Mid-January 2015 Newsletter
Musical Training May Bolster Mental Function in Children
Learning how to play a musical instrument may help relieve anxiety and bolster emotional control and attention among children, according to a recent study. Researchers said musical training was also tied to changes in brain areas associated with executive functioning, working memory and organization.
Health Drives Weight Loss in Teens
Data on formerly obese adolescents showed nearly two-thirds of those surveyed cited health as the primary reason for losing weight, while 43% said peer acceptance played a part.
Study looks at mobile, interactive media use in young children
A recent study concludes that more research is needed on the use of interactive media among very young children. Researchers found evidence that some interactive apps may improve literacy skills or enhance interpersonal connections but also said such technologies can result in poorer comprehension and behavioral issues. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends against the use of television and other entertainment media for children younger than two years.
Healthy Childhood Leads to Better Outcomes Later
Children raised in households that promoted healthy habits and social interaction were less likely to smoke and were more likely to have better cardiovascular health and cholesterol levels in adulthood compared with children not raised with such advantages, a  study says. Researchers found that those with a healthy childhood were more likely to show better blood glucose levels and body weight
From the Doctors:
Dr. Gomez:

Healthy Eating
We always hear about healthy eating, making good choices about what we eat and so on. Every year we get one or several “fad” diets: a new magical formula that promises that you will  lose weight fast--and without sacrificing anything.  There are hundreds--if not thousands--of books out there about how to eat, what to eat and what not to eat. That is because everyone wants to stay healthy or get rid of those extra pounds. It is not easy. If it was, everyone would look just amazing, don’t you think?
So why is it not easy? Well, because in these days we all are always rushing, we want things fast, easy, convenient and delicious of course. In order to have a healthy diet we need:
1-Balance of what we eat
2-Eat at least 3 meals a day
3-Portion control
4-Avoidance of foods that are just not good at all
Balance: So what is balance of what we eat? It is to make sure that every meal has: at least one vegetable, one source of protein, and a HEALTHY carbohydrate. This is when things get tricky! Those veggies should cover half of your dish. A good source of protein can come from beef, chicken, fish, lentils, beans or eggs. The healthy carbohydrate should be a fruit. The foods that will not allow us to lose weight are the ones most of us love the most: heavily processed carbohydrates, rice, sugar and anything with flour! Bread, tortillas, cookies, potato chips, pizza, hamburgers, instant breakfast sandwiches, etc. It sounds like it is easy, right? Let’s just limit those things! The problem is that they are everywhere! And when you are looking for something fast it will include a processed food. It gets even harder: people think that by eating whole wheat bread instead of white bread you are doing a change. Yes it is healthier, it has all the fiber that white bread does not, but it also has the same amount of calories! Are you aware that most breads have sugar in it? That’s what gives the brown color many times. Look at the ingredients of everything you buy from now on--you will be surprised to see how much sugar is added to so many products. Why? Sugar is addictive! Your body loves it, and you will crave more of that product when sugar is added! And all that sugar has no nutritional value to you! It does add calories though.
Eat at Least 3 Meals a Day: By skipping a meal,  you make your body go into starvation mode, which makes you overeat at the next meal! If you can, in order to boost your metabolism, it is even better if you add 2 snacks in between: again, healthy snacks here--fruits, almonds, veggies.
Our next newsletter will cover information about portion control and avoidance of unhealthy foods.
Dr. Higuera:
Hepatitis B and Vaccination
Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver.  If infected with Hep B, illness can last only a few weeks BUT can also be LIFELONG.  Hep B is spread via blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with Hep B, which includes from an infected mother to her baby at birth.
Acute Hep B refers to the first 6 months after someone is exposed to Hep B.  Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, joint pain and jaundice.  Symptoms of CHRONIC Hep B can take up to 30 years to develop.  Damage to the liver can silently occur during this time.  When symptoms do appear, they are similar to the acute symptoms mentioned above.
You may wonder, why is the Hep B vaccine the first to be administered at birth prior to leaving the hospital?  The risk for CHRONIC infection (lifelong) is greatest among young children.  Approximately 90% OF INFANTS and 25-50% of children aged 1 to 5 years who are infected with Hep B at these respective ages will remain CHRONICALLY infected with the virus and, therefore, at risk for liver disease.


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