Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Baby, Mother Pulled Alive from Rubble in Turkey
A small baby was rescued alive from the rubble Tuesday in eastern Turkey, two days after a devastating earthquake toppled buildings in the region.
CDC Committee Recommends Boys Receive HPV Vaccine
A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that boys as young as 11 be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, commonly referred to as HPV.
Toddler Watches Military Dad Read Prerecorded Bedtime Story
A video of a 2-year-old girl watching her military dad read a book to her in a recording has gone viral. The little girl looks captivated by her father reading, and she follows along.
Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Alternatives for Parents
As kids eagerly count down to trick-or-treat, some parents worry about Halloween. Safety and health issues , stranger danger, religious objections, too-scary decorations, older kids trick-or-treating, costume concerns: here are child-friendly Halloween and trick-or-treat alternatives.
4 Tech Tips for Parents to Embrace Digital Education
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Learning the ins and outs of the latest technology is a lot like learning to swim or ride a bike: The younger you are, the more naturally it comes.
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Fitting In Exercise, Between Math and English
Amid budget cuts and testing pressures, some New York teachers and principals have stretched money, space and time to prioritize movement during the school day.
Steroids Given to Preemies May Harm Their Brains
Steroids given to premature babies to help them breathe and maintain normal blood pressure may impair the development of a part of their brains, a new study shows.
1 in 25 Adolescents Takes Drugs for Depression
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first to offer statistics on how many kids ages 12 to 17 take antidepressants.
Girls’ HPV Vaccination Rates Falling Short
Close to half of U.S. girls ages 13 and 17 have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), but there is still a way to go to improve those numbers, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sarkozy Has Baby Girl in First French Presidential Birth
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had a baby girl yesterday, the first birth for a French incumbent head of state since Empress Eugenie had Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte 155 years ago.
Could a Healthy Diet Boost Sperm?
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Two new studies suggest that eating a healthy diet may be linked to stronger and more abundant sperm.
Monday, August 15th, 2011
As your child heads to school, make an appointment with the pediatrician to have her receive the necessary immunizations required by your state. Vaccines guard your child against illnesses and diseases that may be encountered outside the home. Parents.com consulted Dr. Daniel McGee of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI to find out what parents should know about immunizations.
Why are immunizations and vaccinations necessary and still important?
The illnesses that are included in the vaccines are real, not just something that occurred in grandma’s day. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been more 150 cases of measles in the United States this year, as well as thousands of cases of whooping cough. Measles outbreaks are occurring more frequently than in previous years.
What are some diseases easily preventable by vaccinations? How effective are vaccinations against these diseases?
Measles, chicken pox, whooping cough as well as certain types of pneumonia and meningitis are the most common vaccine preventable diseases. Immunized children who come down with an illness will usually have a less severe sickness.
Are there any vaccinations parents or adults should get to protect their family?
The only way to prevent whooping cough in children, particularly those under six months of age, is to make sure everyone who will come in contact with them is immunized. This is a concept known as “cocooning.” In fact, 75 percent of the time when an infant comes down with whooping cough, it comes from a parent, sibling, or grandparent.
As kids head to school, are there any new immunization protocols? What should parents be aware of?
Immunization schedules change each year. Although not a new shot, there is a new recommendation that adolescents receive a booster dose of the meningitis vaccine if they received their first dose before age 16. Every person aged 6 months and up should also receive the flu vaccine.
What are the vaccinations all schools require? What are the vaccinations children should always get?
This varies from state to state. The best thing to do is follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines which are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. With the exception of the HPV vaccine, almost all of the shots recommended by the AAP are required for school.
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Monday, November 15th, 2010
Women snub HPV vaccination
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Only one third of 10,000 women ages 9-26 who received the first HPV shot returned for the other two injections in a study conducted by The University of Maryland presented at the American Association or Cancer Research and Cancer Prevention meeting. (ABC News)
Reusable grocery bags, made in China, found to contain lead, fueling calls for FDA investigation
An Empire State Consumer Project Report revealed on Sunday that there were high of lead found in Wegmens’ reusable grocery bags. Bags with high levels of lead are often made in China of non-woven polypropylene or are decorated with lead-laden paint. No other stores have found their bags to be dangerous, but are on the lookout. (NY Daily News)
Women with high job stress face heart risks
A study found that women who work high-powered stressful jobs are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who incur less job strain. This has been the case for men for decades, but now that nearly half of the nation’s workforce is comprised of women a new study of both sexes was necessary. (Fox News)
Less salt for teens means healthier adults
Based on results of a computer modeling analysis, researchers projected that a 3,000-milligram reduction in sodium by teenagers could reduce hypertension by 30 percent to 43 percent when they become adults. (Fox News)
Study: Major acne problem may raise suicide risk
Since the 1980s Isotretinoin has been sold under names including Accutane, Roaccutane, Clarus, Decutan to treat severe acne. There had been a common belief that the medication causes depression, but now Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that it may be the condition itself causing emotional disturbances. (Washington Post)