Health Education for Kids Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:37:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chiropractic Care: An Alternative to Joint Replacement Surgery /health/fitness/chiropractic-care-an-alternative-to-joint-replacement-surgery/ /health/fitness/chiropractic-care-an-alternative-to-joint-replacement-surgery/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:48:34 +0000 /?p=72 Over the course of the past 30 years, surgical treatment improvements and joint implant developments have opened up new possibilities for effective options in alleviating pain & disability associated with certain bone or joint diseases, medical experts say. Deemed as the most effective means to osteoarthritis relief, joint replacement surgery has been associated with lesser pain, greater mobility, and improved joint function in the afflicted.

In a joint replacement surgery, which is frequently carried out in the hip or knee, a surgeon removes the damaged cartilage on both sides of the affected joint and puts in an artificial joint implant, as was described by medical journals. Most patients who undergo the procedure are those aged 60 and above. People of younger ages who have sustained significant joint damage from injuries or physically demanding work may also be subject to joint replacement surgery.

Chiropractic Care: An Alternative to Joint Replacement SurgeryWhile joint replacement surgery may effectively alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, addressing the debilitating joint condition is not limited to the procedure. When lifestyle changes, medications, or other non-surgical techniques may have failed to provide relief, some doctors may recommend other methods, such as chiropractic treatment, especially to those who wish to delay hip or knee replacement surgery.

Although there is reportedly no scientific indication that chiropractic care could inhibit the progress and damage brought about by osteoarthritis, health experts point out various ways through which chiropractic care may aid in osteoarthritis treatment. In fact, some studies have reportedly shown that manipulative therapy typically utilized in chiropractic treatment may provide greater range of motion, restore normal spine movement, improve joint coordination, relax the muscles, and reduce persistent joint pain. Treatment options in chiropractic care may involve spinal adjustments, knee or hip joint manipulation, joint exercises for support and function, dietary counseling, or deep tissue massage.

Every individual varies in his or her medical needs, and although some patients may benefit from alternative methods, others, particularly those with severe cases of osteoarthritis, may still require further treatment, according to medical experts. Individuals whose symptoms may have failed to respond to non-invasive treatment may be ultimately advised to undergo joint replacement surgery.

Despite the benefits this procedure has to offer, certain risks may still arise, medical experts say. Use of some artificial hip devices, such as metal-on-metal (MoM) implants for hip replacement surgery, has been reportedly associated with a string of serious complications. In fact, these devices have been the subject of several hip replacement lawsuits & research studies in recent years. In view of this, experts encourage patients to weigh the benefits and risks related to these implants with their performing surgeon prior to surgery for a well-guided choice.

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Is a Robotic-assisted Hysterectomy More Beneficial? /health/emotional-wellness/is-a-robotic-assisted-hysterectomy-more-beneficial/ /health/emotional-wellness/is-a-robotic-assisted-hysterectomy-more-beneficial/#comments Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:36:08 +0000 /?p=67 Women who have problems with her uterus that may lead to cancer may opt for a hysterectomy, health care providers say, and they may choose between the traditional open, laparoscopic or robotic-assisted hysterectomy. The advantage of using a robotic hysterectomy over a laparoscopic surgery has not been established and remains controversial, according to Dr. Oz. Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted operation both employ minimally invasive techniques by making small incisions instead of opening up the patient to perform the necessary procedures. The same outcomes are expected in women who undergo both procedure but the costs and risks may be different.

The Da Vinci surgical system offers many upgrades from the traditional laparoscopic surgery. It provides better three-dimensional vision compared to the two-dimensional vision from the laparoscopic device. It gives surgeon better flexibility and precision in moving the instruments. The surgeon may also opt to scale down the movements to make it precise to the dot. Even though the robot is the one performing the surgery, the surgeon is still in control and the one who directs the movements of the robot. The capacity of the robotic surgical system indeed surpasses the traditional laparoscopic device, but the results of both procedures are the same especially when an experienced surgeon uses the laparoscopic device.

Choosing between the two remains to be controversial as the robotic-assisted surgery is more expensive compared to that of the simple laparoscopic technique. The learning curve in using this new technology also makes the operation much longer for surgeons who have just started using it. Patients may choose between the two but the manufacturers have heightened their marketing strategy making the robotic-assisted surgery preferred by most, critics say. There are several concerns regarding the possible electrical burns that patients may encounter, according to the article from the NBC News. Patients may ask their surgeon all about the procedure – its risks and benefits, to be able to make sound decisions. They need to be aware of the possible complications that may come from the surgical procedure, robotic assistant or the underlying health complications. There are even several Da Vinci surgery lawsuit filed against the manufacturer because of these complications.

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Is Zoloft Use Safe for After Pregnancy Depression? /health/emotional-wellness/is-zoloft-use-safe-for-after-pregnancy-depression/ /health/emotional-wellness/is-zoloft-use-safe-for-after-pregnancy-depression/#comments Mon, 27 May 2013 12:48:27 +0000 /?p=62
Zoloft Lawsuit

With some new mothers, the newest addition to their family is accompanied by depression and anxiety. These mothers struggle daily with severe depression and most of all a shame that they are feeling this way. While it is fairly common for women to develop depressive symptoms in the days after delivery; the postpartum blues is usually the consequences of a number of various factors


Yet persistent or worsening depression after delivery, called postpartum depression, affects about one out of 10 new mothers within six months of delivery. The new mothers who are at the highest risk of contracting postpartum depression are teens and women with a history of depression.

For these mothers there have been several debates on if the taking of anti-depressants such as Zoloft is safe. According to recent studies the answer to that question is yes. In trails done by Katherine L. Wisner, MD, director of Women’s Behavioral HealthCare at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Zoloft is one of the safest anti-depressants to use for breastfeeding mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression.

According to the trails Zoloft was not found in either the blood or breast milk of the mothers who were tested. Doctor Wisner goes on saying that “if Zoloft is passed to the baby that it would be a very very small amount that would not harm the baby at all, and that even if it’s a trace amount the vast majority of research has been encouraging … very reassuring about breastfeeding”

The study goes on to see on what effects that Zoloft would have on the children after the infant and toddler years. According to the study there were no significant differences in IQ, temperament, behavior, reactivity, mood, distractibility, or activity level between exposed and non-exposed children.

Dr. Wisner goes on to say “That at this point it is the general consensus that using anti-depressants such as Zoloft is safe for use while breastfeeding an infant. There have been many other studies besides ours that have the same conclusion that physicians can be comfortable with prescribing the drug to their breastfeeding patients.” With these new findings many experts are also left wondering what would happen to the Zoloft lawsuits filed against the makers of Zoloft claiming adverse side effects.

If you think that Zoloft is right for your sign and symptoms of depression consult with your doctor. You might also want to check for more information about Zoloft.

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Educational Activities Improve Learning Curve for Kids /education/educational-activities/educational-activities-improve-learning-curve-for-kids/ /education/educational-activities/educational-activities-improve-learning-curve-for-kids/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 19:58:13 +0000 /?p=56 children-educational-activities


Kids just love to play. Even when we were a baby almost anything our parents did to get our attention was to play with us. For instance, when feeding some parents would act and pretend the spoon as a helicopter just to catch the baby’s interest to eat. Come to think of it, since we were babies, we were fond of playing games and we just did not realize that we were actually learning.

The first sense that developed is our sense of hearing. Practically, we learned music first. A kid who is actively involved in music or belong to a music-inclined family, most probably are interested in singing, dancing or playing the instruments. These days there are several classes for kids to choose from, for example, singing lesson, dance class, and kids’ band. These are recreational activities that help develop hearing and motor skills. It also improves the sense of timing and balance. Kids will enjoy those classes and they may find their talent at early age of two, if parents would encourage them to partake on discovering their gifts.

Another example of educational activity is a drawing workshop. At early age, the sense of sight have slowly developed, kids become aware of bright colors in the beginning and eventually have adjusted to identify colors in dim light. Crayons are attractive to kids. They will just grab it and scribble anything and unfavorably everywhere but who knows, your child could become one of the famous artists in his time.

The most important thing for a kid to learn is manners. Apart of those educational activities mentioned, professionals or parents are responsible in imparting the values while they are also learning. Encourage the kids to be in a group to practice interaction and social behavior.

Therefore, educational activities can be fun and exciting or dull and boring depending on how you deliver the learning to them. However, above all else, demonstrate kindness while teaching.

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Educational Games: Mixing Opportunities for Learning, Fun /education/educational-games/educational-games-mixing-opportunities-for-learning-fun/ /education/educational-games/educational-games-mixing-opportunities-for-learning-fun/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 21:13:09 +0000 /?p=52 Educational games are combination of learning and fun. Education is defined as a process of acquiring knowledge, skills and also imparting it to others while game is an amusement and competitive activity. When it is put altogether in teaching the children, the process of attaining some knowledge or skills would be like a past time for them and easy to learn. Professionals have designed the educational games to be efficient in expanding thinking skills such as analytic, decision-making process, and cognitive development. It is not only mental work but also it increases motor capabilities and decreases stress and depression.

For instances, there are a lot of choices in educational games, if you are a type of person who likes board games, you may like to bask your mind to the old fashion ways such as cards, chess, puzzles, scrabbles or even the snakes and ladders. It is enjoyable. It is known to most of us from grown-ups to kids. And all of the games mentioned are available in the computer or on mobile phones. Nonetheless, video games are getting more famous in this generation. It may be brutal yet challenging and many of the kids and young adults are more likely to get addicted by it. These games may either be therapeutically helping kids mentally or it could be influential and may lead to bad habits.

Health benefits that one may get from educational games are what parents would always seek for their kids. Aside from what has been mentioned, games that are played in the screen are proven to reinforce good vision. Especially those games that are fast-paced and require an extreme amount of attention, in other words it sharpens your eyes. Moreover, though it is stated that educational games may boost up mental well-being, it also gives you the feeling of happiness, and for those who wanted to give it a try, invite your grandparents or parents to play video games with you and see if they do not feel like teenagers again.

Therefore, any type of games may be educational and beneficial to the kids and young at heart.

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Education Planning: Treasures Kept for a Lifetime /education/educational-plan/education-planning-treasures-kept-for-a-lifetime/ /education/educational-plan/education-planning-treasures-kept-for-a-lifetime/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 20:55:19 +0000 /?p=49 They say the best gift you can give to your child is education. It is a treasure for a lifetime.

Planning for your child’s future made it easy with education plans. If you are earning just about the average per annum it does not hurt to give some spare for the future, especially if you want to have it, you would be eager to save up for your own desires and needs how much more if you have a child you would be more willing in assuring and securing your children’s education for higher education.

Here we need to know about investing on education plans. First, we need to know how a certain education plan company handles your money through and through the process of their implied monetary growth. Once you are aware and assumed you have trusted their scheme you can now identify or determine the target date.

For instance, you want to have a family by the age of 28. By that time you will be thinking of how to get your child to school and how to sustain it without a struggle. You add up the time frame of school years of a child (until college) to your age. By nearing your early retirement, you would not worry on working so hard to get your kids to school because all of those years you were investing, it has multiplied for a particular percentage, suppose you have already identified the cost for the school fee by that time your child enters college.

The most important thing to know is how much money return you will get for the time frame. There are other insurance company will give you flexible choices where inevitable even that you have to withdraw the money invested some has percentage money back. But since the world has become competitive, most of the education plans offered guaranteed money returns whenever.

Lastly, a part of budgeting or saving up, clients should know the amount of money they had to set aside for the contribution each month. So they would know how much money back which has been multiplied and the future value of the money you will earn.

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Top Three Children’s Emotional, Behavioral Disorders: Symptoms and Treatment /health/emotional-wellness/top-three-childrens-emotional-behavioral-disorders-symptoms-and-treatment/ /health/emotional-wellness/top-three-childrens-emotional-behavioral-disorders-symptoms-and-treatment/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 13:48:36 +0000 /?p=36 A child’s developmental stages are crucial especially when they began to understand. It appears that emotions had been within us ever since we were born but the behavior is learned from social activities and psychological pattern of a child. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), emotional and behavioral disorders affect 10 to 15 percent of children worldwide.

Let us have a short recap of how our emotions and behaviors are developed. Our brain controls both voluntary and involuntary activities of our body. It is like a huge dimension of all types of functions. Our needs, wants, and feelings are all being processed up there. So what happens if our brain cannot function well? Emotions are engulfing in one part of our brain called the limbic system. When we are in pain for example, it sends through the limbic system to process the feeling initiated and what comes out from it is the reaction which appears to be how we behave in a certain situation. Therefore, when the central nervous system is slightly dysfunctional, it affects how we interact, behave, and understand our emotions. When one can barely cope up with this emotion it becomes a mental disorder.

Here are the examples of emotional and behavioral disorders:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Autism

A child who has an attention-deficit hyperactive disorder is characterized as disorganized, does not finish the tasks, they cannot be still, and has a problem to concentrate. It continues through adolescence depending on the progress of the child. This may be altered when the child has gone through a therapy, medications (methylphenidate) and varying educational options. These may promote concentration better, become less impulsive, and feel calmer.

A child with bipolar disorder has manifestations of intense emotions or mood swings. A child will exhibit euphoric feelings or down depressed behavior – it is almost unexplainable for some people, but it may be modified. Such as minimizing episodes of mania or depression; medications are only prescribed when the patient is harmful to oneself and to others. Mostly, adolescents are capable of it but as the child grows, it is better to constantly observe and identify the behavior step by step.

Autism is a neural disorder. Children who are autistic are mostly socially impaired and have difficulty in communicating with others. They are characterized by restrictive and repetitive behavior. Mainly, autism is manageable by creating quality time for them to learn things and promote functional independence. Medications (psychoactive drugs) are only needed when behavioral treatment fails.

Children who have these mental disorders are special and interesting in their own ways. They just happen to have some delays in their development and considered different among us. However, they just need more time for them to grow, to be surrounded by understanding people, and for them to feel confident in themselves.

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Five Tips on Getting the Right Fit for Your Child /health/fitness/five-tips-on-getting-the-right-fit-for-your-child/ /health/fitness/five-tips-on-getting-the-right-fit-for-your-child/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 21:32:17 +0000 /?p=34 Being fit is ideal for all of us. When you say fit it is not just about having a healthy body but it is one way to identify that a person has been eating well, has a healthy weight, and doing a number of physical activities. What is more ideal is to start being fit while still a child so doing exercises will come naturally. It will become a part of his or her daily routine and away from being obese as it now outranks all other health problems as the number one concern for children in the United States

This is not an easy thing to do, especially with children, when it takes time for them to understand things. As a parent, it is important that you also have the desire or will to do this. Here are some tips on how you may help your child to be healthy and fit:

  •  Be a role model

“Parents are kids’ number-one role model,” says Robert Pretlow, MD, author of Overweight: What Kids Say. The children usually develop their attitudes about food and eating through their parents. It is important that parents should set an example on what are the right things to do.

  •  Age-appropriate activities

For your child to be able to do some exercising it is best if you try to include physical activity into their day-to-day routine. For instance, toddlers and pre-schoolers should play actively several times a day.

  •  Enough sleep for the kids

According to some studies, lack of sleep among children may cause them to gain weight and some other medical conditions as well. Make sure that your child has enough sleep.

  •  No strict exercise schedule

You should make your child feel that doing an exercise is not an obligation or a chore but more of a natural thing to do. Try to do an exercise with your child such as walking around your place instead of having a cardiovascular class.

  •  Healthy eating habits

It is important to have a healthy eating habit because exercise alone is not effective. Teach your child to savor treats rather than eat them hastily.

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Five Ways to Fight Tooth Decay in Children /health/oral/five-ways-to-fight-tooth-decay-in-children/ /health/oral/five-ways-to-fight-tooth-decay-in-children/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 15:53:22 +0000 /?p=10 Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases of childhood. It is that common that it is second only to the common cold. You could just imagine its prevalence rate. This condition affects more than 25 percent of two to five years old, half of children aging 12 to 15 years old have one or more cavities, and two-thirds of 16 to 19 years old have tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This may affect your child’s performance at school, the way he or she talks, and food intake because of the pain. It may also cause infection and if left untreated may lead to complications such as gum disease or a dental abscess. Good thing that tooth decay is preventable especially if detected during its early stages.

Here are some ways to improve the oral health of your child:

  • Teach your child to brush teeth using a gentle, circular motion with fluoride-containing toothpaste. Paying attention to the gum line, insides of the teeth, corners and back teeth as they are the first places where teeth decay.
  • Limit the amount of sweets such as candies, chocolates, cakes and pastries your child eats. The bacteria in plaque turn carbohydrates into the energy they need.
  • Ask your child’s dentist about dental sealants. They are used to protect the teeth from cavities.
  • It is best to drink fluoridated water. It is well known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. Most dentists agree that three years old is the ideal age to start having dental check-up.


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Childhood Nutrition: What You Need to Know /health/nutrition/childhood-nutrition-what-you-need-to-know/ /health/nutrition/childhood-nutrition-what-you-need-to-know/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 15:45:41 +0000 /?p=6 Children have nutritional needs that parents should be aware of. This subject is often quite ignored by many. Moms and dads have this notion that as long as their child eats then everything is fine. But, that is not totally the case in here. A child needs to have the necessary and adequate nutrients for their complete growth and development both mentally and physically. In addition, these nutritional needs vary as children grow up.

In the United States, the most common dietary problems are malnutrition and obesity. Malnutrition happens when the body does not receive sufficient nutrients needed to sustain life. This may occur because of an absence of all foods, or because of an excess of the wrong foods. Meanwhile, obesity consists of being more than 20 percent above the standard weight for someone with a given height. In fact, one out of three children in the US is overweight or obese. Parents should be more vigilant now of the nutritional needs of their children.

When you say childhood nutrition, it refers to the dietary needs of healthy children aged two to 11 years old. Those who are younger than two years old (infants) and older than 11 years old (preteens or teens), their nutritional needs are somewhat different. For instance, infants just need milk to thrive, may it be breast milk, formula milk, or a combination. According to, Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician at Children’s Medical Group in Atlanta, breast milk or formula will provide just about every nutrient a baby needs for the first year of life.

On the other hand, teens require more calories as well as calcium as their bodies are undergoing many changes. It is also around this time that teens tend to be conscious with their body image resulting to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.

For children two to 11 years old, their diet should consist of all the essential nutrients as well as fiber and energy to maximize growth and development. Low-fat diets may be good for older children but for toddlers what they need are foods that have good amounts of fats such as oily fish, meat, and full-fat milk. Be very careful about fiber-rich foods as well, although they are considered good for the body, these may fill them up instantly that they will no longer eat that much which result to not getting enough nutrients and calories.

During the elementary years, children will be exposed to foods in the cafeteria and that they will have more choices on what to eat. Junk foods might be their instant favorite and this may lead to unwanted weight gain and other health problems. It would be best if you pack your child a healthy lunch and encourage him or her to eat healthily.

The key here is balance. There should be balance within the diet to give your child the adequate nutrients that he or she need.


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