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Thursday, February 28th, 2013
6-Year-Old Transgender Girl, Not Allowed To Use School Bathroom
At first, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis didn’t think much of their son’s behavior. Coy took his sister’s pink blanket, and shunned the car they gave him for Christmas. (via Huffington Post)
Is One of the Most Common Drugs Prescribed During Pregnancy Safe for Your Baby?
Many expectant mothers are wary of taking drugs during the early weeks of pregnancy, as this time period can be crucial for the development of their baby. However, sometimes it’s hard to know for sure just what kind of effects medications can have on an unborn child. (via Fox News)
Texas Ten Commandments Resolution Calls For Prayer, Religious Displays In Schools
Texas state Rep. Phil Stephenson (R) filed a resolution on Monday calling for more “acknowledgement” of Christianity in public schools, encouraging Ten Commandments displays, prayer, and use of the word “God.” (via Huffington Post)
Children With Autism Show Increased Positive Social Behaviors When Animals Are Present
The presence of an animal can significantly increase positive social behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to research published February 20 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Marguerite E O’Haire and colleagues from the University of Queensland, Australia. (via Science Daily)
School Safety Addressed At House Education Committee Hearing; Arne Duncan’s Sequestration Hype
On Wednesday, members of the House Education & Workforce Committee mulled over ways to keep schools safe in light of the horrific Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting, reports Politics K-12. (via Huffington Post)
First Lady Announces Effort to Help Kids Exercise
Imagine students learning their ABCs while dancing, or memorizing multiplication tables while doing jumping jacks? Some schools are using both methods of instruction and Michelle Obama would like to see more of them use other creative ways to help students get the recommended hour of daily exercise. (via Yahoo!)
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: animals, ASD, autism, childhood obesity, Coy Mathis, drugs, Exercise, medications, Michelle Obama, News, Newtown, Parents Daily News Roundup, pets, Phil Stephenson, Pregnancy, religion in schools, sequestration, Texas schools, transgender
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Pediatricians Oppose School Suspension, Expulsion
A group representing pediatricians says disciplining students with out-of-school suspension or expulsion is counterproductive to school goals and should only be used on case by case basis. (via Reuters)
Do Antidepressants Hurt Babies? The Scary Thing Is, No One’s Sure
It’s a myth that pregnancy is usually one of the happiest times of a woman’s life. Sure, many are delighted to be pregnant; but at least 14 percent of pregnant women are depressed during pregnancy. Pregnancy, in fact, is now recognized as one of the highest risk periods for mental illness among women. (via Take Part)
Doctors Issue New Guidelines for Treating Kids’ Ear Infections
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is putting out new guidelines for pediatricians and parents to follow regarding ear infections. (via Fox News)
Fluoride: Necessary or Too Much of a Good Thing?
Community water fluoridation has been around for more than 65 years, and although proponents cite many benefits, the practice has come under fire recently as critics are questioning the amount our children are consuming – and if it’s even necessary. (via Fox News)
Don’t Tell Kids About Past Drug Use, Study Finds
A study, published in the journal Human Communication Research, found that children whose parents did not disclose drug use, but did deliver a strong antidrug message, were much more likely to develop anti-drug attitudes of their own. When parents did share their own experiences, even when they were very negative ones, the anti-drug message was blunted. (via Today)
Moms Go Topless to Save Kids’ School Bus
When it comes to raising money to help overcome educational budget cuts, there are the old, reliable methods, like the silent auction or a fancy gala, and then there’s the racy route. (via Today)
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: antidepressants, Babies, drug use, drugs, ear infections, education, expulsion, fluoride, mental illness, News, Parents Daily News Roundup, Pregnancy, school suspension
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
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)
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: cholesterol, drugs, education, enrollment, kids, medication, Parents Daily News Roundup, recall, school, strangulation, strollers
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Abuse of Opiates Soars in Pregnant Women
The fast-growing abuse of prescription drugs has reached maternity wards in hospitals across the country, with the number of pregnant women addicted to opiate drugs — and the number of babies born experiencing withdrawal symptoms — rising sharply over the last decade.
Gay Mom Upset After Dismissal by Boy Scouts
Jennifer Tyrrell and her 7-year-old son have had many rewarding experiences with the Boy Scouts of America, but their participation in the national organization came to an end because she is gay, and the group does not allow open or avowed homosexuals in their membership.
Stressed Moms More Likely to Overfeed Their Babies
Researchers looked at moms in low-income households and found that those who experienced certain stressors, such as depression or single parenthood, were more likely to add cereal to their infants’ bottles, a practice that increases the risk of weight gain in childhood.
Study Finds Smoking Leads to Increase in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Eliminating smoking at home reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 80 percent, an Australian study has found.
Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER
Black children seen in the emergency department for abdominal pain are less likely to receive pain medication than white children, according to a new study.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Mom Who Saved Kids from Tornado: ‘It Was Instinct’
Indiana mom Stephanie Decker, who lost a leg and a foot while shielding her kids during a deadly tornado, tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that she was merely acting on “mama bear” instincts.
Adopted Kids’ Drug Abuse Risk Affected by Biological Family
Adopted children are twice as likely to abuse drugs if their biological parents did too, suggesting that genetics do indeed play a role in the development of substance abuse problems.
Kids’ Concussion Symptoms May Persist for a Year
Children who suffer concussions may experience lingering problems with memory and attention, and may need help in school, according to a new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Minnesota School District Reaches Agreement on Preventing Gay Bullying
Minnesota’s largest school district has agreed to sweeping changes designed to prevent the harassment of gay students in a plan that federal officials call a national model.
F.D.A. Backs Respiratory Distress Drug for Babies
The drug, Surfaxin, which helps premature babies with their breathing, won approval on its fifth try.
Parents Forget Child, 3, at Chuck E Cheese, Find Out on Evening News
Parents of a 3-year-old girl had some explaining to do after they forgot their daughter at a Chuck E Cheese and did not realize it until they saw her picture on the evening news.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Carpooling Parents Don’t Always Use Booster Seats
Parents use booster seats inconsistently when carpooling with young kids, according to a new study.
One-Room School Also One-Student School
In a prosperous ranching corner of Montana, Amber Leetch, age 11, makes up the entire Sunset School District 30.
A Blog as Therapy for Teenagers
Researchers find blogging provides a therapeutic value for teenagers.
Updated Guidelines for Treating Babies Exposed to Drugs in the Womb
The question of how best to help babies who have been exposed to drugs in the womb — including prescription pain medications, antidepressants and illicit drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine — can be an emotionally charged issue. Bringing science to bear on the issue, the American Academy of Pediatrics has just updated its guidelines on treating these infants.
British Teen Hospitalized After Eating Nothing but Chicken Nuggets for 15 Years
Talk about being a picky eater. A British teenager reportedly has eaten “practically nothing” but chicken nuggets for the past 15 years. And now she’s paying for it.
Blood Found in Home Belongs to Missing Girl
Blood discovered in the home of the father of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds did come from the girl and was “more blood than a small cut would produce,” the girl’s family says investigators told them.
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: Ayla Reynolds, blog, bloggers, booster seats, car seat, carpooling, chicken nuggets, drugs, missing baby, moms on drugs
Monday, December 19th, 2011
Bloomberg is Said to Pick Cornell for Science School
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Monday that he has chosen Cornell University to create a new science graduate school on Roosevelt Island, capping an intense yearlong competition in his ambitious bid to spur a boom in New York City’s high-tech sector.
Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Might Pose Risk for Kids
Infants born to mothers who use inhaled glucocorticoids — a class of steroids — to treat asthma during pregnancy may be at risk for endocrine and metabolic disorders, a new study indicates.
Study: 1 in 3 American Youth Are Arrested by Age 23
By age 23, at least a quarter of all youth in the U.S. — and perhaps as many as 41% — are arrested at least once for something more serious than a traffic violation, according to a new study of American teens.
Parents Petition Proposed APS Redistricting
The plan to re-district Atlanta Public Schools is not sitting well with everyone. One group of parents is now taking action against the district.
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Failure Rate of Schools Overstated, Study Says
A study by the Center on Education Policy says that under the No Child Left Behind law, 48 percent of schools would be labeled as failing this year — not 82 percent.
Marijuana Use Growing Among Teenagers
Marijuana use among teenagers has reached a 30-year peak even as use of alcohol, cigarettes and cocaine continues a slow decline, according to a new government report.
Ohio Boy Who Weighed 200 Pounds to Live with Uncle
A boy removed from his mother’s custody over health concerns when his weight ballooned to more than 200 pounds will be taken from foster care and placed in the custody of an uncle, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Utah School Outs Student to Parents
A Utah middle school is defending its decision to out a student to his parents as a “proactive” move to prevent bullying.
Palm-Sized Baby, Just Over 9 Ounces, Is Growing
At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor’s hand. Weighing just 9 1/2 ounces, she is among the smallest babies ever born in the world. Most infants her size don’t survive, but doctors are preparing to send her home by New Year’s.
Accidental Drug Overdoses on the Rise Among Kids
Researchers say more than 60,000 young children in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms each year for accidental overdoses because they got into medicines when their parent or caregiver wasn’t looking.