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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Exercise by Breastfeeding Moms Unlikely to Harm Infants’ Growth
A new study out Monday suggests that regular exercise by women who breastfeed does not slow weight gain in infants. The total effects of exercise on breast milk, however, are still unknown. (via Reuters)
Daily Caffeine Fix Affecting Elementary Students’ Performance
According to a recent study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, caffeine from soft drinks, energy drinks, and chocolate is a major factor for sleep problems in children, hindering their ability to concentrate in school. (via Fox News)
Son Holds “Homeless” Sign as Form of Punishment
When a Maryland teen didn’t call home on time after wanting to spend the night at a friend’s house, dad Kevin Burks crafted an unusual form of discipline. (via The Today Show)
Light to Moderate Drinking May Be Safe During Pregnancy, Study Says
New data from Denmark suggests that light drinking early in pregnancy — up to eight drinks a week — doesn’t have ill effects on the developing fetus. (via TIME)
Charter Schools Still Enrolling Fewer With Disabilities
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Disabled students represented 8.2 percent of all American students enrolled during the 2009-10 year in charter schools, compared with 11.2 percent of students attending public schools, according to a Government Accountability Office analysis. (via NY Times)
Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Colorado to Consider Toughest Trans-Fat Ban in the Country
The nation’s leanest state is taking aim at junk food in school cafeterias as it considers the nation’s toughest school trans-fat ban.
Pfizer Birth Control Recall: Could Women Who Get Pregnant Sue?
If women wind up pregnant from faulty pill packets, product liability lawsuits or “wrongful pregnancy” cases — reminiscent of medical malpractice — could be filed.
Moms’ Bossiness at Snack Time Tied to Kids’ Weight
Mothers who push their toddlers to eat more at snack time may end up with a heavier child, a new study suggests.
Some Colleges Cut Tuition, Hasten Graduation
Even before President Barack Obama announced plans last month to push colleges to improve affordability, a number of schools beat him to the punch by lowering tuition and helping students graduate in fewer semesters.
Many Public Schools in D.C.’s Poorest Area Should be Transformed or Shut, Study Says
A new study commissioned by D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray recommends that the city turn around or close more than three dozen traditional public schools in its poorest neighborhoods and expand the number of high-performing charter schools.
Super Bowl Breastfeeding Room Bonds Nursing Mothers, Football In Unlikely Partnership
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It may seem like an unlikely partnership — football and breastfeeding — but last month, when the nonprofit health care provider MESH set up a clinic in Super Bowl Village, it partnered with the Indiana Perinatal Network to include a lactation room.
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Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Man Accused of Leaving Toddler Alone in Occupy Tent
A man accused of leaving a 13-month-old girl alone in a tent at Washington’s Occupy DC encampment has been arrested, U.S. Park Police said Wednesday.
Mom Defends Daughter Singing Racy Song
Jane Velez-Mitchell asks mother of “Toddler & Tiaras” star about her young daughter singing a racy song at a nightclub.
New York City Charter School Finds That a Grade of ‘C’ Means Closing
For the first time, New York City is closing a charter school for the offense of simply being mediocre.
Parents Rebel Against School
Fed-up parents of students attending a low-performing school in Southern California aim to use the power given to them by the state to take an unusual step: fire the school.
Mary Ellen Avery, Premature Babies’ Savior, Dies at 84
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Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, a medical researcher who helped save hundreds of thousands of premature infants with a single, crucial discovery about their ability to breathe, died on Dec. 4 in West Orange, N.J. She was 84.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Adolescent deaths overtake child mortality
Death rates among adolescents have overtaken those of young children as increasing numbers of young males are dying through violence or injury while efforts to reduce child mortality are succeeding. A study of data from 50 countries over the second half of the 20th century found that most deaths of young people were due to incidents such as car accidents or reckless behavior, with violence and suicide also key causes of death. (Yahoo)
Docs warn about teens and ‘Facebook depression’
Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors’ group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it’s simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines. (MSNBC)
Arriving as Pregnant Tourists, Leaving With American Babies
For months, officials say, this house was home to “maternity tourists,” in this case, women from China who had paid tens of thousands of dollars to deliver their babies in the United States, making the infants automatic American citizens. Officials shut down the home, sending the 10 mothers who had been living there with their babies to nearby motels. (New York Times)
In Fight for Space, Educator Takes On Charter Chain
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Since last summer, an elementary school principal’s plans to open an urban school in Upper Manhattan have been met with support from the Education Department, then hurdles. (New York Times)