Environmental and Nutritional Tips to Improve Your Family’s Health
This feature highlights reports, studies, and feedback from families on efforts that can make a positive impact in our quest for health. Topics we cover in this issue are included below. We invite you to share material with us that you think would be of interest to our readers.
Topics featured in this article:
- Parent coaching shows benefits for autistic kids
- Does antibiotic use in young children increase risk of obesity?
- 1 in 3 US children attends school in chemical “danger zones”
- Craniosacral therapy as a potential treatment for reducing headache, tics, and muscle pain: A case report
- Rare pollen increase in England
- Migraines or epilepsy? Check for celiac disease
- Antibiotics in livestock: FDA finds use is rising
- 4 new substances added to list of carcinogens
Parent coaching shows benefits for autistic kids
Recent studies have shown promising results with “parent-mediated programs,” like PLAY, where professionals train parents to implement behavioral techniques with their child. This “real-world” study finds that coaching parents in the PLAY Project approach can improve parent-child interactions and other important outcomes for children with autism. Read more from PsychCentral
Does antibiotic use in young children increase risk of obesity?
Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study. The research shows a link between antibiotics and obesity, but it can’t say whether the antibiotics are “at fault,” said Dr. L. Charles Bailey, the study’s lead author from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.