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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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Modest Results in Program to Reduce Kids’ Screen Time
A program aimed at reducing the number of hours young children spent in front of a screen didn’t accomplish that goal, but it did cut back on the meals they ate in front of a television, a new study found. (via Reuters)

Federal Appeals Court to Consider Arizona’s 20-Week Abortion Ban that is Earliest in Nation
A federal judge has upheld Arizona’s earliest-in the-nation ban of most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, but it now faces appellate court scrutiny. (via Washington Post)

ADHD Drugs Do Not Raise Heart Risk In Children
Children who take Adderall, Ritalin, and other central nervous system stimulants, do not have a higher chance of developing serious heart conditions, according to a recent study. (via Medical News Today)

Migraines May Hurt Kids’ Grades Too
Migraines may harm children’s school performance, a new study finds. (HealthDay News)

Magnetic Buckyballs Toys Discontinued
The popular Buckyballs and Buckycubes magnetic desk toys will be discontinued after children suffered multiple surgeries and hospitalizations from swallowing the toy. (via CNN)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Fewer U.S. Kids Dying of Diabetes
According to federal health officials, the 61% decrease of kids dying of diabetes is due to better treatment and increased awareness. (via HealthDay)

Study Finds Healthy Snacks Still Limited in Some U.S. Schools
U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school may find a bag of potato chips is much easier to come by, a new report says. (via Reuters)

A Little Exercise May Help Kids with ADHD Focus
Twenty minutes of exercise may help kids with ADHD settle in to read or solve a math problem, new research suggests. (via Fox News)

Parents’ Anxiety Can Trickle Down to Kids
A new study suggests children are at a higher risk of developing anxiety if a parent has a social anxiety disorder. (via PsychCentral)

Church-Going Teens Go Further With School
Sociologists have found that religiously-affiliated youth are 40 percent more likely to graduate high school than their unaffiliated peers, and 70 percent more likely to enroll in college. (via ScienceDaily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Five Year Olds Are Generous Only When They’re Watched
Children as young as five are generous when others are aware of their actions, but antisocial when sharing with a recipient who can’t see them, according to new research. (via ScienceDaily)

Dentists Offering Cash for Halloween Candy to Benefit Troops
While many children are chowing down on their Halloween candy, dentists are hoping to provide kids with some incentives for trading in their sugary treats—all in a way to help the troops. (via Fox News)

Is Childhood ADHD a Gateway to Smoking in Adulthood?
Children diagnosed with ADHD are twice as likely to pick up smoking than youngsters without the disorder. (via Time)

Breast Milk During The Storm: With Power Gone, Moms Safeguard their Stash
With power out in much of New Jersey and swaths of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, breast-feeding moms have been frantically making arrangements, scouting out freezers and using Facebook to link up those with thawing breast milk with those who have electricity and freezer space to spare. (via Time)

Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say
There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two new surveys of teachers. (via New York Times)

Many Women Stop Their Asthma Meds While Pregnant
Almost a third of women on asthma control medications stop using them during the first few months of pregnancy, despite advice that a mother’s uncontrolled asthma is more dangerous to the developing fetus than the drugs. (via Reuters)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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IVF Linked to More Birth Defects
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is responsible for creating thousands of happy families, but the latest research highlights some of the potential long term risks of the procedure. (via Time)

U.S. Boys Experiencing Early Onset of Puberty
A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has documented that boys in the U.S. are experiencing the onset of puberty six months to two years earlier than reported in previous research. (via Science Daily)

Pfizer to Buy Maker of Attention-Deficit Drug for $255 Million
Pfizer Inc said it would buy privately held NextWave Pharmaceuticals for $255 million, gaining access to the company’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug, the first once-daily liquid medicine approved to treat the condition in the United States. (via Reuters)

Simpler Colon Screen May be Enough for Many Women: Study
(Reuters) – Women younger than 70 have a relatively low risk of abnormal growth in the upper part of the colon – suggesting, U.S. researchers say, that many women can opt for less invasive colon cancer screening. (via Reuters)

Troubled Teens Could Benefit from Online Access to Health Records, Say Researchers
Teens who get in trouble with the law could particularly benefit from online health records because they generally have worse health than other adolescents — and no one keeping track of the health care they do receive. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

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3 Hours of Daily Exercise Suggested for Young Children
For children under age 6, getting at least three hours of daily physical activity, spread out over the day, may be a good goal, researchers say. (via Fox News)

Kids with ADHD Have Dimmer Prospects: Study
Children with ADHD symptoms tend to fare worse as adults than do kids without problems in school, according to the longest follow-up study of the disorder to date. (via Reuters)

France Considers Ban on Homework. Should the U.S.?
While a homework-free society remains a mere dream here, students in France may soon bid adieu to homework if French President, Francois Hollande, has his way. (via Today)

Fathers Matter When It Comes to Their Teenager’s Sexual Behavior
A new study by New York University professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that fathers’ parenting behavior influences the sexual behavior of their adolescent children. (via Science Daily)

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ADHD Awareness Week (October 14-20)

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Bored studentIf your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), take the time to educate your family and friends about this neurobehavioral disorder for ADHD Awareness Week.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), the common symptoms of ADHD include the inability to pay attention, listen, and stay still for long periods of time.  And as of 2007, 5.4 million children (ages 4-17) in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.

The Parents magazine article, “Attention for ADHD” (May 2012), lists nine key facts about ADHD:

  1. The brains of kids with ADHD are different.
  2. No one knows the exact causes of ADHD.
  3. ADHD often looks different in girls.
  4. ADHD can make learning difficult.
  5. ADHD is tricky to diagnose.
  6. There is no cure for ADHD, but there is effective treatment.
  7. Kids can be taught to cope with ADHD.
  8. Parents can also be taught to cope with ADHD.
  9. Kids with ADHD also have it as adults.

Learn more facts about ADHD at and Or read more about ADHD on


Image: Bored student balancing a pencil on his nose via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

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New Field of Developmental Neuroscience Changes Our Understanding of Early Years of Human Life
For the first time, scientists have amassed a large collection of research that looks “under the skin,” to examine how and why experiences interact with biology starting before birth to affect a life course. (via Science Daily)

Mother’s Fish, Mercury Intake Tied to Kids’ ADHD Risk: Study
Children’s risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life may be tied to how much fish their mothers ate while pregnant, according to a U.S. study. (via Reuters)

New Test Can Diagnose Genetic Disorders in Infants in 50 Hours
Too often, newborns die of genetic diseases before doctors even know what’s to blame. Now scientists have found a way to decode those babies’ DNA in just days instead of weeks, moving gene-mapping closer to routine medical care. (via AP)

Meningitis Outbreak Stirs Calls for FDA Pharmacy Oversight
A deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated steroid shots should spur new legislation to regulate how pharmacies mix and dose drugs, experts said on Monday. (via Reuters)

CT Scans of Kids in ER With Stomach Pain Skyrockets
The use of CT scans on children being brought to emergency rooms with abdominal pain has skyrocketed, new research reveals. (via U.S. News and World Report)

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October Is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Ellen Seidman, who blogs over at To the Max, recently consulted an expert at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) to clear up misconceptions and confusion about learning disabilities.  According to NCLD, 15-20% of the U.S. population has a learning disability, a general term for those who may have difficulty learning for any reason.

Recently, NCLD also released results for a survey they conducted — about 2,000 American adults were asked for their views on learning disabilities.  NCLD found that a high number of adults lacked basic understanding of different types of learning disabilities beyond dyslexia.  Instead, most adults associated learning disabilities like dysgraphia (difficulty with handwriting), dyscalculia (difficulty with math), and dyspraxia (difficulty with motor skill development) with an autism spectrum disorder, an inability to make emotional connections, and an anxiety disorder, respectively.  Some surprising survey results included:

  • Over 66% of parents want more information about learning disabilities than schools currently provide.
  • 55% of Americans wrongly believe that corrective eyewear can treat certain learning disabilities.
  • 22% incorrectly believe learning disabilities can be caused by too much screen time; 31% believe a cause is poor diet; 24% believe a cause is childhood vaccinations.

Learn more about the survey results from the infographic below.  All information is provided by


National Center for Learning Disabilities

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