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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

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Parents Limit Child to Less Than 10 Foods
One family’s food allergy concern led them to take unusual actions to protect kids.

Breast Feeding May not Protect Moms Against MS Relapse
Hopes that breast-feeding can reduce flare-ups of multiple sclerosis have been dimmed by recent research in Italy.

Helping Kids to Control Asthma; Basic Steps to Keep Children Breathing Easier
Summer can be a dangerous time for children with asthma, as humidity, temperatures, air pollution and pollen counts all rise.

Race to the Top: Standardized Testing for Preschoolers
Valerie Strauss discusses Obama’s Race to the Top plan for schoolchildren in her Washington Post column.

U.S. Teen Births Down, Early Drug Use Up
New statistics from the annual report on America’s children and their well-being point to some good news and bad news when it comes to the health of our kids.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupPeanuts, milk, shellfish? 1 in 12 kids may have food allergies
As many as one in every 12 kids in the United States may have a food allergy, according to a new study that appears to confirm that the condition is more widespread — and perhaps more dangerous — than previously thought. (MSNBC)

Portable pools claim a child’s life every 5 days
A child dies every five days in portable pools during warm-weather months, according to a new study. The research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows 209 deaths and 35 near-drownings of children under 12 from 2001 through 2009. Most of the children, 94 percent, were under 5, and 81 percent of the incidents happened during summer months. (MSNBC)

Millions still die due to lack of midwives: U.N.
More investment in midwifery could save many of the millions of babies and hundreds of thousands of women who still die every year because of a lack of skilled healthcare during childbirth, the United Nations said on Monday. (Reuters)

Ranking America’s High Schools
Since 1998, The Post’s Jay Mathews has ranked Washington-area public high schools using the Challenge Index, his measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college. In 2011, the Post expanded its research to high schools across the United States. Get Challenge Index scores for more than 1900 public high schools nationwide. (Washington Post)

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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupMeningitis vaccine approved for babies as young as 9 months old
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis, said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s bacterial meningitis vaccine Menactra for children between the ages of 9 months and 23 months. (MSNBC)

Pediatricians Urge Better Protection From Chemicals
The U.S. chemical management policy needs an overhaul because it does not adequately protect children and pregnant women, who are most susceptible to hazardous substances, a new position paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics claims. (Yahoo)

CT scans of Egyptian mummy help solve Vermont crimes against children
A childhood fascination with archaeology and a chance encounter with a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy are helping Vermont doctors and law enforcement officials find truth in some of the most challenging of modern-day crimes: the unexplained deaths of young children. (Yahoo)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 21st, 2011

New advice:  Tots safest in rear facing car seats until age 2
Based on evidence from crashes older, children who’ve outgrown front-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits them. Booster seats help position adult seat belts properly on children’s smaller frames. Children usually can graduate from a booster seat when their height reaches 4 feet 9 inches. (MSNBC)

Optometrists: Nintendo 3Ds could ID vision issues
Optometrists are saying it’s a good idea to get kids to try the 3-D screen of Nintendo’s new device, especially if they’re younger than 6, dismissing the manufacturer’s warnings that children 6 or younger shouldn’t use the 3-D screen because it may harm their immature vision. It won’t do any harm, they say, and it could help catch vision disorders that have to be caught early to be fixed. (MSNBC)

Scientists Recreate Autism With One Gene
Researchers, used a known gene mutation associated with autism — called the SHANK3 gene mutation — to replicate a wider range of behaviors that include impaired social interaction and repetitive behaviors.  Scientists have struggled for years to find effective medical treatments for autism, mainly because they have been unable to understand the pathways in the brain that cause the disorder. (ABC)

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Peanut Allergies: What’s the Best Treatment?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

peanuts-shellsThe recent Skippy peanut butter recall serves as a reminder that peanuts are still a problem in the U.S., in more ways than just salmonella.

Food allergies among children are actually increasing in the United States, the most common being the peanut allergy.  Peanut allergies are the most dangerous, since often breathing or eating just a small amount of peanuts could cause fatal reactions such as anaphylactic shock and death.

While most children grow out of certain food allergies by the time they are in their teens, some have worsening allergies or later develop certain allergies.  In a recent New Yorker article, most doctors have commonly believed that children are less likely to develop food allergies if they are not exposed to certain foods as babies.  Those with food allergies have to avoid certain foods for life, reading labels carefully and asking about ingredients, since no other particular treatments are available.

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