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Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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Paternity Blood Tests That Work Early in a Pregnancy
Now blood tests are becoming available that can determine paternity as early as the eighth or ninth week of pregnancy, without an invasive procedure that could cause a miscarriage. The testing requires a blood sample from at least one of the possible fathers. (via NY Times)

Chemicals in Baby Shampoos Lead to False Marijuana Positives
Commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns’ marijuana screening tests, according to a recent study. Just 0.1 milliliters or less of the cleansing products were found to cause a positive result. (via TIME)

Health Groups Criticize Allergy Drug Promotion
Public health advocates on Wednesday accused the drug company Merck of improperly marketing an over-the-counter allergy medicine directly to children using animated characters from the movie “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” (via NY Times)

Dogs Can Help Prevent Childhood Asthma
The microbes living on your pet dog may help to strengthen your immune system and prevent childhood asthma, according to a new study. (via msnbc.com)

Watching Violence Makes for Angry Kids, Study Shows
Children exposed to violence in video games and on TV display similar reactions to those who witness war and acts of violence in real life, according to an Australian study. (via Fox News)

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Exercise by Breastfeeding Moms Unlikely to Harm Infants’ Growth
A new study out Monday suggests that regular exercise by women who breastfeed does not slow weight gain in infants. The total effects of exercise on breast milk, however, are still unknown. (via Reuters)

Daily Caffeine Fix Affecting Elementary Students’ Performance
According to a recent study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, caffeine from soft drinks, energy drinks, and chocolate is a major factor for sleep problems in children, hindering their ability to concentrate in school. (via Fox News)

Son Holds “Homeless” Sign as Form of Punishment
When a Maryland teen didn’t call home on time after wanting to spend the night at a friend’s house, dad Kevin Burks crafted an unusual form of discipline. (via The Today Show)

Light to Moderate Drinking May Be Safe During Pregnancy, Study Says
New data from Denmark suggests that light drinking early in pregnancy — up to eight drinks a week — doesn’t have ill effects on the developing fetus. (via TIME)

Charter Schools Still Enrolling Fewer With Disabilities
Disabled students represented 8.2 percent of all American students enrolled during the 2009-10 year in charter schools, compared with 11.2 percent of students attending public schools, according to a Government Accountability Office analysis. (via NY Times)

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

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Sharp Increase in Hospitalizations for Children With Hypertension
The number of hospitalizations for children with high blood pressure more than doubled from 1997 to 2006, according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension. (via CNN)

American Children, Now Struggling to Adjust to Life in Mexico
The English-speaking children of Mexicans returning because of deportations, tougher state laws and unemployment struggle to adjust, often going to schools that are not equipped to integrate them. (via NY Times)

Mayors Back Parents Seizing Control of Schools
Hundreds of mayors from across the United States this weekend called for new laws letting parents seize control of low-performing public schools and fire the teachers, oust the administrators or turn the schools over to private management. (via Reuters)

Taliban Block Vaccinations In Pakistan
The ban, in the North Waziristan region, came days before 161,000 children were to be vaccinated and was linked to fears the campaign would be a cover for American espionage. (via NY Times)

Single Hormone Shot Can Replace Daily Doses in IVF: Study
Women preparing for fertility treatment get a series of daily, sometimes uncomfortable, hormone shots to kick their ovaries into overdrive, but a European review of previous studies suggests that one long-acting shot may work just as well. (via Reuters)

Mom Mistakenly Throws Boy Scout Son’s Life Savings Away
New York mom Dorothy Ferrante thought she was doing a good deed recycling her 12-year-old son’s old computer – until she learned that he’d hidden his life savings of $300 in it. (via The Today Show)

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Monday, June 18th, 2012

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China Suspends Family Planning Workers After Forced Abortion
A public outcry ensued when graphic photos of a 23-year-old woman and her dead fetus were posted online. (via NY Times)

Big Jump Seen in Oregon Parents Delaying Vaccines
An increasing number of parents may be choosing to delay or limit certain vaccinations for their young children, a new study shows, even as cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, continue to rise nationwide, with recent outbreaks in California and Washington. (via msnbc.com)

Kids Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds
American children are taking fewer antibiotics now than 10 years ago, but prescriptions to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have increased, according to a new report by the Food and Drug Administration. (via CNN)

Bariatric Surgery Safe for Teens, Study Finds
As obesity continues to be a significant problem for kids and teens, a new study shows gastric bypass surgery to be safe and beneficial for morbidly obese teenagers. (via The Today Show)

Kids With One Kidney Can Still Play Sports: Study
Having only one kidney shouldn’t deter healthy youths from playing sports, according to a new study that flies in the face of widespread safety concerns. (via Reuters)

The Midwife as Status Symbol
Midwifery is no longer seen as a fringe practice favored by hippies, but as an enlightened, more natural birthing technique for the hip. (via NY Times)

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Friday, June 15th, 2012

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Hidden Hairs Can Strangle Baby’s Tiny Toes
If a single strand of hair wraps around a baby’s toe, it can cut off circulation and ultimately doom the appendage. Though rare, this happens often enough for doctors to have given it a name: toe tourniquet syndrome. (via msnbc.com)

FDA Approves Infant Combo Vaccine for Meningitis
The first vaccine that protects children as young as six weeks against two potentially deadly bacterial infections has won approval from U.S. health regulators. (via AP)

“Darth Vader” Boy from Super Bowl Ad Has Heart Surgery
Doctors on Thursday performed successful open-heart surgery on the 7-year-old boy who starred as a mini-Darth Vader in a popular Super Bowl commercial, according to the Los Angeles hospital where he was treated. (via Reuters)

Cost of Rearing a Child Rises to $234,000
For a child born now, it will cost an average of $234,900 to raise them, and that’s just to age 18. The total cost is up 3.5 percent from a year ago, according to the US Department of Agriculture report. (via ABC News)

Neighbors Ban 3-Year-Old’s Sidewalk Chalk
When Colorado mom Sarah Cohen found out her 3-year-old daughter was being banned from doing sidewalk doodles, she chalked it up to a misunderstanding. But the crackdown on sidewalk chalk was no joke to Cohen’s local housing association in the Denver suburb of Stapleton, which said little Emerson’s scribbles are violating neighborhood rules. (via New York Daily News)

Nearly 20 Percent of Teens Admit to ‘Sexting’
Despite knowing the consequences, many teens still send sexually explicit photos to others using their cellphones, a new study on sexting suggests. (via msnbc.com)

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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Smoking and Drinking May Not Harm Male Fertility
Researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. say that doctors might want to reconsider their advice to infertile men given the new findings: if infertile couples are delaying fertility treatments in order to try ineffective lifestyle changes first, it may waste valuable time and fail to help them conceive. (via TIME)

Same-Sex Parents Sue Over North Carolina Adoption Law
A civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging North Carolina’s prohibition against same-sex couples adopting each other’s children. (via Reuters)

Forced Abortion Sparks Outrage, Debate in China
Nationwide outrage continued to grow Thursday in China over a late-term abortion forced upon a woman by local family planning officials, even as authorities pledged to punish those responsible. (via CNN)

10-Year-Old Girl Gets a New Vein Made from Her Stem Cells
For the first time doctors have successfully transplanted a vein grown with a patient’s own stem cells, another example of scientists producing human body parts in the lab. (via TIME)

Childhood Obesity Affects Math Performance
Childhood obesity affects math performance in school, along with child’s social skills and well being, according to a new study published in the journal Child Development. (via ABC News)

90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike
Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district voted overwhelmingly to authorize the first strike in 25 years if their union and the city cannot reach a deal on a contract this summer — signaling just how badly the relationship between teachers and Chicago school officials has deteriorated, union officials said Monday. (via AP)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupBoy from Super Bowl Commercial Prepares for Heart Surgery
Max Page, 7, starred in arguably the most memorable commercial from the 2011 Super Bowl: the Volkswagen Star Wars ad. Dressed as Darth Vader, Page attempted to use the Force to control various household items. But now Page will have to channel the Force he used in the commercial as he gets ready to have open-heart surgery to fix a congenital defect. (via The Today Show)

Casey Anthony Does Phone Interview With Piers Morgan
It was almost a year ago that Casey Anthony was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Now, for the first time since the trial, Anthony has addressed the charges in a phone interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. (via CNN)

New Study About Same-Sex Parenting Criticized
Social scientists are criticizing a new study authored by Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, that claims there are disadvantages for children raised by same-sex parents. (via msnbc.com)

Children and Grandchildren of Older Fathers May Inherit Longevity
A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University has found that kids with older fathers and grandfathers have longer telomeres, which could mean a longer and healthier life. (via TIME)

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

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Cutting Compulsion Affects Kids as Young as 7, Study Finds
A sobering new study of 665 kids between the ages of 7 and 16, found that a full 9 percent of girls and almost 7 percent of boys surveyed have engaged in self-injurious behaviors such as cutting, banging their heads or hitting themselves.

Stepfather Beating Boy in Video Facing Charges
A video showing a man whipping his stepson with a belt has gone viral, resulting in felony child abuse charges. The video was shot by an outraged neighbor who also confronted the man.

More U.S. Teens Diagnosed With Kidney Stones
The research, which followed Minnesota children from 1984 to 2008, found that the rate of kidney stones climbed six percent each year among teenagers.

Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill
At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse stimulants.

TV Content Ratings System Set to Expand to Web
The black labels that tell families what to expect from network television shows will start to appear on the Internet streams of those shows, too.

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