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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupFrench giraffe sinks teeth into US baby market
A cute toy called Sophie the Giraffe, chewed by French babies for decades to quell the pain of first teeth, is now taking a huge bite out of the US market for teething aids. (Yahoo News)

Trauma stalks children of Japan tsunami
The horror of Japan’s tsunami has raised concerns over the long-term impact on children, some of whom are already displaying signs of trauma, from screaming nightmares to silent withdrawal. According to the charity Save the Children, around 100,000 children were displaced by what has become Japan’s worst natural disaster since 1923, with nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. (Yahoo News)

Jewelry company to limit cadmium in kids’ trinkets
In the first settlement of its kind, national jewelry seller Tween Brands Inc. will effectively eliminate the toxic metal cadmium from the bracelets, necklaces and other items it sells. The agreement covers jewelry sold in California, but given the size of the state’s market, it becomes company policy nationally. It covers jewelry intended for children, teens and adults, expanding the age range from the preteen girls who had been the focus of concern after high levels of cadmium in jewelry surfaced over the past year. (MSNBC)

Obama: Rewrite No Child Left Behind before next school year
President Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign for an overhaul of public education. Speaking at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington County, Obama set his first public timetable for legislators to revise the nine-year-old law, which in recent years has lost much of its luster. (Washington Post)

Could a Type of Ear Infection Help Make Kids Obese?
New research hints at a surprising culprit for excess weight gain in kids: a certain type of ear infection. The new study finds that chronic middle-ear infections with fluid are linked to alterations in children’s taste buds that change their sensitivity to certain foods. This, in turn, might cause kids to eat more of these foods and push them towards obesity, the Korean researchers speculate. (Yahoo News)

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