Daily News Roundup

New tests for Pupils, But the Grades Go to Teachers
New York City education officials are developing more than a dozen new standardized tests, but in a sign of the times, their main purpose will be to grade teachers, not the students who take them.

Pregnancy Weight Loss Can Be Safe for Obese Women
According to a new study  that seems to buck traditional medical logic, obese women may actually be able to lose weight during pregnancy without harming themselves or their babies. In fact, the weight loss — if done the right way — could possibly reduce the women’s risk of needing a cesarean section.

Environmental Factors May Be to Blame for Increase in Developmental Disabilities
According to a government report, one in six children in the United States  has some kind of developmental disability. The number has been steadily increasing over the course of the past decade.

Time in an orphanage ages children’s DNA
Orphaned children lose many of the usual comforts of childhood when they enter institutional care. A new study of telomeres — strands of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that get shorter as people age — suggests that they might also lose time from their biological clock.

Too Many Kids Getting Antibiotics for Asthma
Although guidelines don’t recommend antibiotics for asthma, almost 1 million children with the respiratory condition are prescribed the medications each year in the United States, a new study finds.

Zombie Prevention: Your Child’s Sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns should sleep 12 to 18 hours out of every 24 (every new parent hopes), with a gradual reduction to 12 to 14 hours for toddlers ages 1 to 3; 11 to 13 hours for preschoolers 3 to 5; and (yes!) 10 to 11 hours for schoolchildren ages 5 to 10.

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