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Obesity Changed Shape and Function of Heart
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past three decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And weight gain at a young age may also start the physical changes that can lead to heart disease later in life.
20 Years of Marijuana Research Summarized in New Report
States across the US continue to debate the merits of allowing medicinal and, in some cases, recreational marijuana use. Yet there’s still uncertainty about the long-term health impacts of cannabis.
New Guidelines for Bone Health in Children and Adolescents
Once thought to simply be a part of aging, osteoporosis may have roots in bone mass acquired in childhood. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a report that looked at bone health in childhood and adolescence.
Teens Lost Most Weight With Combination Training
Exercise is an important tool in fighting obesity in young people. But which type of exercise is the most effective?
Magnesium Sulfate in Pregnancy May Not Affect Development
While magnesium sulfate is known to protect against cerebral palsy, its effects on other measures of development are largely unknown. But a new study suggests the medicine doesn't affect kids in other ways.
More Exercise May Improve Boys' School Performance
Young boys who bike or walk to school or play sports benefit in many ways. Not only are they more fit, but they may even do better in school, new research suggests.
Preventive Care Lacking for US Kids
Preventing illness in children is often much easier than treating a disease. But new reports warned that many US kids may not be getting full preventive care.
At-Risk Youth May Benefit From Music Training
Childhood is a rapid period of development for the brain. Music lessons may be one way to support brain growth — especially in underserved youth.
Sleepy Teens Could Face Serious Health Problems
Staying up late, watching TV at night and drinking coffee may not seem like dangerous activities, but they can seriously harm adolescents' health.
Singing May Enhance Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Therapy
Lullabies are a quick and simple way to comfort newborn babies. And they may also enhance the benefits of skin-to-skin therapy.