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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupVitamin D Helps Kids’ Breathing, Study Says: Are Supplements Smart?
Strong bones aren’t the only benefit of vitamin D. A new study suggests that the “sunshine vitamin” helps prevent breathing problems in infants and young children.”Our data suggest that the association between vitamin D and wheezing, which can be a symptom of many respiratory diseases and not just asthma, is largely due to respiratory infections,” study leader Dr. Carlos Camargo, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a written statement. [CBS News]

Madonna Plays Santa for Malawi Children
Madonna wasn’t able to visit Malawi this Christmas, but she let the children in the six orphanages she funds there know they were very much on her mind this holiday season.  Boxes of toys, chocolate, other sweets and clothes were shipped with a handwritten note from the star, which read, “To my Malawi children on Christmas and Boxing Day. I wish I was with you. See you soon M.” Inside the goodie boxes were miniature Christmas cards signed by Madonna, Lourdes and Rocco. [CNN]

Teacher Effort Is Linked To Difficult Students’ Inherited Traits
Challenging students take up more of their teachers’ time – and the difference between a tougher student and an easier one appears to be genetic, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The study looked at young twins in the U.K. and asked their teachers how much of a handful they are. [Medical News Today]

Report Examines Infant, Child Feeding Practices In 33 Countries
A report (.pdf), released Wednesday, on breastfeeding practices in 33 countries found that out of 78 million infants born each year, about 42 million do not receive an optimal amount of breastfeeding, IANS/Sify News reports (12/22). [World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative]

Back-to-School Flu Epidemic Fear After Government Scraps Under-Fives Vaccinations
Children going back to school could trigger a surge in flu cases, a leading virologist has warned. [Daily Mail UK]

A.M. Vitals: Kids Being Prescribed Drugs Once Limited to Adults
According to Medco Health Solutions, more than 25% of kids and teens take medications for chronic conditions, including some drugs that were formerly limited to adults, the WSJ reports. Physicians are catching conditions and diseases earlier, and they and parents are more aware of drugs as treatment or management options — but some medications haven’t been studied in kids over the long term, the paper reports. [Wall Street Journal]

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