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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Child Care Subsidies Drop When Families Need Them Most
Federal and state subsidies have taken a hit from budget cuts, forcing parents to find other arrangements to stay employed.
Getting Kids to Eat Veggies Can be Sticky Business
Researchers found that when parents gave their 3- and 4-year-olds a sticker each time they took a “tiny taste” of a disliked vegetable, it gradually changed the preschoolers’ attitude.
ADHD Drugs Safe for Adults’ Hearts, Research Finds
Ritalin and other drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder are safe for adults’ hearts, even though they can increase blood pressure and heart rate, according to the largest study of these medicines in adults.
More Women in Combat Means More Mothers with PTSD
With more female troops in combat, there has been an increase in PTSD diagnoses: One in five female veterans suffer from PTSD, according to the VA.
Mom’s Hug Revives Baby that Was Pronounced Dead
After being told her newborn son was dead, mother Kate Ogg was able to cuddle and caress her baby’s limp body back to life, astonishing doctors.
Why Working Mothers Are Happier and Healthier Than Stay-at-Home Moms
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Despite the juggling act required to hold down a job and care for children, moms who work report they’re healthier and happier than moms who stay at home when their kids are babies and preschoolers.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Judge strikes down key parts of Texas sonogram law
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key provisions of Texas’ new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion, ruling the measure violates the free speech rights of both doctors and patients.
U.S. newborn death rate tied with Qatar
Babies in the United States have a higher risk of dying during their first month of life than do babies born in 40 other countries, according to a new report.
Bullying Law Puts New Jersey Schools on Spot
The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, considered the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation, was propelled by public outcry over the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman last year.
Women Getting C-Sections Need Protection From Blood Clots
New advice for pregnant women: If you’re getting a C-section, special inflating boots strapped on your legs may lower the risk of a blood clot.
Child Care Cost Skyrockets; Costs More Than College in Some States
A new study by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) found that in 36 states and the District of Columbia, one year of infant day care in a center is more expensive than a year of public college.
Kids of older dads face greater risk of autism
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Children of older fathers are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, schizophrenia and a number of other neuropsychiatric or developmental disorders, and a new study reveals why this may be.
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Eating for two: Obesity is risky during pregnancy
The new year is a good time to discuss a serious epidemic in the United States today — obesity — and how it affects a woman and her baby during pregnancy. Most women who are obese go on to have healthy babies, but they should be aware that this condition has a myriad of adverse effects. (South Coast Today)
Children In Formal Child Care Have Better Language Skills
Fewer children who attend regular formal centre- and family-based child care at 1.5 years and 3 years of age were late talkers compared with children who are looked after at home by a parent, child-carer or in an outdoor nursery. This is shown in a new study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health of nearly 20,000 children. (Medical News Today)
Brain Scans Show Children With ADHD Have Faulty Off-Switch For Mind-Wandering
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Brain scans of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown for the first time why people affected by the condition sometimes have such difficulty in concentrating. The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, may explain why parents often say that their child can maintain concentration when they are doing something that interests them, but struggles with boring tasks. (Medical News Today)
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
New Gene for Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma Is Discovered
Pediatric cancer researchers have identified variations in a gene as important contributors to neuroblastoma, the most common solid cancer of early childhood. The study team, led by researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, found that common variants in the LMO1 gene increase the risk of developing an aggressive form of neuroblastoma, and also mark the gene for continuing to drive the cancer’s progression once it forms. [Science Daily]
Philadelphia No. 1 in Rate of Children Who Smoke
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Eighty percent of stores that sell cigarettes are located within 1,000 feet of a school. Kids who try to buy tobacco succeed 20 percent of the time. Merchants who sell illegally to people under 18 are mailed a $100 ticket for the first, second, or even seventh violation. The result, officials say, is the highest youth-smoking rate among comparable big cities – a statistic that City Council is expected to attack Thursday by raising the fine for underage sales to $250 and streamlining the process to temporarily shutter businesses after three violations. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Stalls in House
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act stalled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Opponents of the bill added a requirement that child care workers submit to background checks. It seems a reasonable enough demand – screening child care workers is important to ensure the safety of children, although I thought background checks on child care workers were routine these days – except that this last minute addition has nothing to do with feeding hungry schoolchildren. [Eat Drink Better]
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