Parents Daily News Roundup

Classmates of Gabrielle Molina, 12-Year-Old Girl Who Committed Suicide, Rally Against Bullying
Classmates of 12-year-old Gabrielle Molina, who committed suicide last week after being relentlessly taunted online and at school, rallied Tuesday to call for an end to bullying. Dozens of students gathered in the rain in front of Jean Nuzzi I.S. 109 in Queens Village, chanting, “Stop the bullying!” Queens City Councilman Leroy Comrie and anti-violence activist Tony Herbert joined the students, imploring bullying victims to speak out and get help. (via Huffington Post)

New Vaccine Protects Kids Against Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Chinese scientists have developed the first vaccine to protect children against a virus called enterovirus 71, or EV71, that causes the common and sometimes deadly hand, foot and mouth disease. (via Reuters)

Picking Up A Second Language Is Predicted By Ability To Learn Patterns
Some people seem to pick up a second language with relative ease, while others have a much more difficult time. Now, a new study suggests that learning to understand and read a second language may be driven, at least in part, by our ability to pick up on statistical regularities. (via Science Daily)

Foods That May Prevent Type-2 Diabetes In Children
As our lives have become more fast-paced, the way we feed our children has also changed. Running from one activity to the next can make it easy to justify the convenience of quick food, even if it means not providing the best nourishment. Research has shown that the top sources of energy for children between the ages of two and 18 come from grain desserts, pizza and soda – with nearly 40% of their consumed energy coming in the form of empty calories. (via Fox News)

Fewer Tobacco Products, But Not Alcohol In Movies
Movie characters smoke less since 1998 regulations that stopped tobacco companies from buying on-screen brand placements, according to a new study. But at the same time, researchers found the number of alcohol brand appearances has increased in popular movies rated PG-13 and below, and the amount of time characters spend drinking hasn’t changed. (via Reuters)

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