Items Tagged ‘childrens health’

September 6th, 2017

Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

By David Olmos davidolmos

Scientists are learning more all the time about the differences between the female and male brain. So it’s perhaps not too surprising to know that athletes of different gender are impacted differently by brain injuries, such as concussions. Mayumi Prins, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is studying […]

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Tags: brain injury, childrens health, concussions, depression, exercise, mental health, Psychological stress, sports injuries, sports medicine, UCLA Brain Research Institute, women's health


Healthy Halloween treats

October 20th, 2016

Healthy Halloween treats

By Roxanne Moster rmoster

As Halloween approaches and sugary treats top the shopping list, there are some tricks you can deploy to provide healthy and fun alternatives to the customary loads of candy that are shoveled into kids’ bags and stomachs. To stop the sugar overload this Halloween, consider handing out healthy snacks and nonedible treats like Halloween stickers, […]

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Tags: antioxidants, calories, candy, childrens health, diet, Halloween, healthy treats, recipes, sugary treats


Move together: Four easy ways to make family fitness fun

August 23rd, 2016

Move together: Four easy ways to make family fitness fun

By uclahealth uclahealth

Even if you know how important physical activity is for you and your family, exercise can still feel like just another item on your to-do list. You may also struggle dragging your children away from a TV long enough to get their muscles moving. The key is to transform exercise from a dreaded chore into […]

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Tags: adolescents, children, childrens health, exercise, exercise guidelines, family event, family fitness, physical activity, sports


Fighting cancer—and honoring a beloved aunt—one cake at a time

August 9th, 2016

Fighting cancer—and honoring a beloved aunt—one cake at a time

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

For Abby Nathanson, 17, and best friend Ruby Garland, 17, baking cakes is a bittersweet tribute to a woman who was known not only for her love of creating sweet treats, but also her warrior-like attitude and determination to beat one of the deadliest cancers in the world. In 2013, Abby’s beloved aunt Jodi Nathanson […]

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Tags: cancer, chemotherapy, children, childrens health, clinical trials, lung cancer, lung cancer research, news, non-small cell lung cancer, radiation, radiation oncology, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Overcoming bad genes

August 8th, 2016

Overcoming bad genes

By uclahealth uclahealth

National Sons and Daughters Day on August 11 is a good excuse to celebrate all the things you love about your children, including those you’ve passed down to them: your crooked smile, your curly hair, your goofy sense of humor. But there are some genetic legacies ­– like a family history of diabetes, heart disease […]

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Tags: bad genes, BRCA genes, breast cancer, cancer, children, childrens health, cigarettes, colorectal cancer, diabetes, diet, DNA, environmental factors


How to help your child manage school anxiety

August 3rd, 2016

How to help your child manage school anxiety

By uclahealth uclahealth

While many parents look forward to the end of summer and the start of school with some relief, their children may be experiencing feelings of anxiety and apprehension. In some children, nervousness about the coming year can even manifest as physical symptoms, such as stomachaches, headaches and restlessness. “Normal” vs. “serious” anxiety It’s normal for […]

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Tags: Anxiety, Anxiety & Tic Disorders Program, child stress, childrens health, homework, school anxiety, schoolwork, sleeplessness, smartphone, stress in children, UCLA Childhood OCD


How childhood friendships boost social, emotional development

July 29th, 2016

How childhood friendships boost social, emotional development

By uclahealth uclahealth

Making and maintaining friendships are critical to a child’s social and emotional development. Developing healthy friendships early on can help children maintain positive influences and friendships throughout their lives. Forming friendships “A friendship is a mutual relationship formed with affection and commitment between people who consider themselves as equals,” according to Fred Frankel, PhD, director […]

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Tags: childhood friendships, childrens health, emotional development, Fred Frankel PhD, healthy friendships, social development, social interactions, social skills, UCLA Children's Friendship Program


Tips to help kids catch more zzz’s while hospitalized

July 21st, 2016

Tips to help kids catch more zzz’s while hospitalized

By Amy Albin amyalbin

As parents of hospitalized children know, sleep for young patients can be hard to come by in the hospital because so many things can disturb the normal sleep pattern the child has at home. Staff at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA have found a way to help. An initiative called Supporting Sleep for Health and Healing, […]

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Tags: bedtime, childrens health, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, parents, sleep, sleep and children, sleep pattern


Is Pokémon GO a healthy game?

July 20th, 2016

Is Pokémon GO a healthy game?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Video games often stir up clashes between parents, who prefer their kids to be more active, and kids, who try to negotiate more screen time. But with the wildly popular new Pokémon GO game, the battle lines between physical activity and screen time have gotten fuzzy. Pokémon GO is a smartphone game that blends the […]

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Tags: Anxiety, children, children and exercise, childrens health, depression, Dr. McCurdy-McKinnon, healthy living, mobile apps, physical activity, Pokémon GO, screen time, teens


When to address childhood growth concerns

July 20th, 2016

When to address childhood growth concerns

By uclahealth uclahealth

When parents or their pediatricians are concerned about a child’s growth, they should seek a consultation. Given that earlier treatment is more likely to be successful, it’s best not to delay seeking those answers. With the introduction of recombinant human growth hormone, the treatment of childhood growth disorders has evolved significantly. When used appropriately, and […]

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Tags: biosynthetic growth hormone, childhood growth disorders, children growth, childrens health, Dr. Anna Pawlikowska-Haddal, growth hormone, Pediatricians, UCLA Growth Disorders Program