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X-Rays and Unshielded Infants
Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani of the State University of New York  Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn had noticed that newborns had been irradiated from head to toe — with no gonadal shielding —even when a simple chest x-ray was all that had been ordered. The errors at Downstate raise broader questions about the competence, training and oversight of technologists who operate radiological equipment that is becoming increasingly complex and powerful. With technologists in many states lightly regulated, or not at all, their own professional group is calling for greater oversight and standards. (New York Times)

New advice on children’s fevers: Ride it out

A new report published this month in Pediatrics states that not only is there no need to bring down a fever in an otherwise healthy child, but there is a downside to treating a fever – it can prolong the illness that originally sparked the high temperatures- unless the child was under the age of 3 months or had heart problems.  (Today Moms)

Girls with migraines pack on extra pounds

A new study, published in the journal Headache, found that four of every ten women with childhood migraines had added at least 22 pounds since age 18, compared to three of ten women who never had the throbbing headaches.  Migraines have been linked to obesity before, but the new results held up even after taking into account that kids plagued by headaches might have been heavier to begin with.  It is the first to tie childhood migraines to later weight gain, according to the researchers. (MSNBC)

Baby Gaga breast milk ice cream: “Miracle of Motherhood” or totally Gross?
A London ice cream parlor says it plans to serve up sugary confections made from human breast milk so everyone can experience the “miracle of motherhood,” according to Reuters.”What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother’s milk in an ice cream?” said Victoria Hiley, one of the 15 women who donated their mammary milk. (CBS)

Genes May Contribute to a Child’s Bad Behavior, But Only When Parents are Distant

A new study has found that a particular gene has some influence on whether or not adolescents show alarming behaviors-but only if their parents aren’t keeping tabs on them. (Medical News Today)

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