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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Teen Girl Dies After Inhaling Helium at Party
Ashley, 14, died last weekend after inhaling helium from a pressurized tank during a party in Medford, Ore. Her parents hope their daughter’s death will teach others about the dangers of helium.

Eating Disorders on the Rise in Teen Boys
NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman warns parents about the rising number of teenage boys affected by eating disorders, and explains why their symptoms often go unnoticed.

Disturbing Trend: Teen Girls Asking Internet if They’re Pretty
A rising trend among young girls, where they post videos of themselves on Youtube asking others if they are pretty, has some experts and parents concerned, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported.

More U.S. Kids Living in High-Poverty Areas: Study
Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation’s youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study that shows nearly 8 million children residing in poor areas in 2010.

Mainland Chinese Flock to Hong Kong to Give Birth
Parents go to Hong Kong for better medical care and lifelong residency benefits for their children, but locals are outraged over being shut out of maternity wards.

Blood Test Detects Down Syndrome During Pregnancy
A second company reports that it has developed a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome, potentially providing yet another option for pregnant women who want to know whether their unborn child has the condition.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Babies Understand Words from 6 Months Old, Scientists Say
Babies understand basic words at a much earlier age than previously thought, US scientists claimed. University of Pennsylvania researchers found that infants aged between six and nine months can grasp the meaning of common words months before they can speak them.

Minn. School Board Ends Policy Blamed for Bullying
Minnesota’s largest school district has abandoned a much-criticized policy that required teachers to remain neutral when issues of sexual identity came up in the classroom and replaced it with one that’s meant to foster a respectful learning environment for all students, gay or straight, religious or not, liberal or conservative.

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Eating Disorders Run in Families
Research shows disorders run in families; a relative of a person with an eating disorder is ten times more likely to have the illness than someone without a family history of disorders.

Couple Keeps Twins in Yearlong Quarantine
A Kansas City-area couple quarantines their twins for a year to protect them.

Duggars Talk about Their Miscarriage, Next Pregnancy
Despite the pain of her recent miscarriage, TLC reality-show star and mother of 19 Michelle Duggar says she’d like to have more children if she’s able.

Best Valentine Ever? Six-Year-Old Girl with Cancer Gets Date with Justin Bieber
Battling a rare form of cancer, Avalanna Routh scored the most coveted Valentine’s Day date in the world this year.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Jack in the Box to stop offering toys in kids’ meals
Jack in the Box, the nation’s fifth-largest hamburger chain, is dropping toys to promote its meals aimed at kids and working on adding healthier menu options to its offerings for children. (MSNBC)

Learning Empathy by Looking Beyond Disabilities
Students at Ridgewood High School were shown photos of young people with genetic disorders — muscular dystrophy, albinism, port-wine stains — and told not to look away. (New York Times)

IUDs officially recommended for healthy women, teens
A female contraceptive device whose reported side effects kept it off the frontline of birth control for years has been formally endorsed for all healthy adult women and adolescents by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (USA Today)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, April 4th, 2011

For Parents Whose Kids Won’t Sleep, There’s Help Online
Jodi Mindell, associate director of the Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and her colleagues created an interactive database of the sleeping habits of more than 5,000 babies under the age of 3.  The Customized Sleep Profile gives personalized recommendations for their child’s specific sleep problems.  The program is currently available on the Johnson and Johnson website as one of its “tools for better sleep”. (Time)

No evidence that most autism treatments work
Most children with autism are treated with behavioral therapy starting at a young age, and many will try multiple kinds of therapy or medications, as they get older. However Researchers from the Journal of Pediatrics say that most treatment options do not have any convincing evidence that they actually help kids get better.  (MSNBC)

More US families adopting HIV-positive kids
The number of U.S. parents undertaking HIV adoptions has increased greatly in the past five years. Throughout most of the AIDS epidemic, only a relative handful of HIV-positive foreign children came to the U.S. because of strict U.S. immigration policies that limited entry for anyone with the disease.  In January 2010, that restriction ended — enabling children with HIV to enter as easily as other adoptive children. (MSNBC)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Eating Disorders Strike Younger and Younger
Some research shows that ten percent of those with eating disorders are under the age of ten.  In the last decade hospitalization for children with eating disorders under the age of twelve has doubled. Some believe that a child’s pediatrician is the best defense and indicator when a child is developing this disorder.  (ABC News)

Probiotics May Have Some Benefits for Kids
According to the American Society of Pediatrics, probiotics may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children.  It has been commonly known that the good bacteria helps digestion, but recently has shown it specifically helps diarrhea caused by antibiotics.  It may also help the child rid of the initial viral infection as well.  (Fox News)

Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually
Based on data from 2004 from 192 countries 40 percent of children are exposed to secondhand smoke.  1 in 100 people around the world die from secondhand smoke each year and two-thirds of those deaths occur in children. (Paging Dr. Gupta)

Vaccine Alliance says 5-in1 vaccine cost to fall
The pentavalent vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and hepatitis B, is routinely given to children in wealthy nations but price has kept it out of the reach of some poorer nations.  The price has decreased 30 percent over the past 7 years and is expected to drop further in 2011. The Global Vaccines Group believes that this will allow more of the world’s poorest children to be immunized. (MSNBC)

Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake quit networking sites
The event Keep a Child Alive, organized by Alicia Keys, is urging celebrities to stay off twitter and Facebook until one million dollars has been raised for the charity.  Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Elijah Wood are just some of the stars participating.  (Yahoo! News)

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupEpilepsy’s big, fat miracle
But Sam has epilepsy, and the food he eats is controlling most of his seizures (he used to have as many as 130 a day). The diet, which drastically reduces the amount of carbohydrates he takes in, tricks his body into a starvation state in which it burns fat, and not carbs, for fuel. Remarkably, and for reasons that are still unclear, this process — called ketosis — has an antiepileptic effect. He has been eating this way for almost two years. (New York Times)

Girls as young as 3 want to be thin, small study finds
Girls as young as 3 are already emotionally invested in being thin, to the point where some even will avoid touching game pieces that depict a fat individual, a small study on preschoolers suggests. (MSNBC)

Abort or give birth? Couple asks Internet to vote
Minnesota couple Pete and Alisha Arnold are doing just that on birthornot.com — an idea so ill-conceived (get it?) it’s either a pro-life stunt, libertarian performance art or the lamest 4chan prank ever.(MSNBC)

Circumcision decision: City’s proposed ban adds to debate
In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys, outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined residents for not sorting garbage into recycling, compost and trash, Lloyd Schofield wants to add a new law to the books in San Francisco: A ban on all male circumcisions. (CNN)

Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged
In this village in Pakistan’s Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother. This month a Pakistani court sentenced Isham’s mother, 45-year-old Asia Bibi, to death, not because she killed, injured or stole, but simply because she said something. (CNN)

Toy-related injuries, hospital visits rise, U.S. says
Injuries involving toys increased 7.6 percent last year in the U.S., causing 186,000 emergency- room visits for children under the age of 15, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. (Businessweek)

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

4 infant deaths prompt Graco stroller recall: Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports that four infants died in the strollers. [MSNBC]

Teen pregnancy needs to be de-glamorized, experts say: Teenagers sporting baby bumps aren’t hard to find, with three of every 10 American girls becoming pregnant by the age of 20. But national health experts are optimistic that a 20-year downward trend in teen pregnancies can be continued with consistent legislative and parental support. [MSNBC]

For family of high-achieving kids, only one holds the keys to college: Javier, an undocumented 17-year-old honor student, applied to Georgia State University. The same day, he learned the school would not accept illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, his 10-year-old sister Emily will have an easier time because she is documented. [CNN]

Fish oil doesn’t benefit new moms, babies: Women who take fish-oil supplements during pregnancy are just as likely to experience postpartum depression as those who don’t, and their babies’ minds don’t appear to develop more quickly, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [CNN]

Family therapy for eating disorders: Parents often feel helpless in their efforts to cure a child of an eating disorder. Now new research shows a family-based therapy program may be the solution. The method, reports Roni Rabin in today’s Science Times, is not only more effective than adolescent-focused individual therapy but keeps working even after the treatment ends. [Well Blog/New York Times]

Becoming a spiritual parent: Annie Burnside is a mom, a wife, an author and a teacher. But the role she’s talking about most these days is “soul nurturer.”
“A soul nurturer is someone who offers spiritual support,” says Burnside, author of “Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family.” “I want to help people look more closely at their interior and balance it with the external world.” [Chicago Tribune]

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