Parents Daily News Roundup
Student Athletes Need a Bill of Rights Argues Youth Sports Safety Alliance
Student athletes need access to health care professionals, better-trained coaches and up-to-date equipment, a coalition of groups recommended Wednesday in a call to action aimed at protecting the nearly 8 million students participating in high school sports each year. (via Huffington Post)
Can Autism be Prevented?
According to the CDC, one in 88 children have been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder. The statistic rates used to be one in 150 – so how did we get these new numbers? Dr. Rober Melillo, co-founder of the Brain Balance Achievement Centers, spoke with Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor for FoxNews.com, about the science behind autism, as well the facts and myths surrounding the condition. (via Fox News)
Researchers Spot Attention Deficits in Babies Who Later Develop Autism
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine are able to detect deficits in social attention in infants as young as six months of age who later develop Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry, the results showed that these infants paid less attention to people and their activities than typically developing babies. (via Science Daily)
Can Breakfast Make Kids Smarter?
New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that children who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had significantly higher full scale, verbal, and performance IQ test scores. (via Science Daily)
Boy in the Bunker: Alabama 5 Year Old Starts the Road to Recovery
A week after he was taken hostage in an underground bunker, Ethan is now free. His ordeal began when 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded Ethan’s school bus, shot the driver and then took the boy to his tiny bunker. FBI agents stormed the room and killed Dykes, but the emotional aftershocks for Ethan may just be beginning. (via TIME)