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42 Year Long Study Finds that Poor Children with Better Care have Improved Health Overall as Adults

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A Staten Island Pediatrician comments on an article posted by the New York Times claiming that a study found that people with more care and attention as children have better health as adults

Brooklyn, NY / myprgenie.com / ACCESSWIRE / May 2, 2014 / Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics responds to a study that states children who received full-time day care, showed better overall health 42 years later. Dr. Gabriel gives his insight on why this study may lead to more government funded preschools that benefit less fortunate families.

According to the article published by the New York Times, researchers in 1972 followed two groups of infants from poor families. One group was given full-time day care and fed well with daily activities throughout the day. The other group got none of the above, except baby formula. The results of the study, nearly 42 years later, were somewhat surprising.

Researchers expected the first group with special treatment to have better cognitive ability compared to the second group but instead found that their overall health was better. This group had lower blood pressure and lower obesity rates adding to scientific studies that hardship early in life can have long-term effects for people. In addition to their physical health, the first group of people also had a greater college graduation rate.

Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics mentioned that the study was a long-term assessment of overall health physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally. He added that many people do struggle along the poverty line and it is important to get them the help that they need when it comes to their kids. “Doing this would help impoverished children overcome that line,” he says. “I think that government funded preschool is a start and parents who must work to support their families should have help paying for day-care.”

Dr. Gabriel also says this study can help even wealthy parents by proving that children who get the attention and care necessary as infants, toddlers, and kids will grow up to have better overall health and cognitive abilities. Dr. Gabriel urges parents to do their research on day-care facilities and ensure that they are providing stimulating activities to their children. “Even parents on a budget can find ways to feed their children properly and ensure they have arousing games and activities to stimulate their minds on a daily basis.”

GPM Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.

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SOURCE: GPM Pediatrics 

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