Despite marketing claims that some television programs and DVDs help infants and toddlers learn, recent studies show that TV provides only empty calories for a child’s growing brain. The following research brief reviews the evidence that parents and caregivers of young children should take television off the menu.

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Have you or any of your family members, friends or colleagues ever had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, hypertension or diabetes? Do you or do you know someone that suffers from high blood pressure, obesity, depression or addiction? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a possibility that you or someone you know endured traumatic experiences as a child that may have predetermined or caused these unfortunate circumstances to occur.

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"The decision to breast feed is not a lifestyle choice but rather a basic and critical health decision regarding infant welfare." The AAP will publish the policy statement, “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk” in the March 2012 Pediatrics. The policy is a revision of the Academy’s 2005 policy statement on the same topic.

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There are times when we use words or phrases so often that their full impact gets lost in their repetition. We’ve dedicated ourselves this month to making sure that this doesn’t happen with a term we use often, toxic stress. Its meaning is profound.

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