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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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Study Tentatively Links Flu in Pregnancy and Autism
Kids whose mothers had the flu while pregnant were slightly more likely to be diagnosed with “infantile autism” before age three in a new study. But the children’s overall risk for the developmental disorder was not higher than that of other kids. (via Reuters)

Next-Day Discharge After C-Section May Be Okay: Study
Some women who deliver their babies by cesarean section may be able to check out of the hospital the next day without raising their risk of problems, according to a new study. (via Reuters)

Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems
If your child gets recurring headaches and you think they might need glasses, you may be mistaken – a new study says children’s headaches are rarely triggered by vision problems. (via CNN)

Early Stress May Sensitize Girls’ Brains for Later Anxiety
High levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls, according to new results of a long-running population study. (via ScienceDaily)

Cell Phone Use In Schools A Possibility With ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Initiative
As schools try to add more technology during a time when they are receiving less funding, many will begin to consider allowing students to use devices they already own. That will include cellphones and electronic tablets like iPads. (via Huffington Post)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, August 20th, 2012

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What’s the Right Age to Give Your Kid A Cell Phone?
The most popular age at which parents give their kids cell phones is 12. Are tweens ready to handle the responsibility of their own digital link to the world? (via Time)

Vermont Brothers Get Deadly Disease, But Only One Gets Healing Drug
The Leclaire brothers were born with the same deadly disease — Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Max, 10, is in a clinical trial for a new drug that has miraculously reversed some of his debilitating symptoms, but Austin, 13, has been turned away. (via ABC News)

Salmonella Outbreak in 20 States Kills 2 and Sickens 141
An outbreak of salmonella infections across 20 states has resulted in two deaths and sickened 141 people in recent weeks, state and federal authorities said. (via New York Times)

Secondhand Smoke Impairs Vital Cough Reflex in Kids
New research from the Monell Center reveals that exposure to secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in otherwise healthy children and adolescents. (via Science Daily)

Vitamin C May Lessen Harmful Effects of Air Pollution
There’s another reason to eat fruits and veggies: A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases. (via MSNBC)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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Coaches Can Play Big Role in How Kids Feel About Sports
A new study suggests that coaches who heed those pleas and give kids playing time and avoid pitting one kid against another may end up with more motivated players who stick with the game.

Cell Phones Don’t Seem to Pose Cancer Risk to Kids: Study
Children who use cell phones don’t seem to face an increased risk of brain cancer, compared to children who don’t use them, a new study contends.

Breastfeeding Problems Tied to Moms’ Depression
New moms who have particular difficulty breastfeeding may be at greater risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests.

A Sleepaway Camp Where Math Is the Main Sport
As camps go, the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving might sound like a recipe for misery: six hours of head-scratching math instruction each day and nights in a college dorm far from home.

Once Nearly 100%, Teacher Tenure Rate Drops to 58% as Rules Tighten
Under tougher evaluation guidelines that the city put into effect this year, 58 percent of teachers eligible for tenure received it, the mayor said at a news conference at the Department of Education. A decision on tenure was deferred for 39 percent of eligible teachers, up from 8 percent a year ago. Three percent of eligible teachers were denied tenure outright in both years.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Epilepsy Drugs’ Risk of Birth Defects May Be Dose-Dependent
Four of the most frequently prescribed epilepsy drugs appear to increase the risk of serious birth defects when taken early in pregnancy, a new study finds. (Yahoo)

New Male Birth Control Concept Shows Promise
A birth control for men may be on the horizon. Now, research to interfere with the body’s ability to use vitamin A is showing some promise, because, in men, vitamin A is necessary for the production of sperm. One recent study found that a compound that interferes with the body’s ability to use vitamin A rendered male mice sterile while they were receiving 8- or 16-week courses. But once the mice were taken off the compound, they resumed making sperm. (Yahoo)

Kids Who Bully Often Get Poor Sleep
Poor sleep may be a factor in aggressive behavior among kids, according to new research that found that children who bully other kids are more likely to be sleepy during the day.

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The Scary News About Cell Phones and Cancer

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

By now you’ve probably heard about the report from the World Health Organization which has classified the radiation that comes from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic. The cell phone-cancer link has been studied for years, and the findings have generally been cautious but leaning toward the side of the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields not causing cancer. But WHO’s report today is far more worrisome, connecting the exposure to these radio waves to certain types of brain tumors called gliomas.

Much more research needs to be done before we have a definitive answer, but for now, there’s a simple step you can take to protect yourself: Use an earpiece when talking on the phone. If you don’t have one yet, hold your phone as far from your head as you can when you talk on the phone. And because a verdict on the effects on children’s brains is nowhere near in yet—and there are concerns that because their skulls are thinner, radiation can penetrate more easily—it’s best to avoid having your child use a cell phone at all.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Even kids who play sports don’t exercise enough
On average, kids enrolled in soccer, baseball or softball exercised heavily for only 45 minutes during practice — 15 minutes less than the amount recommended by national guidelines. (MSNBC)

A winter birthday may affect your biological clock
The finding is the first of its kind in mammals, and could explain why people born in the winter are at higher risk for mental health disorders including bipolar depression, schizophrenia and seasonal affective disorder. (MSNBC)

Study links cell phones to child misbehavior
Researchers studying the health effects of cellphones say they have found evidence that when pregnant women use them regularly, their children are more likely to have behavioral problems. (MSNBC)

Study finds bisphenol A (BPA) on money
A new report says Bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial hormone disrupting chemical widely used in plastics, is turning up in an unlikely place–the money in your wallet. (Paging Dr. Gupta)

Consumers Union raises concerns about mercury in tuna
Younger women and children should limit the amount of tuna they eat and pregnant women should not eat tuna at all, because of mercury levels found in the canned and packaged fish, says  new report in the January 2011 issue of Consumer Reports. (Paging Dr. Gupta)

Children’s Hospitals Lose Some Drug Discounts
In an unintended consequence of the new health care law, drug companies have begun notifying children’s hospitals around the country that they no longer qualify for large discounts on drugs used to treat rare medical conditions. (New York Times)

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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Study Sheds New Light On Childhood Obesity EpidemicGoody Blog Daily News Roundup
In comparing physical activity levels among American children, researchers discovered that the most overweight and obese ethnic groups are also some of the most active. This work adds to a growing understanding of the complex relationships among physical activity, nutrition, weight management, fitness and health. (Medical News Today)

Sports Participation Does Not Guarantee That Children Get Enough Physical Activity
Only about one-fourth of children participating in organized sports-such as baseball, softball or soccer-receive the government-recommended amount of physical activity during team practices, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the April 2011 print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (Medical News Today)

Young Children Who Attend Group Child Care Centers Get More Infections Then, But Fewer During School Years
Children who attend large group child care facilities before age 2∏ appear to develop more respiratory and ear infections at that age, but fewer such illnesses during elementary school years, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (Medical News Today)

Disorders Of Sexual Development Linked To Faulty Gene
Scientists have discovered that the alteration of a single gene could cause some male embryos to develop as females. The breakthrough will improve diagnosis and clinical management of patients with disorders of sex development (DSD). These conditions occur when the testis or ovary does not develop properly in the embryo, causing genital abnormalities in one in 4500 babies.  (Medical News Today)
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