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Children's Health

Keeping Your Kids From Smoking

Mackie Shilstone

Smoking is one of the most damaging things a person can do to his or her own body. There is no longer any dispute that it is the leading cause of lung cancer in adults, and it can be directly related to emphysema, heart disease, chronic bronchitis and numerous other cancers and ailments. Smoking can make you short-winded and, if you already suffer from respiratory ailments such as asthma, it can worsen the condition. People who smoke are generally sick more often than those who don’t, and thousands of work hours are lost each year by those suffering from smoke-related ailments.

Football Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Mackie Shilstone

Fall is here and another prep football season has begun. Football is the most glamorous and popular high school sport, and the conditioning these young athletes endure puts them in peak physical shape. It enables them to develop their muscles and formulate good health habits at an early age. However, football is also the sport most prone to injuries.

An Epidemic Of Childhood Obesity And What To Do About It

Mackie Shilstone

According to a recent article I read in the New England Journal of Medicine, as much as 15 percent of today's young people in America may be overweight. This is up dramatically from five percent in the early 1970s. As the rate of obesity rises among these young people, so too, do the risks of them developing type-2 diabetes and other conditions that can result in circulatory and coronary problems for them in adulthood.

The article went on to cite what studies concluded to among the factors responsible for this alarming trend. Among them are

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