil the child is the best way to parent, spanking kids has negative outcomes. Scientists at Tulane University have documented this fact in a study that found kids who are spanked are more likely to be aggressive than kids who are…

Resurgence of Rickets

  Rickets, the crippling childhood bone disease that causes stunted growth and deformities, appears to be re-emerging in the UK despite the fact that it is believed to have been eradicated many decades ago. Rickets, which is caused by a lack of Vitamin D, should be very rare in Western countries. Rickets causes softening and…

Mothers Who Take Probiotics Have Healthier Babies

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) recently conducted a study on the effects of probiotic supplementation during pregnancy. The team found that mothers who drank probiotic-supplemented milk during their pregnancies cut their children’s risk of developing eczema by 40 percent, compared to women not taking probiotics. The study is part of…

Watch Out for Synthetics in Baby Formula

  For years, baby formula manufacturers have been fortifying and reformulating their formula blends in an effort to position them as equal or superior to natural breast milk. Beginning in 2002, many producers began supplementing their formulas with synthetic forms of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA), the long chain fatty acids naturally present…

Teen Binge Drinking has Long Term Consequences

  The disturbing long-term effects of teen binge drinking have recently been spotlighted by scientists and researchers.  What is teen binge drinking?  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking as having four or more drinks for females and five or more for males over the space of a few hours.  Among high school students who…

High Fructose Corn Syrup Behind Childhood Obesity

  High levels of fructose from the high-fructose corn syrup found in bottled drinks, candy and many processed foods may cause specific fat cells in children to multiply quicker.  This may play a key role in childhood obesity and even Type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study. High levels of fructose have come under fire often for affecting…