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Goody Blog Daily News Roundup1 in 3 high schoolers who use drugs, alcohol, cigarettes are addicted
Nearly half of all U.S. high school students currently smoke, drink or use other drugs, and a third of users meets the medical criteria for addiction, according to a report out Wednesday. (MSNBC)

New Federal Baby Crib Standards in Effect
Citing 12 million crib recalls since 2007 and dozens of infant deaths related to crib accidents, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that “the toughest crib standards” in the world took effect this week.  Faulty hardware, breaking slats and dangerous drop-side design flaws in baby cribs have spurred the recalls over the years.  But Madigan says new standards will make the flaws a thing of the past.  “It’s taken too long for this day to come.  There are 32 infants who died in dangerous cribs that the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed died because of the flaws in these cribs.  That is far too many deaths,” said Madigan. (CBS)

Vaccines Protect the Youngest Babies
Two new studies offer good news for newborns and children about two different vaccinations — flu vaccine for pregnant women, and rotavirus vaccine for infants. (New York Times)

SSRIs During Pregnancy Increase The Risk Of Cardiac Defects
According to a study conducted in Finland, it was revealed that the exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the period of pregnancy increases the risk for major congenital anomalies such as cardiac defects and other health problems. (Top News)

Why Spanking Is Wrong
About a week ago, I was standing in line at one of the tween/teen clothing shops at the mall with my daughter. The mom behind me and her young son started squabbling as the little guy became increasingly worked up over the long line and started squirming and whining that he wanted to leave. His mom kept demanding: “stop it.” Suddenly, the palm of her hand exploded against his backside – not once, but in rapid-fire motion, eliciting a burst of tears that turned into all-out wails. (Yahoo)

Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired
Emily Strzelecki, a first-year science teacher here, was about as eager for a classroom visit by one of the city’s roving teacher evaluators as she would be to get a tooth drilled. “It really stressed me out because, oh my gosh, I could lose my job,” Ms. Strzelecki said. (New York Times)

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