Tuesday, December 15, 2009

HealthyChildren.org has officially launched

Whether you have a question about a specific condition or are looking for general guidance, you know you can trust the AAP. Their new parent focused website, HealthyChildren.org is the only site backed by 60,000 American Academy of Pediatrics member pediatricians.


A new study by Kaiser Permanente has found that breastfeeding a child may lower a woman’s risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome by up to 86 percent. This condition is linked to heart disease and diabetes in women. The 20-year prospective study was published online on December 3rd and will appear in the February edition of Diabetes, a journal of the American Diabetes Association. Researchers measured all components of Metabolic Syndrome before pregnancy and after weaning in an ethnically diverse group of women of childbearing age. They found the protective association of breastfeeding was even stronger for women who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Metabolic Syndrome affects of to 37 percent of US women between ages 20-59, and is a clustering of risk factors related to obesity and metabolism that may predict future diabetes and heart disease during midlife and early death for women. To access the study online, go to http://dx.doi.org/10.2337/db09-1197

Holiday Tips

As the month of December begins, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers tips to ensure that children have a safe holiday season. Topics include guidelines for safe use of lights, decorations and trees, including how to check the freshness of a live Christmas tree. Toy safety tips address the importance of age-appropriate gifts and the need to avoid items with small parts for children under age three. For example, swallowing button batteries and magnets can cause serious stomach and intestinal problems, including death. Access the AAP 2009 Holiday Safety Tips at http://aap.org/advocacy/releases/novtips.cfm.