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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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Children’s Preexisting Symptoms Influence Their Reactions to Disaster Coverage On TV
The new study finds that while the amount of exposure to disaster coverage matters, children’s preexisting symptoms of post-traumatic stress also play an important role. (via Science Daily)

Kids Consume More Soda and Calories When Eating Out
Children and adolescents consume more calories and soda and have poorer nutrient-intake on days they eat at either fast-food or full-service restaurants, as compared to days they eat meals at — or from — home. (via Science Daily)

Record Number Complete High School and College
Although the United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, record numbers of young Americans are completing high school, going to college and finishing college, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available census data. (via New York Times)

Vitamin D Levels Decrease During Winter Months In Women With Health Conditions
Women with health issues such as arthritis and diabetes are much more likely to have inadequate levels of vitamin D during the winter than in the summer, according to new research introduced at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Annual Meeting. (via Medical News Today)

In Abortion Fight, Disabled Woman’s Parents Turn to Nevada High Court
The parental guardians of a 32-year-old pregnant disabled woman have asked the Nevada Supreme Court to block a judge from holding hearings that anti-abortion activists believe could end in the termination of the woman’s pregnancy. (via LA Times)

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Fast Food Chains To Post Nutrition Info

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

America is one of the fattest nations in the world, and our kids are tipping the scales, too: one-third of American children are overweight or obese. We’ve talked about preparing nutritious meals and fun ways to get moving, but making smart choices becomes tricky when you’re on the road or crunched for time. Good news: restaurant chains are making it easier for consumers to know exactly what we’re stuffing in our mouths.

Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court voted to uphold President Obama’s health care plan, which requires all food chains with more than 20 locations to post nutrition information. Starting Monday, McDonald’s will post calorie counts at locations nationwide. Chains such as Subway and Panera are already on board, too. McDonald’s is also testing new, healthier menu items including an egg-white McMuffin on a whole grain roll. The chain now includes apple slices in Happy Meals and recently rolled out a “Favorites Under 400” campaign that spotlighted lower-calorie choices.

But will it make a difference? We asked Parents’ adviser David Ludwig, MD/PhD, Director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Knowing the calorie content of a fast food meal is certainly a step in the right direction,” he says. “However, when it comes to obesity prevention and overall health, quality matters. A 100-calorie pack of junk food isn’t healthy simply because it contains only 100 calories. In addition to calorie count, consider also what’s actually in that fast food meal before placing the order.” When possible, eat fresh ingredients prepared without added fat from deep-frying. But when you do reach for fast food, use this info to make smart choices.

Share your thoughts: will knowing the nutrition information change what you order at fast-food joints?

Image: Boy with fast food via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Body Weight More Contagious in Childhood Than Adulthood
How much we weigh as adults is more influenced by the people around us during childhood than those we spend time with as adults, a new study suggests.

Kids’ Leukemia Risk Tied to Dads’ Smoking
Children whose fathers smoked have at least a 15 percent higher risk of developing the most common form of childhood cancer, a new Australian study finds.

Can Calorie Counts Convince Teens Not To Buy Sugary Drinks?
Does calorie information help consumers make healthier choices? Not always. But a new study finds that when calorie counts are presented in an easily understandable way, even teenagers — those experts in never listening to useful advice — can be persuaded to avoid high-sugar choices.

Looks Like Candy, Tastes Like Candy, But It Can Kill Your Kid
Most kids will eat anything that looks, smells or tastes like candy, including medications, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal
A former schools chancellor in Washington has refused to talk to USA Today reporters about a cheating scandal.

Falls from windows injure 5,100 kids every year
Every year, more than 5,100 American kids go to the hospital with injuries after falling out of windows, and a quarter of them are serious enough for the children to be admitted, according to the first nationwide study of the problem.

The Placenta Cookbook
For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor.

Calories, sugar reduced in flavored milk for kids
Good news for milk-pushing moms this September: kid-favorite flavored milks will have less calories and sugar, according to the Milk Processor Education Program.

Congenital heart disease screening recommended for newborns
Before newborns leave the hospital, they should receive a simple, pain-free test to check for signs of congenital heart disease, one of the most common types of birth defects, according to a recommendation by a federal advisory panel.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupJudge is Critical of Cuts in Aid for New Jersey Schools

New Jersey’s cuts in school financing violate the State Constitution’s mandate to provide “a thorough and efficient” education system and hit poor districts especially hard, a judge reported to the State Supreme Court on Tuesday. (New York Times)

AAAI: Drug Speeds Up Milk Allergy Treatment

“Rush” desensitization for food allergies may be feasible by toning down immune response with the monoclonal antibody omalizumab (Xolair), according to a proof-of-concept study. (Med Page Today)

Pediatricians say rear-facing best; moms say, ‘We’ll see…’

Abby Mazzei started putting her daughter in a forward-facing car seat when she turned 1. The little girl had begun to get antsy facing backward, and it was clear to her mother that it was time. (LA Times)

Sleep-Deprived people at 300 more calories a day

When people are sleep-deprived, they eat almost 300 calories a day more than when they are well-rested. And ice cream is one of their favorite foods to eat when they’re tired, a new study shows. (USA Today)

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Role for Teachers Is Seen in Solving Schools’ Crises

DENVER — Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, convening a two-day labor-management conference here on Tuesday, argued that teachers’ unions can help solve many of the challenges facing public schools.

But as the conference opened, that view was under challenge in a number of state capitals.

Republicans in several states have proposed legislation in recent weeks that would bar teachers’ unions from all policy discussions, except when the time comes to negotiate compensation. In Tennessee and Wisconsin, Republicans have proposed stripping teachers’ unions of collective bargaining rights altogether. (New York Times)

Calories on Menus Don’t Change Kids’ Choices

Feb. 15, 2011 — Listing calories on the menus at fast-food restaurants doesn’t seem to affect kids’ choices or those that their parents make for them, finds a small study in the International Journal of Obesity. (Web MD)

Chores are Good for Kids

I began this post as a response to Daniel Lancy’s discussion of chores from an anthropological perspective.  I don’t believe he mentions it, but my reading of the literature suggests that among many groups of hunter/gatherers, where women provide most of the food for their families (meat being a special treat, not daily sustenance), children as young as three essentially find enough food to support themselves.  Inefficiently, probably interfering with their mothers’ work every step of the way, but a net gain to the family.  (Psychology Today)

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