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Monday, April 16th, 2012
‘Five S’s’ Can Keep Babies Calm During Shots
The pain and tears that infants experience after getting routine immunizations can be significantly reduced with a popular technique for calming fussy babies, a new study finds.
IRS Makes Gay Parents ‘Lie,’ Shortchanging 2 Million Children
Married same-sex couples cannot file jointly, and instead must misrepresent themselves as “single” on their federal tax forms, sacrificing the $1,000 deduction for married couples.
Stores, and More, for Breast-Feeding Moms
A small but growing niche of the baby-care industry offers not only the latest products, but also education and camaraderie.
Life Stressors Increase Obesity Risk in Young Girls
When young girls live in a stressful home where violence, depression or other disruptions are common they are more likely to become obese by age 5, compared to children raised in more stable homes.
Kids Who Play ‘Choking Game’ May Take Other Risks, Too
Kids who play the so-called “choking game” are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, including sex, substance use and gambling, a new study of middle schoolers finds.
Moms See Themselves as Facebook’s Savviest Users: Survey
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On Thursday, marketing firm Performics released its study of 3,000 active U.S. social networkers, and found moms were more proficient than other women at getting information from Facebook.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Autism Science Is Moving ‘Stunningly Fast’
Researchers today say they’re beginning to make progress, perhaps for the first time, in understanding the autistic brain.
U.S. Teen Birth Rates Fall to Historic Lows
Teen births fell again in the United States to historic lows, according to a new government report.
Antidepressants Can Raise Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
Taking antidepressants during pregnancy raises the risk of high blood pressure in expectant mothers, a new study shows.
Genes Found to Increase Childhood Obesity Risk
Researchers have identified two genetic variations that appear to increase the risk of childhood obesity.
Katherine Heigl Says Daughter Rejected Her Initially
Though they’re closer than ever now, Katherine Heigl admits her bond with her daughter Naleigh, 4, didn’t come easily.
Wash. Kids Stop School Bus After Driver Stricken
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A quick-thinking Washington state middle school student steered a school bus to safety after he saw the driver slump over and pass out from an apparent heart attack, authorities said.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Moms’ Caffeine Intake Doesn’t Wake Babies
Pregnant and nursing women who consume caffeine aren’t causing their babies to wake up at night, a new study says.
Nearly Half of Pre-Schoolers Not Playing Outside
Nearly half of 3 to 5 year olds are not taken outdoors by a parent or caregiver every day, according to research presented in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine this week.
India Parents ‘Reject Newborn Girl for Baby Boy’
A newborn Indian girl has been left unwanted as her presumed parents seek custody of a baby boy handed to them by mistake, officials say.
Small Bomb Detonates Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic in Wisc.
Police say a homemade explosive device damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Wisconsin.
Most Parents of Overweight Kids Don’t Hear It from the Doctor
Just one quarter of parents of overweight kids say they’ve been told by a doctor that their kids weighed too much, according to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
NYC Parents Irritated by Ice Cream Carts at Playground
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Parents in Brooklyn are talking about trying to ban ice cream carts from a playground, frustrated by having to deal with cranky children when they deny them the cold treats.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
How Parents Are Changing the Course of Autism Research
Science and medicine are catching up with parents’ understanding of the condition, and a more nuanced view is slowly emerging: Autism is not just a brain problem.
Pharmacies Deter Teens from Plan B, Study Shows
Even though it’s legal for 17-year-olds to get the so-called morning-after pill, a new study shows that pharmacy employees often dole out the wrong information, telling the teens they’re not allowed to have the drug.
Ind. Mom Who Lost Legs Saving Kids in Tornado Returns Home
Stephanie Decker had been working her way home — spending hours each day on weight training, balance training and other therapy. She reached her goal Monday — heading home 24 days after she lost parts of her legs while shielding her children from their collapsing house near Henryville, Ind., during the March 2 tornado outbreak and clinging to life beneath pounding hail.
Mother’s Strict Diet for 7-Year-Old Raises Controversy, Criticism
In a controversial article appearing in the April issue of Vogue magazine, author Dara-Lynn Weiss writes about the strict diet she imposed upon her daughter after a pediatrician suggested she was clinically obese.
‘Mama’s Boy Myth’: Sons Who Are Close to Mom Are Stronger
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Author Kate Stone Lombardi contends in her new book, “The Mama’s Boy Myth,” that having a close mother-son relationship makes boys stronger and ultimately helps them be better partners and husbands.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
ADHD Diagnoses Up 66 Percent Since 2000
According to a new study, the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased by 66 percent over the past 10 years.
Brazil: Computer Chips Track Students
Grade-school students in a northeastern Brazilian city are using uniforms embedded with computer chips that alert parents if they are cutting classes, the city’s education secretary said.
Principal’s Decree: This Is a ‘No Hugging School’
More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging.
Early Bacteria Exposure Important for Building Immunity, Study Says
Moms, don’t worry too much about getting those surfaces sanitary: New research suggests early exposure to bacteria is critically important to children to keep autoimmune diseases at bay, throughout life.
Brains of Kids With Math Anxiety Function Differently, Says Study
Kids who get the jitters before a math test may actually have different brain functions than kids without math anxiety, according to a new study.
Parents Should Lead By Example in Weight Loss, Study Finds
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Losing weight themselves is the best way for parents to help their children shed excess pounds, new research suggests.
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.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
FDA: Shortage of Kids’ Cancer Drug Can Be Averted
The Food and Drug Administration has managed to avert a “crisis” for children with cancer by preventing a looming shortage of a lifesaving drug, officials announced Tuesday.
1 in 4 Children Malnourished, Global Report Says
Five children around the world die every minute because of chronic malnutrition, according to a report released Wednesday that also said that almost half a billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next 15 years.
Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Preterm Births
In some women, morning sickness might be an indicator of more serious later-pregnancy complications, including preterm delivery, a new study says.
Obese Children Outgrowing Kids’ Clothing and Furniture
As children are getting bigger, their clothing, their furniture and other objects that support their weight must also expand.
Anti-Obesity Campaigns May Be Harmful to Some Healthy Children, Scientists Warn
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Doctors have started treating a new type of eating disorder and warn aggressive anti-obesity campaigns may be harmful to some healthy children.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama is urging you to combat childhood obesity and encourage exercise by entering the nationwide Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) Innovation Competition. ASAP was launched this past Tuesday by ChildObesity180 (a team of experts dedicated to ending childhood obesity), which also supports the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” program.
The competition is divided into two categories: School Programs and Technology Innovation. Teachers, schools, and school districts can enter School Programs by submitting their school’s unique physical activity programs, which can include curriculums, activities, environmental modifications, events, or any other initiatives that are currently being implemented. Regional winners will receive $25,000 prizes and national winners will receive $100,000 prizes.
Technology developers can enter Technology Innovation with ideas of how existing and emerging technology can be used to inspire kids to get active. Technology can include devices, tracking and measurement systems, software applications, social media, gaming systems, and smartphones. Winners will receive $50,000 in funding and the chance to present at this year’s Health 2.0 conference.
Learn more about the Innovation Competition and read details about how to apply at activeschoolsasap.org. The competition ends April 2 at 5:00 pm EDT.
Watch a video message from First Lady Michelle Obama about the competition below.
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