Answering your most frequently asked questions

From the desk of Sofia Shakir, MDSofia Shakir, MDHappy Belated Memorial Day! Happy End of School Year! Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim families! May this month be filled with blessings and gratefulness. For this week ’s installment of our practice blog I thought it would be fun to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions by parents.  Although one of the most important objectives of our training as pediatricians is to identify healthy children from sick, most of our time as community pediatricians is spent having conversations with parents and children about their growth and development. One of my favorite questions to answer-1. How can I help my child be happy?A happy child is going to go through their childhood storing wonderful memories to draw upon as an adult.  They are more likely to have strong relationships with their peer group and their family.  A few practical tips I give parents. Be a happy role model.  Continue to foster your own interests, remain physically active, and volunteer in the community.  Be an advocate for your child at school.  A great way to do this is at the beginning of the school year.  Send a friendly email. That will open the lines of communication so that if a problem arises the teacher will feel comfortable coming to you to problem solve.  A child who is happy at school is likely to do better socially and academically.  Make sure to help your child find and exp...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

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This study aimed to assess the effects of exercise on DLPA, asthma symptoms, and psychosocial comorbidities in obese adults with asthma. Methods Fifty-five grade II obese adults with asthma were randomly assigned to either a weight loss program + exercise program (WL + E group, n = 28) or a weight loss program + sham (WL + S group, n = 27). The WL + E group incorporated aerobic and resistance muscle training into the weight loss program (nutrition and psychological therapies), whereas the WL + S group performed breathing and stretching exercises. DLPA, asthma symptoms, sleep quality, and anxiety and depression symptoms ...
Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise - Category: Sports Medicine Tags: Clinical Sciences Source Type: research
This report summarizes results from the 2017 national YRBS for 121 health-related behaviors and for obesity, overweight, and asthma by demographic subgroups defined by sex, race/ethnicity, and grade in school and by sexual minority status; updates the numbers of sexual minority students nationwide; and describes overall trends in health-related behaviors during 1991-2017. This reports also summarizes results from 39 state and 21 large urban school district surveys with weighted data for the 2017 YRBSS cycle by sex and sexual minority status (where available). RESULTS: Results from the 2017 national YRBS indicated that...
Source: MMWR Surveill Summ - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: MMWR Surveill Summ Source Type: research
The YRBS monitors six categories of priority health behaviors among high school students-behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity-plus the prevalence of obesity and asthma.
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BOSTON, MA (CBS Local) – It’s well-known that Americans consume too much sugar. In fact, that affinity for the sweet stuff starts as early as infancy. Some babies are consuming added sugar that exceeds maximum levels recommended for adults, according to a new report from U.S. researchers. The Details: A new study says U.S. children are consuming too much added sugar Researchers say 85 percent of infants are eating more sugar than recommended Added sugar has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure Eating foods with added sugar can influence a child’s food choices later in life...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Boston News Health Local TV Sugar talkers Source Type: news
Conclusions In a cohort of unselected consecutive patients with adult-onset asthma, 5.9% fulfilled criteria for severe asthma and 2% qualified for anti-IL-5 treatment. Both groups represent a high burden to healthcare and specifically targeted treatment could lead to lower use of healthcare at long-term.
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
ConclusionsObesity is associated with and predicts lower quality of life in elderly adults aged 70 –90 years, and the areas most affected are independent living, social relationships, and the experience of pain.
Source: Quality of Life Research - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a global disease, and evidence suggests that its prevalence is increasing. Prevalence estimates show considerable geographic variation.According to WHO, prevalence of GERD in far EastAsia currently consistently lower than 10%,which is 8-20% in India. No such population based dataare available in Bangladesh. Thus, the studywas designed to determine the prevalence of GERD and its risk factors inrural community of Bangladesh.This descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried outfrom January to June 2015 by using validated questionnaire through door to door interview among randomly se...
Source: Bangladesh Medical Research Council Bulletin - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Conclusions: Mode of delivery plays an important role in the development of the postnatal microbiome but likely tells only part of the story. More comprehensive investigations into all the pre- and perinatal factors that have the potential to contribute to the neonatal microbiome are warranted.Neonatology 2018;114:103 –111
Source: Neonatology - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Source Type: research
The NLRP3 inflammasome is upregulated in obese asthmatics and following a high saturated fat meal in non-obese asthmatics. Both reversal of obesity and restriction of dietary saturated fat intake warrant further exploration as anti-inflammatory strategies in asthma.
Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
The objective of this review is to evaluate the evidence supporting a link between disproportionate environmental exposures and these health disparities.Recent FindingsStudies suggest that various co-occurring factors related to the home environment, neighborhood environment, non-modifiable individual factors, and individual behaviors and attributes can increase or modify the risk of adverse respiratory outcomes among socioeconomically disadvantaged and racially/ethnically diverse populations. Pollutants in the home environment, including particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and pesticides, are elevated among lower socioe...
Source: Current Epidemiology Reports - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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