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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...)

Strengthening and aligning musclesto prevent injury
No one is immune to injury, not even an athlete. Unless you’ve been an avid gym rat or naturally have a body that’s both strong and flexible, you and members of your family may be suffering from muscle imbalances without even knowing it. (read the story...)

Get ‘Em Up and Moving!Kids need at least an hour of exercise a day, according to new guidelines
Fifteen percent of all children ages 6-19 are classified as overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the percentage of overweight children in the United States has risen 200 percent over the last 30 years.Sedentary living is a known contributor to the obesity epidemic. As a result of the escalating obesity and physical inactivity of children, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) has just increased its physical activity guidelines for children ages 5-12, recommending that children now get at least 60 minutes, and up to several hours of physical activity each day. The authors of the revised guidelines, Dr. Charles B. Corbin and Dr. Robert P. Pangrazi of Arizona State University, advise the following: (read the story...)

Teens and Weight-Bearing
To prevent osteoporosis, most specialists recommend a diet high in calcium and a lifestyle high in weight-bearing exercise. (read the story...)

New, earlier test for Down syndrome
With more women choosing to give birth over age 35, physicians are taking advantage of new testing measures that can identify 85 percent of Down syndrome cases in first trimester screening procedures. (read the story...)

Invisible Chemicals:Good at stemming fires, but bad for our health?
Car seats, bike helmets, baby gates, and even cell phones are among the purchases parents make every year to keep their children safe, aiming to protect their kids from many foreseeable, preventable dangers. But what about those dangers we can’t see? (read the story...)

Whooping Cough re-emerges in WestchesterComplete Immunization Urged
Whooping cough, or pertussis as it is formally known, has made a local resurgence this year. (read the story...)

New Guidelines to Come for Poison IngestionCharcoal replaces Ipecac syrup as most effective home remedy
A bottle of Ipecac syrup is about as common in homes with children as rubbing alcohol, a thermometer or a box of bandages. For decades, parents have been encouraged to keep a bottle on hand to induce vomiting if their child swallows poison. But now new research suggests this may do more harm than good, and the research is so convincing that the syrup may soon no longer be available over the counter. (read the story...)

FDA Approves Flu Vaccine Nasal Spray(for kids, too)
If you’re between the ages of 5 and 49, you have a less painful option for the influenza virus this season: Instead of getting an injection, you can choose to have the vaccine sprayed in your nose. The Food and Drug Administration recently gave final product approval for Flumist, an intranasal flu vaccine that will appeal to many who detest the needle that, until now, was the only mode of delivery. (read the story...)

New Moms Beware: Toe Tourniquet Syndrome
Regular inspection of a baby's toes could prevent a condition that, while rare, could result in permanent tissue damage or even loss of an appendage. (read the story...)

Hearing Tests for NewbornsEarly detection offers hope
Newborn screening tests to detect hearing loss and follow-up preventive intervention programs are now available to help to prevent speech development delays that could affect a newborn's future social, emotional and educational development. (read the story...)

THE MALE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK:
Is it Ticking Louder Than Previously Thought? Columbia Study First to Show Tie Between Father’s Age and Genetic Abnormalities (read the story...)

Update: National Obesity Crisis Takes More Children HostageFor New York's Kids, a Special Set of Challenges
As obesity among America's children skyrockets, researchers continue to track its causes and risks at a steady rate, shedding new light on connections between diet and disease. (read the story...)

Reaching for that “Edge”Westchester teens’ use of supplements dangerously high
Remember when it was not if you won or lost, but how you played the game? It’s a whole new ball game these days, and one with a whole new language: anabolic steroids, androstenedione, creatine, diuretics, ergogenic substances, and nutritional supplements — all used to improve young athletes’ performances. And while there are differences in their health benefits and risks as well as their legal status, their use frequently echoes the same mantra: “Win at all costs.” (read the story...)

New Center For Childhood Epilepsy, MontefioreSleep Center is one of only a few in the country for children
Mother-of-three Karen Maulen, of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., is grateful for many gifts in her life, including her two-week stay at the new children’s epilepsy management center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, in the Bronx. Those two weeks in February, she says, helped turn her daughter’s life around, and onto the road to a more productive life. (read the story...)

Outdoor Play: Kids Do It Much Less Often
Playing — especially the outdoor type where kids run around playing tag, chase, street and ball games — is good for children and should be encouraged, child health experts say. But a national survey recently revealed a radical lifestyle difference and decline between children’s play today and that of their parents a generation ago. (read the story...)

FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR PLANETProtecting Your Family from Environmental Hazards
While the good ol’ summertime may bring to mind sunshine, lemonade and running through the sprinkler, the season is also one of environmental hazards to children. These include pesticides, household cleaners and certain plants. While these items are dangerous all year long, statistically, incidences of accidental poisoning tend to rise in the summer months when the newly warm days invite lawn work, gardening or a thorough house cleaning. (read the story...)

HEALTH, FITNESS & BEAUTY DIRECTORY 2003
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Is my child lazy...Or is it 'Output Failure'?Noted pediatrician offers a new kind of diagnosis
Your child is lounging the entire length of the sofa, eyes glued to a seemingly mindless TV program. The weekend homework assignment hasn’t even been started, and he had promised to begin cleaning up his room. How lazy can a kid get? Add a new catch-phrase to the 21st-century dictionary — output failure. (read the story...)

NYC Pediatricians Report Shortage of Meningitis Vaccine
New research that shines light on an ongoing national shortage of the vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia in children has left some local doctors scrambling to provide even a minimum number of shots to those at risk. (read the story...)

All Good Karma
These days, yoga is much more than just focused breathing and awkward poses. It is relaxing, centering, calming and just plain good for your overall health and joint flexibility. That goes for children, too, especially at Karma Kids Yoga Studio, which recently opened on West 14th Street. (read the story...)

Fatigue, mood swings, dry skin, weight gain:Annoyed with your Thyroid?
During my pregnancy, a routine blood test revealed that my cholesterol was above normal. A year after the birth of my daughter, I felt tired, my skin was dry and I couldn't lose the remaining five pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I attributed this to being in my mid-30s and recently having a baby. When my HMO plan changed, I had to find a new doctor. (read the story...)


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