Back to After-School
    August 27, 2003
    Back to After-School

    As the school year starts up again, more parents are concerned with the hours after school than with school itself, according to a survey commissioned by a national nonprofit coalition of more than 2,…

    Finding Migraines
    August 19, 2003
    Finding Migraines

    Even though migraines are quite common, they often go undiagnosed and under-treated for years. A technique called ID migraine is a simple set of three questions that can be a powerful way to detect mi…

    A Weight and Fitness Report Card
    August 14, 2003
    A Weight and Fitness Report Card

    Elementary school children in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently came home with a different kind of report card from school, informing parents of their child’s body mass index (BMI) and what it means…

    Sunshine: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right
    August 13, 2003
    Sunshine: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right

    Sun exposure during childhood, especially between 6 and 15 years of age appears to protect people from later developing multiple sclerosis, according to a study in the August 9, 2003 British Medical J…

    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries
    August 12, 2003
    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries

    The statistics are in, and happily there were no deaths from heatstroke among U.S. football players during the 2002 season (or so far in 2003), according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports…

    Music and Brain Power?
    July 30, 2003
    Music and Brain Power?

    Music lessons for kids can result in better verbal memory skills, claims a study in the July 2003 Neuropsychology. In this study of 90 boys at a Hong Kong school, half were part of their school’s st…

    The Power of Lunch
    July 11, 2003
    The Power of Lunch

    Most schools offer vending machines and a la carte dining to provide extra food beyond the traditional balanced school lunch. It’s not too surprising that, given the choice, many students opt to fil…

    Premies in Third Grade
    July 2, 2003
    Premies in Third Grade

    Over the last twenty years, the survival rate for very early premies has increased dramatically. What is life like for them? A study of hundreds of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies born in 199…

    Let’s Hear It for New York!
    June 27, 2003
    Let’s Hear It for New York!

    A bold move by New York City, home to largest school system in the United States, intends to provide students in New York schools with healthy food designed to taste good. The resolution, passed on Ju…

    Snoring and Grades
    June 18, 2003
    Snoring and Grades

    Did you just get your child’s report card?  Were his grades lower than you’d like?  Does your child snore?  If so, one of the best things you can do to help him succeed in school or thrive in p…

    Does Paxil Kill Children?
    June 17, 2003
    Does Paxil Kill Children?

    On June 10, 2003 the British government issued a very strong warning about the antidepressant Paxil, called Seroxat in Britain, saying that it "should not be used in children and adolescents under the…

    Chubby Babies
    June 11, 2003
    Chubby Babies

    Almost every day I hear from parents or grandparents who are concerned because they feel that the babies they love just aren’t getting enough to eat. They try to coax them to take just a few more ou…

    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled
    May 29, 2003
    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled

    There’s good news and bad news. Dramatically good and dramatically bad. Duke University announced on May 28, 2003 the results of their 5-year randomized study on body fat. Two kinds of body fat accu…

    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 …

    Background Noise
    March 20, 2003
    Background Noise

    I am a news junkie, curious to learn everything I can about what is happening in Iraq. But if a radio is on in the kitchen or in the car, or the television news is repeating itself in the background, …

    Children Need More Play!
    February 14, 2003
    Children Need More Play!

    We know that active play improves school performance, concentration, mood and behavior. We know that obesity in children in skyrocketing.  HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson’s report, "Physical Activi…

    Organic Lunchbox Challenge
    January 30, 2003
    Organic Lunchbox Challenge

    Students I speak with observe that school food is often either unappetizing (overcooked cafeteria veggies) or unhealthy. Tasty junk food at school has become a magnet for kids across the nation, encou…

    Food Phases
    January 29, 2003
    Food Phases

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Kids will often find a food they enjoy and stick with it almost exclusively for a while. Apples and other fruits and vegetables are great choices. The biggest problem from apples …

    Milk Flavorings
    January 21, 2003
    Milk Flavorings: Good, Bad, or Neither?

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Strawberry or chocolate milk still has less sugar than most juices and lots of protein and calcium. Getting plenty of calcium is very important during the teenage years because th…

    Cold Treatment
    January 14, 2003
    Natural Cold Treatment

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Here's my favorite recipe for a natural cold remedy: 2 cups of water (we prefer filtered) the juice of one lemon zest from half that lemon 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 cloves of ch…