School Age Related Articles & Blog Posts
Internet Sexual Solicitation
Talk with your children. Many children who use the Internet are the targets of unwanted sexual advances. According to a study published in the June 20, 2001 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, within that last year, 19% of the more than 1500 children surveyed had been solicited over the Internet for [...]Read full story
Weight Lifting for Kids – Safe? Effective?
My 14-year-old son is gearing up for freshman high school football in the fall. Team weightlifting starts next week. Is it healthy? Can this stunt long-term growth?Read full story
Smoking, Snoring and ADHD?
Snoring is fairly common among school-age children, but it is more than twice as common among children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to information presented at the May 2001 meeting of the American Thoracic Society.Read full story
Children with Asthma Miss Out
We know what to do, but we are not doing it! Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. Inflammation can cause ongoing damage. Albuterol helps children breath better for the moment, but does nothing to treat the inflammation.Read full story
Children, Exercise and Parks
We are raising the most sedentary generation of children in human history. However, a study published in the April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Public Health offers real, practical hope. Children were 400% to 500% more likely to be physically active if they were given an attractive place to play and were supervised [...]Read full story
Does Your Child Really Have ADHD?
Rates of diagnosing ADHD in some school and medical settings are still 300% higher than in others, according to an article in the March 2001 electronic issue of Pediatrics. Some children are labeled as having ADHD when they don’t really have it. Other children who do have ADHD, and who would really benefit from treatment, [...]Read full story
School Start Times
In most school districts across the United States, the buses begin rounding up high school students very early in the morning and then make a later trip for the start of elementary school.Read full story
Chicken Pox Vaccine
No matter how much is known about a vaccine before it is licensed for routine use, after it has been used in millions of people it is possible to discover side effects that are too subtle or too rare to show up in pre-license testing. The November 2000 issue of Infectious Diseases in Children reviewed [...]Read full story
The Lunch of Champions?
No, once again, breakfast emerges as the most important meal for parents to focus on with their kids. Many children (and adults) still skip breakfast.Read full story
Music is a key to the inner world of children. It’s also a great way to teach adolescents (and younger children) about health and social responsibility. Between the ages of 13 and 18, the average teen listenes to 10,500 hours of music. Two family physicians, Drs. Matthew and John Clarke, have produced a series of [...]Read full story