The weekly health watch, with items on contact lenses for children, treatment for loneliness, sledding-related injuries and more.
Nothing stops children’s activities faster than vision problems. Kids can't play or perform to the best of their abilities if they can't see well. However, glasses can be cumbersome, and children may choose not to wear them.
In a recent study conducted by Fairfield Research among members of the Good Housekeeping Reader Advisory Panel, a significant amount of respondents were aware that their children were unhappy wearing glasses:42 percent of parents say that their children dislike wearing glasses. 41 percent stress that their children do not always wear glasses when they should. 50 percent state that their children would rather wear contact lenses.
The Contact Lenses in Pediatrics Study by the Ohio State University College of Optometry, New England College of Optometry and University of Houston College of Optometry reveals that 68 percent of children and 65 percent of teens noticed improved performance in activities after wearing contact lenses.
Today, there are vision correction options to meet every child's needs, so take the time to schedule a visit to an eye care practitioner to see which option works best for your child.
NEW RESEARCH: Better ways to treat loneliness
Changing how a person perceives and thinks about others is the most effective intervention for loneliness, a sweeping analysis of previous research has determined.
Recently, researchers have said that loneliness can have negative effects on blood pressure, sleep quality, brain health and more. Loneliness is a health risk factor for heart disease and other problems, similar to obesity or smoking.
"People are becoming more isolated, and this health problem is likely to grow," said John Cacioppo, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. "If we know that loneliness is involved in health problems, the next question is, what we can do to mitigate it."
Cacioppo and a team of researchers from the University of Chicago examined past research on loneliness. Their quantitative review, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review, found that the best interventions targeted social cognition, rather than social skills or social interaction.
- University of Chicago
DID YOU KNOW?
Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social or psychological problems, such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Flatulence problems? Try putting a little peppermint into your diet. It has been used for thousands of years to aid digestion and irritable bowel disease, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Peppermint acts by relaxing the muscles that allow the gas to pass through the intestinal tract. The recommended dose is 1 tsp. of dry peppermint leaves in 1 cup of boiling water, and let seep for 10 minutes.
NUMBER TO KNOW
8.3: According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount of high school students who attended daily physical education classes during school declined by 8.3 percent between 1991 and 2009.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Does your child wear sledding protection?
A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that from 1997 to 2007, an estimated 229,023 children and adolescents younger than 19 were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for sledding-related injuries – an average of more than 20,000 cases each year.
Children ages 10 to 14 sustained 42.5 percent of the sledding-related injuries, and boys represented 59.8 percent of all the cases.
The most frequent injury diagnoses were fractures (26.3 percent), and contusions and abrasions (25 percent).
The head was the most commonly injured body part (34.1 percent), and such injuries were twice as likely to result from a collision, rather than by falls, jumps or flips. A helmet is encouraged to prevent head injuries.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
SENIOR HEALTH: Water could be key in weight loss
Losing weight could be as straightforward as turning on the kitchen tap.
A new study found that middle-aged adults and older who drank a couple of glasses of water before each meal lost about 30 percent more weight than those who didn't.
Drinking water before meals may work only if you've reached middle age. Researchers think that in younger people, water begins to leave the stomach almost immediately. But in older people, it takes longer for the stomach to empty, so they feel full for a longer time. The research was presented in Boston on Aug. 23 at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.
- AARP Bulletin
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