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Why You Should Take a Closer Look at Your Kids’ Snacks

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If the options at your child’s school cafeteria are lacking, it may be time to take matters into your own hands. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), making sure kids eat right is critical for brain development, growth, bone growth, skin, teeth, eyes, the digestive system and immune health. Many snacks marketed toward children are unhealthy—loaded with added sugars …

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Rare Disease Day: What Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is (And Isn’t)

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Flexibility is usually described as a positive trait in children. They might be able to do party tricks like bend their pinky backwards or always hit a split in gymnastics. But, if those skills come with chronic pain, your child could be living with a disability without even knowing it. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (or syndromes) (EDS)—which affects the range of mobility …

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Antidepressants for Children and Teens: What You Need to Know

Rates of anxiety and depression among youth have soared over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last fall, a coalition of the nation’s leading experts in pediatric health declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health. Due to structural inequities, this mental health crisis is worst among already vulnerable groups, such as low-income youth, LGBTQ youth, youth with …

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Preventing Emergency Room Injuries

Getting hurt is a part of childhood, but it’s essential to prevent serious injuries in children. Parents can take several steps — in the home, on the playground and in the car — to try to avoid a trip to the emergency room. But if your child gets seriously hurt, it’s crucial to know when a trip to the ER …

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U.S. Surgeon General Advisory Warns Against Ignoring Youth Mental Health Crisis

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  First, the good news: Mental illness in children and adolescents is often treatable and preventable. Unfortunately, the mental health of our country’s youth is in crisis, according to a recently released advisory from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. The advisory states that this youth mental health crisis occurred long before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. In Murthy’s introduction, he shares, …

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Hygge: Winterize Yourself

Winter has never been my favorite season. Growing up in the Midwest, I regularly encountered temperatures below freezing and was cautioned more times than I can count about the dangers of black ice. You’d think I’d have developed greater fortitude for slogging through these cooler months of the year, but moving to a warmer region only seems to have lowered …

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How to Support Your Family’s Immune System This Cold and Flu Season

While you continue to take precautions to keep your kids safe from COVID-19, you should know that we are in the midst of cold and flu season. Parents and kids can take simple, everyday steps to support their immune systems at this time of year. The most effective way to strengthen immunity is through getting the flu vaccine. But maintaining …

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Johns Hopkins and UMCH Ranked Among Best Children’s Hospitals

Johns Hopkins and UMCH Ranked Among Best Children's Hospitals

For the past 15 years, parents have turned to U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings of children’s hospitals when searching for specialized pediatric care. To help parents find those services closer to home, this year’s annual list of best children’s hospitals also includes state and regional rankings. In the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, four pediatric hospitals have been ranked among …

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Easy Homemade Face Mask Recipes for Glowing Skin

It’s been an emotional few months, and if the stress of the pandemic is starting to show on your face, you’re not alone. Although a visit to the spa isn’t on the agenda this Mother’s Day, you can turn your bathroom into a relaxing retreat and treat yourself to a facial at home. In her new book, “Glow from Within,” …

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Natural Home Remedies for a Radiant Complexion

A strong indicator of healthy skin is a natural glow. But factors like stressful lifestyles, hectic work schedules, inadequate sleep and lack of nutritional diet can play a significant role in our skin’s overall health. This is where homemade beauty recipes and simple preventive tips come in handy. Instead of reaching for harmful, harsh creams and serums, it’s time to …

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