Warning: Weight-based bias can date back to childhood and takes a serious toll

A new study by researchers at Duke University, for example, found that “implicit weight bias” in children ages 9 to 11 was as common as “implicit racial bias” is among adults

Warning: Weight-based bias can date back to childhood and takes a serious tollA very slender friend recently admitted to me that she “can’t stand to be around fat people.” Her reaction is almost visceral, and it prompts her to avoid social and professional contact with people who are seriously overweight. Although she can’t pinpoint the source of her feelings, she said they go back as far as […]

Children who sleep less may be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, says study

Earlier, studies found a link between shorter sleep and diabetes in adults, but the connection has been little studied in children

Children who sleep less may be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, says studyBritish researchers studied 4,525 9- and 10-year olds from varying ethnic backgrounds. On average, their parents reported they slept 10 hours a night, with 95 percent sleeping between eight and 12 hours. The study, in Pediatrics, found that the less sleep, the more likely the children were to have higher body mass indexes, higher insulin […]

Hearing-impaired doctor to work for deaf kids

Retirement for Dr N G Kulkarni will soon be more than just spending time with family, taking afternoon siestas and joining laughter clubs. Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist in Pune has offered him a chance to provide some voluntary service at Swaranad – a pre-primary school for hearing-impaired children

Hearing-impaired doctor to work for deaf kidsA 65-year-old hearing-impaired doctor in Pune, wants to offer a voluntary service by becoming a teacher of those mothers whose children are hearing-impaired. Dr N G Kulkarni comes for a regular check-up to Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist in Pune. Wachasunder went beyond a formal doctor patient relationship as he wanted to keep […]

Accepting a firm ‘NO’ must be taught to your kids

Three years ago, in a fit of rage, an impulsive action proved to result in dire consequences for this child. And that is what Rohit Kumar is facing even today. So deep were his burns that he had to undergo multiple surgeries and is still under treatment, he is trying very hard to gain confidence

Accepting a firm ‘NO’ must be taught to your kidsWhat would a typical 11-year-old do if you refuse to buy him jeans of his choice? In most cases, the kid would be disturbed, cry or scream. However, would you expect the kid to burn himself? That’s exactly what Rohit Kumar (name changed) did. Kumar was the only son of an army officer who, on […]

Did you know? Your cute pet may give you a disease

Pets do bring many laughs and memories, but they can also bring unwelcome sickness

Did you know? Your cute pet may give you a diseaseWhether you’re the proud owner of a cuddly kitten, a loyal, fun-loving dog, or a cute hamster, chances are that you get many things from your pet — unconditional love, good company, and reduced stress,. And Unfortunately, scores of infectious organisms — from bacteria to fungi to viruses — can also be transmitted from your pet to […]

‘A child can never learn if intimidated,’ says Virat Kohli

Team India’s aggressive captain Virat Kohli shares a video of a woman intimidating a kid as she was trying to teach her maths. Virat shared this video on his Instagram account with a hard hitting message against the use of violence and intimidation in schooling children

‘A child can never learn if intimidated,’ says Virat KohliVirat Kohli always makes it a point to speak out when a social issue is involved. This time, he can be seen throwing some light on the atrocities against children in the name of education. Virat took to Instagram and shared a video of a woman yelling on a kid as she was trying to […]

Lancet report states, TB could be a prominent cause of child deaths

The study states that 2, 39,000 children younger than 15 years of age die from tuberculosis globally in 2015; 80 per cent of these deaths were in children younger than 5 years of age. More than 70 per cent of deaths occurred in the Southeast Asian and Africa regions

Lancet report states, TB could be a prominent cause of child deathsTuberculosis (TB) is a deadly disease that each of us may have heard about at least once in our lifetime. In relation with this a recent study published in the ‘Lancet’ a medical journal concluded that TB in children is increasingly prominent and is one of growing causes of infant mortality. It states that, 2, […]

Being overprotective can take a toll on your child’s self confidence

Parents love their children very much, but sometimes the love becomes over protective and kids feel like parents intrude on their privacy by constantly acting like paparazzi. Clinical Psychologist Vasudha Deshpande Korde will guide the parents to know the difference between being involved in their children's lives and being overprotective

Being overprotective can take a toll on your child’s self confidenceA few days ago, I met a boy, who was around 20 to 21 years old. He was very frustrated as he didn’t like what he was doing. He cannot live life on his own terms. He appeared as a slave to me, as his parents constantly kept a watch on his every moment. Finally, […]

Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to do

Globally, India bears the highest burden of soil-transmitted helminths (STH), parasitic worms which live in the intestine. These worms consume nutrients which are meant for the human body

Is your child having a worm infection? Here’s what to doWorm infections are rampant among children and they have been adversely affecting their physical as well as mental growth. Worms are a common cause of anaemia and they may also cause intestinal obstruction. The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the intensity of the threat caused by worm infections in India. In India 22 crore […]

‘Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent childhood blindness,’ says Dr Mathur

Experts say that parents should not expose their kids to gadgets from an early age. Parents should regular take their kids for regular eye check-up, maintain a healthy lifestyle and ensure that their kids have a healthy balanced diet

‘Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent childhood blindness,’ says Dr MathurOn the third day of the Bombay Ophthalmologists’’ Association, FOCUS 2017 silver jubilee conference, My Medical Mantra spoke with Dr Satanshu Mathur about the issue of childhood blindness. Dr Mathur who works as a medical director and consultant with the Hi-Tech Eye Institute and Laser Centre, Uttarakhand said, “Generally blindness amongst children begins for an […]
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