• How can exercise help my kids sleep better?
    • How can exercise help my kids sleep better?

      Posted on July 28, 2015

      Two of the chief concerns that parents often have about their children are that they aren’t getting enough exercise, and that they aren’t sleeping well. Sleep and exercise might be two activities that are poles apart, but they actually help each

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    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits
    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits

      Posted on July 19, 2012

      A recent study from Canada has shown that the number of hours spent watching TV between two years and four years old can have a detrimental effect on the size of a child’s waistline by the age of 10. The study, which was published in a BioMed Central journal, looked at the television habits of 1,314 children. One extra hour of TV viewing each week at age four could affect the muscle fitness of a child aged 10 and also increase the size of their waste by half a millimetre.

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  • Children injured through violence on the increase

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on April 19, 2011

    Research has shown that injuries as a result of violence, to children under the age of ten has increased by 20 percent in the last year. The study, carried out by Cardiff university, also revealed that the total number of people in England and Wales who were treated for injuries through violence, had fallen by 37,000 overall, down to 313,033 in 2010.

    The number of under tens who received treatment for an injury caused by violence, had risen from 2814 in 2009 to 3402 in 2010. The researchers collated data from 59 emergency departments and minor injuries departments in England and Wales.

    Professor Jonathan Shepherd, from Cardiff university is concerned that injury through violence to children below the age of ten also increased in 2009, by eight percent, which shows that the trend is moving in the wrong direction. Although he has questioned why this is the case, he acknowledges that it is hard to come up with a definite answer. Professor Shepherd says that recent changes making it more expensive and difficult to take children into care, could be a factor. He also said:

    There may be children left in risky circumstances where they would have been taken into care before.

    The overall reduction in injuries as a result of violence, is thought to be down to more effective policing and the development of partnerships between the police and local agencies. The research shows that men aged between 18 and 30 were at most risk of being injured through violence, while Saturday and Sunday nights, especially between May and October saw an increase in violence related hospital visits.

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