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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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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
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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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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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
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.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupNew look at study shows facts linking MMR vaccine to autism may be altered
Consider that from A British study linking autism to childhood vaccines is reportedly a fraud. According to the British Medical Journal, Dr. Andrew Wakefield altered information in the 1998 study. Unfortuantely, the scare is still very real to some families. More cases of measles and mumps have been reported in the last 10 years, than any other year since 1997. Dr. Katherine Burns is a developmental pediatrician for UAMS. She says after Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s false study in 1998 linking autism and vaccines — parents have been unnecessarily cautious before vaccinating their children. (Today’s THV)

Regrets of a stay-at-home mom
We had wonderful times together, my sons and I. The parks. The beaches. The swing set moments when I would realize, watching the boys swoop back and forth, that someday these afternoons would seem to have rushed past in nanoseconds, and I would pause, mid-push, to savor the experience while it lasted. Now I lie awake at 3 a.m., terrified that as a result I am permanently financially screwed. As of my divorce last year, I’m the single mother of two almost-men whose taste for playgrounds has been replaced by one for high-end consumer products and who will be, in a few more nanoseconds, ready for college. (

China: Pollution in China: Hundreds of children poisoned by lead
A factory in the eastern province of Anhui operated illegally for years a few feet away from homes. In 2010 they nine cases of lead pollution were officially recorded. The government is in trouble, as evidenced by the conviction of the activist who exposed the scandal of melamine-tainted milk. (

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Women snub HPV vaccination
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)

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, April 9th, 2010

When senior citizens sign on to tutor kids, everyone benefits. USA Today

The U.S birth rate fell in 2008 by 2 percent, likely due to the economy, but births to moms over 40 are still rising. The Chicago Tribune

Measles outbreak: when not vaccinating your child leaves her vulnerable to a potentially deadly disease. NPR

If 90 percent of moms exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months, billions of dollars and about 900 lives would be saved, according to new research. Yahoo! News

New lead-control regulations are set to take effect this month that have the potential to seriously reduce lead poisoning in kids. The New York Times

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