Parents Daily News Roundup


Cleveland Story Sparks Hope For Parents of Long-Lost Children
Elizabeth Smart. Jaycee Dugard. Shawn Hornbeck. Many parents of missing children repeat these names like a mantra — each one is evidence that their long-lost child is not a lost cause. Now Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight can be added to that list of found children. The discovery of the three Ohio women on Monday is exactly the kind of hope that keeps parents of missing children going, long after their search has stopped making sense to us outsiders. (via NBC News)

How Autism is Different In Girls vs. Boys
Why do boys get diagnosed with autism four times as often as girls? New research, including some of the latest data from the International Society for Autism Research annual conference last week, addresses this question, one of the biggest mysteries in this field. (via Fox News)

Kids’ Chemical Injuries Down, But May Rise in Summer
Injuries from gasoline, lamp oil and similar chemicals have dropped considerably among small children in the last decade, according to a new study. “It seems to decline right around 2000, 2001. That’s when the Consumer Products Safety Commission mandated products be placed in child-resistant packaging,” said Dr. Heath Jolliff, the study’s lead author and associate medical director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. (via Reuters)

U.S. Has More ‘First Day’ Newborn Deaths Than Any Other Industrialized Nation, Report Says
In the United States, more babies die on the first day of life than in any other industrialized country, according to a new report. Each year, about 11,300 U.S. babies die the day they’re born, which is 50 percent more deaths than all other industrialized countries combined, according to the report from the charity organization Save the Children. (via Fox News)

Louisiana Court Rules That School Voucher Plan Violates State Constitution
Louisiana’s highest court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s hallmark school voucher plan violates the state’s constitution because of how it is funded. The state Supreme Court found that the school voucher plan is illegal because it diverts tax dollars to private schools from Louisiana’s “minimum foundation program,” which was created under the state constitution to pay for public schools. (via The Washington Post)

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