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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupFrench giraffe sinks teeth into US baby market
A cute toy called Sophie the Giraffe, chewed by French babies for decades to quell the pain of first teeth, is now taking a huge bite out of the US market for teething aids. (Yahoo News)

Trauma stalks children of Japan tsunami
The horror of Japan’s tsunami has raised concerns over the long-term impact on children, some of whom are already displaying signs of trauma, from screaming nightmares to silent withdrawal. According to the charity Save the Children, around 100,000 children were displaced by what has become Japan’s worst natural disaster since 1923, with nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. (Yahoo News)

Jewelry company to limit cadmium in kids’ trinkets
In the first settlement of its kind, national jewelry seller Tween Brands Inc. will effectively eliminate the toxic metal cadmium from the bracelets, necklaces and other items it sells. The agreement covers jewelry sold in California, but given the size of the state’s market, it becomes company policy nationally. It covers jewelry intended for children, teens and adults, expanding the age range from the preteen girls who had been the focus of concern after high levels of cadmium in jewelry surfaced over the past year. (MSNBC)

Obama: Rewrite No Child Left Behind before next school year
President Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law by fall, escalating the urgency of his campaign for an overhaul of public education. Speaking at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington County, Obama set his first public timetable for legislators to revise the nine-year-old law, which in recent years has lost much of its luster. (Washington Post)

Could a Type of Ear Infection Help Make Kids Obese?
New research hints at a surprising culprit for excess weight gain in kids: a certain type of ear infection. The new study finds that chronic middle-ear infections with fluid are linked to alterations in children’s taste buds that change their sensitivity to certain foods. This, in turn, might cause kids to eat more of these foods and push them towards obesity, the Korean researchers speculate. (Yahoo News)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Simple blood test can reveal Down syndrome in pregnancy

The journal, Nature Medicine, published the latest of several recent studies that suggest scientists can spot Down syndrome through fetal DNA that has been shed into the mother’s bloodstream. Currently, pregnant women get blood tests and ultrasound to find out if the fetus is at risk for Down syndrome. For a firm diagnosis, doctors take a sample of amniotic fluid or the placenta. Those sampling procedures involve a small risk of miscarriage. A reliable diagnostic blood test also could give an answer earlier than the standard tests. (MSNBC)

Fewer Children Suffering From Ear Infections

In the past 15 years, visits to the pediatrician have declined nearly 30 percent for ear infections. Harvard researchers said because fewer adults are smoking, that’s less irritation to the child’s airways, and doctors are also using a vaccine against bacteria that cause ear infections. Breast-feeding is also an added protection. (Fox News)

Joy of parenting?  Moms, dads may be kidding themselves
As children’s economic value has plummeted, their perceived emotional value has skyrocketed, becoming, “the economically worthless but emotionally priceless child,” as Princeton sociologist Viviana Zelizer wrote in her book, “Pricing the Priceless Child” (Princeton University Press, 1994). If they are, many parents are in the dark about it. In a Pew Research Report, published in May of 2010, 87 percent of mothers giving birth in 2008 stated “the joy of having children” as the reason they decided to have their first (or only) children. (MSNBC)

Pregnant women: Secondhand smoke can harm your baby
Researchers from the Journal of Pediatrics found exposure to secondhand smoke increased a non-smoking pregnant woman’s changes of having a stillborn by 23 percent, and increased the risk of delivering a baby with birth defects by 13 percent. (CNN)

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Do All Ear Infections Need Antibiotics?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

News about whether antibiotics are effective in treating children with ear infections have been making the rounds again.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported a trial where children under the age of 2 were split into two groups.  One group was given antibiotics while the other group was given placebos.  The group that received antibiotics had reduced symptoms (though not by a significant amount) and were also less likely to have prolonged infection. 

The trial confirmed that children under 2 should be treated with antibiotics immediately as long as there has been a definite diagnosis of ear infections (also know as acute otitis media).  Guidelines for determining ear infections will be revised and updated.

Our own medical expert, Dr. Ari Brown, a prediatrician in Austin, Texas, recently shared her own recommendations for children with ear infections.  For children under 2, she suggests treating them with antibiotics at once.  For children over 2, she suggests a wait-and-see approach to determine if the children get better on their own before needing antibiotics. 

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, February 19th, 2010

News Image NEWExpecting and willing to donate your time to science? How a potentially groundbreaking study of children goes about seeking pregnant volunteers. New York Times

The FDA issues a new warning on common asthma medications. USA Today

More than 25 percent of kids have chronic health conditions, a rate that’s ballooned in the past few decades. Los Angeles Times

Hold the antibiotics: Why your child’s doc might wait to treat her ear infection. Wall Street Journal

The first signs of autism may show up by a child’s first birthday, according to a new study. Health Day

Babies might start to become bilingual in the womb, suggests new research. Yahoo! News

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