Despite material abundance and technological success, or perhaps because of it, statistics show that our children are part of one of the unhealthiest generations in world history.
I was surprised seeing the smiling face of Marissa Lachmiller on the front page of a daily newspaper not long ago. She had been our family babysitter for several years in the 1990s. What I didn't know then was that she had been dealing with major depression and later would try committing suicide.
It was only three years ago when Lisa Adams of Grove City, Ohio, first learned her then four-year-old daughter Eden had neuroblastoma. A National Institutes of Health website defines it as a malignant (cancerous) tumor that develops from nerve tissue and occurs in infants and children.
Chemicals secreted by the brain contribute to what endurance exercise enthusiasts call runners high. Even though the physical benefits of exercise are enormous, the mental clarity, vitality, and improvement in perceived quality of life is what keeps people motivated to exercise, day after day.
Andrea DiTullio reads this column in The Desert Advocate, near Phoenix, Arizona. She experiences a condition called syncope, which, according to a National Institutes of Health website, is the temporary loss of consciousness due to a sudden decline in blood flow to the brain.
Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, is a genetic disorder in which bones break easily, reports a National Institutes of Health website. It can also cause brittle teeth, scoliosis, hearing loss and weak muscles. Seven-year-old Jacob Grys of Pekin, Illinois, has a severe form of it.