Daily News Roundup

‘Good’ bacteria help kids with stomach pain
Doses of probiotics, which are “good bacteria,” may help alleviate frequent stomach and intestinal pain in children, according to a new study. (MSNBC)

Rolaids recalled for bits of metal, wood in tablets
Johnson & Johnson on Thursday recalled several types of Rolaids antacids in the U.S. because of reports of metal and wood particles in the products. The products include Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews and Rolaids Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews. The company says the materials were potentially introduced into the products during the manufacturing process at an outside manufacturer. (MSNBC)

Babies on planes: Debate over safety renewed
The NTSB has repeatedly pushed for a rule requiring all airline passengers — including infants  — to be restrained in a separate seat. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still allows children 2 years and younger to travel unrestrained on airplanes if seated on an adult’s lap. The NTSB submitted its latest safety recommendation to the FAA in August, citing plane crashes where young children held on a parent’s lap were injured or killed. (MSNBC)

Girls who walk, bike to school do better in tests
Girls, but not boys, who walk or bike to school instead of getting a ride perform better in tests of verbal and math skills, according to a new study of teens living in Spanish cities.And the longer the commute, the higher the test scores, regardless of how much exercise girls got outside of school. (MSNBC)

Incense burning tied to asthma risk in some kids
Kids whose parents burned incense were 36 percent more likely to have current asthma and 64 percent more likely to wheeze when they exercised.Of the children, 48 percent carried no copies of a gene variant known as GSTT1, which helps regulate a family of enzymes that protect body cells from oxidative damage — including that caused by cigarette smoke or other toxic chemicals. (MSNBC)

Study: Only half of women over 40 get mammograms
A study released at a symposium by the American Association for Cancer Research finds that only half of women over age 40 get annual mammograms and only 60 percent are getting them every two years – despite the fact that mammograms are covered by health insurance. (Paging Dr. Gupta)

Get your geek girl on
Teased for bringing her “Star Wars” Thermos to school, the first-grader opted instead to shield her love of the series from public scrutiny and asked her mom for a pink Thermos instead. At the tender age of 7, the boys in her class had a hard time accepting that she could like light sabers and Jedi knights just as much as they did. It would be easier for Katie to be what people expected her to be, even if it meant hiding part of who she really was. The more times change, the more sci-fi stereotypes stay the same. (CNN)

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