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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupBaby with Bong, the sequel? Calif. Parents Charged with Letting Toddler Take Toke on Pot Pipe
HESPERIA, California (CBS/AP) Here’s one more desperate cry for a parenting class.
A Southern California couple has been arrested for allegedly having their toddler smoke a marijuana pipe. (CBS News)

Video: 90 students become pregnant at one high school (MSNBC)

Parenting by Gays More Common in the South, Census Shows
New data show that Jacksonville, Fla., is home to one of the biggest populations of gay parents in the country.  (NY Times)

Regulator Disputes Vitaminwater’s Health Claim
LONDON—Vitaminwater has too much sugar to be accurately described as nutritious, Britain’s ad regulator ruled Wednesday, ordering brand owner Coca-Cola Co. to stop running publicity carrying the claim. (WSJ)

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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Untangling the Myths About Attention DisorderGoody Blog Daily News Roundup
As recently as 2002, an international group of leading neuroscientists found it necessary to publish a statement arguing passionately that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was a real condition.

In the face of “overwhelming” scientific evidence, they complained, A.D.H.D. was regularly portrayed in the media as “myth, fraud or benign condition” — an artifact of too-strict teachers, perhaps, or too much television.

In recent years, it has been rarer to hear serious doubt that the disorder really exists, and the evidence explaining its neurocircuitry and genetics has become more convincing and more complex. (New York Times)

Mickey Moves to Another Screen
I have a serious question for Robert A. Iger, the president and chief executive of the Walt Disney Company: Did you get both hands on a Nintendo Wii controller and personally play through several hours of Disney Epic Mickey?

If so, perhaps you think that everyday game players have a lot more patience and a much higher tolerance for frustration than they do. And that is because Disney Epic Mickey is one of those enticing yet deeply flawed games that is a lot more fun to watch than to play. (New York Times)

Starting School Younger Equals Slimmer Students
Girls who start school early for their age are less likely than others to be obese as teens, according to new research.
The study, published today (Dec. 14) in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that girls who started school early for their age had lower body mass indexes (BMI), a measure of fatness, as teens. The reason why starting school younger affects weight later isn’t known, said study researcher Ning Zhang of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. (MSNBC)

Our kids are all angels, study finds. Really?
There’s no shortage of bratty children in America, as anyone who stood in line to see Santa over the weekend can attest. But you wouldn’t know that from a new study of American families, which finds that 96 percent of the nation’s parents think their kids are pretty well-behaved, actually.
In fact, just 4 percent of parents admit their children are generally not well-behaved or obedient, according to a new government report on family health.  (Moms Today)

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