Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy associated with increased risk of ADHD among children, review finds

Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy associated with increased risk of ADHD among children, review finds

Reuters (12/29) reported that women who smoke during pregnancy may increase their children’s risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a review of medical studies published in Pediatrics. The review found that mothers who did smoke while pregnant “had an overall 60 percent higher risk of having a child with ADHD compared to women who didn’t smoke,” with even higher rates for heavy smokers.

Physical activity may be linked to lower risk of CV disease, even among those with elevated genetic risk, research suggests

Physical activity may be linked to lower risk of CV disease, even among those with elevated genetic risk, research suggests

TIME (4/9, Sifferlin) reports research published in Circulation “suggests that even if you have a genetic risk for heart disease, there’s a simple way to combat it: Exercise.”

        HealthDay (4/9, Norton) reports that “the findings…are based on genetic data and other information collected from close to 500,000 British adults aged 40 to 69.”

        MedPage Today

 (4/9, Boyles) reports that “greater hand grip strength, increased physical activity, and better cardiovascular fitness were all associated with reduced heart attack and stroke risk in people with and without genetic predispositions for heart disease.” The data also indicated that “among participants with an intermediate genetic risk for developing cardiovascular disease, those with the strongest grips were 36% less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 46% less likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AF) than participants with the same genetic risk who had the weakest grips.” Meanwhile, “among participants determined to have the highest genetic risk for cardiovascular disease, the highest level of cardiorespiratory fitness was associate

76% of sports sponsorships tied to junk food, study says

CNN (3/26, Howard) reports that research published in Pediatrics “sheds light on just how intertwined sports and unhealthy foods really are.” Researchers at NYU discovered that “76% of food products shown in ads promoting a sports organization sponsorship are unhealthy and that 52.4% of beverages shown in sports sponsorship ads are sugar-sweetened.”

Have Your Kid Write an Angry Letter to Defuse a Tantrum

The most effective tool for staving off a tantrum? No, it’s not YouTube Kids as a distraction, or ice cream as a bribery offer, or a shower as a place to lock yourself in until the wails of “But I wanted to eat my soup with chopsticks!” subside. Instead, to help your kid get a handle on his emotions in the middle of a meltdown, you may just need a pen and some paper. Read More