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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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Kids on “The Biggest Loser”: Is It Exploitation?
One of the most popular shows on TV, The Biggest Loser, debuted its 14th season on January 6 featuring a new kind of contestant: children.  (via Take Part)

Gates Foundation MET Report: Teacher Observation Less Reliable Than Test Scores
A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher’s effect on student learning could be measured. For the first time, the randomized trial shows that teachers who perform well with one group of students, on average, perform at the same levels with different groups of kids.. (via Huffington Post)

Review Questions Blood Pressure Tests for Kids
Despite long-standing recommendations that doctors check children’s blood pressure at every office visit, a new review of research says there is not enough evidence to support that guideline. (via Reuters)

Record Number of Misconduct Complaints Are Made Against City School Employees
A record number of allegations of wrongdoing against teachers and other Department of Education workers were received last year by the office that investigates misconduct in New York City schools, according to a report released on Tuesday. (via New York Times)

More Health Harms for Children Exposed to BPA
The latest study shows the compound found in plastic and food packaging can put youngsters at risk for future heart disease. (via TIME)

Chicago Faulted on Learning Disabilities
When Rashaan Payne was 2 years old, his pediatrician noticed that he was not talking at the level of most children his age. After autism was diagnosed, Rashaan began receiving speech therapy once a week at his home on the South Side of Chicago, paid for by the federal and state governments. (via New York Times)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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‘Mom Gene’ Discovered in Mice
Is there such a thing as a “mom gene”? A new study of female mice shows that there might be a genetic link to nurturing traits. But the maternal instinct in humans may be much more complicated. (via TODAY)

High-Tech Tools Created to Study Autism
Researchers have developed two new technological tools that automatically measure relevant behaviors of children, and promise to have significant impact on the understanding of behavioral disorders such as autism. (via Science Daily)

Kids’ Prescriptions Often Going Unfilled
A large share of medication prescriptions to children on Medicaid may go unfilled, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)

Minority Children at a Higher Risk for Weight Problems in Both the US and England
A new study explores the ties between childhood weight problems, socioeconomic status, and nationality and finds that race, ethnicity, and immigrant status are risk factors for weight problems among children in the US and England. (via Science Daily)

Pregnancy Snoring Linked to High Blood Pressure
Snoring that begins during pregnancy may be a sign of breathing problems that put women at risk for high blood pressure, a potentially serious complication for the mother and baby, a new study says. (via MyHealthNewsDaily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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Active Video Gaming Linked With Higher Energy Expenditure in Children
Compared with rest and sedentary video game play, active video gaming with dancing and boxing were associated with increased heart rate, oxygen uptake and energy expenditure. (via Science Daily)

Albertsons Recalls Ground Beef in 3 States
Alberstons is recalling a number of ground beef products sold at stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, due to risk of E. coli contamination. (via AP)

Mom Protests After Daughter Paddled by Male Principal
A Texas mom is outraged after her teenage daughter was paddled by a male principal. Although corporal punishment is legal in the state, it is against the school’s policy for punishment to be administered by a person of the opposite sex. (via TODAY)

Military Leaders Say Childhood Obesity Will Lead to Lower Recruits in the Future
Military experts have long been worried that rising obesity is making it difficult to find fit recruits. A new report places pressure on government officials to revamp nutritional guidelines for foods sold in U.S. schools. (via Reuters)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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The First Drug that Could Ease Social Withdrawal in Autism
An experimental drug that helps people with Fragile X syndrome showed promising results for a treatment for autism. (via Time)

Weight and Taste Sensitivity Are Linked, New Study Says
Obese children have less sensitive taste buds than kids of normal weight, and that may drive them to eat more. (via ABC News)

Study Finds Concerning Levels of Arsenic in Rice
After testing more than 200 samples of rice products, researchers found measurable amounts of arsenic in almost every single one. (via CBS News)

Cancers on the Rise in Pregnant Women
The number of pregnant women diagnosed with cancer has increased over the past few decades, likely due to the older age of expectant mothers and better detection methods. (via Reuters)

Report: Kids Should Only Eat Tuna Once a Month
New research suggests that kids should only eat light tuna once or twice a month to keep their mercury intake at a safe level. (via CNN)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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U.S. Study Links the Chemical BPA to Obesity in Children
Children with higher levels of BPA are more likely to be obese. The chemical can throw off young people’s hormone balance and disrupt their metabolism. (via Reuters)

“Sexting” Again Linked to Risky Sex Among Teens: Study
Teens who “sext” are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to research. (via Reuters)

High School Students Boycott School Cafeteria Over New Lunch Restrictions
Wisconsin students are boycotting their school’s new low-calorie food restrictions. (via Fox News)

School District Bans Father-Daughter Dances
A Rhode Island school district has banned “father-daughter” and “mother-son” activities as discriminatory. (via USA Today)

Doctors Perform Emergency Surgery to Remove Girl’s Tongue Stuck in Bottle
After getting her tongue stuck in a water bottle, an 8-year-old Georgia girl spent one hour in emergency surgery to have the bottle removed. Her mother says she will likely need speech therapy because of the damage she suffered. (via Fox News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, September 10th, 2012

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Private School Parents More Likely to Opt Out of Vaccines
A California school survey shows that parents who send their children to private schools opt out of immunizations more than their public school counterparts. (via AP)

Older Overweight Children Consume Less Calories than Healthy Weight Peers
A new study shows that children who become overweight in early childhood have difficulty losing weight even when they consume less calories than their healthy weight peers. (via Science Daily)

Infant Sleep Training Has No Long Term Effects
Using behavioral training to help babies fall asleep doesn’t seem to harm them emotionally or developmentally years later, but it doesn’t benefit them long-term either, according to a new study. (Reuters)

Breastfeeding in Infancy May Shield Adults from Depression
A German study suggests people who were breastfed as infants may have a lower risk of depression as adults. (via My Health News Daily)

‘Toys R Us’ Launches Children’s Tablet
Toys R Us Inc. is launching, ‘Tabeo,’ a new children’s tablet that will contain family friendly apps and parental controls for internet use. (via Wall Street Journal)

Toddler Death Prompts Window Blind Recall
450,000 window blinds sold in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have been recalled after a Detroit toddler was strangled by the blind cords. The blinds did not have cord stop devices. (via CBS News)

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Starts September 1

Friday, August 31st, 2012

This September marks the third annual Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, first proclaimed by the Obama administration in 2010 to highlight the alarming epidemic in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity nearly tripled in the past three decades. That means more than 23 million children and teenagers are currently affected, putting them at higher risk for such conditions as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To kick off the month, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Let’s Move! (the program spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama), will announce its youth tennis initiative at the U.S. Open this weekend. On hand to launch the initiative will be actress and tennis mom Christine Taylor, as well as fitness expert Bob Harper and Olympic gold medalists Dara Torres and Cullen Jones.

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Image: Stop sign reading “Stop Childhood Obesity,” via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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Midlife Fitness Delays Chronic Disease
A study in this week’s Archive of Internal Medicine finds that being fit in the middle of your life not only delays the onset of chronic diseases later in life, but also shortens the duration of disease. (via CNN)

Is Technology Harming Your Child’s Eyes?
While technology is revolutionizing the classroom, health experts warn computers, smartboards and tablets could lead to eye strain and fatigue. (via Fox News)

Only Children More Likely to Be Overweight
Kids with no siblings may be at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study from Europe suggests. In the study, children between ages 2 to 9 with no siblings were about 50 percent more likely to be overweight than children who had siblings. (via NBC)

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Block on Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a decision 2-1 barring the federal government from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people. (via Time)

How Making Brain Tumors Grow Saves Lives
A neurosurgeon at Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center has developed a method to make cancerous tumors grow, which helps to identify tumors more easily and facilitate a more thorough removal. (via ABC)

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