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Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy for Growing Kids?

Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy for Growing Kids?MONDAY, May 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Vegetarian diets are a healthy choice for growing kids -- though they may slightly raise the odds of youngsters being underweight, a new study suggests.The study, of nearly 9,000 young children, found that those on vegetarian diets were, on average, of similar weight and height as their peers who ate meat. They were also on par when it came to blood levels of iron and vitamin D -- which could potentially be harder to get on a diet free of meat, fish and, sometimes, dairy products.The one trouble spot was that vegetarian children were twice as likely as other kids to be underweight. However, the vast majority -- 94% -- were not.The findings, published online May 2 in the journal Pediatrics, support existing guidelines. The Academy of Nutrition and...

When Is the Right Time to Tell a Child They Have Autism?

2 May 2022
When Is the Right Time to Tell a Child They Have Autism?MONDAY, May 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Bella Kofner, a 24-year-old graduate student in special education at the College of Staten Island in New York, was 10 when her parents first told her she had autism. Developmental psychologist Steven Kapp, now 35, was 13 when he was told the same.So, is there a best time to tell children they have the developmental disorder? New research suggests that younger is better.Kofner, Kapp and their colleagues answered that question by asking 78 university students about how and when they found out they had autism. For the most part, the investigators found that telling kids when they are younger helped them feel better about their lives as they grew up."Talking openly with autistic people about being autistic when they are young may help them grow into...

Fewer U.S. Doctors Will Get Trained in Abortion if Roe...

2 May 2022
Fewer U.S. Doctors Will Get Trained in Abortion if Roe v. Wade OverturnedMONDAY, May 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- There could be far fewer U.S. doctors trained to provide an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court in a decision that is expected by the end of June, researchers report.That's because nearly 45% of 286 obstetrics and gynecology residency programs across the United States are in the 26 states certain or likely to ban abortion if the court overturns Roe v. Wade.The researchers' analysis of ob-gyn residency programs nationwide also showed that nearly 44% of just over 6,000 residents accredited in ob-gyn programs in 2020 are in states certain or likely to ban abortion, according to the study published April 28 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology."In 2020, 92% of obstetrics and gynecology residents reported having access to some...

Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

30 April 2022
Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom`s Fault?SATURDAY, April 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to a new British study. Emotional eating refers to indulging in "comfort" foods when feeling sad or anxious, not because you're hungry.“Our findings suggest that children who were more motivated to eat were more predisposed to associate food with emotions," said study co-author Rebecca Stone, a Ph.D. student at Aston University in Birmingham."Our research supports the idea that emotional eating is a learned behavior which children often develop in preschool years, but that...

Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

29 April 2022
Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom`s VoiceFRIDAY, April 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Mom's voice may be music to a young child's brain, but the teen brain prefers to change the station, a new study finds.Past research using brain imaging has revealed how important a mother's voice is to younger children: The sound stimulates not only hearing-related parts of the brain, but also circuits involved in emotions and "reward" — in a way strange voices simply do not.The new study, published April 28 in the Journal of Neuroscience, shows that things start to change around the age of 13. At that point, the brain's vocal preferences shift, tuning mom out in favor of unfamiliar voices.That may ring true to anyone who has ever raised a teenager.But the findings offer an actual "brain basis" for kids' behavior changes, said lead...

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