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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Activists to U.S. Education Department: Stop School Closings Now
Activists fighting school closings across the country converged at the U.S. Education Department on Tuesday to demand federal action to stop the shutdowns, which they say disproportionately affect poor and minority students. (via The Washington Post)
Excessive Alcohol Use When You’re Young Could Have Lasting Impacts On Your Brain
There is growing evidence for the lasting impact of alcohol on the brain. Excessive alcohol use accounts for 4% of the global burden of disease, and binge drinking particularly is becoming an increasing health issue. (via Science Daily)
Illinois School Shooting Drill: Cary-Grove High School to Fire Blanks In Hallway, Angering Parents
A suburban Chicago high school is planning to hold a controversial and unprecedented new drill: a simulation of a “code red simulation” that will involve the firing of blank bullets in the hallway in an effort to give students and staff “some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.” (via Huffington Post)
School Closures Violate Civil Rights, Protesters Tell Arne Duncan
The standards-based education reform movement calls school change “the civil rights issue of our time.” But about 220 mostly African American community organizers, parents and students from 21 cities from New York to Oakland, Calif., converged on Washington Tuesday to tell U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan he’s getting it backwards on school closures. (via Huffington Post)
GOP Bill That Would Allow Teachers To Carry Concealed Weapons Rejected In Colorado
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Colorado teachers will not be carrying concealed weapons at schools any time soon. In Senate committee on Monday, Colorado Democrats rejected a Republican bill that would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds. (via Huffington Post)
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Monday, November 26th, 2012
Disabled Parents Often Lose Custody Of Children, Report Finds
A new study estimates that there is an 80% child removal rate for the 6.1 million parents with intellectual or psychiatric disabilities in the U.S. (via Huffington Post)
Fetal Alcohol Exposure Affects Brain Structure in Children
Children exposed to alcohol during fetal development exhibit changes in brain structure and metabolism that are visible using various imaging techniques, according to a new study. (via ScienceDaily)
Bounce House-Related Injuries on the Rise in U.S
The number of U.S. children hurt while using inflatable bouncers, such as bounce houses and moonwalks, is 15 times higher than in 1995, according to a new study. (via Reuters)
School Districts Brace for Cuts as Fiscal Crisis Looms
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The automatic budget cuts and tax increases that will kick in next year could spawn another round of belt-tightening at public schools already battered by the recession and its aftermath. (via New York Times)
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Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Even Moderate Drinking in Pregnancy Can Affect a Child’s IQ
Relatively small levels of exposure to alcohol while in the womb can influence a child’s IQ, according to a new study. (via ScienceDaily)
Pediatricians May Lack Training in Concussion Care
Pediatricians and pediatric nurses often see young patients with concussions, but a new survey suggests they may lack the tools and training to diagnose and treat them. (via Reuters)
Pollutants Linked to Lower Fertility in Both Men and Women
Researchers say that pollutants such as perchlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), industrial compounds and pesticides that are no longer manufactured but remain in older products can still decrease couples’ ability to have children by up to 29%. (via Time)
Kids With Down Syndrome Twice as Likely to be Heavy
More than one in four children with Down syndrome in the Netherlands is overweight, a rate double that of Dutch youth without the developmental disability, according to a new study. (via Reuters)
Enrollment in Charter Schools is Increasing
Although charter schools engender fierce debate, the number of students enrolled increased close to 13% between 2010-11 and 2011-12. (via New York Times)
Early Puberty May Heighten Heart Risks For Women
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A new study finds menstruating before age 12 may contribute to a 23% greater risk of developing heart disease. (via Time)
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Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Xbox or Wii: Which is Better for Sedentary Kids?
Playing video games isn’t exactly demanding on the body, but some newer versions may get children moving enough to keep them healthy. (via Time)
Pregnancy Generates Maternal Immune-Suppressive Cells That Protect the Fetus
A new study suggests it may be possible to develop vaccines to prevent premature birth and other pregnancy complications. (via ScienceDaily)
Black Youths Exposed to More Alcohol Advertising, Study Finds
New research suggests that African Americans ages 12 to 20 see far more alcohol ads on television and in magazines than youths in general. (via FairWarning)
Voluntary Recall Expanded Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
Sunland, Inc. has expanded its voluntary recall to include all of the products manufactured at its peanut butter and nut manufacturing plant in New Mexico. (via CNN)
Social Aggression Plagues Most Kids’ Shows
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Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are viewing social aggression on television at rates far greater than what parents may realize, new research indicates. (via ABC News)
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Monday, September 17th, 2012
CDC: US Kids Eat Too Much Salt, as Much as Adults
American kids are eating about 1,000 milligrams of excess salt according the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (via ABC News)
Gel Balls New Threat to Toddlers, Doctors Say
New gel balls toys increase in size when combined with water, posing a threat to toddlers who swallow the colored balls. (via Reuters)
Vitamin D in Pregnancy Critical for Brain Development, Study Says
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could hinder babies’ brain development, impeding their mental and motor skills, a new study suggests. (via U.S. News and World Report)
In-the-Womb Learning Affected by Mom’s Drinking
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Drinking during pregnancy may harm an infant’s ability to learn even before he is born, according to a new study that is the first to examine alcohol’s effect on fetuses in the womb. (via Fox News)
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Shipments From Abroad to Help Ease Shortage of Two Cancer Drugs
Dire shortages of two critical cancer drugs — shortfalls that have threatened the lives and care of thousands of patients — should be resolved within weeks, federal drug officials said.
Moms with Migraines Twice as Likely to Have Baby with Colic
When babies with colic cry – sometimes for weeks at a time – Mom and Dad might get headaches. But according to a new study, a mother’s headache may be causing her baby’s colic in the first place.
Exercise in Pregnancy Safe for Baby, Study Finds
Exercising at moderate or — for very active women — even high intensity during pregnancy won’t hurt your baby’s health, a new study finds.
Movies Influence Teen Alcohol Consumption More than Parents, Study Finds
Major exposure to scenes of alcohol consumption in movies is a bigger risk for teen drinking than having parents who drink or if booze is easily available at home, says a new study.
Authorities Say Children Tied to Bed in Texas Home
The eight children confined in a small, dark bedroom with a piece of plywood over the window included two 2-year-olds tied to a bed and a 5-year-old girl “in a restraint on a filthy mattress,” the child welfare worker who discovered them said in a court document.
Parents Sentenced Over Kids’ Drowning During Camping Trip
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The parents of two Ohio youngsters who drowned during a family camping trip have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for not better protecting their children from harm, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Alcohol Risk to Fetus is Highest at End of 1st Trimester
Any drinking during pregnancy increases the odds of fetal alcohol syndrome, but the risk to the fetus is highest if a pregnant woman drinks during the second half of her first trimester of pregnancy, a new study finds.
Health Sector Takes on Childhood Obesity
As one of the many outgrowths of the sweeping federal health care law, health insurers and employers must now pay the cost of screening children for obesity and providing them with appropriate counseling.
NJ Parents Say Mentally Disabled Girl, 3, Denied Transplant; Experts Say Situation is Complex
The parents of a 3-year-old New Jersey girl say she’s being denied a kidney transplant because of her mental disabilities, but experts caution the situation may be much more complex.
Fat Dad, Fat Kids: New Research Points to Fathers’ Influence
If you want to predict whether a baby is going to have a weight problem, new research suggests, look at his or her dad.
Tiger Tamer! Study Challenges Theory that Asian Parenting Makes Kids Succeed
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Prof. Desiree Qin takes on ‘Tiger Mom’ author Amy Chua over harsh discipline in study at Stuyvesant HS that finds Chinese-American students more anxious and depressed.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Personality Traits Can Predict From Childhood Predisposition to Alcohol Abuse
Researchers from the Personality and Psychopathology Group at the Universitat Jaume I have found a way to predict future inclinations of a child in their adult life. This breakthrough will allow the development of more effective programs and prevention campaigns, as it takes into account the psychological characteristics of the most vulnerable people. (Medical News Today)
A Second Language Gives Toddlers an Edge
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Bilingual children have been found to have an advantage in attention control when compared to unilingual children. In a study, 63 toddlers were divided into groups of unilingual and bilingual infants. Bilingual children seemed to prevail on tasks where they were distracted. This seems to be a result of their experience listening to and using their two languages. (Medical News Today)
Make anti-vaccine parents pay higher premiums
Physician Rahul K. Parikh and others believe that if a parent decides to not vaccinate their child they should have to pay more to health insurance. He compares this to smokers’ higher premiums and explains how not vaccinating a child puts others at risk, so there should be some kind of deterrent in place. (CNN)