By Natalie J. Trice -
My second born son, Lucas, has Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), a condition that affects between one and three children in every thousand and whilst it isn’t life threatening, it has certainly been life changing.
DDH, also referred to as congenital hip dysplasia or ‘clicky hips’, is where the ball and socket hip joint fails to develop correctly and doesn’t fit snugly together.
As with many conditions, the earlier DDH is detected the sooner treatment can begin and the less chance there is of life of pain, hip replacements and disability.
Lucas is now six and has just had his fourth operation and whilst he has spent time in casts, had more x-rays than I can remember and suffered more than any child should, I decided to turn a difficult situation into a positive one.
- Category: You & Your Family's Health
- Published: 29 October 2015
- Written by Families Online Staff
A single variation in the gene for brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) may influence obesity in children and adults, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study suggests that a less common version of the BDNF gene may predispose people to obesity by producing lower levels of BDNF protein, a regulator of appetite, in the brain. The authors propose that boosting BDNF protein levels may offer a therapeutic strategy for people with the genetic variation, which tends to occur more frequently in African Americans and Hispanics, than in non-Hispanic Caucasians. The study is published in the journal Cell Reports.
Obesity in children and adults is a serious issue in the United States, contributing to health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Importantly, genetic factors can predispose a person to obesity, as well as influence the effectiveness of weight-loss strategies. The body relies on cells to process and store energy, and changes in genes that regulate these functions can cause an imbalance that leads to excessive energy storage and weight gain.
- Category: Thanksgiving
- Published: 14 October 2015
- Written by Administrator
Thanksgiving can be the perfect time to celebrate in an environmentally friendly fashion. Because the holiday focuses on the bounty of the earth and everything it has to offer, it only makes sense to celebrate in a fashion that helps to protect our natural resources. Some people feel that Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses too heavily on excess and extravagance. However, with a little thought and planning, you can have a Thanksgiving that is enjoyable and yet still environmentally responsible.
Enough, But Not Too Much
It's important to remember that it's not necessary to have your table overflowing for Thanksgiving dinner. Plan a menu that is enjoyable, but which doesn't waste food and other resources. If you truly enjoy cooking a large Thanksgiving dinner, just make sure everyone takes leftovers home with them so that nothing is wasted. You should also keep moderation in mind when decorating your home. Choosing natural decorations such as pumpkins, squash and apples that you can use in recipes later is also a great way to add beautiful decorations in an environmentally friendly fashion.
- Category: Interior Decorating Ideas for Your Home
- Published: 15 October 2015
- Written by Families Online Staff
By Irene Nelo - Making your own Thanksgiving decorations can be amazingly easy and fun, especially when you and your family make them together. Here are some easy and fun thanksgiving decorations to make:
Pumpkin Table Centerpieces: These natural centerpieces are quick to make and certain to be a topic of conversation at Thanksgiving dinner. Supplies needed: