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20/20 LEARNING: Kids & Vision
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has coined the new term, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). (read the story...)

Beating Summer Brain Drain
Exercises to get kids back into gear for learning (read the story...)

5 Tips for Back to School Safety
Here are the top 5 things you can do to start the school year off safely. (read the story...)

Pilot Program Targets Asthma in NYC Schools
Asthma affects student performance as well as health. It is the number one cause of school absences nationwide. New York City children are hospitalized for asthma at almost twice the national rate. (read the story...)

IS YOUR TODDLER GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now urging the nation’s pediatricians to start checking on whether kids are getting enough calcium starting in the toddler years. (read the story...)

Ticked off!
We love summer! We hate having to do tick checks! Dr. Joseph Licata, a Manhattan pediatrician offers some great tick-dealing tips! (read the story...)

Summer Camp 2006: Before, During, After …
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Family Health: Your Child Is What You Eat! Starting early with good eating habits
I want a cookie! I want candy! Do these words sound familiar? What about I want grapes, or I want an apple? Do you hear these words from your child's mouth? (read the story...)

Family Health: Does your child really have asthma?
Childhood asthma is on the rise. More than 4 million children will suffer an attack this year. Pediatricians have come a long way in the last 15 years in terms of understanding and diagnosing asthma in children. However, it can still be tricky. (read the story...)

Spritz Away!
The phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention” certainly holds true for one Rockland County mother. Aggrieved when her second child had skin problems as a baby, Mindy Cohen created a hypoallergenic spray to relieve his symptoms. (read the story...)

Does Your Child Need Medication? Mt. Kisco specialist weighs the risks vs. benefits
My husband likes to tell the story of his old childhood friend whose fourth grade teacher found him a bit too restless in the classroom. (read the story...)

Family Health: Stand Up for Posture and Spinal Health!
I try to teach my teenager to have good posture, but it doesn’t always work. Why is good posture so important? Are there any health risks associated with bad posture? (read the story...)

Go ahead and breastfeed! The law’s on your side
Just as your plate arrives, you discreetly raise your T-shirt and put your baby to your breast. Your baby is happy, you’re happy. Until the manager approaches you and asks you to take your baby and nurse your child in the restroom. Sound outrageous? You wouldn’t eat your meal in the restroom — why should your child have to eat in the restroom? (read the story...)

Pilates: The Kid-Friendly Workout
Knowing how to position the body and move adeptly works to your child's advantage on the soccer field or on the tennis court. These abilities don't just boost your child's game, they also lower the risk of sports injuries. And according to its practitioners, there is no better proactive way to develop children's awareness of body mechanics than through the practice of Pilates. (read the story...)

Should Babies Be Tested for Diabetes?
Parents are asked to consent to diabetes screening of their newborns; high-risk infants — those who test positive for the genes and have at least one close relative with Diabetes 1 — benefit by close follow-up. Participants receive blood tests every three months until age 4 and then every six months until age 15. (read the story...)

Kids with Personal Trainers:Is this pushing the limit?
There aren’t many 10-year-olds like Ariel Ho. A competitive figure skater, Ariel wakes up at each morning at 5:30am. She has warmed up with a personal trainer by 6:15 and is on the ice at 6:45 — all before heading off to school. (read the story...)

Boning Up on Kids’ Health
Mention bone density and most people imagine an older woman, stooped and fragile. But osteoporosis is not just an ‘old ladies’’ disease. Children, too, can be afflicted with this condition, and for a number of reasons, may be prone to the bone fractures that result from osteoporosis and its milder cousin, osteopenia. (read the story...)

Children Living with Asthma: Recent Research on Causes and Treatment
Nearly 9 million children under age 18 (12 percent) now have asthma, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (read the story...)

RUNNIN' ON RITALIN Increasingly, kids are abusing Rx drugs
Commonly prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Ritalin and other stimulants, such as Adderall, have hit the short list of prescription drugs that teens and young adults are using increasingly for non-medical purposes. (read the story...)

Colds & Flu: A Parent’s Guide
A runny nose, complaints about aches and pains, a nagging cough — at what point do you take your child to the doctor? If your child is younger than six months, the go-/don’t-go to the doctor decision is easy: you goconsult a doctor — when dealing with an immature immune system, it’s. It’s always better to err on the side of caution. But how do you know what to do with older babies and young children? (read the story...)

ACH-OO... ACH-OO...New blood test diagnoses allergies
Besides the changing foliage, two sure signs that fall is approaching are the reappearance of yellow school buses and the red shiny noses of mouth-breathing children as they head back to school. We know why the school buses have emerged from their summer hibernation, but red noses could be either a cold or allergies. Often it is hard to determine the cause of the congestion, especially in some parts of New York City, where 25 percent of children have asthma, nearly 100 percent get colds, and up to one-third may have allergies. How can we differentiate between the overlapping symptoms? And is there anything we can do to alleviate them? (read the story...)

In memory of Amanda:A Child’s Death Raises Awareness of the Risks of Flu
On the morning of March 1, 2004, Alissa and Richard Kanowitz awoke in their Upper East Side home to every parent's worst nightmare. They found their 4-year-old daughter, Amanda, lifeless in her bed after two days of what had appeared to be a moderate case of the flu. (read the story...)

When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder
“Mary Jones” was a very sick 14-year-old. The name isn’t real but the disease is: She had bulimia and it could have been fatal. (read the story...)

The Pharmacy for Families
After a fitful night of sleep with your ailing child, you finally emerge from the doctor’s office with intentions of heading home. But then you remember you still have to haul yourself to the pharmacy to get your child’s prescription filled. (read the story...)

Sun Protection Vitals
Here’s some vital info from the folks at Coolibar … (read the story...)


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