Family meals in spotlight in September
September is National Family Meals month, which calls on families to eat at least one meal together per week using fresh, healthy ingredients. Dietitian Alyssa Milnes says family meals are becoming less common but the benefits can include a more well-rounded diet for children.
KETV-TV (Omaha, Neb.) (9/4)
Continuing to play sports despite a concussion may double recovery time for teen athletes
The AP (8/29, Tanner) reports, “Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action,” researchers reported. The findings of the 69-teen study were published online in Pediatrics.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8/29, Bloom) points out that even though “a study published in April used medical records to study the effect of delayed reporting and removal from activity on concussion recovery, this is the first study to use clinical data to study that issue.” In addition, the findings support “‘removal from play status’ as a predictor of protracted recoveries – ones that take at least 21 days.” Removal from play “was a stronger predictor of such lengthy recoveries than previously known factors such as sex and age, according to the research.”
Researchers examine harmful effects of intrusive parenting in children
Children whose parents acted intrusively, including having high academic expectations or overreacting to a mistake, were more likely to develop maladaptive perfectionism and highly self-critical behaviors, which were tied to an increased risk of anxiety and depression, compared with those whose parents weren’t intrusive. The findings in the Journal of Personality were based on data involving 7-year-olds from 10 schools in Singapore.
HealthDay News (6/25)
Exclusive breast-feeding tied to lower risk of behavioral problems in childhood
Researchers found that infants who were exclusively breast-fed until age 6 months had a 56% lower likelihood of behavioral problems at ages 7 to 11, compared with those who were breast-fed for less than a month. The findings in PLOS Medicine, based on data involving more than 1,500 youths in South Africa, also showed that girls were more likely than boys to benefit from exclusive breast-feeding.