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Vaccine is best way to protect against highly contagious measles

February 23, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

An increasing number of measles cases reported in the United States has health officials urging parents to vaccinate their children and be aware of the disease’s symptoms. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public health alert in late January after a spike in U.S. cases. The CDC attributed the increase to […]

Take a healthy approach to pizza

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

It’s the sort of news that can just about ruin a day: A study published in the medical journal Pediatrics suggests pizza may be contributing to childhood obesity. The study showed that one in five children and nearly one-quarter of adolescents in the United States consume pizza on any given day. Researchers at George Washington […]

It’s never too late for a flu shot

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Health officials warned, and recent news stories are confirming that this is turning out to be a very bad flu season, but the good news is it’s not too late to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year is particularly challenging because the vaccine developed for […]

‘Stayin Alive’ with CPR in schools

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

If someone next to you were to suddenly fall to the ground and stop breathing, would you know what to do? Would your children or your neighbor’s children know what to do? Most Americans would answer no. Less than a third of Americans say they know how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – a simple […]

Getting exercise a smart idea

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

A new study says exercise doesn’t just benefit kids’ physical health – it gives their brains a boost too. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that 70 minutes of play per day can improve children’s thinking, particularly in multitasking. The study included 222 children ages 7-9, of which 109 met after school […]

It’s not just a cold; EV-D68 a serious threat for some kids

September 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

A new virus sweeping through the Midwest — and now appearing in the northeast including New York state — has parents concerned and health officials on alert. The virus, known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), has hit children particularly hard, sickening hundreds. EV-D68 is believed to be associated with the common cold, but symptoms can quickly […]

Get physical

July 28, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Children today are only one-quarter as active as their grandparents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. At a time when concerns about childhood obesity abound, it’s important to make physical activity part of the daily routine. Begin incorporating physical activity into daily life in the preschool years and you’ll set the stage for a […]

Measles breaking out again as potential danger

May 23, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Ask any physician in the year 2000, and they would have told you that measles had been all but eliminated in the United States. But today, health officials claim that the U.S. faces the worst year for measles in more than a decade, arguing that people who refuse to vaccinate their children are to blame […]

It’s spring, be wary of ticks

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

As the weather improves and children spend more time outdoors, it’s important to take precautions against the threat of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by deer ticks and the western black legged tick. Although other types of ticks carry Lyme bacteria, there is no evidence that their bites transmit the disease. According […]

State makes changes to immunization requirements

April 14, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

Students entering kindergarten will now be required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. That’s one of several changes to immunization requirements, according to the New York State Department of Health. The changes are effective July 1, 2014. Other changes include: Students entering kindergarten or 6th grade in the 2014-15 school year […]