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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup1 in 3 high schoolers who use drugs, alcohol, cigarettes are addicted
Nearly half of all U.S. high school students currently smoke, drink or use other drugs, and a third of users meets the medical criteria for addiction, according to a report out Wednesday. (MSNBC)

New Federal Baby Crib Standards in Effect
Citing 12 million crib recalls since 2007 and dozens of infant deaths related to crib accidents, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that “the toughest crib standards” in the world took effect this week.  Faulty hardware, breaking slats and dangerous drop-side design flaws in baby cribs have spurred the recalls over the years.  But Madigan says new standards will make the flaws a thing of the past.  “It’s taken too long for this day to come.  There are 32 infants who died in dangerous cribs that the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed died because of the flaws in these cribs.  That is far too many deaths,” said Madigan. (CBS)

Vaccines Protect the Youngest Babies
Two new studies offer good news for newborns and children about two different vaccinations — flu vaccine for pregnant women, and rotavirus vaccine for infants. (New York Times)

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Monday, June 27th, 2011

Pediatrics: Discovering more about how watching TV hurts preschoolers’ sleep
Three-to-5-year-old kids who watch violent or scary media content, or who watch more TV during evening hours, are increasingly likely to have sleep problems, according to research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. (LA Times)

Doctors Urge Ban on Junk Food Ads During Kids’ Shows
The nation’s leading group of pediatricians is calling for a ban on all junk food and fast food ads during children’s television shows as a means of slowing the rising tide of obesity among young people. (USA News)

Birth mothers track down adopted kids on Facebook
Adoptions, once private and tightly controlled by agencies, are now far more transparent because of Facebook. Some birth mothers are reaching out to contact the children they gave up, in some cases finding minors who haven’t been told yet they are adopted. (MSNBC)

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Jews, Muslims join to block San Francisco Circumcision Ban
An unlikely coalition of Jews and Muslims on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to block a San Francisco ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of male children, a procedure widely practiced by members of both faiths.

Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in US Report
Strategies to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good sleep habits are needed to reduce high rates of obesity among infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States, says an Institute of Medicine report released Thursday. (Yahoo)

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Study Urges Kids to Drink More Water

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Last month, a study from the Academy of Pediatrics warned parents that sports and energy drink consumption can lead to “excessive caloric consumption” and increased risk of obesity, and urged them to serve kids water instead.

Therefore, Nestle Pure Life has started an online Hydration Movement program with “Light Bulb Moment” advertisements which show “ah-ha” moments, where parents realize that water is a better substitute. It encourages parents to pay attention to the types of drinks her children are consuming.

Also, Nestle Pure Life is asking consumers to sign a pledge to swap one sugared beverage for a bottle of water, which, if done once a day, can cut 50,000 calories a year.  For every online pledge, consumers receive products coupons and hydration information.

So go out and stay active this summer! Just remember to stock up on water!

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Jack in the Box to stop offering toys in kids’ meals
Jack in the Box, the nation’s fifth-largest hamburger chain, is dropping toys to promote its meals aimed at kids and working on adding healthier menu options to its offerings for children. (MSNBC)

Learning Empathy by Looking Beyond Disabilities
Students at Ridgewood High School were shown photos of young people with genetic disorders — muscular dystrophy, albinism, port-wine stains — and told not to look away. (New York Times)

IUDs officially recommended for healthy women, teens
A female contraceptive device whose reported side effects kept it off the frontline of birth control for years has been formally endorsed for all healthy adult women and adolescents by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (USA Today)

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Children in Long-Term Foster Care Suffer High Rates of Behavioral, Emotional Problems
Children who live in long-term foster care experience higher rates of behavioral and emotional problems compared with their peers who are reunited with their families or adopted, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. (News Wise)

Four parents of autistic children sue Philadelphia School District
Four parents have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of their autistic children, alleging that the Philadelphia School District is illegally moving the children from school to school based solely on their disability. (Philly.com)

Few Parents Enforce Shower-Before-Pool Rules that Prevent Illness from Water Parks
Many parents do not understand risk of water infections from pools and water parks or recognize the role showering plays in preventing infections. (Bing News)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupPeanuts, milk, shellfish? 1 in 12 kids may have food allergies
As many as one in every 12 kids in the United States may have a food allergy, according to a new study that appears to confirm that the condition is more widespread — and perhaps more dangerous — than previously thought. (MSNBC)

Portable pools claim a child’s life every 5 days
A child dies every five days in portable pools during warm-weather months, according to a new study. The research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows 209 deaths and 35 near-drownings of children under 12 from 2001 through 2009. Most of the children, 94 percent, were under 5, and 81 percent of the incidents happened during summer months. (MSNBC)

Millions still die due to lack of midwives: U.N.
More investment in midwifery could save many of the millions of babies and hundreds of thousands of women who still die every year because of a lack of skilled healthcare during childbirth, the United Nations said on Monday. (Reuters)

Ranking America’s High Schools
Since 1998, The Post’s Jay Mathews has ranked Washington-area public high schools using the Challenge Index, his measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college. In 2011, the Post expanded its research to high schools across the United States. Get Challenge Index scores for more than 1900 public high schools nationwide. (Washington Post)

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Parents Blog Roundup

Monday, June 20th, 2011

parent bloggers imageFrom The Diva-Dish: Chocolate Raspberry and Lemon Blackberry Macaroons

These macaroons look delicious. It looks like the baby loves them too!

From D is for Dinner: Tandoori Chicken Breasts on Flatbread

Stumped on what to make for dinner? Try this recipe!

From 101 Cookbooks: Cucumber Peanut Salad Recipe

A refreshing, crisp salad is perfect for summer!

From 80 Breakfasts: Summer Fruit Salad

This fruit salad adds a pinch of mint, to really take it over the tasty ledge!

From Bitter Sweet: Messing with Perfection

Go ahead–indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of (vegan) chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake!

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