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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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More Babies Are Surviving Extreme Preterm Birth, But Health Disabilities Remain
Despite innovative techniques to keep premature babies healthy, death rates and lingering health problems among extremely preterm babies remained unchanged for decades. (via Time)

Breast Cancer: Using Tamoxifen Longer Saves Lives
Breast cancer patients who take the drug tamoxifen for 10 years instead of just the recommended five can further cut their chances of having the disease come back or kill them, researchers reported on Wednesday. (via NBC News)

After Parent’s Cancer Death, One in Five Kids Self-Injure
One in five teens who lost one of their parents to cancer cut or burn themselves, compared to one in ten teens with two living parents, according to a new Swedish study. (via Reuters)

Atlanta Schools Debate Carbon Monoxide Detectors After Carbon Monoxide Gas Scare
Atlanta school officials are discussing whether to install carbon monoxide alarms after a leak sent 42 students and five adults to the hospital Monday and forced the evacuation of 500 students. The gas was found at potentially lethal levels near a furnace. (via Huffington Post)

Second-Hand Smoke Linked to Children’s Behavior Problems
It is a known fact that active maternal smoking during pregnancy has negative effects on child health, such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, new research suggests that second hand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), may be just as harmful. (via ScienceDaily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

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FDA Approves Seasonal Flu Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell technology, rather than the half-century egg method. (via USA Today)

Can Your Job Increase Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?
A study explores the occupations with the strongest links to breast cancer. (via Time)

OB-GYN group: Birth Control Pill Should Be on Shelves
Birth control pills are so safe and important to women that they should be sold on drugstore shelves, without a doctor’s prescription, says a group representing many of the doctors who prescribe them. (via USA Today)

Behind the Black Friday Hot Toy Lists
Get ready to hear a lot about the Eagle Talon Castle, the LeapPad2 from LeapFrog and the reincarnation of Furby – all of which toy industry insiders predict will be hot sellers this year. (via Reuters)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Obama Win Clears Health Law Hurdle, Challenges Remain
President Barack Obama’s re-election eliminates the possibility of a wholesale repeal of his signature healthcare reform law, but leaves questions about how many of the changes will be implemented as the national focus shifts to tackling the U.S. debt and deficit. (via Reuters)

What Obama Win Means for Education Reform
President Barack Obama—who pushed through an unprecedented windfall of education funding in his first term and spurred states to make widespread changes to K-12 policy through competitive grants—has been re-elected. With education issues, including funding and college loans, a steady though never central theme on the campaign trail, there is a lot left on President Obama’s to-do list. (via Education Week)

Children, Teens at Risk for Lasting Emotional Impact from Hurricane Sandy
After Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters have receded and homes demolished by the storm repaired, the unseen aftershocks of the storm may linger for many children who were in the storm’s path, particularly those whose families suffered significant losses. (via Science Daily)

FDA Grants Priority Review to Roche’s Breast Cancer Drug
Roche, the world’s biggest maker of cancer drugs, said U.S. health regulators granted a priority review to its experimental breast cancer drug TDM-1, expediting the review process for the marketing application of the drug. (via Reuters)

DNA Sequencing of Infants and Children With Anatomical Defects of Unknown Causes
A one-year-old research initiative brought together researchers, clinicians and policy experts to tackle the challenges of incorporating new genomic technologies into clinical care of newborns, infants and children with anatomical defects whose causes are unknown. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Climbs; Millions Without Power
Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 33, many of the victims killed by falling trees. (Associated Press)

Slimmer Future for Heavy Kids Who Get Help Early
Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to a pair of new studies. (Reuters)

Mammograms: For One Life Saved, 3 Women Overtreated
Breast cancer screening for women over 50 saves lives, an independent panel in Britain has concluded, confirming findings in U.S. and other studies. But that screening comes with a cost: The review found that for every life saved, roughly three other women were overdiagnosed. (Associated Press)

U.S. Set to Sponsor Health Insurance
The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans that will be offered to consumers in every state. (New York Times)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

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Before Meningitis Outbreak, Firm Avoided Sanctions
The pharmacy tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak escaped harsh punishment from health regulators several times in the years leading up to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak that has raised questions about oversight of the customized drug mixing industry, newly released state records show. (via Reuters)

Standardized Child Booster Seat Laws Would Save Lives, Study Suggests
State laws that mandate car booster seat use for children at least until age 8, are associated with fewer motor vehicle-related fatalities and severe injuries, and should be standardized throughout the U.S. to optimally protect children, according to new research. (via Science Daily)

One-Third of Parents Concerned About Losing Jobs, Pay When They Stay Home With Sick Kids
Many child care providers have rules that exclude sick children from care, spurring anxious moments for millions of working parents. In a new University of Michigan poll, one-third of parents of young children report they are concerned about losing jobs or pay when they stay home to care for sick children who can’t attend child care. (via Science Daily)

Cheerleading Needs Sports Safety Rules, Docs Say
Cheerleading isn’t just jumping and waving pompoms – it has become as athletic and potentially as dangerous as a sport and should be designated one to improve safety, the nation’s leading group of pediatricians says. (via Fox News)

Most Women Can Wait up to 5 Years Between Pap Tests, New Guidelines Say
Most women can wait three to five years between Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer, according to guidelines released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). (via Reuters)

New Breast Cancer Therapy Tied to More Complications
Women about to have breast cancer surgery may want to pay extra attention to the radiation treatment they could be offered afterward. (via Reuters)

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A Post I Didn’t Want to Write

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

In October we’re all inundated with breast cancer stories. And each one hits us in a different way, especially if you have any experience with the disease. And really, isn’t that all of us at this point?

A colleague told me about her friend, Meredith Israel Thomas, and her story is as heartbreaking as it gets. But if you’re a mom of a young child, like Meredith is and like I am and like most of you are, it’s almost physically painful to read what she and her husband Gary are going through. (That’s Meredith and Gary with their daughter; the photo was taken at a wedding just last month.)

Meredith found a lump in her breast when she was 25. It was found to be benign. Then the lump grew, so she had a lumpectomy. Nearly 10 years later, she felt a large mass under her armpit – and at age 36 was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer that had spread to, among other places, her liver, lymph nodes, spine, and ribs. By this time she had a 20-month old daughter, Niomi.

Meredith has been through three years of treatments, but as she posted last week on her CaringBridge blog, her life is coming to an end. Her liver is failing; her doctor believes she’s down to her final few weeks. She’s been blogging regularly for as long as she can and it’s all in an attempt to help her 5-year-old daughter someday understand what happened, to know her mother better, and to see for herself just how hard her mom fought in order to have a life with her family for as long as she possibly could.

The message Meredith wants to get out to all of you is how crucial early detection is. “The doctors missed my cancer,” she wrote. “By the time they paid attention it was too late. I’m pissed off about them missing it. I am SO ANGRY about the amount of young women I am meeting everyday who are being diagnosed earlier and earlier with this horrible disease. Breast cancer awareness is amazing, but it doesn’t focus on early detection or the young women who are fighting this disease.”

One of our country’s most prominent breast cancer researchers, Susan Love, M.D., agrees that awareness isn’t enough. That’s why the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation has recently launched its Health of Women (HOW) study. The goal is to learn how breast cancer starts and how to prevent it. The online study is open to all women, anywhere in the world, and with or without breast cancer. If you’re looking for a way to help the breast cancer cause, consider this. It costs nothing but your time and has the potential to prevent our children from ever being in the position Meredith’s daughter is in right now.

Meredith, on behalf of moms everywhere, thank you for sharing your experience. Your message is coming through loud and clear. And it is going to make a difference.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

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Mother’s Touch Could Change Effects of Prenatal Stress
Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, and Kings College, London, have found that mothers who stroke their baby’s body in the first few weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy can have on an infant’s early-life development. (via Science Daily)

World TB Cases Fall, But Drug-Resistance A Worry: WHO
The number of people in the world newly infected with tuberculosis fell again last year, dropping by 2.2 percent, but the burden of TB looms large and the pace of diagnosis of drug-resistant strains of the infection is slow, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. (via Reuters)

Are Health Check-Ups Necessary? Study Says Not So Much
The latest review, published in the Cochrane Library from the The Cochrane Collaboration shows that yearly physicals do not reduce the risk of dying from from serious illness like cancer and heart disease, and may cause unnecessary harm instead. (via Time)

Housing Starts Jump to Fastest Pace in 4 Years
Groundbreaking on new U.S. homes surged in September to its fastest pace in more than four years, a sign the housing sector’s budding recovery is gaining traction. (via NBC)

Epigenetic Difference in Twins Explains Different Risk of Breast Cancer
A research team has identified an epigenetic change in the twin who will develop breast cancer but not in the healthy one. The finding has been advanced this week in the journal Carcinogenesis. (via Science Daily)

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Nominate a ‘Pink Power Mom’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Do you know a mom who is a breast cancer survivor and a role model her community? Are you one?

Consider nominating someone you know (or yourself!) as this year’s Pink Power Mom, an annual program that looks for eight moms who are “inspirations to their families, friends, and other battling breast cancer because of their resilient spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity.”  Each winner will receive $5,000 for the breast cancer society of their choice and $1,000 as a legacy donation for four years.  Plus “a weekend of pampering, education, and luxurious gifts.”

Visit to nominate a mom (this is the first year self-nominations are being accepted) and read stories about past mom winners.  The nominations deadline is Oct. 31, 2012.

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