Healthy Living News

Dec152014

Study: Moms Using Devices Talk to Kids Less

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Mothers who use their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table are less likely to interact with their kids, a new study finds. Researchers videotaped 225 mother-and-child pairs at the dinner table. The children were all 6...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Family Health

Dec082014

More Young Children Getting Flu Vaccine

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

The proportion of children under age 5 getting flu vaccine each year increased sharply after the vaccine was recommended for all children, a study shows. But more than half of the children still were not getting the vaccine....read more

Categories: Children's Health, Vaccination

Dec012014

Despite Risk, Half of Babies Use Soft Bedding

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

More than half of families use soft bedding for sleeping infants, despite warnings that the practice is unsafe, a study shows. Soft bedding includes quilts, blankets and pillows. They have been shown to increase the risk of...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Newborn & Babies' Health

Nov242014

Report: More Children Have Eczema

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Growing numbers of U.S. children are being diagnosed with eczema, a new report says. The report comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It offers updated information and advice for pediatricians. These doctors treat...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Allergy

Nov182014

Study: 23% in High School Use Tobacco

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

About 23% of U.S. high school students use some form of tobacco, new survey data show. And about 90% of those teens smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes or hookah, the survey found. The new study was based on a 2013 national survey...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Tobacco Cessation

Nov102014

Study Cites Poison Risk from Detergent 'Pods'

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

In the last 2 years, more than 700 young children needed hospital care after exposure to laundry detergent "pods," a new study finds. One child died. Pods are brightly colored, single-use packets of concentrated...read more

Categories: Children's Health

Oct242014

Pregnancy Diabetes May Affect Daughter's Weight

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Daughters of women with high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to become overweight as children, a new study finds. The risk was especially strong if the mothers developed gestational diabetes while they were...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Children's Health