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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupMore professors give out hand-held devices to monitor students and engage them
Though the technology is relatively new, preliminary studies at Harvard and Ohio State, among other institutions, suggest that engaging students in class through a device as familiar to them as a cellphone — there are even applications that convert iPads and BlackBerrys into class-ready clickers — increases their understanding of material that may otherwise be conveyed in traditional lectures. The clickers are also gaining wide use in middle and high schools, as well as at corporate gatherings. (New York Times)

Preemie births inch down, but still a big problem
Premature births may finally be starting to inch down, says a new report from the March of Dimes. The change is small: In 2006, 12.8 percent of U.S. babies were born premature, compared with 12.3 percent in 2008. Still, that translates into 21,000 fewer preterm births, said March of Dimes president Dr. Jennifer Howse — what she called the first real sign of progress after three decades of rising prematurity. (MSNBC)

Pregnancy not covered by most individual health policies
Individual health insurance policies generally don’t cover maternity care, as a recent investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reported. In an October memo outlining its findings based on responses from the four largest for-profit health insurers — Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint —the committee reported that most individual policies at those companies didn’t cover most of the expenses for a normal delivery. (MSNBC)

Study: Antibiotics have little impact on child ear infections
Giving children antibiotics for ear infections does little to speed their recovery while raising the risk of some side effects, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (CNN)

U.S. earns ‘D’ for premature births
The United States is getting a “D” grade for its preterm birth rate, even though it is improving in most states, according to the March of Dimes. The organization released its 2010 report card on Wednesday, the eighth annual Prematurity Awareness Day. (Paging Dr. Gupta)

Government can’t replace family in child obesity fight
Of course, everyone wants to put the health of children first, but this shouldn’t come at the expense of common sense. Introducing unwanted government legislation into the lives of families is a gross violation of common sense. (USA Today)

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  1. by Dionne Freidet

    On November 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Jennifer Lopez is willing to switch back to her local New York in order that she can care for her family in a “normal” area outside from all of the glitz of Hollywood. The actress grew ” up ” in the Big Apple, however , now resides in Los Angeles so as to concentrate on their showbiz careers.