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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


Why is your child avoiding school?

August 30th, 2017

Why is your child avoiding school?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Up to 35 percent of school-age children display school-resistant behaviors, which can range from temporary/short-term reluctance to continual avoidance and refusal to go to school. School avoidance and refusal If your child continually begs to stay home or be home schooled, visits the school nurse with vague complaints or asks to be picked up early […]

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Tags: Anxiety, bullying, health tips, isolation, school stress, school-related anxiety, social anxiety, why is your child avoiding school?


Back-to-school health tips

August 30th, 2017

Back-to-school health tips

By uclahealth uclahealth

From getting your children on a better sleep schedule to ensuring they get enough exercise, here are a few tips for transitioning to a healthy school year. Adjust sleep schedules While your children may love to stay up late and sleep in during the summer, this schedule doesn’t bode well for the school year. To […]

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Tags: back to school, backpack safety, bone-strengthening exercises, keeping germs at bay, playing sports in school, screen time, sleep schedules


Protecting kids against HPV before cancer risk increases

August 15th, 2017

Protecting kids against HPV before cancer risk increases

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

Some parents remain hesitant to get their children vaccinated for the human papilloma virus, despite assurances by medical experts that the recommended shots are both highly safe and effective. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine to protect females between the ages of 9 and 26 and males between the ages of 9 and […]

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Tags: adolescent cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, HPV, HPV vaccine


Guiding teens through questions about gender identity

July 31st, 2017

Guiding teens through questions about gender identity

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

How can parents support a child who may be transgender or gender-nonconforming? Research shows that LGTBQ youth have higher rates of depression, substance abuse and suicide attempts; so if you suspect your child may be thinking about these issues, you probably want to help – or at least not make life more difficult. The good […]

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Tags: adolescent mental health, gender, LGTBQ, parenting, teens, transgender issues


How to recognize and treat atopic dermatitis

July 31st, 2017

How to recognize and treat atopic dermatitis

By uclahealth uclahealth

Pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD), also referred to as allergic eczema, is a chronic skin disease marked by dry, sensitive skin that easily becomes red, scaly and severely itchy Atopic dermatitis affects 20 to 30 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S., with most children exhibiting symptoms by age 5. “In infants, a rash will […]

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Tags: abnormal skin barrier, allergens, allergic eczema, chronic skin disease, corticosteroids, Dr. Ronald Cotliar, eczema, extreme temperatures, genetics, health tips for parents, immune system problems, Pediatric atopic dermatitis


When a troubled world fuels fear in children

July 26th, 2017

When a troubled world fuels fear in children

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

During the Cuban missile crisis, in 1962, schoolchildren (like myself) were taught to hide under our desks in the event of a nuclear attack. Some “lucky” kid’s parents were building bomb shelters. I didn’t know the ins-and-outs—that the U.S.S.R had begun shipping nuclear missiles to Cuba that could easily target the U.S.­–but I heard enough  […]

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Teen suicide: Why “13 Reasons Why” is wrong

June 19th, 2017

Teen suicide: Why “13 Reasons Why” is wrong

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

Say what you want about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” – you’ll have plenty of company regardless – but if you’re the parent of a teenager, the show should provide a pop culture wake-up call about teen suicide. In 2014, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24, second only by accidents. […]

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Tags: 13 Reasons Why, adolescent psychiatry, Joan Asarnow, mental health, suicide, suicide expert, teen, teen suicide


What to know about behavioral insomnia in children (BIC)

May 30th, 2017

What to know about behavioral insomnia in children (BIC)

By uclahealth uclahealth

Insomnia is a persistent difficulty with falling or staying asleep at night. BIC, which affects about 25 percent of children, is a type of pediatric insomnia that encompasses three behavioral disorders: sleep-onset association, limit-setting and combined BIC. “Sleep-onset association, most common among infants and toddlers, is a behavioral disorder in which the child has learned […]

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Tags: behavioral insomnia, BIC, child stress, insomnia in children, iqbal rashid md, pediatric sleep center, peds pulmonology, poor sleep, sleep, sleep medicine, stress, symptoms of poor sleep


Understanding sleep apnea in children

May 13th, 2017

Understanding sleep apnea in children

By uclahealth uclahealth

Does your child snore loudly and frequently, sleep in unusual positions and have problems paying attention in school? If so, you may want to talk to your pediatrician about sleep apnea. This condition is caused by a partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway that briefly stops breathing during sleep, interrupting your child’s rest. […]

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Tags: adenoids, asthma, childhood obesity, children snoring, exercise, gastroesophageal reflux disease, healthy diet, mouth guard, peds pulmonology, polysomnogram, sleep apnea, sleep apnea in children