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New beverage recommendations for kids say avoid all drinks with sugar — and all plant-based milks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Health experts from four of the nation’s most prominent health organizations have created a new set of beverage recommendations for children under the age of 5 that basically recommends breast milk and infant formula for infants under the age of 1 and water and cows’ milk for older children. The experts strongly caution against drinks with added sugar,...

Water Safety Tips: Drowning is top cause of accidental death among young children

Summer fun often includes heading to the swimming pool or lake, but it’s important to remember that all water activities come with a risk of drowning. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children under 15 and most are between 1 and 4. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy...

Pediatricians’ group calls for at least one nurse in every school; Kentucky has a long way to go

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s high schools fall far short of new recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that call for every school in the United States to have at least one nurse on site. Only 42.2 percent of Kentucky’s high schools have a full-time nurse, 37.4 percent have a part-time nurse and 20.4 percent do not have one at all, according to research...

U of L doctor Woods elected incoming chair of national Academy of Pediatrics’ section

Charles R. Woods Jr., M.D., has been elected the incoming chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence (SOEPHE). His one-year term begins Nov. 1. The AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to...

Massachusetts study finds parents challenged by what to pack in kids' school lunch boxes

(Photo provided)   Packing a healthy lunch that kids will eat is an ongoing challenge for families, and a challenge that is often not met, according to a study by researchers at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.   “When deciding what to pack, parents are juggling time, cost, convenience and what is acceptable to their children. Unfortunately, these factors are not always in harmony...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Homeowners beware – trampolines are risky business

As a parent of three grown kids, I know from experience that summer is peak season for trampoline usage in backyards all across America.   The modern trampoline was created by George Nissen in Grand Rapids, Iowa, in 1936, when, as a teenage gymnast, he and his coach created a piece of equipment out of scrap steel and tire inner tubes for his act in the Iowa Hawkeye Circus. This “bouncing rig”...