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According to a recent nationally representative survey, about 60% of the calories consumed by Americans come from “ultra-processed” foods and beverages—defined as products resulting from “several sequences of industrial processes” and including additives “used to imitate sensory properties of foods or to disguise unpalatable aspects of the final product.” Alarmingly, the survey showed that adolescents (10- to 19-year-olds) were among the biggest consumers of ultra-processed foods and that their intake of these foods increased from 2007 to 2012, rising to over two-thirds (68%) of total calories consumed.

Children with asthma, hypnosis can help to reduce symptoms including habit coughing, unexplained sensations of breathing difficulty and reducing a child’s discomfort during medical procedures.   Ran D. Anbar, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY, recommends hypnosis as a treatment option when a child’s respiratory symptoms appear to have […]

A study conducted at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute involving 17  aggressive adolescents were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group or a relaxation therapy group to receive 20-minute therapy sessions, twice a week for five weeks.  The massaged adolescents had lower anxiety after the first and last sessions. By the end of […]

Fortunately, there are medication alternatives to successfully treating ADHD children that is supported by research evidence.  Children afflicted with this disorder also tend to have more ear infections, asthma, headaches, dry skin, and eczema, compared to other children.    Donald Rudin MD, and Clara Felix, authors of Omega-3 Oils: A Practical Guide (Avery 1996). Both […]

While the cause of ADHD is not well understood, and some cases may have neurological causes, children may respond to psychotherapy instead, noted Esther Fine, PhD, a psychoanalyst in private practice in Los Angeles, during a lecture at the American Psychoanalytic Association meeting.   “Unfortunately, it is now a prevalent notion that it is no […]

Most Youth Say They Have No Rules About How Much Time They Can Spend With TV, Video Games, or Computers With technology allowing nearly 24-hour media access as children and teens go about their daily lives, the amount of time young people spend with entertainment media has risen dramatically, especially among minority youth, according to […]

Pediatrics journal published the findings of a study using guided imagery conducted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Thirty four children ages 6 to 15 years, with a diagnosis of functional abdominal pain were assigned to receive two months of at home guided imagery treatment and standard medical care.  Children who received only standard medical […]