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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates at Record Low
Birth and abortion rates among U.S. teens fell to record lows in 2008 as increased use of contraceptives sent the overall teen pregnancy rate to its lowest level since at least 1972, a study showed on Wednesday.
Babies Fed on Solid Foods Less Likely to Be Obese, Study Finds
Pureed baby food is more likely to make children obese than solid finger foods, British researchers claimed.
Aide Accused of Taping Sexual Acts With Students
The aide, Taleek Brooks, 40, may have made the videos of sexual acts with students inside Public School 243, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, law enforcement officials said.
Frequent Childhood Moves Tied to Health, Drug Problems
Children whose families move around a lot may be at increased risk for psychological problems and substance use later in life, according to a new study.
Mom Blogger Susan Niebur Loses Battle with Cancer
The world has lost another mommy soldier in the breast cancer wars. Susan Niebur, mom of two who blogged about her 5-year battle with the disease on Toddler Planet, died this week.
Are Depressed Kids Bully Magnets?
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A new study, published this week in the journal “Child Development,” provides some of the strongest evidence to date for a third theory: Kids who cry easily, express negative emotions, and show other signs of depression ultimately suffer socially because they are shunned by their peers and attract the attention of bullies.
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Friday, January 20th, 2012
New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests
Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests.
Unsafe Abortions on the Rise: New Global Analysis
Unsafe abortions are on the rise across the world, according to a new global analysis by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization.
Many Teen Moms Say They Didn’t Think They Could Get Pregnant
A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.
Government Seeks Help to Stop Teacher-Led Cheating
The Obama administration is creating a manual showing how schools can fight teacher-led cheating on standardized tests, asking educators to help stomp out “testing irregularities.”
Agency: Iran Shuts Down Shops Selling Barbie Dolls
Police have closed down dozens of toy shop for selling Barbie dolls, part of a decades-long crackdown on signs of Western culture in Iran, the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Friday.
Georgia Mom Arrested for Allowing 10-Year-Old to Get Tattoo
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A Georgia mother who was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old to get a tattoo said she had no idea it was illegal for him to get one, even with her consent.
Friday, December 9th, 2011
Obama Backs Restrictions on Morning-After Pill
President Obama said Thursday that he supported the Department of Health and Human Services overruling an FDA decision to allow an emergency morning-after contraceptive pill to be sold to girls younger than 17 without a prescription.
We Are the Median: Carefully Budgeting for Food, Health Care Costs
A family is living with a very careful budget – on the nation’s median income of about $50,000 a year.
Study: Abortion Doesn’t Raise Mental Illness Risk
Abortion does not increase a woman’s chance of developing mental health problems, according to the largest study ever to investigate the issue.
To Keep Marriage Healthy When Baby Comes, Share Housework
A survey identifies traits, like generosity, that help couples buck the trend toward marital discord once baby arrives.
U.S. to Test Therapy to Prevent Birth Defects
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is set to launch a large trial using antibodies to test a way to prevent birth defects, such as blindness and deafness, caused by mothers passing a common virus to their unborn babies.
The Teenage Babysitter, Replaced by Older Pros
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Despite the cost, some parents are turning to career nannies, who come with references and experience, rather than the 15-year-old down the street, even if the need is for just a few hours on a weekend night.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Mississippi Voters Can Decide ‘Personhood’ of the Unborn, Court Rules
Voters in Mississippi will be given a chance to decide whether life begins at conception, a controversial abortion-related ballot initiative that the state’s highest court has refused to block.
In Study, Fatherhood Leads to Drop in Testosterone
Testosterone, that most male of hormones, takes a dive after a man becomes a parent. And the more he gets involved in caring for his children — changing diapers, jiggling the kid on his knee, reading “Goodnight Moon” for the umpteenth time — the lower his testosterone drops.
Study: IUD’s Lower Cervical Cancer Risk
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) prevent unwanted pregnancies, and as an added benefit they may also help protect against cervical cancer, according to a new study in the Lancet Oncology, a British medical journal.
In Suburb, Battle Goes Public on Bullying of Gay Students
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A sprawling suburban school system north of Minneapolis is caught in the eye of one of the country’s hottest culture wars: how homosexuality should be discussed in the schools.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Judge strikes down key parts of Texas sonogram law
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key provisions of Texas’ new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion, ruling the measure violates the free speech rights of both doctors and patients.
U.S. newborn death rate tied with Qatar
Babies in the United States have a higher risk of dying during their first month of life than do babies born in 40 other countries, according to a new report.
Bullying Law Puts New Jersey Schools on Spot
The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, considered the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation, was propelled by public outcry over the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman last year.
Women Getting C-Sections Need Protection From Blood Clots
New advice for pregnant women: If you’re getting a C-section, special inflating boots strapped on your legs may lower the risk of a blood clot.
Child Care Cost Skyrockets; Costs More Than College in Some States
A new study by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) found that in 36 states and the District of Columbia, one year of infant day care in a center is more expensive than a year of public college.
Kids of older dads face greater risk of autism
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Children of older fathers are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, schizophrenia and a number of other neuropsychiatric or developmental disorders, and a new study reveals why this may be.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Autism Risk for Siblings Higher Than Expected
Parents who have a child with autism have about a 1 in 5 chance of having a second child with autism, a far greater risk than previously believed, new research shows.
Is it okay to reduce a pregnancy from two to one?
Padawer’s New York Times Magazine cover story chronicled the increasing number of pregnant women who are “reducing” their twin pregnancies to single pregnancies.
How to rouse your teen without a rise in blood pressure
Some parents resort to screaming. Others bang on doors or yank off covers. When it is time to wake up teens for school, things can get ugly.
Here’s how to get your children a great education
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Journalist Peg Tyre’s new book, The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve ($26, Henry Holt) out Aug. 16, condenses decades of education research to help parents make better choices about selecting schools for their children.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
New Study Links Spine Product From Medtronic to Risk of Sterility in Men
A surgeon at Stanford University, in a study released Wednesday, suggests that one of Medtronic’s best-selling spinal products poses a risk of male sterility. That finding is in stark contrast to earlier research by doctors paid by Medtronic, who found no connection between the product, Infuse, and a condition that causes sterility.
Top Colleges, Largely for the Elite
The last four presidents of the United States each attended a highly selective college. All nine Supreme Court justices did, too, as did the chief executives of General Electric (Dartmouth), Goldman Sachs (Harvard), Wal-Mart (Georgia Tech), Exxon Mobil (Texas) and Google (Michigan).
Having a baby makes mom’s body turn on itself
The act of giving birth apparently raises the chance that a woman’s body will attack itself with autoimmune diseases, a new study finds.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Chemical Suspected in Cancer Is in Baby Products
More than 30 years after chemical flame retardants were removed from children’s pajamas because they were suspected of being carcinogens, new research into flame retardants shows that one of the chemicals is prevalent in baby’s products made with polyurethane foam, including nursing pillows, car seats and highchairs. (New York Times)
FDA panel backs infant doses for kids’ Tylenol
Federal health experts say dosing instructions for children younger than 2 years old should be added to Children’s Tylenol and similar products containing acetaminophen, the popular pain reliever and fever reducer. (Seattle Pi.com)
How Do Babies Learn to Talk?
One of the unique talents that mark us as humans is our ability to express our thoughts to others in a way that can be understood, even if the subject is complex and abstract. Thus it is not surprising that scholars have struggled for centuries to understand how an infant can learn language in an incredibly brief period. (ABC)
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