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Friday, August 7, 2015

Children's Health: Boost your toddler's development ♦ Targeting the early-teens for extra exercise could cut diabetes risk ♦ Picky eating can have negative effects on children's health

Even moderate picky eating can have negative effects on children's health Picky eating among children is a common but burdensome problem that can result in poor nutrition for kids, family conflict, and frustrated parents. Although many families see picky eating as a phase, a new study finds moderate and severe picky eating often coincides with serious childhood issues such as depression and anxiety that may need intervention.
Want to boost your toddler's development? Put a toy chicken on your head Parents who joke and pretend with their children are teaching them important life skills, research has revealed. The study showed that children as young as 16 months old naturally learn the difference between joking and pretending by picking up on their parents' cues. It also showed understanding the difference between the two allows children the opportunity to learn, imagine, bond, and think in abstract ways.
Teen marijuana use not linked to later depression, lung cancer, other health problems, Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a new study.
Punishing a child is effective if done correctly While recently published parenting books have preached the effectiveness of positive parenting and 'no drama' discipline, psychologists are now saying, "don't put timeout in timeout yet."
Targeting the early-teens for extra exercise could cut diabetes risk Physical activity provides the greatest benefits to adolescent insulin resistance -- a risk factor for type 2 diabetes -- when the condition peaks at age 13, but provides no benefit to it at age 16. The findings could help design more effective interventions for children by targeting the early-teens.

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