Entries by Melodie Griffin

Active Children Can Boost Friends’ Activity Levels

Follow the leader can be a great game to play for kids who spend time with active friends. In the study, “The Distribution of Physical Activity in an Afterschool Friendship Network,” in the June 2012 Pediatrics (published online May 28), researchers from Vanderbilt University studied data from 81 children 5 to 12 years of age […]

Females and Younger Athletes Take Longer to Overcome Concussions

New research out of Michigan State University reveals female athletes and younger athletes take longer to recover from concussions, findings that call for physicians and athletic trainers to take sex and age into account when dealing with the injury. The study found females performed worse than males on visual memory tests and reported more symptoms […]

NIH Study Finds Your Morning Brew Could be Good for You

Older adults who drank coffee — caffeinated or decaffeinated — had a lower risk of death overall than others who did not drink coffee, according a study by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and AARP. Coffee drinkers were less likely to die from heart disease, respiratory […]

Bike Safety–Wear Your Helmets

Bicycle helmets are a must—for children and parents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children need to wear helmets on every bike ride, long or short, and it’s important for parents to model the habit. The Academy offers these other safety tips: •When buying a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says […]