Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Fever in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk
Running a fever during pregnancy is associated with a risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays in the offspring, a new study reports.
Disney to Quit Taking Ads for Junk Food Aimed at Kids
The Walt Disney Co. is announcing today that it plans to advertise only healthier foods to kids on its TV channels, radio station and website.
Mystery E. Coli Infection Claims 6-Year-Old Mass. Boy
The death of a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy after a mystery E. coli infection continues to stump health officials searching for the source.
Study: Childhood Cancer Survivors Face New Risks
Women treated with chest radiation for cancer when they were girls have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than previously thought, doctors warn.
Opting Out of Vaccinations Could Get Tougher in California
The re-emergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases has prompted the California legislature to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids.
Friday, June 17th, 2011
CDC Seeks Input on Meningitis Vaccine for Infants
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hearing from parents, health care providers and others in New Hampshire as it starts exploring whether infants should be vaccinated against meningitis, a rare but potentially deadly infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. (MSNBC)
Reading With Mom Can Boost Kindergarten Readiness
Home learning experiences such as reading books with parents can improve low-income preschool children’s readiness to start school, researchers say. (Yahoo)
1 of 8 French Kids with Burger E.coli Gets Worse
The condition of one of the children infected with a strain of the E.coli bacteria in northern France has deteriorated, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on Friday.
Eight children have been admitted to hospital after eating beef burgers bought frozen from the German discount chain Lidl. (Yahoo)
City Reduces Chronic Absenteeism in Public Schools
Throughout New York, educators and politicians have been increasing their focus on attendance in recent years, and their efforts appear to be paying off, at least in elementary schools: 1 in 15 elementary students were absent on a given day this year, compared to 1 in 13 four years ago and 1 in 9 in 1995. (New York Times)