children’s health

4 low-stress breakfasts for back-to-school

Guest Post by Dr. Marita Schauch, BSc, ND This month my focus has really been on lowering stress, and helping the body relax and heal before the tornado that is back-to-school. But even as we approach what’s often the most hectic time of the year (especially if you have young kids), there are steps you [...]

4 low-stress breakfasts for back-to-school 2018-02-15T15:52:54+00:00

Vitamin Prevents Cancer: Folic acid lowers childhood cancer incidence

A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and the University of Toronto (U of T) has shown that folic acid food fortification has resulted in a 60% reduction in the incidence of neuroblastoma, a deadly childhood cancer. “Our research indicates that this is the first pediatric cancer that can be prevented through [...]

Vitamin Prevents Cancer: Folic acid lowers childhood cancer incidence 2018-02-15T15:53:28+00:00

Young at Heart? Vitamins improve cholesterol problems in children

An estimated 50 million children have high levels of the "bad" cholesterol -- known as LDL -- that puts them at high risk for suffering heart attacks as adults. Most of these children have inherited disorders causing these abnormal cholesterol levels. Because prescription cholesterol drugs are not usually recommended for use in children, scientists have [...]

Young at Heart? Vitamins improve cholesterol problems in children 2018-02-15T15:53:29+00:00

Sunscreens and Bug Sprays Don’t Mix: Combination may harm children and seniors

According to a recent study at the University of Winnipeg, using sunscreens and DEET-based insect repellents may increase the skin absorption of chemical ingredients and endanger health – particularly in seniors and children. People may wish to apply these products separately, or purchase DEET-free repellents and more “natural” sun care products in health and nutrition [...]

Sunscreens and Bug Sprays Don’t Mix: Combination may harm children and seniors 2015-09-09T13:51:14+00:00

Folic Acid and Childhood Cancer: Study finds B-vitamin protective against leukemia

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research have shown that there may be a link between levels of folic acid available to the baby in the womb and leukemia in children. Women are already advised to take supplements of folic acid while trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy to help avoid the risk to the [...]

Folic Acid and Childhood Cancer: Study finds B-vitamin protective against leukemia 2015-09-09T13:51:16+00:00

Think Zinc! Many Canadians may be low, say researchers

One out of every four Canadians eat diets that are low in the mineral zinc, according to researchers from McGill University who analyzed data from the Food Habits of Canadians Study. Zinc plays a key role in immune function where it is needed for the body to develop its own natural “killer” cells to fight [...]

Think Zinc! Many Canadians may be low, say researchers 2015-09-09T13:51:16+00:00

Low Iron Common: Women and children especially at risk

Women and young children are most at risk for iron deficiency, but most are unaware they are anemic until diagnosed by a physician, according to Nancy Andrews, MD, an expert in iron metabolism. Iron-deficient anemia reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells, thus decreasing energy and endurance. Those affected may have pale skin and [...]

Low Iron Common: Women and children especially at risk 2018-02-15T15:53:36+00:00

Exposure to second-hand smoke cuts vitamin levels

Past research has shown that smoking lowers vitamin C levels in smokers themselves. However, scientists wanted to know if children exposed to second-hand smoke would also show lower vitamin C levels. Researchers from the University of Puerto Rico gathered a study group which included 512 children aged 2 to 12 years old. Half of the [...]

Exposure to second-hand smoke cuts vitamin levels 2015-09-09T13:51:17+00:00

Healthy Kids: A weighty issue

It’s a simple formula and it can sneak up on even the most health conscious of families: more unhealthy food plus less activity often equals overweight kids. Convenience foods in the lunch bags, quick and easy snacks, fast-food dinners and large portions combine with too many hours in front of the TV and computer, and [...]

Healthy Kids: A weighty issue 2015-09-09T13:51:17+00:00

Good Food; Good Grades?

Before you buy a computer, new books, or enlist a tutor to help your child do better in school, take a close look at what sort of food is fuelling (or draining) his or her body every day. Some foods are definitely better than others when it comes to being primed for a full day [...]

Good Food; Good Grades? 2018-02-15T15:53:41+00:00

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