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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Philadelphia School Lunches Get Fancy With ‘Eatiquette’ Program (Photos)
It sounds more like a restaurant order than a school lunch menu: baked ziti with a side of roasted fennel salad and, for dessert, cinnamon apple rice pudding. But that’s one of the meals offered in the cafeteria at People For People Charter School in Philadelphia. And it’s served family-style. Students pass serving dishes around circular tables, where they eat off plates, not cafeteria trays, and use silverware instead of plastic utensils. (via Huffington Post)
NYC Schools After Sandy: Destruction, And Restoration Showcased in New DOE Images
Hurricane Sandy ravaged public schools in low-lying areas across the city — and new photos released by the Department of Education Tuesday show just how bad that damage was. (via Huffington Post)
The Legacy of Lead: How the Metal Affects Academic Achievement
Lead exposure may be on the decline, but it’s still taking its toll on children’s performance in school. Legal requirements to remove lead from gasoline, paint and other common products have led to decreases in lead exposure. But remnants of the metal remain, according to the latest study, and this legacy may be enough to affect children’s cognitive functions. (via TIME)
Sleep Reinforces Learning: Children’s Brains Transform Subconsciously Learned Material Into Active Knowledge
During sleep, our brains store what we have learned during the day ‒ a process even more effective in children than in adults, new research shows. (via Science Daily)
Increased Risk of Sleep Disorder Narcolepsy in Children Who Received Swine Flu Vaccine
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A study finds an increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents who received the A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine (Pandemrix) during the pandemic in England. (via Science Daily)
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Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Lead Poisoning Guidelines Revised; More Considered at Risk
Up to 365,000 more children across the USA will be considered at risk of lead poisoning under new guidelines released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most U.S. Children Under 1 Are Minorities, Census Says
In what is a historic milestone, the population of minority children younger than the age of 1 has overtaken whites, the Census Bureau said on Thursday.
Want A Less Fussy, Easier to Soothe, Kinder Child? Make Music!
Three new studies suggest that teaching even the youngest children to make music with others can not only reduce distress and make infants smile and laugh more but also enhance brain development and boost empathy.
Maternal Deaths Plunged Over 2 Decades, to About 287,000 in 2010, U.N. Reports
The number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has dropped sharply in the last two decades, according to a report by a consortium of United Nations agencies set to be released on Wednesday.
Saying ‘No’ to Picture Perfect
A group of young feminists is campaigning against digitally retouched photographs in a teen magazine.
‘Chronically Absent’ Students Skew School Data, Study Finds, Citing Parents’ Role
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A study by researchers at John Hopkins University found that as many as 15 percent of students miss at least one school day in 10, and have gone undetected because of the way attendance is measured.
Monday, January 9th, 2012
35% of Child Sex Abuse Caused by Minors
Recent high-profile cases of child sex abuse have roused national revulsion against the adults who perpetrated them. Rarely mentioned is the sobering statistic that more than one-third of the sexual abuse of America’s children is committed by other minors.
Experts Say Current Lead Poisoning Levels Are Set Too High
Lead poisoning continues to be a serious health problem for young children, especially those living in cities, so a government committee is recommending that the definition of lead poisoning be changed, to include even lower levels of exposure to the toxic chemical.
NY Schools Warned Free Breakfasts May Lead to Obesity
A top New York City Department of Health official has criticized a free breakfast program in city schools, saying it makes poor kids fat.
Post Analysis: Blacks Much More Likely to Get Suspended from D.C. Area Schools
Data suggest African American students are two to five times more likely to get suspended or expelled as their white peers and that the gap exists across the region’s urban, suburban and rural school districts.
Some Babies’ Sleep Problems May Last Through the Toddler Years
Some children who have sleep problems in infancy might still have trouble sleeping when they’re older, a study finds.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Security Prevented Man from Visiting His Twins at Hospital, He Claims
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The arrival of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s newborn daughter at a Manhattan hospital has inconvenienced a man who says the couple’s security team has prevented him from visiting his two prematurely-born twin girls.
Friday, April 1st, 2011
Report: Child ID theft on the rise
Child ID theft, among the more tragic and vexing 21st Century crimes, is much more common than previously thought, suggests a recent report by a Carnegie Mellon University fellow. Data examined offers hints that identity thieves are specially targeting children when picking victims. Using data supplied by identity monitoring company Debix, Power examined 40,000 children’s profiles and found more than 10 percent had identities that were tainted in some way. (MSNBC)
FDA Investigates Food Dye – ADHD Link
Ostracized overweight kids eat more
When overweight children feel left out or ostracized, they tend to eat more and exercise less, new research shows. The findings come at a time when about one-third of children are overweight or obese, which increases their risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and other health problems. (USA Today)
One-third of Americans are lacking vitamin D
A report, out Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, parallels what many other studies have suggested in recent years: that a large chunk of the population is at risk for low vitamin D levels. About two-thirds had sufficient levels, but about a third were in ranges suggesting risk of either inadequate or deficient levels, says report author Anne Looker, a research scientist with the CDC. (USA Today)
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