Daily News Roundup

Bullying hits parents, too
Bullying can strain the whole family. When a child is bullied many parents say they feel angry, frustrated, and helpless. Parents’ relationships with other adults in the community may become tense as parents chose sides. The emotional responses that parents experience make it harder for them to help end their child’s torment. (MSNBC)

Bullied Kids Sowing Up in School Nurses’ Offices
Children who make frequent trips to the nurse’s office with physical complaints, but with no apparent cause may be getting picked on. New research also shows that bullies themselves are also more likely to visit the nurse’s office regularly. The study’s aim is to hopefully spark earlier intervention when bullying occurs by nurses who witness suspicious trends. (Health Day)

How to win over stubborn children
Apparently, sneaky parenting is smart parenting. If your child is extremely stubborn, parenting educator Sharon Silver suggests approaching the issue using calmness, respect, and creativity. Silver walks troubled parents through possible power struggles when trying to get a toddler to do their chores, go to bed, take a bath, eating dinner, and get dressed.

Risks: Television Time and Children’s Eyes
A study published in the journal of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology found that blood vessels in the eyes of children who watch a lot of TV were slightly smaller in diameter than children who spent more time exercising. In adults, constricted blood vessels in the eyes have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. (CNN)

Childbirth:  More Labor Interventions, Same Outcomes
Dr. J. Christopher Glantz, a professor of obstetrics at the University of Rochester reviewed records of almost 30,000 births form ten upstate New York community hospitals. His study found that although hospitals vary considerably in the frequency with which they induce labor and perform Caesarean sections these differences do not seem to affect how newborns fare in these facilities. (New York Times)

Pediatricians urge tougher chemical safety law
Today, The American Academy of Pediatrics called for an overhaul of the 35-year-old federal law governing toxins in the environment, saying it fails to safeguard children and pregnant women.  Some of the recommendations that they want to include in the Toxic Substance Control Act are that chemicals should meet standards similar to those required for new drugs or pesticides, decisions to ban chemicals should be based on reasonable levels of concern, rather than demonstrated harm, and that the health effects of chemicals should be monitored after they are on the market, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have the authority to remove a chemical from the market if it’s deemed dangerous. (CNN)

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