March 25: Weekly Health Roundup

How to Talk to Kids about Tragic Events

Events like the Paris attacks and the latest tragedy in Brussels can be hard topics to broach with kids. Knowing they’ll hear about it on the news, through social media or from friends, it’s important to help them understand and provide some reassurance. Dr. Joe Taravella, from NYU Langone Medical Center's Rusk Rehabilitation, said parents should not be afraid to show their own emotions about tragic events. Children pick up on the "emotional temperature that's in the home," even if we think we're hiding how we truly feel, he said, via CNN

Cat Owners More Prone to Road Rage

A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that exposure to a common parasite carried by cats can cause angry outbursts in humans. While the study wasn’t conclusive, it did draw a link between the toxoplasma gondii parasite commonly found on felines to changes in brain chemistry that can result in intermittent explosive disorder, or IED, via Fox News

Breakfast Might Not Be Most Important Meal

Breakfast has long been touted as the most important thing you can do for your health, but one nutritionist is breaking away from this school of thought. Dr. James Betts tested his theory by having one group eat a 700-calorie breakfast and another drink only water until lunch. While the second group did eat a larger lunch, it still did not affect “fat levels or make people gain weight”, via AJC

Kids Eating Two Breakfasts Healthier than Those That Eat None

More and more children across the nation are eating breakfast at school, but some are worrying that this push to increase free morning meals means that some students are eating two meals before lunch. A recent study has found that if this is true, it does not necessarily lead to weight gain. In fact, those students who skipped breakfast altogether were more likely to be overweight than those who were served two, via Telegram

Sibling Could Mean Lower BMI For First Born

After studying nearly 700 students across America, researchers found that there is an association between healthier BMIs for eldest children with siblings. While scientists have yet to define a clear reason as to why this is, most assume it is due to “having a built-in playmate” to encourage more active play, via ABC News

Time to Weigh In

Have you had a chat with family about the events in Brussels? How did you handle the tragic topic? What are your thoughts about breakfast: one meal, two, or skip altogether? Are you a cat person who finds themselves getting a little red in the face while driving? If so, this might be a sign of something more sinister. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.