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SPR 2019

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the buzz 6 { spring 2019 } h o u s e c a l l s Power Down The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that toddlers and young children spend no more than one hour per day in front of phones, computers, or televisions (and that babies younger than 24 months refrain from screens completely). But what happens when kids exceed these recommendations? Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada recently studied the association between screen time and development among toddlers by tracking more than 2,400 children, who began the three-year study at age 2. The children's mothers answered questions about their toddler's screen time and social, behavioral, and verbal development. Researchers found that, over the years, children who netted the most screen time indeed had slower development across all categories, even after accounting for factors like parents' education level, the children's physical activity level, and how often the parents read to their kids. Study authors strongly urge parents to adhere to recommended screen-time limits, stressing that the human brain develops most between birth and age 5. H ow many pushups could you pump out in a minute? A new study published in JAMA Network Open found that, among a group of more than 1,100 male firefighters, those who could complete 40 or more pushups were 96 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack, heart failure, or another form of cardiovascular disease—the top cause of death in the world—over the course of a decade than those who could complete fewer than 10. The firefighters, whose average age at the start of the study was 40, completed annual physicals gauging both pushup capacity and aerobic capacity as measured on a treadmill (along with other health indicators). Researchers found pushup capacity to be more strongly associated with the men's risk for cardiovascular disease than the treadmill stress test, and that the more pushups the men could complete, the lower their risk. While study authors note that pushups aren't a perfect indicator (there are heart-healthy aerobic athletes with poor upper-body strength; plus, they only studied men), the exercise may be an easily accessible gauge of your cardiovascular health. Drop and Give Us … As many as you can! Fresh research shows pushup capacity may be an indicator of heart health Try this! TO QUELL YOUR COUGH Suck on a piece of chocolate, which a small new study out of England found may be more effective at soothing irritation and inflammation in the throat than traditional cough syrup.

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