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…

    Smoking Rate in Young Girls on the Rise
    August 11, 2003
    Smoking Rate in Young Girls on the Rise

    Young girls are now smoking cigarettes almost as much as young boys are, according to the results of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey released on August 7, 2003. And both boys and girls are using other…

    Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks
    July 9, 2003
    Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks

    A summer festival in the park, splashing, swimming, enjoying new outdoor games, and old favorites… Dancing, biking, bouncing, jumping rope, roller-skating, playing volleyball or tennis or soccer…A…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    Obesity: The Yogurt Solution
    April 24, 2003
    Obesity: The Yogurt Solution

    In an effort to stay slim, many teenage girls forgo dairy products in favor of diet sodas. Ironically, research shows that calcium is important for maintaining ideal weight. Nonfat yogurt or milk may …

    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 …

    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…

    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…

    Close up of a contact lens on a finger tip. Photo by Maikel Nai.
    January 4, 2003
    Contact Lenses

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Contacts have been in the news recently with the FDA warning consumers about the dangers of nonprescription, "costume" contacts. These can cause eye irritation, infections, and so…

    Depression
    October 27, 2002
    Depression: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to depression: Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing appropriately is quite common -- but fewer than one in five affected children get the help they need…

    Product Placement: Smoking and the Media
    September 17, 2002
    Product Placement: Smoking and the Media

    Even though advertising for smoking was banned more than 30 years ago, smoking has been going up among teens since 1991. One possible reason? The way smoking now shows up on screen.  (more…)…

    Bottled Energy
    September 9, 2002
    Bottled Energy

    I’ve often heard parents comment, when watching their toddlers or school-aged kids jet giddily around the home (or restaurant), “I wish we could bottle their energy and sell it!” I wish we could…

    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…

    Who Will Smoke?
    August 13, 2002
    Who Will Smoke?

    Researchers at Brown Medical School studied over 20,000 adolescents to look for clues as to which teens would experiment with smoking, and which would progress to occasional and then regular smokers. …

    Teens, Migraines, and Finger Temps
    June 26, 2002
    Teens, Migraines, and Finger Temps

    Migraines affect at least 8 million children in the United States alone, resulting in more than one million missed school days each year. These headaches can be debilitating. Nevertheless, they are of…

    Higher Fiber, Later Periods
    June 10, 2002
    Higher Fiber, Later Periods

    Girls who eat foods rich in fiber can reduce their risk of having their first period early by almost 50 percent, according to a study published in the April 2002 issue of Public Health Nutrition. (mor…

    Vegetarian Kids
    May 15, 2002
    Vegetarian Kids

    I often hear from parents who are concerned because their children will not eat meat, for one reason or another. A study published in the May 2002 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Me…

    Secondhand Smoke Blunts Learning!
    May 8, 2002
    Secondhand Smoke Blunts Learning!

    At the May 2002 meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital reported their research showing that secondhand smoke damages learning abilities, weakeni…