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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

AIDS Prevention Inspires Ways to Make Circumcisions Easier
Donors are pinning their hopes on several devices being tested in efforts to increase speed and reduce pain.

Don’t Blame C-sections for Fat Children, Study Says
Past research from Brazil had found a link between excessive weight and C-sections, leading some scientists to suggest that not being exposed to bacteria from the birth canal could make children fatter, but the latest findings — published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — suggest this doesn’t appear to be the case.

More Newborns Suffering Drug Withdrawal at Birth
A dramatic rise in newborns experiencing drug withdrawal after being exposed in the womb poses challenges for clinicians on how to detox these tiny victims, a new report indicates.

‘Sonicated’ Sperm: Could Ultrasound Be the Next Male Contraceptive?
Condoms aren’t foolproof, and vasectomies may be too much so. Now researchers say they’re working on another contraceptive option for men that offers them more flexibility and control over their fertility. It’s based on ultrasound.

Pneumonia Bug Evolves to Evade Vaccine, Study Says
Bugs that cause childhood pneumonia and meningitis have evolved to evade vaccines by swapping bits of their genome with other bacteria, according to a study published Sunday.

Teen Wishing to Donate to Locks of Love Is Suspended for Violating School’s Hair Policy for Boys
Michigan high school student J.T. Gaskins, a leukemia survivor, was recently singled out for perfect behavior. Now he’s suspended, caught up in a face-off with his school, Madison Academy, near Flint, Mich., for violating the dress code for boys as he grows out his locks for a cancer charity.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Wal-Mart Pulls Formula After Baby’s Death
Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a Missouri newborn who was given the formula became gravely ill with a suspected bacterial infection and died after being taken off life support, the retailer said Wednesday.

Anti-AIDS Virus Drug Expanded to Include Children, Teens
Approval for the HIV drug Isentress (raltegravir) has been expanded to include children and adolescents ages 2-18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

Twins Born in Brazil with Two Heads, One Heart
Conjoined twins have been born in Brazil with two heads, two functioning brains and two backbones – but a single heart.

Study Links Winning Football and Declining Grades
A University of Oregon study says alcohol consumption and celebrating increased and studying decreased when a team fared well, resulting in lower grade-point averages.

NORAD Santa Trackers Stand By for Another Big Day
Santa already is piling up big numbers on social networking sites this season, so the volunteer Santa-trackers at NORAD are bracing for tens of thousands of calls and emails when their operations center goes live on Christmas Eve.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Working Moms Multitask Way More than Dads — and Hate It
According to a new study published in the December issue of the journal American Sociological Review, working moms not only multitask more frequently than working dads but also experience more negative emotions.

Kids of All Weights Benefit From Car Seats
Child safety and booster seats protect children of all weights, including those on the heavy side. That’s the finding of a new study that looked at nearly 1,000 children, aged 1 to 8 years, who were involved in crashes.

Children with HIV in Asia Resistant to AIDS drugs
Teenagers in Asia receiving treatment for HIV are showing early signs of osteoporosis and children as young as five are becoming resistant to AIDS drugs, an anti-AIDS group said on Thursday, urging more attention be given to young HIV patients.

Poor Economy Leaves More Children at Risk
About 1.7 million Texas children — 26 percent of the total population — live below the federal poverty level, according to United States census data released this week.

Exam Cheating on Long Island Hardly a Secret
Charges that 20 students took SAT or ACT tests for others, or paid a test-taker, reflect the college admissions rat race.

Oops! Kentucky Dad Leaves Baby in Grocery Cart
Police say a central Kentucky father trying to load groceries and his three children into a vehicle after a shopping trip forgot one thing — his 6-month-old infant.

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World AIDS Day and an AIDS Free Generation of Babies

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Malaak-Compton RockEditor’s Note: Guest blogger Malaak-Compton Rock (wife of comedian Chris Rock) is a mother of two daughters who is very passionate about making a change in communities around the world.  She is the author of “If It Takes a Village, Build One,” and the founder of Angel Rock Project, an organization with a global volunteer exchange program for at-risk youth called Journey for Change.  In this guest blog entry, Malaak-Compton Rock writes about how parents can ensure babies are born HIV-free in five years.

The AIDS Free Generation Is Due in 2015
By Malaak Compton-Rock

Today is World AIDS Day, which may not resonate with a lot of people the way it did years ago when AIDS was an urgent health crisis in our country.   This year, however, I’m writing to sound the alarm and make sure that we start to pay attention again.

We are poised to achieve one of the most important goals in the historic fight against AIDS and one that is especially relevant to all of us as parents. 

Within five years, we can create the first generation of babies born HIV-free in three decades.   

Let that sink in for a moment. 

For the first time since this disease started ravaging our society (and killed more than 25 million people), we have a shot to give an entire generation a healthy start.

It won’t be easy.  It will take hard work.  But, it is completely possible.


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What Does World AIDS Day Mean To You?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010


Tomorrow is the 15th World AIDS Day. I don’t know if you have an answer to the question above, but I bet you will if you watch this incredible HBO documentary, The Lazarus Effect. Produced by Spike Jonze for the (RED) Campaign co-founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver (brother of Maria), “The Lazarus Effect” introduces us to four HIV-positive people–two women, one man, and one child– who are very much on the verge of death. Then they’re given antiretroviral medications (ARVs), which suppresses the HIV virus, and within months they are physically and emotionally transformed. Seeing the before and after footage of the people featured, and hearing in their own words what it’s like to have a second chance at life, is moving beyond description.

There is one awful exception to this. In the movie, we meet 11-year-old Bwalya, whose parents both died of AIDS. She is gravely ill when she first appears on screen and weighs all of 24 lbs. But the ARVs worked their magic, and we’re privileged enough to see the results. This past August, however, long after the film was complete, Bwalya died of heart failure. Knowing this, it’s very difficult to view the scenes with her and her aunt, who is overjoyed by her niece’s good health.

But watching this movie is 30 minutes well spent. And when you finish, and you’re wondering how you can help eradicate AIDS, head over to, which has countless solutions, from cool products to buy, concerts to attend, to ways to spread the word about the power of ARVs.

Please check back tomorrow, when Malaak Compton-Rock has much more to say about World AIDS Day.

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