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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupMeningitis vaccine approved for babies as young as 9 months old
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis, said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s bacterial meningitis vaccine Menactra for children between the ages of 9 months and 23 months. (MSNBC)

Pediatricians Urge Better Protection From Chemicals
The U.S. chemical management policy needs an overhaul because it does not adequately protect children and pregnant women, who are most susceptible to hazardous substances, a new position paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics claims. (Yahoo)

CT scans of Egyptian mummy help solve Vermont crimes against children
A childhood fascination with archaeology and a chance encounter with a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy are helping Vermont doctors and law enforcement officials find truth in some of the most challenging of modern-day crimes: the unexplained deaths of young children. (Yahoo)

Food Allergies Becoming More Common Among Kids
Food allergies among children are more common today than they were 10 years ago, says Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a Seattle-based pediatrician and mom to two young boys. Swanson cites a report  in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, but why food allergies are more common remains under debate. Some theories suggest it’s due to increases in clinical diseases, while others attribute it to greater awareness by physicians and other health care providers, as well as parents. (Parents Dish)

Study finds funding for early-childhood education declined between 2009 and 2010
Funding for early-childhood education declined between 2009 and 2010, even as the Obama administration urged states to increase pre-kindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, according to a study released Tuesday. (Washington Post)

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