Health Taking vitamin D could help overweight and obese children lose weight, scientists believe. Vitamin D is most commonly associated with the development and maintenance of strong bones as the body needs it to absorb calcium. But recently emerging research suggests vitamin D deficiency could also be a contributing factor of obesity. The World Health Organization describes childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, with an estimated 41 million children under the age of five falling into this category. Obesity puts children at greater risk of developing preventable conditions like heart disease and diabetes at a younger age, and suffering poor health later in life. Researchers believe vitamin D supplements could aid weight loss in obese children. Getty Images Read more: Household cleaning products might be making your children fat In what is believed to be the first study to investigate the … [Read more...] about Vitamin D: Supplement Linked to Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese Children
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(Reuters Health) - Parents and caregivers should be aware of the three ways children can get the vitamin D they need, according to a new resource published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics. Although many people know calcium and vitamin D are vital for building healthy bones, not everyone knows calcium can only be absorbed when vitamin D is present. “Vitamin D is sometimes misunderstood and underappreciated, especially when it works as a silent partner with calcium,” said Dr. Megan Moreno of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, who wrote the one-page primer intended for parents and caregivers. The patient page, accessible for free (bit.ly/2JwqcO8), is based on recommendations given by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The resource emphasizes the best ways for children to obtain vitamin D through sunlight exposure, diet and supplements. Current guidelines recommend that infants under 12 months get 400 international units of … [Read more...] about Experts suggest ways children can get Vitamin D
A teacher who was wounded during a school shooting in Noblesville, Indiana, has been identified as a former Southern Illinois University football player, the school revealed. According to SIU, former defensive lineman Jason Seaman, a science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School, suffered gunshot wounds in the Friday morning attack. A student in the class said Seaman tackled the fellow student who fired shots inside the classroom. "He took a bullet this morning to protect his students," SIU's football program tweeted. The university's head football coach, Nick Hill, said in a statement that, "You could always trust him to do the right thing." Police would not identify anyone involved in the shooting, but confirmed a student and teacher were hurt in the incident. However, an official did confirm to NBC affiliate WTHR that Seaman was the teacher involved. A woman who identified herself as Seaman's mother wrote on Facebook that her son was hit three times, … [Read more...] about SIU: Teacher Wounded in Ind. School Shooting is Ex-Football Player
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a possible shooting at an Indiana middle school (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A police chief says an Indiana middle school student asked to be excused from class, then returned with two handguns and opened fire. Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt says a student and teacher suffered gunshot wounds in the Friday morning attack at Noblesville West Middle School. Jowitt says the student was quickly taken into custody and didn’t confirm accounts that the teacher tackled the shooter after he fired four to six shots. The wounded teacher and student were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis. Officials haven’t released information on the severity of their injuries. __ 1:50 p.m. A student at an Indiana middle school says he saw his science teacher tackle a fellow student who fired shots inside the classroom. Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker says the class was taking a test at Noblesville West Middle School when the student walked in late, … [Read more...] about The Latest: Chief says student school shooter had 2 handguns
(iStock) Researchers just discovered a simple way to fight obesity, heart disease, and mental illness – by giving people puppies. That may sound barking mad. But a new round of medical research shows that dogs, cats, and other four-legged friends can significantly boost people's physical and mental health – to the point where interacting with pets can actually be an effective form of therapy. Consider how pets could help the 75 million Americans who suffer from high blood pressure, which increases the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. In one study of more than 1,500 people aged 60 and over, dog owners had systolic blood pressure that was 3.34 milligrams of mercury lower than that for non-owners. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure in a person's blood vessels when his heart beats – the first number in a blood pressure reading. A difference of just over 3.34 milligrams of mercury may not sound like much. But for each milligram of … [Read more...] about The cure for obesity, heart disease, and anxiety? Puppies!