Is she or isn’t she? It seems like the rumor mills have been churning over whether or not Mariah Carey is pregnant basically since the day the 41-year-old songstress married hubby Nick Cannon two years ago.
Well, it’s finally official: Carey confirmed that she and Cannon, 30, are expecting their first child this spring.
Even the sickest babies benefit from breast-feeding: Pediatric researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia describe a successful program in which nurses helped mothers attain high rates of breast-feeding in very sick babies–newborns with complex birth defects requiring surgery and intensive care. [Medical News Today]
Breakthrough in understanding life-threatening childhood liver disease: Until now, doctors weren’t sure what caused biliary atresia, which is important to know in order to develop better treatments. The CU researchers propose that an infection late in the third trimester of pregnancy or soon after birth initiates the bile duct injury. [Medical News Today]
Cardiac wakeup call for kids: “Sleep disorders in kids are on the increase. They are marching hand in hand with other increasing cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight and obesity, lack of physical activity, a poor diet, and high levels of unhealthy cholesterol,” Dr. McCrindle today told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.[Medical News Today]
Candidates use children to make final pitch: Candidates who have spent months and millions of dollars slugging it out are replacing attacks ads with gauzy images designed to leave voters with a warm and fuzzy feeling. And what better way to do that than with children? [Washington Post]
Breast milk study furthers understanding of critical ingredients: Ask someone in the know to list the substances in breast milk that make it the ideal food for newborns and you may hear about proteins that guard against infection, fats that aid in the development of the nervous system and carbohydrates that promote the growth of healthy bacteria. But, you may not hear too much about the nitrite and nitrate in breast milk and their contributions to developing gastrointestinal, immune and cardiovascular systems. [Science Daily]
Last week, we found out (via Dr. Wendy Walsh over at MomLogic.com) that schools all over the U.S. have banned the latest kid craze – Silly Bandz – from the classroom. Wanting to know what all of you –the parents – thought, we asked: do you support the ban on Silly Bandz, or does the ban stifle kids’ freedom of expression?
Well, the results are in! While some of you strongly supported banning the potentially distracting fad bracelets, others thought schools were making mountains out of molehills.
Read some of the comments from moms like you and then take our poll. We also welcome you to leave more thoughts and comments.
“I’m fine with banning them. After volunteering in the classroom, I see that teachers don’t need any more distractions in the classroom…there are enough already! Kids can be challenged to find other ways to express their creativity in the classroom. Save the Silly Bandz for outside of school…it doesn’t seem like to much to ask for the good of their education.” – Peg Ilkka
“I think it’s fine to ban them. Kids can express themselves creatively in other school-friendly ways (writing, drawing, etc.) and then have something to look forward to when they go home. It even opens up doors for new social events–Silly Bandz Sleepovers, anyone? Schools have enough to deal with.” –Amanda
“No, Silly Bandz shouldn’t be banned from school. By making such a big deal out of them, you only make them more coveted by kids. Like Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies, and every other fad, this too shall pass.” –Michele C.
“My kids have been in private school for the last six years. They had a very strict dress code, including hair requirements. This year they went to public school and they love being able to express themselves through clothing and hair. My son is growing his hair out and my daughter wears 20 or so Silly Bandz every day. Sure, it may be a bit of a distraction, but it’s also a fun part of being a kid. I remember jelly bands being such a fun part of growing up. I say, let them stay!” –Melanie
Well, another day – another study. And this time, we’ve got something for the guys.
Today, researchers are reporting from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference in Denver that men who consume high levels of saturated fats may produce fewer sperm. A study, helmed by experts from Harvard Medical School, monitored dietary patterns in 91 men seeking fertility treatment and found “men in the highest third of saturated fat intake had 41% fewer sperm than those in the lowest third.”
As for the reason for the link between fat intake and sperm count, additional research is required, but according to Dr. Tony Rutherford of the British Fertility Society, these findings should encourage people to eat healthily. [The Independent]
Tell us: Will this news affect your family as you try to get pregnant, or is a healthy lifestyle a no-brainer? Let us know in the comments below!
According to a new report from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, women with type O blood may have a tougher time trying to get pregnant.
The study, led by Edward Nejat of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, measured the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a substance that controls the ovaries’ production of eggs, in women under the age of 45 and found that those with type O blood were twice as likely to have FSH levels higher than 10— which means a low egg count — than women with other blood types. Nejat’s research did not conclude why this link between blood type and fertility exists. [New Scientist]
What do you think: Is this just another study, or are you concerned about Nejat’s findings? Let us know in the comments!
New study suggests most preschool-age children exceed daily screen time recommendations: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents limit combined screen time from television, DVDs, computers, and video games to 2 hours per day for preschool-age children. In a study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that many children are exposed to screen time both at home and while at child care, with 66% exceeding the recommended daily amount. [Medical News Today]
Plugged up: Doctors see signs of worsening constipation in children: Mild constipation in children is fairly common, but gastroenterologists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center have been seeing what they believe is the start of a troubling trend: more children with more serious and chronic bouts of the condition. Experts attribute the problem to lack of physical activity, inadequate water intake and fiber-poor diets. [Medical News Today]
Allergies and wheezing illnesses in childhood may be determined in the womb: The new research, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Lung Foundation, and undertaken at Southampton General Hospital, reveals that fetuses which develop quickly in early pregnancy but falter later in pregnancy are likely to go on to develop allergies and asthma as children. Scientists believe this is due to changes in the development of their immune system and lungs. [Medical News Today]
What can country of birth tell us about childhood asthma?: Researchers from Tufts University pooled data from five previous epidemiological studies to investigate the prevalence of asthma in children in the Boston neighborhoods of Chinatown and Dorchester. Among children born in the United States, low socioeconomic status (SES) and exposure to pests (mice and cockroaches) were both associated with having asthma. Neither association was present in children born outside of the United States. [Science Daily]
Knowledge gaps, fears common among parents of children with drug-resistant bacteria: Knowledge gaps and fear some of it unjustified are common among the caregivers of children with a drug-resistant staph bacterium known as MRSA, according to the results of a small study from the Johns Hopkins Children Center. These caregivers thirst for timely, detailed and simple information, the researchers add. [Medical News Today]
Since 2002, Nestlé — the world’s largest food company and not-so-coincidental manufacturer of Gerber products — has led studies in infant-feeding practices. The goal of this research? To find out if we’re feeding our infants, babies, and toddlers the stuff they need to grow and develop into healthy kids.
Well, the latest results are in, and although things are looking up for infants (“33% of mothers are breastfeeding nine- to 11-month-old children compared to 21% in 2002”), it appears that many of our toddlers are still eating junk food a little too often. The Atlantic listed these surprising statistics:
One-third of toddlers and 50% of preschoolers eat fast food at least once a week.
One-quarter of families eat dinner together four or fewer nights each week.
25% of older infants, toddlers, and preschoolers do not eat even one serving of fruit on a given day, and 30% do not eat a single serving of vegetables.
French fries are still the most popular vegetable among toddlers and preschoolers.
We want to know – what do you think about these findings? Are you okay with feeding your kids junk, or do you always put the food pyramid first? Share your thoughts and advice for healthy eating in the comments!
See more coverage of kids’ nutrition at Parents.com:
British kids log on and learn math- in Punjab:
Three state schools in London outsource part of their teaching to India via the Internet through new online-based company BrightSpark. Students can now have a one on one tutoring experience at half the price that a British tutor would charge. [New York Times]
Kids’ docs urged to screen new moms for depression: The Pediatrics Academy says that over 400,000 babies are born to depressed mothers each year, and that their conditions can affect their babies as well. Research shows developmental and social delays occur often in babies with depressed moms. [MSNBC]
Raisinets recalled over peanut risk: Nestle has recalled has recalled 10 oz. “fun size” bags sold to Target, Shoprite, and Don Quixote stores because they may contain peanuts. Nestle says the recall only applies to candy with the 02015748 production code and UPC number of 2800010255. [MSNBC]
First four months critical to new babies sleep habits: A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that most babies will sleep five to eight hours per night by their fourth month of life. Many babies will sleep while the rest of the family is sleeping–50 percent of babies at age five months. [Paging Dr. Gupta/CNN]
Celery recall plant awaits results from FDA: The FDA linked four deaths to contaminated celery from a Texas plant. The state health department traced six of 10 known cases of listeriosis during an eight-month period to celery processed at the SanGar plant. On Wednesday the agency shut down the plant and ordered the company to recall all the produce that has passed through the plant since January. [MSNBC]