Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Smartphone danger: Distracted parenting
Still, I know my addiction to my hand-held device is bad. Checking my phone while talking to my kid while cooking dinner is hurting my capacity to stay with a thought for more than 140 characters.
Living with pets may protect infants from allergies
Children who live with dogs and cats are less likely to develop allergies to those animals later in life, but only if the pet is under the same roof while the child is still an infant, a new study suggests.
Japan city to give radiation counters to children
Japan’s Fukushima city said on Tuesday it would hand radiation dosimeters to 34,000 children to gauge their exposure from the crippled nuclear power plant about 60 kilometres (40 miles) away.
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Friday, May 20th, 2011
1 in 25 teens addicted to Internet, study finds
A new study following Connecticut high school students found 1 in 25 students reported irresistible urges to be on the Internet and experienced discomfort and tension when they were not online. The study also found that these students are more likely to use drugs and be depressed and aggressive than students who do not have problematic Internet use. (MSNBC)
Kids of Deployed Parents May Face Mental Health Risks
Researches from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences found that children who have parents deployed have a higher risk of developing psychiatric problems that require hospitalization. Out of the 375,000 children, ages 9-17, there was a 10% increased risk in psychiatric hospitalization among children whose parents were deployed. (Yahoo)
Q&A With a Family Therapist: How Kids Survive Family Secrets
Due to the recent parent infidelity in the media, a professor at the University of California discusses how children respond to family secrets, how secrets affect children compared to teens and what parents can do to minimize secrets harming their child. (Yahoo)
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Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Who’s to blame? Girls fighting girls a growing trend
Breast-feeding feeds babies’ big brains, study suggests
Why some animals, like humans, have bigger brains than others has long puzzled scientists. Now a new study adds weight to the idea that such brainy brawn in mammals is determined by the amount of maternal investment. (MSNBC)
Health Tip: Help Prevent Toddler Falls
The curious nature of young children pushes them to explore, but they may be unsteady on their feet, increasing the likelihood of falls. (Yahoo News)
Airport Security Scans: What would your doctor do?
I was in the security line at an airport a few months ago when I watched a fellow passenger do something I’d never seen done before: He dissed the scan. (CNN)
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
French 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?
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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)