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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Four Parenting Styles That Impact Your Child’s Mental Health
The results of a three-year study show that matching your parenting style to your child’s personality can greatly reduce the youngster’s risk of depression and anxiety.

Breakfasts With Protein, Fiber Start the School Year Right
New research shows that you’ll feel full longer and may get less hungry throughout the day if your first meal has protein-rich foods, such as eggs, Greek yogurt, low-fat dairy products or lean meat, and fiber-filled fare, such whole-wheat bread, whole-grain cereal, fruit and vegetables.

More Children Hospitalized With Skin Infections
Severe skin infections that resist antibiotics have become one of the most common reasons children are hospitalized, new data show.

Athletes to Get Help Prepping for College
The students will learn rudimentary study skills and time-management techniques; take an SAT preparation course designed by The Princeton Review; and discover how to navigate the admissions process and financial aid. This College Readiness Initiative is the latest push by the Boston Scholar Athlete Program, a charitable foundation working to fix chronic failings in Boston’s high school sports programs.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Police Enforce Curfew in Wake of Flash Mobs
In the wake of last Friday’s incident in Center City, the Philadelphia Police Department is increasing their effort in the fight against flash mobs.

Can a 9- or 10-year-old be bipolar?
By definition, bipolar disorder is defined as a history of at least one manic episode. Mania, in turn, is a condition in which everything is revved up.

Turn, Baby, Turn: Techniques To Get That Breech Baby Head Down
Jolivette sits on a birthing ball and put a frozen bag of corn on the top of her belly, to get the baby to move down.

Baby’s Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth
Want your child to love veggies? Start early. Very early. Research shows that what a woman eats during pregnancy not only nourishes her baby in the womb, but may shape food preferences later in life.

Track Palin, wife have a baby girl
Iraq war veteran Track Palin and bride Britta Hanson welcomed a baby girl over the weekend, according to Us Weekly.

Baby girl survives after parents refuse doctors’ request to take her home to die
A couple told to take their baby home to die saved their daughter’s life after they demanded a second opinion.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Report cards on kids’ weight don’t make a difference
Schools in California notified parents about unhealthy weight, but it didn’t have an impact, study finds.

6 ways to keep your kid from cursing
Eighty-six percent of parents agree that children ages 2 to 12 are cursing more today than when they themselves were children, according to a national survey commissioned by Care.com.

Secondhand Smoke Tied To Mental Health Problems In Kids: Study
Estimates suggest that anywhere between 4.8 and 5.5 million children in the U.S. live in households where they are exposed to secondhand smoke, putting them at greater risk for multiple health problems. Now, new research suggests that secondhand smoke exposure can increase the odds of developing certain mental and behavioral disorders by 50 percent.

100 Dead, Many Children, in Boat Sinking in Russia
More than 100 people, including many children, drowned when a riverboat filled with families cruising the Volga River sank over the weekend, rescue officials said Monday, conceding little hope remained of finding survivors.

How to talk to your kids’ doctor
Studies show you get only about 15 minutes of face time with your pediatrician during an average well visit, so you’ll want to make every second count.

Texas Woman Welcomes 16-Pound Baby Boy
A Texas mother possibly set a new state record after giving birth to a baby boy weighing more than 16 pounds, according to the Longview News-Journal.

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

New Gene for Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma Is Discovered
Pediatric cancer researchers have identified variations in a gene as important contributors to neuroblastoma, the most common solid cancer of early childhood. The study team, led by researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, found that common variants in the LMO1 gene increase the risk of developing an aggressive form of neuroblastoma, and also mark the gene for continuing to drive the cancer’s progression once it forms. [Science Daily]

Philadelphia No. 1 in Rate of Children Who Smoke
Eighty percent of stores that sell cigarettes are located within 1,000 feet of a school. Kids who try to buy tobacco succeed 20 percent of the time. Merchants who sell illegally to people under 18 are mailed a $100 ticket for the first, second, or even seventh violation. The result, officials say, is the highest youth-smoking rate among comparable big cities – a statistic that City Council is expected to attack Thursday by raising the fine for underage sales to $250 and streamlining the process to temporarily shutter businesses after three violations. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Stalls in House
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act stalled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Opponents of the bill added a requirement that child care workers submit to background checks. It seems a reasonable enough demand – screening child care workers is important to ensure the safety of children, although I thought background checks on child care workers were routine these days – except that this last minute addition has nothing to do with feeding hungry schoolchildren. [Eat Drink Better]

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Could Your Child Be Stressed?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Your young child can be more stressed than you think.  A new survey from the American Psychological Association reveals that kids as young as 8 are experiencing stress as a result of their parents’ stress.  For kids ages 8-12 with stressed parents, the survey showed that 47% feel sad, 36% feel worried, and 25% feel frustrated. 

In particular, overweight and obese children reported feeling more stress because of their parents than children with average weight.  As a result, the obese and overweight children experienced negative emotional and physical affects that included eating more, having trouble sleeping, getting headaches, and fighting with others. 

Parents seem unaware of their children’s stress.  The survey also discovered 69% of parents believed their stress didn’t impact the children, but 91% of children reported otherwise.  Also, children were less likely to reach out to their parents to talk about the stress or to maintain their health by eating well or exercising.

In order for families to continue growing closer, healthy changes need to be made to improve physical, emotional, and mental health.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupMany breast-fed babies lack Vitamin D - Although breast milk may be the best source of nutrition for babies it is low in Vitamin D. Newborn babies need 400 international units of Vitamin D a day, and can not get that from breast milk alone. Mothers who have breastfed should also give their child a Vitamin D droplet.  This is a simple solution however, only five to thirteen percent of breastfed babies receive these supplements according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.  [MSNBC]
 
Cute naked photos of tots pose dilemma for parents - It seems that the days when parents could take photos of their baby taking a bath are now over.  They have the potential of getting arrested themselves for the exploitation of a minor if they post the nude shots online or in public. [MSNBC]
 
Kids get an eyeful of fast food marketing – According to researchers from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity there has been a substantial increase in fast food adds bombarding child audiences, and it seems to be working. Forty percent of children ages 2 to 11 ask their parents to take them to McDonald’s at least once a week, and 15 percent of preschoolers ask to go every single day. [Washington Post]
 
Mental health visits rise as parent deploys – As multiple deployments become a norm there is a need to investigate their effects on military families as a whole.  A new study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics including more than half a million children, released information suggesting that it is harder on their psyche than anticipated. Visits for mental health concerns, like anxiety and acting out at school, were the only kind to increase during deployment; complaints for all physical problems declined, the study found. [The New York Times]
 
In efforts to end bullying, some see agenda – Angry parents and religious critics agree that schoolyard harassment should be stopped, but are charging liberals and gay rights groups as using the anti-bullying banner to pursue a hidden “homosexual agenda.” [The New York Times]

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