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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Reclaim Your Wife: How An Ad For A Baby Bottle Went Very Wrong
In fewer than 280 characters, in other words, Bittylab pressed some of the hottest buttons in parenting. First, it stepped in the middle of the breast vs. bottle debate, by suggesting that any bottle — even one filled with expressed breast milk — could take the place of the real thing. Second, it fueled the fight over whether any man who does feel “replaced” by his nursing child is jerk, or simply an average guy.
(via Huffington Post)

Brain Sees Men as Whole, Women as Parts
Women are more likely to be picked apart by the brain and seen as parts rather than a whole, according to research in the European Journal of Social Psychology. Men, on the other hand, are processed as a whole rather than the sum of their parts.
(via MSNBC)

Medicaid Expansion May Lower Death Rates, Study Says
Into the maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people comes a new study by Harvard researchers who found that when states expanded their Medicaid programs and gave more poor people health insurance, fewer people died. (via NY Times)

Big Uptick in Scheduled Births Before Due Dates, Aussie Study Finds
Expectant mothers in Australia are increasingly having their babies’ births scheduled weeks before their due date, according to a new study. (via MSNBC)

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What If Children Couldn’t Get the Services They Need?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

In watching the coverage last night of the debt ceiling, I bristled at a line in Speaker Boehner’s response to President Obama’s remarks: “If you’re spending more money than you’re taking in, you need to spend less of it.” Of course. Makes perfect sense. Except that in this context, “spend less of it” may mean cutting crucial programs and services for families, particularly those whose children have disabilities.

I thought of our friends at Easter Seals, the nonprofit health agency dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities. Some of the staff visited the White House a few weeks back, and they brought a few of the families they’ve worked with. Their goal: to show the administration just how vital it is to invest in Medicaid, which provides health insurance to those with limited income. Medicaid funding is in danger of being severely slashed, and this would mean that millions of children may not receive the services they need to learn, grow, and thrive.

As Easter Seals President and CEO Jim Williams explained on the Easter Seals blog:

Medicaid allows kids with disabilities to be healthy, happy and independent. A girl needs physical therapy to help stave off the retraction of muscles that often accompanies cerebral palsy. It’s not unusual for a child with cerebral palsy to need physical therapy every week. However, too many private health insurance plans have arbitrary limits on physical therapy services, such as limiting a child to 12 sessions per year. After the 12 visits have been exhausted, families will realize that paying out of pocket to continue therapy is something that they simply cannot afford.

Medicaid allows parents of kids with disabilities to work. Yesterday, our families confirmed that as a result of the gains their children have made because of services paid for by Medicaid, parents can work outside the home for pay.

Medicaid is the only health insurance plan that has the comprehensive benefits that meets the needs of each child with a disability. Children with disabilities need access to the specific services currently available under Medicaid. The basic structure of Medicaid must be maintained.

Finally, Medicaid has already been cut and children with disabilities will be harmed by additional cuts to benefits or provider reimbursement rates. States have already cut Medicaid spending, by eliminating benefits and cutting reimbursement to providers. In many communities, the reimbursement rate is so far below the actual cost of a service making it extremely difficult for providers to continue to serve Medicaid enrolled children.

This whole debt ceiling discussion has left me feeling uneasy–helpless, even. But there is something we can all do. Make your voice heard and sign Easter Seals’ petition to Congress urging them not to cut funding for early intervention services. Click here to do it now.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Epidemic of Obesity in U.S. Kids Began in Late ‘90s
The epidemic of excess weight gain and obesity among young Americans began about 15 years ago—in the late 1990’s for young adolescents and the early 2000s for young adults—a new study finds.

Dental Care for Kids on Medicaid Varies by Fees Each State Sets
Low reimbursements to dentists from Medicaid make getting dental care difficult for children and adolescents covered by the government health plan, new research suggests.

Study: Why Maternity Leave is Important
Are working moms somehow lacking as parents compared to stay-at-home mothers? According to a new demographic analysis from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the answer is a reassuring no. The study found that working doesn’t lower the quality of parenting overall — or even worsen the load of parental stress.

Water frogs linked to illness in young kids
Frogs might be cute to look at but they might be hazardous to your children’s health, which is why The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning parents to keep young kids away from water frogs and their habitats.

Ed Schools’ Pedagagogical Puzzle
The Relay Graduate School of Education is revolutionizing teacher training, using “modules” instead of courses, mentoring at the schools where students teach and not on a campus, and direct 15-20 minute instruction periods instead of lectures.

Judge Rules Against Union on City Plan to Close Schools
In a defeat for the city’s teachers’ union, a judge ruled on Thursday that the Education Department could proceed with plans to close 22 schools because of poor performance and place 15 charter schools in the buildings of traditional schools in September.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Dentists hesitate to treat kids on Medicaid: study
Dentists were less willing to see kids who needed an emergency appointment if they were covered by Medicaid than if they had private insurance in a new study based in Cook County, Illinois. (Reuters)

U.S. Rates of Autism, ADHD Continue to Rise: Report
One in six U.S. children now has a developmental disability such as autism, learning disorders or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number appears to be on the rise. In 1997-1999, about 12.8 percent of kids were diagnosed with a developmental disability. That number rose to 15 percent in 2006-2008 — or an additional 1.8 million U.S. children. (Health.com)

Study Sees Link Between Psoriasis, Obesity in Kids
The prevalence of psoriasis — a chronic, inflammatory disease of the skin — is significantly higher among overweight and obese kids, researchers have found. The Kaiser Permanente study, published online in the Journal of Pediatrics, also found that teens with psoriasis (regardless of their body weight) have higher cholesterol levels, putting them at greater risk for heart disease. (Yahoo)

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