Professionalization of youth sports hurts our kids and society

Kids become performers in a spectacle, under the authoritarian oversight of the head coach

Professionalization of youth sports hurts our kids and societyEducational, physical, emotional and spiritual developmental goals for youth and high school sports programs are increasingly being brushed aside by win-at-all-costs and profit-at-all-costs ethos. The professionalization of youth sports organizations, our ‘little leagues,’ is appalling. Adults – parents and coaches – treat youth sports like the big-time pro and college versions. Kids quickly learn from…

A religious upbringing leads to healthier kids

Psychoanalyst Dr. Erica Komisar advises atheists to profess a belief in God for the good of their kids

A religious upbringing leads to healthier kidsEveryone remembers the children’s fable about a chicken called “Chicken Little” or “Henny Penny” who believes that the sky is falling when an acorn falls on its head. While the phrase “the sky is falling” is now something of a cliche, it pops up, now and again, especially during pandemic times. Raising or working with…

Parent’s are irreplaceable in a child’s life

The state needs to stop trying to replace parents

Parent’s are irreplaceable in a child’s lifeChildren have always lived in an adult-centric world. Spend only an hour or two in an airport and ask yourself, “For who was this space designed?” Air travel is taxing at any age, but children are a secondary thought in these busy spaces. Children’s vulnerability has historically resulted in being dismissed at best as irrational…

What parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Two infectious disease experts answer your questions

What parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for kidsEver since Canada approved the child-sized Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 and started to distribute nearly three million doses, some parents have jumped at the chance to get their kids vaccinated, while others still have questions. “Even before it was approved, about 50 per cent of parents were already very eager to immunize their children as soon as possible,” said…

Does prescribed opioid use in children lead to later drug misuse?

Calls for rigorous research to determine if short-term medical use in children is safe

Does prescribed opioid use in children lead to later drug misuse?Pediatric researchers are calling for more rigorous research into the possible link between short-term opioid use for pain management in childhood and opioid use disorder later in life. The University of Alberta team reviewed the results of 21 previous studies but found no definitive answer to the question, according to a new study published this week in…

Speech-language pathology grad honours her francophone roots

Emilie Lefebvre helps French-speaking youngsters overcome their speech-related challenges

Speech-language pathology grad honours her francophone rootsPlanning her career as a speech-language pathologist, Emilie Lefebvre wanted to work with bilingual adults, but a happy whirl of Francophonie Week celebrations changed her mind. The festivities by an Edmonton school board tugged at her own French-language roots while she worked there on a clinical placement to finish her University of Alberta education, and…

Five facts all parents should know about the mRNA vaccines

There needs to be caution about any coercion that could harm our children

Five facts all parents should know about the mRNA vaccinesThe Canadian Academics for Covid Ethics (CA4CE) is a group of researchers and scholars from fields spanning the natural and social sciences and humanities. It is concerned with the mismanagement of the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic response in Canada and around the world.  The following commentary was written by Alexander Andrée, PhD, Valentina Capurri, PhD, Claudia…

Just stop talking about weight with kids, says public health PhD grad

Research explores the impact of obesity-related stigma on young people – and how to end it

Just stop talking about weight with kids, says public health PhD grad“We should just keep weight out of everyday conversation with our kids.” That’s the conclusion Alexa Ferdinands came to after interviewing young people about their experiences with obesity-related stigma for her PhD in health promotion and socio-behavioural sciences in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. “When it comes to nutrition, there are so…

Infections from respiratory viruses follow predictable seasonal pattern

Infections peak in January to June – a pattern that could help the health-care system plan

Infections from respiratory viruses follow predictable seasonal patternResearchers have identified a clear-cut seasonal pattern of respiratory viruses that could help hospitals plan for waves of sick patients. Bouts of respiratory illness from six viruses that were analyzed all peak in January and hit a low in June, with the peaks worse every second year, according to lead researcher Michael Hawkes, a pediatrics…

Helping parents navigate the challenges of a sick child

Edmonton researchers provide the tools parents need to make informed decisions about their children’s health in a crisis

Helping parents navigate the challenges of a sick childIt’s midnight and your four-year-old child is congested and struggling to breathe, with a barky cough. Do you go to the nearest hospital? The children’s hospital across town? Do you wait and call your family doctor in the morning? Many parents experience situations like this, and it’s terrifying. Edmonton researchers Lisa Hartling and Shannon Scott…
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