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  • Screen time before bed may delay sleep onset
    Greater time spent watching TV, using the computer or playing video games before bedtime was associated with a later sleep onset among children and teens, New Zealand researchers found. A difference in screen sedentary time of just 13 minutes between the late sleep onset group and the early sleep group adds up to almost an hour of sleep during the school week, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics. HealthDay News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fewer gut bacteria linked to colic in babies
    Babies with colic develop certain gut bacteria later than those without colic, and researchers in the Netherlands said the crying that accompanies the condition may occur because infants lacking those species suffer more pain and inflammation. While researchers suggested the findings could lead to early colic screenings and interventions, other experts stressed that it is too soon to recommend probiotics for parents of new babies, particularly because probiotics can sometimes have harmful effects. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. HealthDay News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obese children show higher risk of immediate health concerns
    Overweight and obese children were more likely to have three or more reported medical, mental or developmental conditions compared with those at a healthier weight, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. Obese children had a higher risk of emotional and behavioral problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, developmental delays, asthma, allergies, headaches and ear infections, among other problems, the study found. Yahoo/Asian News International (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research IDs 25 gene variants tied to autism
    DNA samples collected from individuals with and without autism showed 25 new gene variants associated with a higher risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. Although researchers found a link between these genetic variants and increased autism risk, they failed to prove a causal relationship. The findings appear in the journal PLoS One. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental support increases physical activity among children
    Children who were "very much" encouraged by their parents to be physically active had a 22% lower risk of becoming overweight than those who were encouraged "quite a lot," Canadian researchers wrote in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. The findings suggest that strategies aimed at raising parents' awareness on the importance of encouragement can play a vital role in promoting healthy behaviors among children. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Many U.S. teen girls have met up with online strangers
    Thirty percent of 251 14- to 17-year-olds reported having offline meetings with people they first got acquainted with online, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers found that maltreatment, behavioral disorders and low IQ scores were substantially linked to a greater likelihood of risky Internet behaviors. While parental monitoring lessened risky online activities, filtering software did not. (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This 2 1/2-day course focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Faculty will provide the latest information on both current and prospective vaccines, updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan, and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate vaccination. Early registration closes on Jan. 21. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educating and communicating with parents online
    Pediatric practices can embrace today's tech-savvy parents by establishing a Web presence that enables pediatricians to connect with this growing demographic the exact way they prefer to communicate. As an AAP member, Officite's practice websites and online marketing are available as part of the AAP Member Benefit Affinity Program. To demo a website, visit the AAP website or contact Officite at 877-708-4426. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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