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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Vaccinations Cleared in Babies’ Celiac “Epidemic”
A surge in celiac disease cases among babies and toddlers in Sweden was not related to childhood vaccinations, a new study finds. (via Reuters)
Controversy over a German Ruling Against Circumcision
A German court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday that circumcising young boys represents grievous bodily harm, a decision that could have significant repercussions for religious groups. (via NY Times)
Lightest, Heaviest Fetuses At Highest Risk for Stillbirth
A new study from Canada finds stillbirth rates highest among severely underweight and overweight fetuses. (via msnbc.com)
Shire Hit as U.S. Approves New Generic ADHD Drug
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Regulators have ruled against Shire in a battle over generic copies of its hyperactivity drug Adderall XR, approving a cut-price version of the medicine from Actavis, which is being bought by Watson Pharmaceuticals. (via Reuters)
Monday, June 25th, 2012
Better Grades For Kids Who Take ADHD Meds Early
Children with ADHD who start taking medications as early as fourth grade may be more likely to score better academically than those who start taking medication in middle school, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. (via ABC News)
Sunscreen Ban in Schools Anger Parents
State laws prevent schools from allowing students to use sunscreen. (via ABC News)
Kids’ Cereals Are Healthier, But Ads Aren’t
While U.S. food companies are making healthier breakfast cereals for children, they’re also aiming more ads for their unhealthiest products at kids, according to a report issued on Friday. (via Reuters)
Why Kids with Known Food Allergies Are Still at Risk
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The majority of allergic reactions in kids are accidental — typically due to caregivers’ forgetfulness or lapses in supervision — but 1 in 9 reactions are triggered by giving known allergens intentionally, a study finds. (via TIME)
Monday, June 18th, 2012
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
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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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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
We’re halfway through National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we wanted to make sure you knew about an important event that’s happening: Friday at 12 p.m. EST, our friends at Child Mind Institute, as part of their Speak Up For Kids initiative, will present a live Facebook talk called “Managing Behavior: Strategies for Parents and Teachers.”
The presenter is Melanie Fernandez, Ph.D., ABPP, a clinical psychologist with expertise in treating kids’ behavioral problems. Dr. Fernandez is especially well-versed in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder, and she’s the director of Child Mind Institute’s Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Program. PCIT is a fascinating technique where parents are coached (behind a one-way mirror and while wearing an earpiece) by experts as they’re playing with their child and given specific suggestions on how to monitor and reinforce their child’s positive behaviors, ignore mild negative ones, and give commands with calm, consistent follow-through.
To watch the hour-long presentation, go to CMI’s Facebook page at 12 p.m. on Friday, where you can post questions for Dr. Fernandez and chat with fellow attendees.
In the meantime, check out all of the events happening around the country through Saturday, May 12, as part of Speak Up For Kids. Mental health professionals in 48 states (and 14 countries!) are leading free talks on childhood mental health disorders and topics of concern to all parents including ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, bullying, trauma, and online safety. Check here for events near you. And for those of you in the New York City area, consider tomorrow’s talk at the 92nd Street Y: “Parenting 2.0: Raising Healthy Children in a Digital Age.” Steven Dickstein, M.D., pediatric psychopharmacologist at CMI, will discuss how much and what kind of exposure is appropriate for kids, and give parents pointers on how to manage children’s screen (and phone!) time, monitor social media participation, and protect them from cyberbullies. It’s free; RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sunday, May 6th, 2012
This week, speak up for children’s mental health issues. According to Parents advisor Harold Koplewicz, M.D., president of the Child Mind Institute (CMI), “Stigma, lack of awareness, and fear around mental health care prevent many parents and teachers from getting kids the support they need.”
In a joint survey of 1,000 parents between Parents magazine and the Child Mind Institute, 45% of parents said normal children are being labeled as mentally ill or having learning disorders because teachers can’t handle them. In addition, 50% of parents believe many doctors downplay the risks associated with putting kids on medication to treat ADHD and depression. (Read more results from the mental health survey.)
To help dispel the stigma, we’ve worked with the Child Mind Institute to bring you resources for helping kids with psychiatric and learning disorders such as anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and more. Watch a video of Dr. Koplewicz talking to Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor of Parents magazine, about the survey results and ADHD. And go to our new Children’s Mental Health page (parents.com/mental-health) for more information on specific disorders and to watch videos from CMI.
Visit childmind.org/speakup to show your support for mental health awareness and to find events near you.
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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Learning to Drive With A.D.H.D.
Learning to drive is hard and scary for many teenagers, but the challenges are significantly greater for adolescents who have attention problems.
SAT and ACT to Tighten Rules After Cheating Scandal
Stung by cases of cheating among Long Island high school students, the college entrance exams will now require students to upload photos when they register.
Moms Say It’s Too Hard to Breast-Feed for the Recommended Six Months
A Scottish study finds that moms think the advice to breast-feed for six months is unrealistic. They call for scaling back expectations, but advocates say that’s the wrong approach.
Grandparents Pitch in with Cash to Help Raise Grandkids
Everyone expects grandparents to splurge on gifts for their grandkids, but a new study finds that in many cases the older generation is also spending money to help their progeny with basic needs.
‘Mad Men’ Star Sings Praises of Eating Placenta
January Jones swears by a hearty serving of placenta to help fight exhaustion, and other advocates say it helps battle post partum depression. But studies have yet to prove the maternal benefits.
Alicia Silverstone Chews Food for Her 11-Month-Old Child, Bear Blu
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The actress and animal rights activist posted a video herself feeding her son breakfast on her popular health food website TheKindLife.com over the weekend. The video shows the actress taking a spoonful of food, chewing it, and then passing it open-mouth to her little one.
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Friday, March 23rd, 2012
ADHD Diagnoses Up 66 Percent Since 2000
According to a new study, the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased by 66 percent over the past 10 years.
Brazil: Computer Chips Track Students
Grade-school students in a northeastern Brazilian city are using uniforms embedded with computer chips that alert parents if they are cutting classes, the city’s education secretary said.
Principal’s Decree: This Is a ‘No Hugging School’
More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging.
Early Bacteria Exposure Important for Building Immunity, Study Says
Moms, don’t worry too much about getting those surfaces sanitary: New research suggests early exposure to bacteria is critically important to children to keep autoimmune diseases at bay, throughout life.
Brains of Kids With Math Anxiety Function Differently, Says Study
Kids who get the jitters before a math test may actually have different brain functions than kids without math anxiety, according to a new study.
Parents Should Lead By Example in Weight Loss, Study Finds
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Losing weight themselves is the best way for parents to help their children shed excess pounds, new research suggests.
Monday, March 5th, 2012
Snoring Babies, Troubled Children?
Parents often think that snoring babies are deeply sleeping ones. But perhaps not, a new study suggests, finding that snoring, along with mouth-breathing and sleep apnea, are signs of disordered sleep that may predict long-term problems in children’s behavior and emotional well-being.
Toddler Found in Field After Tornado Dies of Injuries
A toddler who was found alive in a field in tornado-ravaged southeastern Indiana after her parents and two siblings were killed when a twister struck their mobile home died on Sunday of her injuries, her family said.
Youngest Kids in Class More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Children who are the youngest in their class are more likely than their older classmates to be diagnosed and given medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — suggesting that immaturity may be part of the problem, not ADHD.
Movie Boozing Tied to Kids’ Binge Drinking
How much drinking kids and teens had seen in recent movies was linked to the chances they overdid it on alcohol themselves in a new study from six European countries.
Smoke Exposure Late in Pregnancy Might Boost Baby’s Eczema Risk
A mother’s exposure to tobacco smoke during the last three months of pregnancy may increase the risk that her child will develop the allergic skin condition eczema during infancy, a new study suggests.
How Beyoncé’s Public Breast-Feeding Changes the Nursing-in-Public Debate
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When Beyoncé breast-fed Blue Ivy at a restaurant, was she intentionally making a statement about a woman’s right to nurse in public?
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