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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

FDA looking at caffeine impact on kids after new Wrigley gum
Wrigley’s new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to look into the potential impact added caffeine may have on children and adolescents. (via Reuters)

U.S.-born kids have more allergies, asthma
Kids and teens who are born abroad and immigrate to the United States are about half as likely to have asthma and allergies as those who are born in the U.S., according to a new study. (via Reuters)

New guidelines help pediatricians diagnose acid reflux in infants
The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology is created a new list of recommendations for pediatricians to follow when diagnosing and treating acid reflux. (via Fox News)

Heart attack risk may start in early childhood
A new study suggests there is a simple way to assess a child’s arterial health with a calculation based on an often-overlooked component of cholesterol: triglycerides. (via Fox News)

Brain structure may influence a child’s ability to benefit from math tutoring
Parents whose children are struggling with math often view intense tutoring as the best way to help them master crucial skills, but a new study released on Monday suggests that for some kids even that is a lost cause. (via Fox News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

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More Evidence Flu Shot is Safe for the Egg-Allergic
With flu season approaching, a new study offers more reassurance that kids with egg allergies can be safely vaccinated against the virus. (via Reuters)

Controversial Bone Product Often Used in Kids
Nearly one in ten U.S. children undergoing spine fusion surgery get injections with bioengineered bone-growth proteins that have not been green-lighted for that use by health regulators, researchers have found. (via Reuters)

Graco Recalling Classic Wood Highchairs Due To Fall Risk
After receiving 58 reports of the highchair seats loosening or detaching from the base, Graco is voluntarily recalling its Classic Wood Highchairs. (via NBC News)

Women Who Have Heart Attacks More Likely to Call 911
Women suffering symptoms of a heart attack are more likely than their male counterparts to dial 911 – but there’s a lot of room for improvement for men and women, alike, a new study finds. (via NBC News)

German Cabinet Approves Bill Allowing Circumcision of Boys
Germany’s cabinet approved a draft law on Wednesday protecting the right to circumcise infant boys, which it says will end months of legal uncertainty after a local court banned the practice, causing outrage among Muslims and Jews. (via Reuters)

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Children With Broken Hearts

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

After reading the latest findings on sudden cardiac death, we asked our advisor Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., chief of the division of pediatric cardiology and associate professor of pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School, to put this frightening problem into perspective and help parents understand the prevention steps they can take. Here’s what he had to say:

Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics pointed out that several thousand young people die each year of unexplained sudden cardiac death. These cases are deeply tragic, and though rare, the sudden loss of a previously healthy child often leads to a great deal of concern among all parents.

It turns out that children’s heart problems are very different than those in adults. Typically, adult problems result from long-standing damage to arteries, buildup of cholesterol, and other long-term problems that can lead to sudden blockages. Doctors refer to these as “myocardial infarctions,” more commonly known as heart attacks.

In children, the problem is very different. Children who die suddenly have hidden birth defects of the heart structure or electrical system. For example, the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes is a genetic disorder caused by faulty proteins called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which by some estimates affects roughly one in 500 people. Like weeds that overrun an unkempt yard, the heart muscle fibers proliferate rapidly and in a disorganized manner, often leading to a tripling or quadrupling in heart size during adolescence (see a picture here). People with HCM usually have no signs that this is happening until they’re exercising one day and the electrical system in the heart suddenly fails. The heart takes on the appearance of a bag of worms struggling to get free (a problem called ventricular fibrillation), and cardiac arrest occurs.

Other hidden problems, which can’t be detected by conventional check-ups in a doctor’s office with a stethoscope, include coronary artery defects (for example, a twisted or abnormal blood vessel) and electrical defects (one is called long QT syndrome).

So what is a parent to do?  To begin, it’s important not to worry too much. Again, sudden cardiac death in children is still extremely rare. But it’s useful to know how to advocate for your child and others who may have these kinds of hidden heart problems. Here is my advice:

  1. Schools and athletic facilities should have ready access to a device called an automated external defibrillator (AED). In the rare case of sudden cardiac arrest, seconds count. That’s why having AEDs in public places in proven to save lives and many locales now mandate having them in airports, health clubs, and some schools.
  2. Talk to your pediatrician if your child has any risk factors for sudden cardiac death, such as fainting or unusually extreme fatigue with exercise and unexplained fainting or seizures. You should also mention it if anyone in your family experiences sudden fainting or seizures, has heart conditions including an enlarged heart, or suffered sudden death before age 50, such as from SIDS, a car crash, or drowning.
  3. Some areas offer more specialized screening for young athletes, including a test of heart rhythm (called an EKG) or even an ultrasound picture of the heart (called an echocardiogram). Such tests are considered controversial; they are not recommended by U.S. public health authorities (even though most professional and many collegiate teams require them) and they’re generally not covered by insurance. However, some groups such as the Nick of Time Foundation are collecting more and more information suggesting these screening tests are a good idea if you can get them, and I happen to agree. For more on the controversy, see here and here.
  4. Last fall, the federal government recommended that all newborns should have a simple screening test called pulse oximetry to ensure they don’t have critical heart defects, before they leave the hospital.  However, many states have been slow to adopt the testing. If you’re pregnant or have a newborn, be sure to ask your doctor about this.
Image: Heart and ecg from red ribbon via zphoto/
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Skip the Sodium

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

For many of us, it’s almost a reflex: we add a dash of salt to our food before we take the first bite. But according to the Center for Disease Control, we shouldn’t be so quick to grab for the shaker. In recognition of World Salt Awareness Week, we shook up some facts on sodium.

A diet that’s heavy in salt can contribute to life-threatening conditions like heart attacks or strokes. The CDC estimates that 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium, 95% of which comes from restaurant or processed foods.

Here are some simple ways to cut back on sodium without scrimping on flavor:

Eat more fresh fruits and veggies (or frozen varieties without added ingredients). Try a blueberry-zucchini loaf for breakfast, or serve this vitamin-C packed fruit-and-pasta salad for dinner. For a quick meal, thaw a bag of frozen mixed vegetables to make an easy lasagna.

Ask restaurants for low-sodium options, or request that they don’t add salt to your food.

At home, read nutrition labels and choose lower-sodium options. Stock the pantry with staples like low-sodium teriyaki sauce. (Try it in this flavorful shrimp stir-fry.) With recipes this tasty, you’ll never miss the salt.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Pregnancy Ups Risk of Heart Attack, Study Says
Pregnancy and hormonal changes that continue 12 weeks after giving birth increase a woman’s risk of heart attack, researchers said.

Parents Need Warnings About Multiple SIDS Risks, Study Says
More parents seem to have gotten the message that their infants need to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However they seem to be unaware that often multiple risk factors occurring at the same time increase the risk of SIDS, according to new research published Monday.

School District Told to Replace Web Filter Blocking Pro-Gay Sites
A judge has ordered Camdenton school district in Missouri to replace a filter that puts pro-gay sites in the sexuality category, but allows antigay sites, which are often classified as religious.

In Praise of Germs: Why Common Bugs Are Necessary for Kids
Attention, germaphobes. Exposure to the microscopic bugs is crucial for keeping kids healthy, according to new research in the prestigious journal Science.

Recalls of Unsafe Kids Products Down but Often Ignored
Children’s product recalls dropped 24% in 2011, but injuries and other incidents associated with these recalls grew 7%, a report out today says.

Aggressive Parents Force Egg Hunt Cancellation
Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year’s event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupEstrogen Lowers Breast Cancer and Heart Attack Risk in Some
In a finding that challenges the conventional wisdom about the risks of some hormones used in menopause, a major government study has found that years after using estrogen-only therapy, certain women had a markedly reduced risk of breast cancer and heart attack. (New York Times)

The Great Divide: Working Moms Vs. Childless Women
As significant as the differences are between men and women in most workplaces, the biggest gap is between women with children and those without. Motherhood can be a considerable employment handicap because very few jobs accommodate mothers.  (Psychology Today)

Is this generation as resilient as were children of the Great Depression?
As we were wrapping up the research and interviews on NQA, however, the banks collapsed, the housing crisis hit, and the recession set in. In other words, the world flipped upside down. Newly minted college grads were at the forefront of the blowback: unemployment was hovering at 14% for 18-24 year olds, and the promised jobs that a college degree was supposed to guarantee were nowhere to be found. It was time to head back into the field and find out how they were coping. (Psychology Today)


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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup8-Year-Old Dies Following Supposed Sudden Cardiac Arrest
After local emergency services received a call at 8 a.m. Thursday morning about a boy at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School who had difficulty breathing, the boy was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He died later that evening, according to local news station WBTV.  While lethal heart problems in otherwise healthy children are rare,   there are a number of conditions that could explain a sudden cardiac death or life-threatening heart attack in young patients. (ABC)

U.S ‘decades behind’ other countries in parental leave, report says
Human Rights Watch finds that 178 countries have national laws guaranteeing paid leave for new mothers and more than 50 nations for new fathers. The US is one of the few exceptions in the company of Swaziland and Papa New Guinea. Past efforts in Congress to enact a paid family leave law have floundered, drawing opposition from business lobbyists who say it would be a burden on employers. (MSNBC)

Mom gives birth in Kansas hospital elevator

Alyssa Lynn Leming arrived Friday as her parents rushed through the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.  It took just an hour from the onset of severe contractions to the birth of the 5-pound, 11-ounce girl whom they have nicknamed Ellee for her unusual arrival.  Leming told The Lawrence Journal-World that she and her husband, Patrick, just couldn’t reach the delivery room in time.  When the elevator door opened, Leming says she asked the assembled staff, “Can somebody please catch her head?” (MSNBC)

Mom sells kids’ toys on eBay as punishment
One mom, fed up with her boys’ the popular Japanese manga Beyblade and how they wrecked her bathtub, decided to gather the offending tops —— and put them on eBay. She even posted a picture of her sons, one clearly in tears, while the younger one has a mug shot look, as he holds up the zip lock bag of Beyblades to present to the buying public.  (MSNBC)

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Shuttle Discovery scheduled for its last flight
Space shuttle Discovery is set to launch Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its final flight, ending nearly three decades of space travel. (CNN)

Does Hollywood’s Obsession with Posing Nude and Pregnant Exploit Kids Before They’re Even Born?
In August 1991, a seven-month pregnant Demi Moore sparked controversy when she posed naked for the cover of Vanity Fair. (Fox News)

Dirty Air Triggers More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine, Scientists Say

Air pollution triggers more heart attacks than using cocaine and poses as high a risk of sparking a heart attack as alcohol, coffee and physical exertion, scientists said on Thursday. (Fox News)

Toyota Recalling 2.17 Million Vehicles in U.S.
Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States on Thursday to address accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or jammed in driver’s side carpeting, prompting federal regulators to close its investigation into the embattled automaker. (MSNBC)

Parents Give Birth to Ebony and Ivory Twins
At 17 months, Triniti and Ghabriael are chubby-cheeked twins, born 11 weeks early at three pounds each and now healthy and a joy to their parents. (ABC News)

Couple Sue for $5 Million After Adopting A ‘Special Needs’ Baby–What Would You Do?!

A New York couple who adopted a baby with severe neurological deficits is suing for $5 million–claiming they would never have gone through with the adopting knowing their son was so sick. (HollyBaby)

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