Daily News Roundup
Study finds toxic chemicals in pregnant womens’ bodies
A new study shows the typical pregnant woman has dozens of potentially toxic or even cancer-causing chemicals in her body — including ingredients found in flame retardants and rocket fuel. Congress may need to pass tougher environmental laws to reduce their (pregnant women’s) exposure.
Maternity tummy tuckers? Spanx sucks in pregnant fans
Spanx by Sara Blakely has launched a series of supportive, sucking-in tights, panties and leggings geared to the maternity market. There was also a recently launched a lower-priced collection called Assets Marvelous Mama at Target that includes maternity shapers, opaque tights and leggings.
Study: Babies may need more than breast milk
Feeding solid food earlier and not relying solely on breastfeeding for the first six months might benefit babies, a team of researchers say in a new study. Introduction of tastes early on is essential because a delay may potentially affect later food preferences with influence on health outcomes such as obesity ,” the report said, quoting the study.
Parents chime in on how they’ve made changes in their kids’ diets
Allergies to dyes or preservatives among kids are on the rise. Parents have taken stands to eliminate symptoms without the assistance of medication.
USDA calls for dramatic change in school lunches
The government is calling for dramatic changes in school meals. The proposed rule, being released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will raise the nutrition standards for meals for the first time in 15 years. The new meal standards are designed to improve the health of nearly 32 million children who eat lunch at school every day and almost 11 million who eat breakfast.
Working with plasticizers, pesticides may reduce fertility
Women exposed to plasticizers and pesticides at work are more likely to suffer fertility problems and to have lower birth-weight babies.