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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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Swallowed batteries send thousands of kids to ER yearly
A growing number of children are swallowing batteries, especially circular “button batteries,” leading to thousands of emergency room visits each year and, in a few cases, deaths. (via Fox News)

How Texting and IMing Helps Introverted Teens
Digital communication may seem impersonal, but that distance may also provide some benefits, especially for troubled teens (via Time)

Sweetened drinks may be linked to premature births
Women who drink a lot of sweet sodas during pregnancy may be more likely to give birth prematurely, a new study suggests. (via Fox News)

Breast cancer survivors may face second threat: heart failure
Researchers found a much higher rate of heart failure among breast cancer survivors than has previously been reported, and said their findings likely reflect the real-world risks that women have. (via NBC)

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What Black Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Monday, August 6th, 2012

This guest post is from our friend Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D., executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. He shares important research showing how hard it can be for African-American women to reap the benefits of our country’s improved breast cancer survival rates–and advice on what can be done about it.

While medical researchers have made significant advances in improving breast cancer survival rates, the disease remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide.

Though many advances in surgery and treatment exist, not all women can access these breakthroughs. A recent Avon Foundation for Women-funded study on racial disparities in breast cancer showed the breast cancer mortality rate for black women has remained the same over the last 20 years, but the rate for white women has decreased by almost half because of access to advances in diagnosis and treatment. (The infographic below illustrates this in more detail.)

The outcome of the study is alarming for black women, but because the contributing factors are largely societal, we believe this problem is fixable through education, access to care and treatment. While the causes of breast cancer are still being investigated, there are steps you can take today to help reduce your risk:

  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Watch your weight
  • Know your family history and breast cancer risk
  • If you have a child, breastfeed – experts recommend nursing the baby within an hour of giving birth if possible, not supplementing with formula while in the hospital, and breastfeeding for at least six months
  • For five years after each pregnancy, be especially vigilant of what is normal for your breasts -discuss any changes with your doctor immediately
  • Exercise – sign up for an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! Three walks remain in 2012: Santa Barbara (Sept. 22-23), New York (Oct. 20-21), and Charlotte (Oct. 27-28). And it’s not too early to sign up for a 2013 Avon Walk. I’m pleased to offer a $10 registration discount for Parents.com readers. When registering at avonwalk.org, just enter the code “WALK2 at checkout to receive the discount.

Visit www.avonfoundation.org to help fund life-saving research and programs that ensure access to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

For more information and resources, visit www.cancer.org or http://www.avonfoundation.org/breast-cancer-crusade/.

 Top image: Illustration of a smiling African-American woman wearing headscarf and a pink ribbon, via Shutterstock.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

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Breast Cancer Charity Overstated Screening Benefits, Researchers Say
Researchers say Susan G. Komen for the Cure overstated the benefit mammograms have on survival rates of women with breast cancer. Komen’s messages stated 98 percent of women who get the screening tests survive at least five years, while 23 percent who do not get mammograms survive that long — a difference of 75 percentage points. (via NBC News)

New Pets May Help Autistic Kids Socially
Getting a pet may help children with autism to develop their social skills, if the furry friend is brought into the home when the child is about 5 years old, according to a new French study. The researchers discovered the children showed improvement in their abilities to share with others and to offer comfort. (via Fox News)

Hidden Dangers in Vitamins & Supplements?
According to a new report in Consumer Reports, vitamins and supplements could do more harm than good in some cases. Between 2007 and mid-April 2012, the FDA received more than 6,300 reports of serious adverse events linked to dietary supplements, including vitamins and herbs. (via CNN)

Disharmony in the Land of Nod
A new study suggests that even moderate levels of household conflict can alter basic brain function in infants, leaving them hypersensitive to negative emotions. Researchers found chronic family conflict made infants more likely to have abnormal brain responses to angry speech. (via Huffington Post)

Chile Bans Marketing of Toys in Children’s Food
A new law in Chile aims to take some fun out of fast-food by forcing McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and other restaurants to stop including toys and other goodies with children’s meals. The complaint also targets makers of cereal, popsicles, and other products that attract children with toys, crayons, or stickers. (via Associated Press)

Speaking Multiple Languages Can Influence Children’s Emotional Development
Researchers are investigating how using different languages to discuss and express emotions in a multilingual family might play an important role in children’s emotional development. They propose the particular language used when discussing and expressing emotion can have significant impacts on children’s emotional understanding, experience, and regulation. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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Some Women Get New Benefits Under Obamacare
Beginning today, all new health insurance plans will be required to provide eight preventive health benefits to women for free, as mandated by the health care reform law Congress passed in 2012. (via CNN)

Bloomberg’s Breastfeeding Plan Angers Mom Bloggers
Breastfeeding experts are applauding New York City’s “Latch On NYC” initiative, which aims to encourage breastfeeding and curb baby formula use in hospitals, but some mommy bloggers are not happy, and they are taking their grievances online. (via ABC News)

Ob-gyns Recommend Annual Well-Woman Visit, Others Don’t Agree
Women should have a well-woman appointment with their doctor every year, typically including pelvic and breast exams, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, though there are varying opinions in the medical community. (via Reuters)

EU Approves Afinitor For Certain Breast Cancers
Swiss drug maker Novartis AG says it has received European approval to market Afinitor for treatment of women with the most common form of advanced breast cancer. (via Associated Press)

Chocolate Cravings Don’t Increase Before Menstruation
A recent study suggests that women’s cocoa cravings do not increase before menstruation. In addition, the stage of the women’s menstrual cycle did not affect their cravings for high-fat foods, or the amount of chocolate they ate. (via NBC News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

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FDA: BPA Banned in Baby Bottles
The federal government announced Tuesday that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain the controversial chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA. The American Chemistry Council asked the FDA to phase out rules allowing BPA in those products in October. (via Associated Press)

Sports Promote Healthy Weight in Teenagers
New findings published in the journal Pediatrics are among the first to demonstrate that walking or riding a bike to school actually has an impact on weight gain among high school students. Also, playing on at least one high school sports team, but preferably two or more, can significantly lower the likelihood of obesity in teens. (via NY Times)

Dads’ Jobs Linked to Birth Defect Risks
Certain jobs held by men in the months before they conceive a child may increase the risk of birth defects, a new study suggests. Many of these occupations included environments where workers are commonly exposed to solvents. (via MSNBC)

Mothers Who Have Heavier Babies May Be at Increased Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds
A hefty birth weight may put mothers at more than twice the risk of breast cancer compared with a woman who had a comparatively smaller baby, according to preliminary data from two studies, published Tuesday in the journal PLoS One. (via CNN)

Autism Survey for Parents May Catch Disorder Early
A survey, called The First Year Inventory, given to parents when their children are 1 year old may help identify kids at risk of autism, a new study suggests. (via MSNBC)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

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Fewer Younger Women Are Getting Mammograms
The number of women in their 40s undergoing mammograms slightly declined, says a new study carried out by the Mayo Clinic. The study found a drop of roughly 6 percent in the number of mammograms among these younger women, a change that the researchers called modest but still significant. (via NY Times)

Coffee May Help Protect Against Skin Cancer
Protection against skin cancer can be added to the list of health benefits that come with drinking coffee, a new study says. Women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily were 21 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, compared with women who drank less than one cup of caffeinated coffee per month, the study showed. For men, this risk reduction was 10 percent. (via msnbc.com)

Nearly 1 in 3 Teens Sext, Says Study
Nearly 1 in 3 teens has sent a nude picture of him or herself to someone else, and more than half have been asked to do so, according to new research on nearly 1,000 Texas teens. The study, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, also found that teen “sexting” is strongly linked to actual sexual behavior. (via TIME)

Parents Defend Letting Daughter, 5, Swim With Sharks
When Elana and David Barnes posted a home video to YouTube of their 5-year-old daughter swimming in the ocean, they intended to share their vacation memories with friends and family, not the world. But the video quickly became a viral sensation because it shows their daughter, Anaia, not just frolicking in the water but snorkeling with sharks in the waters off the Bahamas. (via ABC News)

Is This Teen Angst or an Uncontrollable Anger Disorder?
With all those raging hormones, every teenager is bound to “lose it” at one time or another. But a recent study suggests that adolescents’ attacks of anger may indicate something more serious than your standard puberty-related mood swings. (via TIME)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Fever in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk
Running a fever during pregnancy is associated with a risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays in the offspring, a new study reports.

Disney to Quit Taking Ads for Junk Food Aimed at Kids
The Walt Disney Co. is announcing today that it plans to advertise only healthier foods to kids on its TV channels, radio station and website.

Mystery E. Coli Infection Claims 6-Year-Old Mass. Boy
The death of a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy after a mystery E. coli infection continues to stump health officials searching for the source.

Study: Childhood Cancer Survivors Face New Risks
Women treated with chest radiation for cancer when they were girls have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than previously thought, doctors warn.

Opting Out of Vaccinations Could Get Tougher in California
The re-emergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases has prompted the California legislature to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

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Studies Show Genes Play Major Role in Autism
A sweeping study of hundreds of families with autism has found that spontaneous mutations can occur in a parent’s sperm or egg cells that increase a child’s risk for autism, and fathers are four times more likely than mothers to pass these mutations on to their children, researchers said on Wednesday.

Birth Control Shots Tied to Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says
Recent use of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera for at least a year was associated with a doubling of young women’s breast cancer risk, a new study has found.

Washington Boy, 9, Writes Apology to Girl He Shot
A 9-year-old boy in Bremerton, Wash. wrote a letter apologizing to a classmate who was seriously wounded after a gun discharged from his backpack, lodging a bullet in her spine.

Maid’s Cries Cast Light on Child Labor in India
A 13-year-old girl who worked as a maid reportedly led a life akin to slavery, in a symptom of India’s growing middle class and its demand for domestic workers, jobs often filled by children.

Frozen Assets: Why American Sperm Is a Hot Commodity
The U.S. is by far the largest exporter of human sperm in the world. Every year tens of thousands of vials go to more than 60 countries.

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