Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Chicago School Closings Provoke Parents’ Confusion, Anger
Nanette Fouch does not understand why her granddaughter may have to transfer from a Chicago elementary school earmarked to close partly because of poor academics to one where students scored even lower on a recent standardized test. (via Huffington Post)
Violent Video Games are a Risk Factor for Criminal Behavior and Aggression, New Evidence Shows
People are quick to point the finger or dismiss the effect of violent video games as a factor in criminal behavior. New evidence from Iowa State researchers demonstrates a link between video games and youth violence and delinquency. (via ScienceDaily)
A High School Where the Students are the Teachers
If high school students took charge of their education with limited supervision, would they learn? A Massachusetts school is finding out. (via TIME)
Study Clarifies Link Between Fertility Treatments and Neurological Problems in Kids
Children born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments have shown a higher risk of developmental problems, but what is responsible for the heightened risk? (via TIME)
Albany Moves to End Standoff in New York City Over Teachers Evaluations
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Amid rising concerns about the promotion and consumption of energy drinks, researchers released new data Thursday suggesting energy drinks may negatively affect heart rhythm and blood pressure. (via The New York Times)
Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Smoking and Drinking May Not Harm Male Fertility
Researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. say that doctors might want to reconsider their advice to infertile men given the new findings: if infertile couples are delaying fertility treatments in order to try ineffective lifestyle changes first, it may waste valuable time and fail to help them conceive. (via TIME)
Same-Sex Parents Sue Over North Carolina Adoption Law
A civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging North Carolina’s prohibition against same-sex couples adopting each other’s children. (via Reuters)
Forced Abortion Sparks Outrage, Debate in China
Nationwide outrage continued to grow Thursday in China over a late-term abortion forced upon a woman by local family planning officials, even as authorities pledged to punish those responsible. (via CNN)
10-Year-Old Girl Gets a New Vein Made from Her Stem Cells
For the first time doctors have successfully transplanted a vein grown with a patient’s own stem cells, another example of scientists producing human body parts in the lab. (via TIME)
Childhood Obesity Affects Math Performance
Childhood obesity affects math performance in school, along with child’s social skills and well being, according to a new study published in the journal Child Development. (via ABC News)
90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike
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Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district voted overwhelmingly to authorize the first strike in 25 years if their union and the city cannot reach a deal on a contract this summer — signaling just how badly the relationship between teachers and Chicago school officials has deteriorated, union officials said Monday. (via AP)
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Friday, September 9th, 2011
The babies of Chicago just got a little bit safer. Yesterday, the Windy City became the first to ban the sale of crib bumper pads due to the suffocation hazards they are known to pose, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Though bumpers are commonly marketed as stylish nursery decor, recent history indicates they are, in fact, a serious threat and can easily block a baby’s ability to breath. In fact, according to the Tribune, the National Center for Child Death Review has received 14 reports of infant suffocation due to the presence of a bumper pad in the past 3 years.
City Council members James Balcer, and George Cardenas said they are eager to get the message out that these popular accessories simply aren’t safe. “If we were to wait for federal regulators, it probably would never get done,” Balcer said. “We have a responsibility here as government to address issues like this.”
Indeed, Federal regulators have resisted taking a firm stance on the safety of bumper pads, and are reportedly ”trying to determine if there is a scientific link between bumper pads and suffocations, or if factors such as blankets, pillows or medical issues played a primary role in babies’ deaths.” In fact, as we reported in March, the Tribune identified 17 cases of infant deaths that the Consumer Product Safety Commission failed to investigate when they were fully-aware that crib bumper pads played roles in the fatalities.
At the end of the day, most experts seem to agree, there should only be two things in your baby’s crib: a firm, tight-fitting mattress and a crib sheet. “It’s tempting to make it look cute and cozy with lots of blankets, stuffed animals, and pillows, but they’re all suffocation hazards for kids under 1 year old,” says Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council. The bottom line: the suffocation risk of bumper pads outweighs their benefits.
Share your thoughts on Chicago’s banning of crib bumpers. Are you hoping your city follows suit?
Read more about nursery safety, below, and be sure to keep up with the latest product recalls with our helpful Recall Finder on Parents.com.
Safe-Sleep Guide for Baby
The Safe Nursery
Repurpose Your Crib Bumpers
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