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Monday, July 2nd, 2012
As Crops Rot, Millions Go Hungry in India
Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country. (via Reuters)
Slightly Early Birth May Hurt Baby’s Academic Performance
Kids who get too early a start at life – even if they are born in the first half of the gestation period associated with “normal term” birth – appear more likely to struggle at reading and math by the time they reach third grade, new research suggest. (via ABC News)
Hitting Your Kids Increases their Risk of Mental Illness
A new study in Pediatrics finds that harsh physical punishment increases the risk of mental disorders — even when the punishment doesn’t stoop to the level of actual abuse. People who experienced physical punishment were more likely to experience nearly every type of mental illness examined. (via TIME)
California Bill Would Let Children Have More than Two Parents
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When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility – but that could end soon. California State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. (via The Sacramento Bee)
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Monday, June 11th, 2012
Cutting Compulsion Affects Kids as Young as 7, Study Finds
A sobering new study of 665 kids between the ages of 7 and 16, found that a full 9 percent of girls and almost 7 percent of boys surveyed have engaged in self-injurious behaviors such as cutting, banging their heads or hitting themselves.
Stepfather Beating Boy in Video Facing Charges
A video showing a man whipping his stepson with a belt has gone viral, resulting in felony child abuse charges. The video was shot by an outraged neighbor who also confronted the man.
More U.S. Teens Diagnosed With Kidney Stones
The research, which followed Minnesota children from 1984 to 2008, found that the rate of kidney stones climbed six percent each year among teenagers.
Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill
At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse stimulants.
TV Content Ratings System Set to Expand to Web
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The black labels that tell families what to expect from network television shows will start to appear on the Internet streams of those shows, too.
Friday, May 11th, 2012
Two Children Die in Hot Cars as Risky Season Begins
It’s a tragic sign of spring: Two young children have died this month in Texas and Missouri after their parents accidentally left them all day in hot vehicles.
After Abuse Investigation, Kids Often Remain at Risk
Children who remain at home after an abuse investigation are often still facing risk factors for maltreatment a few years later, a new study finds.
Should Pregnant Women Be Accommodated in the Workplace?
Not all companies are eager to oblige the needs of expectant workers. The newly proposed Pregnant Workers Fairness Act aims to force employers’ hand.
Watching TV Steers Children Toward Eating Junk
Spending time in front of the tube not only leads to mindless eating, but also sets children up to prefer unhealthy foods in general.
Blood Test May Help Identify Kids’ Smoke Exposure: Study
More than half of the children who took part in a study on exposure to cigarette smoke tested positive for such exposure, despite only a handful of their parents admitting to lighting up, according to a U.S. study.
In Mensa or Not, this Tot Proves She’s Still a Tot
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Three-year-old Emmelyn Roettger may be the nation’s youngest member of Mensa, the high-IQ society, but for any toddler, potty breaks take precedence — even during interviews on national television.
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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
‘Pink Slime’ in Your Meat? Labels to Tell You, USDA Says
As consumers clamor for more transparency about the beef product dubbed “pink slime,” federal agriculture officials have agreed to allow several meat producers to list the stuff on package labels.
For Young Women, Melanoma Rates on the Rise
In the past four decades, the incidence of melanoma has increased eight-fold among women ages 18 – 39.
Texas Granny Won Tug-of-War With Tornado Over Grandson
A Texas grandmother explained today how she piled three children into a bathtub to survive a rampaging tornado and hung on to a toddler’s feet as the twister tried to suck the boy into its vortex.
Child Abuse Pediatricians Recommend Basic Parenting Classes to Reduce Maltreatment and Neglect
A new sub-specialty of doctors — child abuse pediatricians — are certified as experts in determining whether a broken bone or a bruise is accidental or intentional.
Gay Student Sues Ohio school District Over T-Shirt
A gay student whose southwest Ohio high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gays is suing the school, saying it’s violating his freedom of expression rights.
Film Inspired by ‘Abortion Survivor’ Is Quiet Hit
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“October Baby,” inspired by a woman who claims to be an “abortion survivor,” is doing well in movie theaters.
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Obesity and Other Targets of Children’s Museums
In addition to creating future museumgoers, children’s museums seek to teach and to cater to groups with specific needs, like children in foster care and those with autism.
Is It Safe to Play Yet?
Some new parents are going to extreme lengths to protect their children from household toxins. But how far is too far?
According to a Wisconsin Bill, Single Moms Are a Child Abuse Threat
As if it weren’t hard enough already to be a single mom — or dad — a new bill in Wisconsin is associating single parenthood with child abuse.
Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Just Be Too Hard, Study Says
Exclusively breast-feeding for at least the first six months of a baby’s life, as recommended by the World Health Organization and many governments, might be more of an idealistic goal than a realistic one, according to a small Scottish study out Wednesday.
Low-Carb Diets Help Obese Kids but Tough to Follow
When it comes to managing children’s obesity, cutting portion sizes and cutting carbohydrates can work equally well — though carb control is tough for many kids, a new clinical trial finds.
Costume Jewelry Found to Have High Levels of Toxins and Carcinogens, Tests Show
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Although low-cost jewelry might be saving you a buck, it might come at the cost of you or your children’s health.
Friday, February 17th, 2012
MRI Brain Changes Seen in Early Infants with Autism
Autism may be detectable in infants as young as 6 months old, according to a study released Friday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, suggesting the condition has a stronger genetic and biological root.
One in 10 U.S. Kids Have Alcoholic Parent: Study
More than one in 10 U.S. children live with an alcoholic parent and are at increased risk of developing a host of health problems of their own, according to a new government study released on Thursday.
Abuse Cases Put Los Angeles Schools Under Fire
The spate of accusations has put an intense spotlight on the way the Los Angeles Unified School District monitors its employees and responds to reports of abuse.
School Votes Not to Appeal Prayer Banner Case
A Rhode Island public school committee on Thursday voted not to appeal a federal court decision ordering the removal of a prayer banner displayed in a high school.
Strict Rules about Drinking May Prevent Alcohol Disorders in Teens
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A study from the Netherlands found that a laid back attitude from parents can lead to drinking issues in their teens, whereas strict parental rules about drinking can curb adolescent impulses to drink.
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Arsenic Found in Organic Baby Food, Cereal Bars
You may think you’re being extra-healthy when you chose foods labeled “organic,” but some of these products contain arsenic, a compound that may increase the risk of cancer, a new study says.
Pregnant at Work? Why Your Job Could Be at Risk
Not all employers wish their pregnant employees well: the number of pregnancy-related discrimination charges have jumped by 35% in the past decade.
Day Care: Good Care Benefits Kids 30 Years Later — And Moms Too
Research has shown that high-quality early child care can have a significant impact on children’s well-being, and now a new study in the journal Child Development finds that it’s important for Mom too.
US Doctors ‘Firing’ Parents Who Refuse to Vaccinate Children
US pediatricians fed up with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of concern it can cause autism or other problems increasingly are “firing” such families from their practices, raising questions about a doctor’s responsibility to these patients.
How Child Abuse Primes the Brain for Future Mental Illness
Now, in the largest study yet to use brain scans to show the effects of child abuse, researchers have found specific changes in key regions in and around the hippocampus in the brains of young adults who were maltreated or neglected in childhood. These changes may leave victims more vulnerable to depression, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the study suggests.
15-Minute-Old Newborn Gets Pacemaker for the Heart
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The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
School Linked to Abuse Claims Will Replace Entire Faculty
The Los Angeles Unified School District announced the move to parents after two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School were arrested last week on accusations of sexual abuse.
Junk Foods Still Plentiful at Elementary Schools
Junk food remains plentiful at the nation’s elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests.
Spanking Linked to More Aggression in Kids
Spanking or slapping your child has long-term, harmful effects on their development, according to a new review of 20 years of research.
Va. Couple Charged Over Kids’ Excessive School Tardiness
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A Virginia couple will go on trial in March on a misdemeanor charge over their children’s excessive tardiness at elementary school, the Loudoun Times reports.