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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Marvel Team Creates Deaf Superhero Called Blue Ear in Honor of Boy
Marvel usually gets mail from die-hard fans asking extremely detailed questions about their favorite characters, but one request from a desperate mother led staffers to put their thinking caps on and come up with a brand new superhero.
A Baby Made in India: A Couple’s Dream Comes True
More American couples are turning to overseas surrogates.
9-Year-Old Food Blogger Takes On School Lunch
Martha Payne, age 9, was dissatisfied with the lunches served by her primary school in Scotland, so she began documenting her school meals online — with photos and ratings — prompting worldwide attention for her healthy-lunch campaign.
The Upside of Peer Pressure: Social Networks Help Kids Exercise More
A new study finds that the single biggest influence on kids’ physical activity levels is the exercise habits of their closest friends.
Babies’ Hunger to Learn Has a ‘Goldilocks Effect’
Infants are constantly trying to make sense of the world around them, and they do this by seeking out situations that are neither too simple nor too complex.
Drug for Adults Is Popular as Children’s Remedy
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Parents are questioning the long-term effects of the often-used laxative, Miralax, which has become a staple in many American households since it was first introduced 13 years ago.
Monday, February 6th, 2012
Study: Child Abuse Bigger Threat than SIDS
Nearly 4,600 U.S. children were hospitalized with broken bones, traumatic brain injury and other serious damage caused by physical abuse in 2006, according to a new report.
CDC: 1 in 5 Kids Exposed to Secondhand Smoke in Cars
In the first national estimate of its kind, a report from government researchers says more than 1 in 5 high school students and middle schoolers ride in cars while others are smoking.
Woman Alleges Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination
Amy Zvovushe records conversation with human resources about resigning.
Susan Powell’s Slain Sons Were ‘Beginning to Verbalize,’ Lawyer Says
Authorities say the husband of a missing Utah woman intentionally set his home on fire Sunday, killing him and his two young sons shortly after the boys were brought to the home by a social worker for a supervised visit.
Children’s Bed-Wetting May Be Caused By Constipation
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Some children who wet their bed might be suffering from constipation, a new study finds.
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
New study suggests most preschool-age children exceed daily screen time recommendations: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents limit combined screen time from television, DVDs, computers, and video games to 2 hours per day for preschool-age children. In a study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that many children are exposed to screen time both at home and while at child care, with 66% exceeding the recommended daily amount. [Medical News Today]
Plugged up: Doctors see signs of worsening constipation in children: Mild constipation in children is fairly common, but gastroenterologists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center have been seeing what they believe is the start of a troubling trend: more children with more serious and chronic bouts of the condition. Experts attribute the problem to lack of physical activity, inadequate water intake and fiber-poor diets. [Medical News Today]
Allergies and wheezing illnesses in childhood may be determined in the womb: The new research, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Lung Foundation, and undertaken at Southampton General Hospital, reveals that fetuses which develop quickly in early pregnancy but falter later in pregnancy are likely to go on to develop allergies and asthma as children. Scientists believe this is due to changes in the development of their immune system and lungs. [Medical News Today]
What can country of birth tell us about childhood asthma?: Researchers from Tufts University pooled data from five previous epidemiological studies to investigate the prevalence of asthma in children in the Boston neighborhoods of Chinatown and Dorchester. Among children born in the United States, low socioeconomic status (SES) and exposure to pests (mice and cockroaches) were both associated with having asthma. Neither association was present in children born outside of the United States. [Science Daily]
Knowledge gaps, fears common among parents of children with drug-resistant bacteria: Knowledge gaps and fear some of it unjustified are common among the caregivers of children with a drug-resistant staph bacterium known as MRSA, according to the results of a small study from the Johns Hopkins Children Center. These caregivers thirst for timely, detailed and simple information, the researchers add. [Medical News Today]
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Monday, March 8th, 2010
Let’s kick off the week with a post about kids and constipation, shall we? It’s a remarkably common problem, as you may very well already know. In our April issue, out now, we have a story called “When Your Child Just Can’t Go,” by one of our contributing editors, Darshak Sanghavi, M.D. Dr. Sanghavi is not only a pediatrician, but a father of two young boys, and he writes about his younger son’s particularly tricky and painful bout with chronic constipation. One of the most interesting things I learned from the story is that a fiber-rich diet doesn’t do much to help a child who has an ongoing problem. Fiber-filled foods are still key to a healthy diet, of course, and can benefit a child with temporary constipation. But if your child has a real issue and is constipated for several weeks, he or she will need your pediatrician to step in, or to see a pediatric gastroenterologist. The doctor will likely recommend you try at least one medical treatment, such as taking a mild laxative like Miralax. Has your child had this problem? What’s helped? (For my 4-year-old, Miralax worked wonders.)
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