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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupBoy from Super Bowl Commercial Prepares for Heart Surgery
Max Page, 7, starred in arguably the most memorable commercial from the 2011 Super Bowl: the Volkswagen Star Wars ad. Dressed as Darth Vader, Page attempted to use the Force to control various household items. But now Page will have to channel the Force he used in the commercial as he gets ready to have open-heart surgery to fix a congenital defect. (via The Today Show)

Casey Anthony Does Phone Interview With Piers Morgan
It was almost a year ago that Casey Anthony was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Now, for the first time since the trial, Anthony has addressed the charges in a phone interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. (via CNN)

New Study About Same-Sex Parenting Criticized
Social scientists are criticizing a new study authored by Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, that claims there are disadvantages for children raised by same-sex parents. (via msnbc.com)

Children and Grandchildren of Older Fathers May Inherit Longevity
A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University has found that kids with older fathers and grandfathers have longer telomeres, which could mean a longer and healthier life. (via TIME)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, February 10th, 2012

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Chemo During Pregnancy Doesn't Seem to Harm Baby
A new study finds that the babies of women who had chemotherapy while pregnant aren’t at higher risk for a variety of medical disorders, a sign that the treatment should be safe for the fetus in most instances.

Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
The widening achievement gap between affluent and low-income students has received less attention than the divide between white and black students, which has narrowed significantly.

Like Father Like Son? Y Chromosome Linked to Heart Disease
A new study suggests that heart disease risk may be passed from father to son.

Video of Chinese Toddler Sobbing in Snow Sparks Outrage Over Parenting
A video of a toddler crying while running in the snow nearly naked has sparked a firestorm in China, but the boy’s father says the exercise was meant to strengthen his son.

Amid Protesters’ Disruptions, City Board Votes to Close 18 Schools and Truncate 5
A NYC board voted on Thursday night to close 18 schools and eliminate the middle school grades at five others, citing poor performance.

‘Tuba Raids’ Plague Schools in California
The popularity of banda music, in which the tuba plays a dominant role, is seen by some as the cause of a recent rash of thefts.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal
A former schools chancellor in Washington has refused to talk to USA Today reporters about a cheating scandal.

Falls from windows injure 5,100 kids every year
Every year, more than 5,100 American kids go to the hospital with injuries after falling out of windows, and a quarter of them are serious enough for the children to be admitted, according to the first nationwide study of the problem.

The Placenta Cookbook
For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor.

Calories, sugar reduced in flavored milk for kids
Good news for milk-pushing moms this September: kid-favorite flavored milks will have less calories and sugar, according to the Milk Processor Education Program.

Congenital heart disease screening recommended for newborns
Before newborns leave the hospital, they should receive a simple, pain-free test to check for signs of congenital heart disease, one of the most common types of birth defects, according to a recommendation by a federal advisory panel.

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Bret Baier of FoxNews on Congenital Heart Defects

Monday, February 21st, 2011

bret-baier-paulFebruary is also American Heart Month and Fox News anchor Bret Baier of Special Report with Bret Baier spoke to Parents.com recently about parenting a son with congenital heart disease.  At 3-years-old, Paul was born with five congenital heart defects and has already underwent two surgeries.    Even though congenital heart defects are a common birth defect, they are rarely detected.  Read excerpts from Baier’s interview below:

Congenital heart disease isn’t necessarily inherited — what are some methods of early detection? What are signs of a congenital heart defect? Are there ways to prevent it?

When you start talking about congenital heart defects, it’s amazing how common they are. I think one in 150 children has some sort of congenital heart defect and, out of those, half of them need surgery in the first year. Now, a lot of this can be detected by measuring the oxygen level of your blood. If there were a mandated check at hospitals when babies are born, this could be detected early.

What advice do you have for parents who need support in raising children with life-threatening conditions, defects or diseases? What suggestions do you have for promoting awareness of this issue?

Congenital heart defects are under the radar, unfortunately, especially regarding children. There is no awareness about how prevalent it is. Just the other day, the president signed the American Heart Month proclamation, and it does good things concerning heart disease, but it doesn’t deal with heart defects. The key thing is to work with your doctor, have confidence in what’s happening, and have family and friends rally around you. We got through our experience because of all the people that helped out. You realize how important family and friends can be.

Read the full interview with Bret Baier

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