First Year CA Schoolkids Need to Get Their Teeth Checked

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2009

A reminder to our California readers: All California public school students must get “an oral health assessment performed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional” before the end of their first school year (kindergarten or first grade). The deadline for submitting proof of exam is fast approaching: May 31. These […]


Soda vs. Water

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009

This merited a study?     Replacing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with water could eliminate an average of 235 excess calories per day among children and adolescents, according to a study published in the April 2009 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study’s authors conclude that such a replacement would be a simple […]


Good Eats, Workplace Exercise & Other Health Tips from Around the Web

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2009

Trying to eat safely and healthfully? Check out these tips – from the Institute for Responsible Technology – for avoiding foods made from genetically modifed organisms (GMOs). Need something healthy to eat on the run? Why not make some grab-and-go “Primal Energy Bars” with this recipe from Mark’s Daily Apple? No time for a workout? […]


Oral Health & Pregnancy, Questioning ADHD Drugs and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Better Oral Hygiene Could Reduce Complications in Pregnancy & Help Newborn Babies (Medical News Today) Bacteria from a mother’s mouth can be transmitted through the blood and amniotic fluid in the womb to her unborn child. This could contribute to the risk of a premature delivery, a low birth-weight baby, premature onset of contractions, or […]


A Few Tips for Helping Your Kids Have Good Dental Health

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The state of children’s teeth is, to put it mildly, not so good. According to data recently distributed by the American Dental Hygientists’ Association (ADHA), 41% of children under 11 years old have primary tooth decay, and from there, the rate of caries (cavities) only increases. Amongst older teens, 68% have at least one decayed […]


How to Make a Healthy School Lunch for Your Kids

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009

So a University of Texas study finds that more than half of lunches brought from home by preschoolers do not meet recommended nutritional guidelines. Sadly, this isn’t a huge surprise. What is surprising is the headline on the first version we saw of the press release about it (via ScienceDaily): Packing a Lunch for Preschoolers […]


The Normalization of Drugs and Other Recommended Reading

Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009

The Wholesale Sedation of America’s Youth Skeptical Inquirer Towards the end of Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, the Witch sings one of the show’s key themes: “Children may not obey,/But children will listen./Children will look to you/For which way to turn,/To learn what to be.” One of the things today’s children are learning from the […]


Little Proof that Fluoride Is Effective for Kids 6 and Under, Says New JADA Study

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2008

Groups like the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry just love fluoride, claiming that it is “effective” in preventing tooth decay. But thanks to a new review commissioned by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and published in their own journal, JADA, when it comes to children, they may need to start […]


More Tarnish on “Silver” Fillings

Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Think small. One microgram. That’s one millionth of a gram. One millionth the weight of a single paper clip. Now think even smaller: just one tenth of that single microgram. One tenth of one millionth of a gram. This is the amount of methylmercury per kilogram of your body weight that the EPA says is […]



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