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Friday, June 8th, 2012
Report: 16 Percent of US Teens Have Considered Suicide
Nearly 16 percent of high school teens nationwide admitted they had considered suicide within the previous year, according to an annual survey published Thursday by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Food Allergies More Common in City Kids
Researchers found that the share of children with any type of food allergy was 9.8 percent in cities, 7.2 percent in suburban areas, and 6.2 percent in rural areas.
How 11 New York City Babies Contracted Herpes Through Circumcision
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual is found to cause neonatal herpes infections in newborns in New York City, prompting health officials to encourage parents to consider the health risks of the practice.
UNICEF Targets Deadly Diarrhea, Pneumonia in Poor Kids
Concerted efforts to control diarrhea and pneumonia, the biggest killers of children under the age of five, could save the lives of up to 2 million of the world’s poorest children each year, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Friday.
More Teens Smoke Pot than Cigarettes, Says CDC Survey
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 23 percent of high school students said they recently smoked marijuana, while 18 percent said they had puffed cigarettes.
Mom Goes After Stroller Thief, Busts Million-Dollar Crime Ring
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Don’t mess with mom. That’s the moral of this awesome story about a Chicago mom who went after the guy who stole her stroller and ended up uncovering a huge crime ring.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
Stairs at Home Remain a Childhood Hazard
Nearly 100,000 children each year are taken to hospitals for injuries they sustained on a staircase, usually in the home.
Gerber Recalls Baby Formula Because of Odor
Gerber Products Co is recalling some of its Good Start Gentle powdered infant formula because of an off-odor, the Florham Park, New Jersey, company said.
Circumcision Tied to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk
New research suggests circumcision may protect against prostate cancer, adding a new reported benefit to the procedure. Circumcision can help prevent inflammation and infection, including sexually transmitted infections that may cause prostate cancer, the study found.
How Mom’s Weight Before Pregnancy Can Affect a Baby’s Brain
Researchers say that cognitive deficits found in premature babies can be traced to a number of mom-related factors, and one of them is a woman’s pre-pregnancy weight.
Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds
According to a new study, children in New York City schools who learned to read using an experimental curriculum that emphasized nonfiction texts outperformed those at other schools.
Young Arms and Curveballs: A Scientific Twist
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Recent studies seem to show that, despite conventional wisdom, curveballs pose no greater danger to young pitching arms than other pitches.
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Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Baby’s Death Renews Debate Over a Circumcision Ritual
Prosecutors are investigating the death of a newborn boy who died in September after contracting herpes through a controversial practice of ritual circumcision, reviving a debate in New York over safety and religious freedom.
Teacher Survey Shows Morale Is at a Low Point
The slump in the economy, coupled with the acrimonious discourse over how much weight test results and seniority should be given in determining a teacher’s worth, have conspired to bring morale among the nation’s teachers to its lowest point in more than 20 years, according to a survey of teachers, parents and students released on Wednesday.
Journal Disavows Study Linking Abortion, Mental Health
A leading psychiatry journal has distanced itself from a controversial study that it published in 2009 which suggested a link between abortion and mental illness, including such severe forms as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, and drug addiction.
Women in Texas Losing Options for Health Care in Abortion Fight
The cuts, which have left many low-income women with inconvenient or costly options for treatment, grew out of a plan to eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood.
Teen Sues School After Staff Members Announce Her Pregnancy — At a School Assembly
A 15-year-old New Mexico teen was kicked out of school then publicly humiliated all because she was pregnant, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
2 Children Found Living in Abandoned Bus in Texas
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Two children who were found living in a stench-filled abandoned school bus near Houston, its windows blocked and the lot around it covered in trash, are in the custody of Texas child welfare workers, officials said Thursday.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
AIDS Prevention Inspires Ways to Make Circumcisions Easier
Donors are pinning their hopes on several devices being tested in efforts to increase speed and reduce pain.
Don’t Blame C-sections for Fat Children, Study Says
Past research from Brazil had found a link between excessive weight and C-sections, leading some scientists to suggest that not being exposed to bacteria from the birth canal could make children fatter, but the latest findings — published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — suggest this doesn’t appear to be the case.
More Newborns Suffering Drug Withdrawal at Birth
A dramatic rise in newborns experiencing drug withdrawal after being exposed in the womb poses challenges for clinicians on how to detox these tiny victims, a new report indicates.
‘Sonicated’ Sperm: Could Ultrasound Be the Next Male Contraceptive?
Condoms aren’t foolproof, and vasectomies may be too much so. Now researchers say they’re working on another contraceptive option for men that offers them more flexibility and control over their fertility. It’s based on ultrasound.
Pneumonia Bug Evolves to Evade Vaccine, Study Says
Bugs that cause childhood pneumonia and meningitis have evolved to evade vaccines by swapping bits of their genome with other bacteria, according to a study published Sunday.
Teen Wishing to Donate to Locks of Love Is Suspended for Violating School’s Hair Policy for Boys
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Michigan high school student J.T. Gaskins, a leukemia survivor, was recently singled out for perfect behavior. Now he’s suspended, caught up in a face-off with his school, Madison Academy, near Flint, Mich., for violating the dress code for boys as he grows out his locks for a cancer charity.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Back to School in Libya, and Struggling to Adjust
Weeks after rebels took over Libya’s capital, schools there are struggling with politically divided student bodies, attendance problems and outdated textbooks.
Schools Dangle Carrot Snacks, but It’s a Tough Sale
Many schools have started offering healthier fare in some vending machines, but most students bypass the sliced apples and celery for potato chips and other junk food.
When Kids Become Overweight, Blood Pressure May Spike
Children are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) — simple ratio of height to weight — is in the 85th percentile or above for their age. That imaginary line may seem arbitrary to some, but a child’s risk of having high blood pressure nearly triples if he or she crosses it, a new study has found.
Pinkeye Treatment May Be on the Horizon
Early research from Sweden suggests that an experimental eye drop might stop viral pinkeye in its tracks and keep family members, schoolmates, coworkers, and other close contacts of patients from becoming infected.
Docs: Most Vulnerable Hurt if Circumcision Funding Cut
State governments looking to save a little money should not reduce funding for circumcisions, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Top 10 Worst Kids’ Meals Revealed
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Not all kids’ meals are created equal — many are much worse. The Cheesecake Factory’s children’s menu has been singled out for being among the most unhealthy and calorific, according to the writers of a new food guide.
Friday, July 29th, 2011
Judge Strikes Circumcision Ban from San Francisco Ballot
A San Francisco judge Thursday struck a proposed circumcision ban from the city’s November ballot.
Nigeria Parents Risk Jail for Skipping Polio Shots
Officials in northern Nigeria say parents who do not allow their children to be vaccinated against polio now risk jail time for defying a government order. The Kano state government says parents who prevent their children from getting immunized during the four-day campaign will face prosecution.
Sports for Tots: How Young is Too Young?
Though at an age where attention spans are fleeting and coordination hit or miss, parents throughout the nation have signed up their tots up for programs that teach them how to dribble a basketball, shoot a goal and make a pass to a teammate — or at least, attempt to do these things.
Mouthwashing Moms Less Likely to Have a Preemie
Expectant mothers who have gum disease are less likely to deliver their babies prematurely if they use mouthwash throughout their pregnancy, a new study suggests. Pregnant women with gum disease, also called periodontal disease, are known to have more preemies than women with healthy gums.
Finding Strength by Building a Camp
A man with stage 4 colon cancer who was given 12 to 15 months to live went to work building a camp for at-risk and sick children.
Low Birth Weight Babies’ Chronic Conditions Stabilize in Teens
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Children who are born at a very low birth weight typically have more chronic health problems than normal birth weight children. While those issues don’t appear to get worse as they become teenagers, a study finds, they may be at higher risk for obesity.
Friday, June 24th, 2011
Jews, Muslims join to block San Francisco Circumcision Ban
An unlikely coalition of Jews and Muslims on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to block a San Francisco ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of male children, a procedure widely practiced by members of both faiths.
Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in US Report
Strategies to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good sleep habits are needed to reduce high rates of obesity among infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States, says an Institute of Medicine report released Thursday. (Yahoo)
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
New Study Links Spine Product From Medtronic to Risk of Sterility in Men
A surgeon at Stanford University, in a study released Wednesday, suggests that one of Medtronic’s best-selling spinal products poses a risk of male sterility. That finding is in stark contrast to earlier research by doctors paid by Medtronic, who found no connection between the product, Infuse, and a condition that causes sterility.
Top Colleges, Largely for the Elite
The last four presidents of the United States each attended a highly selective college. All nine Supreme Court justices did, too, as did the chief executives of General Electric (Dartmouth), Goldman Sachs (Harvard), Wal-Mart (Georgia Tech), Exxon Mobil (Texas) and Google (Michigan).
Having a baby makes mom’s body turn on itself
The act of giving birth apparently raises the chance that a woman’s body will attack itself with autoimmune diseases, a new study finds.
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