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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Baby-Driven Robots Could Help Disabled Children
A typical five-month-old infant has hardly figured out how to sit up yet — even crawling may be months away — but there are a few babies who already know how to drive. They’re steering their very own mobile robots. (via MSNBC)
Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia
Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia , because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported on Wednesday, in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. (via New York Times)
Controversial Auditory Therapy May Be Beneficial for Kids with Autism
Auditory integration training, or AIT, was originally designed to improve hearing loss or other hearing impairments. Its originator, Dr. Guy Berard, felt behavioral challenges such as learning disabilities, autism and attention deficit disorder could be improved using AIT. (via Fox News)
West Nile Virus on Track for Worst Year Ever
The West Nile virus outbreak that has infected people in 38 states is on track to be the worst in history, a top official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a news teleconference. (via ABC)
Obese in Middle Age? You May Suffer Faster Cognitive Decline Later On
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If you’re obese in middle age and you have high blood pressure or other “metabolic abnormalities” — like high blood sugar or low HDL (“good”) cholesterol — you may be setting yourself up for faster cognitive decline over time than your normal weight peers, a recent study found. (via Time)
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Study Finds Scarcity of Drug Trials in Kids
Relatively few clinical trials have tested the safety and effectiveness of medications in children – even when kids make up a large share of patients with the condition the drug treats, a new study finds. (via Reuters)
Peg Perego Recalls 223,000 Strollers for Strangulation Risk
The stroller manufacturer recalled 223,000 strollers on Tuesday because of the risk of children getting their heads caught between the stroller tray and seat bottom and strangling. (via TIME)
Docs at Odds Over Kids’ Cholesterol Test Guidance
Doctors are still debating whether all U.S. children should be tested for high cholesterol, months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some kids. New criticism was published Monday by the journal Pediatrics. (via Associated Press)
Enrollment Off in Big Districts, Forcing Layoffs
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Enrollment in nearly half of the nation’s largest school districts has dropped steadily over the last five years, triggering school closings, layoffs of essential staff and concerns that the students who remain are some of the neediest and most difficult to educate. (via NY Times)
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Friday, November 11th, 2011
New Advice on Kids’ Cholesterol Tests
More children should be screened for high cholesterol before puberty, beyond those with a family history of problems, according to wide-ranging new guidelines expected from government-appointed experts who are trying to prevent heart disease later in life.
Tens of Thousands of Tots Die from Flu Each Year
Tens of thousands of young children die around the world each year of influenza-related respiratory illness, most of them in developing countries, according to a newly released study.
Can Fetus Sense Mother’s Psychological State? Study Suggests Yes
As a fetus grows, it’s constantly getting messages from its mother. It’s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother’s mental state.
Big Belly Before Pregnancy May Mean Extra-Big Baby
Women who have large waistlines before pregnancy may be more likely to have a larger-than-normal newborn than women who are trim around the middle, a new study suggests.
Can Placenta Pills Ward Off Postpartum Blues?
Some women swear eating their placenta has helped with their postpartum depression, but experts aren’t so sure.
Mom Rescues Daughter from Washing Machine
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The owner of a laundromat in Washington state says a quick-thinking mother smashed the glass and rescued her 5-year-old daughter after the girl somehow got trapped in the machine as it filled with water.
Monday, August 1st, 2011
No need to fast before kids’ cholesterol screening
Kids can safely skip fasting before cholesterol tests, according to a new study that aims to simplify widely used guidelines.
More kids eating calorie-packed takeout food
The obesity epidemic is being fueled still further by a growing trend among kids to eat out and bring takeout food home, University of North Carolina researchers say.
Parents face charges after 4 young children are removed from hot SUV in Dallas
The parents of four children were arrested and charged with child endangerment after Dallas firefighters and police answered a call that the children had been left in a sport utility vehicle Sunday afternoon.
Study Finds Kids Want More Info About Their Hospital Care
Excluding children from discussions about their hospital care can make them feel scared and angry, a new study finds.
Rx for Danger: Number of Florida babies born addicted to drugs skyrockets
The number of babies treated at Florida hospitals for drug-withdrawal syndrome continued to skyrocket last year, further evidence of the far-reaching impact of the state’s prescription-drug epidemic.
Fish oil in pregnancy may ward off babies’ colds, study shows
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Women who take fish oil supplements during pregnancy may boost their babies’ immune systems and help protect against colds during the first months of life, a new study shows.