Daily News Roundup
Proposed school-lunch rules trade fries for veggies
The new standards from the Agriculture Department requires schools to cut sodium in meals by more than half, use only whole grains and serve low fat milk. It also would limit kids to only one cup of starchy vegetables a week, so schools couldn’t offer french fries every day. If approved today this would be the first major overhaul of school lunches in fifteen years.
Facebook, AMBER Alert join forces to find missing children
Six weeks ago, Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent’s daughter was abducted by his ex wife’s boyfriend. Police issued an AMBER Alert in Virginia and posted the alert on the Virginia State Police Facebook fan page. 4,000 Virginia State Police Facebook fans were able to view pictures of the suspected car, the abductor, and the missing child. Five days later, on the other side of the country, a woman spotted the missing pair outside a store in San Francisco. A total of 53 new AMBER alert pages have been created, one for each state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
Down Syndrome: Simple Blood Test around the Bend
A new screening technique may have the potential to reduce the number of invasive tests by about 98 percent. According to BBC, the new technique involves a blood test for the mother and an ultrasound for the baby. By combining these results doctors can estimate the chance that the baby may or may not have Down Syndrome.
Secondhand Smoke Exposure Raises Kindergartners’ Blood Pressure
Children exposed to cigarette smoke had a 21 percent greater risk of having high blood pressure values above the 85th percentile for their age. Five and six year-olds who have elevated blood pressure at such a young age primes them for maintaining this hazardous state into adulthood and for heart disease as well.
Don’t die waiting in the ER
Research from Press Ganey Associates found that in 2009 patients waited on average six hours to be seen, double the recommended time in most cases. Before an emergency happens, figure out which nearby hospitals post their emergency room wait times on the internet. Call your doctor on the way to the ER and once you have arrived and are already waiting, stay. Tell someone if your child is experiencing changes and if you have been waiting for a while ask for the charge nurse or shift supervisor.