Did you know that researchers
are looking at a link between ADHD and sunlight? A study published in Biological Psychiatry
sheds new light on the increasing rates (prevalence) of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD. Children
with ADHD have problems with inattention, distractibility, disorganization, impulsiveness, and overactivity. This study found
that "sunny" regions with high solar intensity, such as the US states of California, Arizona, and Colorado, and
countries like Spain and Mexico have lower prevalence of ADHD. An apparent protective effect of sunlight accounted for 34-57%
of the variance in ADHD prevalence. The authors speculate that this may be related to sunlight's effects on preventing circadian
rhythm ("biological clock") disturbances. These results suggest ways to prevent or treat ADHD for a substantial
sub-group of patients. HealthNewsDigest.com
Did you know that babies
who are born after the 42-week mark (the norm is 40) are twice as likely to have problems like attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD), researchers in the Netherlands found. At 41 weeks of pregnancy and beyond, it gets to be more
and more dangerous to keep the baby inside the mom’s body because the placenta may no longer give the baby enough nourishment,
particularly if the mother is over 35. The experts, from the International Journal
of Epidemiology, seem to call for more options for women to deliver, such as medical induction methods
or a caesarean if their pregnancy becomes prolonged.
Did You Know
that one in four boys is being diagnosed as having special education needs when the real cause is
defective teaching? They are being singled out for additional support in primary and secondary schools, often due to
behavioural and emotional problems, according to figures from the Department for Education. A quarter of boys are being
diagnosed with special educational needs at school, official research reveals. http://www.educationnews.org/ednews_today/101690.html
Did You Know that a study, published in the Oct. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP, reveals that children who went to bed late and got up late were 1.5 times
more likely to become obese than those who went to bed early and got up early? Additionally, the "late-nighters"
were twice as likely to be physically inactive, even though the children in the study all got the same amount of sleep. The study involved 2,200 Australian participants, ages 9 to 16, and compared their weights and uses
of free time over four days.
Did You Know that Cornell University research reveals that
something as easy as putting fruit in a colorful bowl can increase fruit sales in lunchrooms by 104%? This is only one
of the changes proposed through the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics
in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN). Researchers analyzed multiple school lunchroom layouts that hindered student's selection
of nutritious foods, and revamped them with changes that resulted in an increase in healthy food choices.
Did you know
that an average of about 240 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools nationwide each year?
The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commision) also has reports of about 110 children under 5 who have drowned in other
products in and around the home each year. These products include bathtubs, hot tubs, spas, buckets and other containers.
Visit usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/homedrowning.htm for more information.
Did You Know
that Food 4 Africa is an organization the feeds hungry
children in Africa? Their mission is to work with other organizations to supply children with at least one vitamin and mineral enriched meal every
day. Visit www.food4africa.org to learn more and to donate!
Did you know that carbon monoxide, known by the chemical
formula “CO,” is a poisonous gas that kills approximately 500 people in the United States alone every year? Of
that number, about 200 people were killed by carbon monoxide emitted from a consumer product, like a stove or water heater.
You can’t hear, taste, see or smell it. It’s nicknamed the “silent killer’ because it sneaks up on
its victims and can take lives without warning. Install carbon monoxide detectors today! www.safetyathome.com.
Did you know that every year in the United
States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires? In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther
and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result
of burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there
is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock and, when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill
alarm. This often allows a family the precious but limited time it takes to escape. About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur
in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. www.FireSafety.gov
Did you know
that Stork Craft Manufacturing is recalling 2.2 million Stork
Craft drop-side cribs because four infants trapped in the
cribs have died.
Other injuries include 20 falls from cribs. The recall, which includes
147,000 cribs with the Fisher-Price logo,
is the largest in U.S.
Did You Know that you can receive amber alerts in your area on
your cell phone?
You can help save a child and can chose up to 5 zip codes near you!
Did You Know that the lead in artificial turf at stadiums, schools, and parks may pose a health hazard to students and athletes?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an investigation after two fields in New Jersey were closed because
of high levels of lead in the turf. The agency is looking into the possible health hazards
of lead in artificial turf installed at schools, parks, and stadiums across the country. The two
fields in New Jersey were closed after state health officials detected what they said were unexpectedly high levels of
lead in the synthetic turf and raised fears that athletes could swallow or inhale fibers or dust from the playing surface.
Lead poisoning causes severe damage to a child's brain and neurological system. Contact your school district to
test these items at your children's schools. News from the Associated
Press, April 18, 2008.
Did You Know that nationally, only
about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma? For Hispanic and black students, the proportion
drops to about half. The fact that kids are entering high schools with such poor literacy skills raises questions about how
much catch-up work high schools can be expected to do and whether more pressure should be placed on middle schools and even
elementary schools, say some high-school principals. Visit www.EducationNews.org or
Did you know that
lead poisoning in children can cause significant neurological damage and ADHD? It can also cause significant learning
deficits and even cause death at high levels. Did you also know that the USA is the world's third largest producer
of lead? The USA generates 445,000 tons per year? www.leadsafe.org.
know that meningococcal disease, including meningitis, is a rare but potentially fatal illness
that can strike at any time? About 3000 people in the United States get
this disease each year, and 1 in 10 of them die from it. Research has shown
that teens and young adults are at increased risk. Meningococcal disease, while rare, can potentially kill an otherwise healthy teen in 48 hours or less.
Talk to your child’s doctor or health-care professional about how to protect your child and students. Visit www.fightmeningitis.com for more info.
Did you know
that undetected vision disorders can cause serious problems in a child's mental and social development? According to
the Vision Council of America, it is estimated that over 50% of children with a learning disability have an undetected vision
problem. Many children seen as unmotivated or not trying hard enough had problems with eye teaming, eye movement, and visual
perception problems. These children can pass eye examinations and have 20/20 vision. 70% of juvenile delinquents
tested in a California Youth Center had vision problems interfering with their ability to learn. Visit www.visionhelp.com and www.visiontherapysuccess.com for more info.
Did you know a new study found a link between children who have ADHD (attention
deficit/ hyperactivity disorder) and prenatal smoking and postnatal lead poisoning? Read more...
know that the children who are successful in kindergarten and reading fluently by first grade were read to between
5000 and 6000 times from infancy to age five?
Did you know that by age three years
old, children should be talking in full 3-4 word sentences, asking a lot of questions like 'why,' following simple two-step
directions, identifying a few colors, and learning new words everyday?
Did You Know that every year 23 children die
in school bus related accidents? Approximately 6 children die during transportation to or from school. The others, 17, die as pedestrians. The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration), states in a May, 2006 report, that most children do not have seat belts to use on large buses because most
deaths occur as pedestrians and passenger deaths occur mostly in frontal crashes that would not have been prevented by a seat
belt. Check out their website for tips about school bus safety and how to protect your children! www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
Did you know that across the USA, African-American and Hispanic students, on average, leave
high school reading
on a 7th grade level in comparison to their white
peers who read at the 12th grade level or above?
Did you know that an estimated 4.5 million girls between the ages of 12- 17 consumed
alcohol this past year?
Did you know
that there is now a longlasting patch available for children who have ADHD? The patch is waterproof
and provides medicine throughout the day. The effective medicine is the same as the
medicine found in ritalin.
Did you know that a preliminary study in Israel found
that men who
fathered children after age 40, were more
likely to have a child with Autism?
The mother's age
didn't appear to be a significant factor!
Parents? Does your child eat the school lunch you pay for every week? You
would be surprised how many children throw the whole tray away. If your child does not eat lunch on a regular basis,
he/she is hungry and distracted by the afternoon and is therefore not learning. Try to send in healthy snacks that
you know your child likes, so if the school lunch is icky that day, he/she has something to keep him/her until he/she