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Eating disorders in children and adolescents

Eating disorders are not “a phase”, a phase that will pass, but a serious medical problem that can have long-term health consequences if left untreated. As the onset typically occurs during pre-adolescence or adolescence (most begin with either accidental or purposeful weight loss that can lead to unhealthy measures to sustain the loss), and given the serious complications that may result from them, it is very important to identify its […]


Prenatal DHA may improve attention at 5 years of age

Attention allows: alert to the existence of stimuli, select information and maintaining attention in the face of distracting stimuli. Attention is selective. The factors that promote selection can be described as either exogenous (external) or endogenous (internal): exogenous factors are the characteristics of the stimuli (such as its frequency and duration, for auditory stimuli, and intensity and brightness for visual stimuli); endogenous factors are those cognitive processes that allow the […]


Omega-3 and secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke is the exposition to environmental tobacco smoke: the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in children, including ear infections (they also have fluid in their ears more often), more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms (for example, coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath), and respiratory infections (older children whose parents […]


Reading problems may be overcome

Children start developing their literacy skills before they are able to read or write; these skills include: talking, vocabulary (quantity and quality of words, and knowledge of the word meanings), comprehension, print knowledge (for example, being able to identify the alphabet), and knowledge of the sounds that make up words. To prevent further problems, it is important to identify reading difficulties in a child’s preschool and early school years. In […]


Aggressive behavior in kids

Children can show aggressive tendencies for many causes (mood disorders, impulsivity, frustration, etc.) and the standard treatment used to improve these behaviours is cognitive behavioural therapy. This therapy focuses on the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and provides the child ways to deal with difficult situations rather than to emotionally react to something. Several studies have suggested that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may reduce aggressive behavior in young […]


Restoring omega-6/omega-3 balance in ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological development disorder characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, among whose consequences impairment in social and academic aspects are found. As we have already stated on other occasions, treatments for ADHD include a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions (cognitive training, parent education, and behavioral change interventions). Concern regarding potential adverse effects of medication on sleep, appetite, and growth have […]