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    September 12, 2013
    Childhood Diseases: What You Can Do to Change The Odds in Your Child’s Favor

    When I was a kid, none of my peers had type 2 diabetes. I didn't know anyone with a life-threatening peanut allergy. The label ADHD was rarely used. Today more kids will live with a chronic medical co…

    Love Your Heart All Year Long & Live Longer, Part 2
    February 15, 2012
    Love Your Heart All Year Long & Live Longer, Part 2

    There are nine major risk factors that impact heart disease. The good news?  There’s something you can do about each one to help prevent heart disease. Yesterday we talked about smoking and cholest…

    Doubling Vitamin D
    October 13, 2008
    Doubling Vitamin D

    Today at our annual meeting in Boston, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the recommended amount of vitamin D that children get each day to 400 IU, in response to mounting evidence of the life…

    Adult Diabetes and Kids
    June 28, 2007
    Adult Diabetes and Kids

    A huge study of millions of kids revealed for the first time the true measure of type 2 diabetes in children in the United States. The results appeared in the June 27, 2007 Journal of the American Med…

    Organic Watermelon, Papaya, and Diabetes
    May 31, 2006
    Organic Watermelon, Papaya, and Diabetes

    The rise of diabetes is alarming. Today almost 1/3 of Americans, more than 73 million adults, already have diabetes or pre-diabetes (higher than normal blood glucose levels), according to the June 200…

    Overweight: Not Just Skin Deep
    August 10, 2005
    Overweight: Not Just Skin Deep

    More than a third of overweight kids, age 2 through 18, already have elevated blood pressure, according to a study of 497 kids that appears in the August 2005 Pediatrics. About half of the kids with h…

    Fast-Food Fallout
    January 5, 2005
    Fast-Food Fallout

    Does stopping by a fast food restaurant a few times a week with your kids really make a difference in their health? A major long-term study has found a strong association between eating fast food more…

    The Downward Spiral of Obesity
    October 20, 2004
    The Downward Spiral of Obesity

    High blood pressure, high blood glucose, high triglycerides, low HDL, and/or increased waist size are all important heart disease risk factors, typically associated with middle age. Get ready for your…

    Vaccine Diabetes Link?
    April 2, 2004
    Vaccine Diabetes Link?

    Type 1 diabetes has increased in children over the last decade, presumably triggered by something in their diet or in their environment. Some have suggested that perhaps the disease is triggered by a …

    A Glucose Watch at Camp
    January 12, 2004
    A Glucose Watch at Camp

    Kids at a diabetes camp got to sample the future as they tried out a diabetes camp. After a day of fun activities, kids' blood sugars might dip dangerously low while the children sleep. (more…)…

    A Permanent Cure for Diabetes?
    December 1, 2003
    A Permanent Cure for Diabetes?

    The cover of the November 14, 2003 Science features a stunning photograph of earth from space, as seen from Apollo 17 in 1972. It boasts the bold headline, 'State of the Planet.. Inside is a landmark …

    Starting Solids and the Risk of Diabetes
    October 2, 2003
    Starting Solids and the Risk of Diabetes

    Kids who start eating cereal before 3 months old run a higher risk of diabetes, according to two studies appearing in the October 1, 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association. One study was com…

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life
    April 9, 2003
    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    We hear in the news that the percentage of American children who are obese has doubled in the last twenty years, and that the rate of increase continues to rise. Today about 1 in 7 children are obese …

    Gastric Bypass Surgery for Kids
    November 13, 2002
    Gastric Bypass Surgery for Kids

    In a bold article called Childhood Obesity: A New Pandemic of the New Millennium, published in the November 2000 issue of Pediatrics, the authors chronicle how the  obesity problem has become so seve…

    Diabetes Options for Children
    September 3, 2002
    Diabetes Options for Children

    On Tuesday, August 27, 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the Glucowatch for use in children and teens with diabetes. (It had been approved for adults in 20…

    Whole Grains Help
    July 31, 2002
    Whole Grains Help

    Parents need to know that white bread vs. whole wheat is not a trivial question. Whether or not children eat whole grains could have a major impact on their health. The current epidemic of childhood o…

    A Test to Predict Diabetes
    March 26, 2002
    A Test to Predict Diabetes

    Most children with type 1 diabetes are not diagnosed until the situation has become desperate. The diabetes symptoms that most people are familiar with (increased thirst and increased urination) are v…

    Obesity and Diabetes in Children
    March 21, 2002
    Obesity and Diabetes in Children

    Twenty five percent of obese children are already glucose intolerant and at high risk for developing diabetes, according to a Yale University study published in the March 14, 2002 New England Journal …

    The Link Between Parental Smoking, Obesity, and Diabetes
    January 10, 2002
    The Link Between Parental Smoking, Obesity, and Diabetes

    When mothers smoke during pregnancy, their choice may affect the children for the rest of their lives. The January 5, 2002 issue of the British Medical Journal reports an analysis of 17,000 births dur…

    Advances for Diabetes
    March 26, 2001
    Advances for Diabetes

    Star GlucoWatch, a painless glucose monitor for diabetics that is worn like a wristwatch, is FDA-approved. The device measures glucose levels every 20 minutes -- without needles -- even while the wear…