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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

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Fewer Younger Women Are Getting Mammograms
The number of women in their 40s undergoing mammograms slightly declined, says a new study carried out by the Mayo Clinic. The study found a drop of roughly 6 percent in the number of mammograms among these younger women, a change that the researchers called modest but still significant. (via NY Times)

Coffee May Help Protect Against Skin Cancer
Protection against skin cancer can be added to the list of health benefits that come with drinking coffee, a new study says. Women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily were 21 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, compared with women who drank less than one cup of caffeinated coffee per month, the study showed. For men, this risk reduction was 10 percent. (via msnbc.com)

Nearly 1 in 3 Teens Sext, Says Study
Nearly 1 in 3 teens has sent a nude picture of him or herself to someone else, and more than half have been asked to do so, according to new research on nearly 1,000 Texas teens. The study, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, also found that teen “sexting” is strongly linked to actual sexual behavior. (via TIME)

Parents Defend Letting Daughter, 5, Swim With Sharks
When Elana and David Barnes posted a home video to YouTube of their 5-year-old daughter swimming in the ocean, they intended to share their vacation memories with friends and family, not the world. But the video quickly became a viral sensation because it shows their daughter, Anaia, not just frolicking in the water but snorkeling with sharks in the waters off the Bahamas. (via ABC News)

Is This Teen Angst or an Uncontrollable Anger Disorder?
With all those raging hormones, every teenager is bound to “lose it” at one time or another. But a recent study suggests that adolescents’ attacks of anger may indicate something more serious than your standard puberty-related mood swings. (via TIME)

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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As Crops Rot, Millions Go Hungry in India
Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country. (via Reuters)

Slightly Early Birth May Hurt Baby’s Academic Performance
Kids who get too early a start at life – even if they are born in the first half of the gestation period associated with “normal term” birth – appear more likely to struggle at reading and math by the time they reach third grade, new research suggest. (via ABC News)

Hitting Your Kids Increases their Risk of Mental Illness
A new study in Pediatrics finds that harsh physical punishment increases the risk of mental disorders — even when the punishment doesn’t stoop to the level of actual abuse. People who experienced physical punishment were more likely to experience nearly every type of mental illness examined. (via TIME)

California Bill Would Let Children Have More than Two Parents
When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility – but that could end soon. California State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. (via The Sacramento Bee)

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Standing While Pregnant ‘May Slow Fetal Growth’
Researchers found that women who stood for the majority of time at work had babies whose heads were around 1cm smaller than average. (via BBC News)

Baby’s Birth Captured by MRI
German researchers have used Magnetic Resonance Imaging to peer inside a woman’s body during labor, a medical first that sheds light on the birth process. The researchers created the 30-second movie using cinematic MRI, a technique that strings together snapshots from deep inside the body. (via ABC News)

New Rule Aims to Prevent Deaths in Play Yards, Mesh Cribs
The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to enact a tough new safety rule for play yards. The rule tightens testing for durability and stability, sets a minimum height requirement for the sides, and requires locking mechanisms to keep the products from collapsing on children. (via USA Today)

Continued Infertility Treatments Drive Pregnancy Success
Women in their 30s and 40s who undergo multiple infertility treatments may be nearly as likely to deliver a baby as women who conceive naturally, according to new research. (via ABC News)

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Vaccinations Cleared in Babies’ Celiac “Epidemic”
A surge in celiac disease cases among babies and toddlers in Sweden was not related to childhood vaccinations, a new study finds. (via Reuters)

Controversy over a German Ruling Against Circumcision
A German court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday that circumcising young boys represents grievous bodily harm, a decision that could have significant repercussions for religious groups. (via NY Times)

Lightest, Heaviest Fetuses At Highest Risk for Stillbirth
A new study from Canada finds stillbirth rates highest among severely underweight and overweight fetuses. (via msnbc.com)

Shire Hit as U.S. Approves New Generic ADHD Drug
Regulators have ruled against Shire in a battle over generic copies of its hyperactivity drug Adderall XR, approving a cut-price version of the medicine from Actavis, which is being bought by Watson Pharmaceuticals. (via Reuters)

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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Using Brain Activity Patterns to Identify Autism in Kids as Young as 2
In a large new study, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital used EEG to identify specific patterns of brain activity that can distinguish children with autism. (via TIME)

‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Parents
An array of surveillance software now exists to let parents keep tabs on their children’s activities online, raising questions about appropriate parenting. (via NY Times)

Parents—Not TV—May Determine Whether Kids Are Active or Couch Potatoes
Researchers at Oregon State University have examined how parenting style—whether a strict but loving parent or a less-involved and more permissive parent—was associated with sedentary behavior, and have confirmed that children are becoming increasingly sedentary. (via Science Daily)

Swallowed Magnets Growing Problem for Kids, Docs Warn
In a new study, researchers at a U.K. hospital report two cases of children who required surgery after ingesting multiple magnets, and experts say parents should be aware of the risks. (via Fox News)

Midwife Mania—More U.S. Babies Than Ever Are Delivered by Midwives
A recent report showed that a greater proportion of women are choosing to rely on midwives in what experts think is a direct reaction to rising rates of C-section births. (via TIME)

Court Bars Mandatory Life Without Parole for Kids
he Supreme Court on Monday threw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles. The ruling continued its trend of holding that children cannot be automatically punished the same way as criminal adults without considering their age and other factors. (via AP)

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Monday, June 25th, 2012

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Better Grades For Kids Who Take ADHD Meds Early
Children with ADHD who start taking medications as early as fourth grade may be more likely to score better academically than those who start taking medication in middle school, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. (via ABC News)

Sunscreen Ban in Schools Anger Parents
State laws prevent schools from allowing students to use sunscreen. (via ABC News)

Kids’ Cereals Are Healthier, But Ads Aren’t
While U.S. food companies are making healthier breakfast cereals for children, they’re also aiming more ads for their unhealthiest products at kids, according to a report issued on Friday. (via Reuters)

Why Kids with Known Food Allergies Are Still at Risk
The majority of allergic reactions in kids are accidental — typically due to caregivers’ forgetfulness or lapses in supervision — but 1 in 9 reactions are triggered by giving known allergens intentionally, a study finds. (via TIME)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

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Childhood Obesity and Bullying Top Health Concerns for Voters
Amidst debate over immigration laws and health-care reform, presidential candidates may also want to put some focus on childhood obesity and bullying, according to results of a new poll showing Americans’ top priorities regarding childhood health concerns. (via Fox News)

AMA Supports Requiring Obesity Education for Kids
The American Medical Association agreed to support legislation that would require classes in causes, consequences and prevention of obesity for first through 12th graders. (via AP)

Smartphones Replacing Pacifiers? More Moms Use Phones to Distract Kids
According to a survey released by Asda, a supermarket chain in the U.K., 27 percent of mothers hand a phone over to a crying or whining kid rather than a toy. (via ABC News)

857 Desks Call Attention to Dropout Problem
On Wednesday, 857 student desks were placed near the Washington Monument to represent one of the 857 students who drop out of high school in the United States every single hour, every single school day, according to the College Board. The display was made to urge presidential candidates to put education at the top of their to-do lists. (via NY Times)

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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