PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Childhood obesity rates remain high, especially among adolescents, minorities, and children with disabilities. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association have released recommendations for childhood obesity treatment and prevention which include interventions related to physical and sedentary activity. This review explores recent updates in the area of physical activity and… Read More »»
“The Impact of the ‘Stirrup Some Fun’ Therapeutic Horse Riding Program” by Steven Elliott Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina Format Study The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceived impact of the Stirrup Some Fun therapeutic riding program on… Read More »»
“Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs: Guidance for School Food Service Staff” United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education Format Guidelines The USDA’s nondiscrimination regulation (7 CFR 15b), as well… Read More »»
OBJECTIVE: Analyze evidence of the benefits of physical activity for youth with developmental disabilities. DATA SOURCES: Key word searches for “disability,” “physical activity,” “exercise,” “fitness,” and “sport” in major databases. A total of 3263 citations was found. STUDY INCLUSION/EXCLUSION CRITERIA: Systematic reviews and articles about studies quantitatively examining the effects of physical activity in youth… Read More »»
Sexuality issues and gynecologic care of adolescents with developmental disabilities. Greydanus DE, Omar HA. Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, 1000 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-1284, USA. Greydanus@kcms.msu.edu Pediatr Clin North Am. 2008 Dec;55(6):1315-35, viii. All human beings are sexual from birth to… Read More »»
The effectiveness and safety of a group aquatic aerobic exercise program on cardiorespiratory endurance for children with disabilities was examined using an A-B study design. Sixteen children (11 males, five females) age range 6 to 11 years (mean age 9y 7mo [SD 1y 4mo]) participated in this twice-per-week program lasting 14 weeks. The children’s diagnoses… Read More »»
Feasibility and effectiveness of an aerobic exercise program in children with fibromyalgia: results of a randomized controlled pilot trial.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility of conducting a randomized controlled trial of a 12-week exercise intervention in children with fibromyalgia (FM) and to explore the effectiveness of aerobic exercise on physical fitness, function, pain, FM symptoms, and quality of life (QOL). METHODS: FM patients ages 8-18 years were randomized to a 12-week exercise intervention of… Read More »»
Blood lead concentrations < 10 microg/d: and child intelligence at 6 years of age. Jusko TA, Henderson CR, Lanphear BP, Cory-Slechta DA, Parsons PJ, Canfield RL. Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Feb;116(2):243-8. Comment in: Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Feb;116(2):A60-1. BACKGROUND:… Read More »»
Maternal fish intake during pregnancy, blood mercury levels, and child cognition at age 3 years in a US cohort.
The balance of contaminant risk and nutritional benefit from maternal prenatal fish consumption for child cognitive development is not known. Using data from a prospective cohort study of 341 mother-child pairs in Massachusetts enrolled in 1999-2002, the authors studied associations of maternal second-trimester fish intake and erythrocyte mercury levels with children’s scores on the Peabody… Read More »»