Items Tagged ‘children’

Ask the Doctors - Is video-gaming unhealthy for teens?

April 5, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is video-gaming unhealthy for teens?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: My son is obsessed with electronic gaming. He spends hours a day doing this. Is this unhealthy? Dear Reader: I have a teenage son as well, so this is a question with which both you and I struggle. When I was younger, in the infancy of computer games, the games were of low […]

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Tags: addictive, adolescents, childhood obesity, children, Dr. Robert Ashley, electronic gaming, Internet Gaming Disorder, low resolution, obesity, pediatrics, prolonged sitting, psychological distress


Ask the Doctors - Is it OK to switch kids to a vegan diet?

March 26, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is it OK to switch kids to a vegan diet?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: My sister has decided to switch her entire family to a vegan diet, including her 2-year-old twins. But I’m really worried — is it possible for young children to stay healthy and get all of the nutrients that a growing body requires? Unlike a vegetarian diet, which cuts out meat, poultry and fish, […]

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Tags: animal-based products, calcium, children, diet, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, essential fatty acids, fish, growth milestones, health, iron, malnutrition


Ask the Doctors - Why do young people take adderall if they don't need it?

March 12, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Why do young people take adderall if they don’t need it?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I know that Adderall is prescribed to children with ADHD. But lately I’ve been reading stories about college kids who use Adderall to help them study. What is Adderall and who should take it? You’ve hit on a topic that’s timely, complex and quite often controversial. When prescribed and used properly, Adderall can […]

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Tags: add, Adderall, adhd, agitation, amphetamine, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, children, children with ADHD, dextroamphetamine, disorganization, dopamine, Dr. Eve Glazier


Ask the Doctors - Can peanut allergies now be prevented?

March 8, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can peanut allergies now be prevented?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: When it’s our turn to bring team snacks to the kids’ weekend soccer games, the most challenging part is accommodating so many allergies, especially to peanuts. Is it true that there’s now a way to keep children from getting a peanut allergy in the first place? Food allergies among kids are a fact […]

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Tags: allergies, allergy, asthma, breathing problems, children, diet, digestive upset, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, eczema, food allergies, headache


February 26, 2018

The best thing we ever did

By drtracyb drtracyb

We adopted two toddlers from Russia in 2009. Our son was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome within 10 days of coming home. He was later also diagnosed with autism. His sister was also diagnosed many years later with FASD, but she is another story. Regional Center provided in-home services as soon as he was diagnosed […]

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Tags: adpotion, autism, children, children's health, daily intervention, fetal alcohol syndrome, in-home services, parents, patient stories, social skills, UCLA Intervention Program


Pediatricians and public health professionals must collaborate for the greater good

January 22, 2018

Pediatricians and public health professionals must collaborate for the greater good

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, was first exposed publicly when pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha held a news conference addressing the alarming levels of lead she and her colleagues were seeing in patients’ blood. The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) worked together to recognize the link between the […]

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Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, children, dr. alice kuo, pediatrician, Pediatricians, pediatrics, policy, public health


How much candy is too much on Halloween?

October 31, 2017

How much candy is too much on Halloween?

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

With candy practically falling from the sky on Halloween, many kids will overindulge on sugary sweets during all the festivities. While that can be part of the fun of the holiday, there are plenty of ways to enjoy candy without overdoing it, says Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and adjunct […]

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Tags: added sugar, candy, children, Dana Hunnes, diet, dietitian, Halloween, holiday, holiday diet, nutrition, pediatrics, sugar


Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

March 8, 2017

Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

By Brianna Aldrich brianna_aldrich

Maintaining optimal oral health is important in all stages of life, but it’s even more important when a woman becomes pregnant. Pregnant women can experience negative, and often unexpected, changes in their oral health that have long-term repercussions. These can include an increase in cavities due to frequent snacking; heightened gum sensitivity and bleeding exacerbated […]

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Tags: children, children's health, dental disease, dental exam, dental radiographs, dental x-rays, Dr. Salina Massei, newborns, oral health, pregnancy, prenatal care, radiation


Seven weight-loss strategies for children

January 20, 2017

Seven weight-loss strategies for children

By uclahealth uclahealth

If you are concerned about your child’s weight, you’re not alone. Childhood obesity has risen dramatically in the last three decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2014, about 17 percent of children and adolescents – 12.7 million – were overweight or obese. And it’s not just a cosmetic […]

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Tags: adolescents, asthma, balanced meals, BMI, body mass index, childhood obesity, children, diabetes, exercise habits, healthy food, healthy meals, healthy snacks


Make holidays more about family, less about gifts

December 20, 2016

Make holidays more about family, less about gifts

By uclahealth uclahealth

What parent hasn’t watched their children tear into one gift after another on Christmas morning and wondered: Is there a way to make the holidays more about relationships and less about stuff? Cynthia Whitham, a licensed clinical social worker and director of the UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program at the Semel Institute at UCLA, […]

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Tags: children, counseling, Cynthia Whitham, holidays, LCSW, parents, relationships