Less sleep, more calories for kids

Studies showed that children who don’t sleep enough are more likely to become obese later in life. Now a direct link was found between a lack of sleep and increased calorie consumption in toddlers.

Limits of socialization

Too much time spent socializing with others can have a negative effect on a senior citizen’s memory.

Robocall scam gets hung up

We reported on robocall scams that involved medical-alert devices in our November/December 2013 issue. The largest of these scams has been stopped, but that won’t end the problem, we're told.

Beware of additional Apple app charges

Apple now notifies parents of a 15-minute window during which children can rack up charges from purchases that are made inside of a mobile application when they sign in to certain apps.

College degree worth it

Amid stories of student-loan debt, you might question whether a college education is worth the expense. It is, according to a February 2014 study by Pew Research Center, particularly for recent graduates.

Rock a baby with rockaRoo

A new infant rocker uses the mechanics of a swing to soothe babies more quietly than a mechanical swing does.

Tonsillectomy meds not a given for kids

You should know that not every hospital or doctor follows recommended guidelines for administering a medication that might help to ease post-surgery nausea and pain after a tonsillectomy.

Saliva test for depression is years away

Although new research suggests that a saliva test might predict whether young males will have clinical depression later in life, we’re told that such a test is a long way off.

New autism definition raises questions

According to American Psychiatric Association (APA), the new definition of autism identifies some children who formerly would have been diagnosed as autistic as having social communication disorder (SCD).

Screening teens’ screen time

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says children’s daily exposure to movies, TV shows and video games on computers, smartphones, tablet computers and TV should be reduced to 2 hours per day.

Teens need more exercise

The majority of children who are ages 12–15 aren’t getting their recommended daily exercise. Fortunately, an easy and inexpensive solution exists.