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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Using Brain Activity Patterns to Identify Autism in Kids as Young as 2
In a large new study, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital used EEG to identify specific patterns of brain activity that can distinguish children with autism. (via TIME)
‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Parents
An array of surveillance software now exists to let parents keep tabs on their children’s activities online, raising questions about appropriate parenting. (via NY Times)
Parents—Not TV—May Determine Whether Kids Are Active or Couch Potatoes
Researchers at Oregon State University have examined how parenting style—whether a strict but loving parent or a less-involved and more permissive parent—was associated with sedentary behavior, and have confirmed that children are becoming increasingly sedentary. (via Science Daily)
Swallowed Magnets Growing Problem for Kids, Docs Warn
In a new study, researchers at a U.K. hospital report two cases of children who required surgery after ingesting multiple magnets, and experts say parents should be aware of the risks. (via Fox News)
Midwife Mania—More U.S. Babies Than Ever Are Delivered by Midwives
A recent report showed that a greater proportion of women are choosing to rely on midwives in what experts think is a direct reaction to rising rates of C-section births. (via TIME)
Court Bars Mandatory Life Without Parole for Kids
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he Supreme Court on Monday threw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles. The ruling continued its trend of holding that children cannot be automatically punished the same way as criminal adults without considering their age and other factors. (via AP)
Monday, June 18th, 2012
China Suspends Family Planning Workers After Forced Abortion
A public outcry ensued when graphic photos of a 23-year-old woman and her dead fetus were posted online. (via NY Times)
Big Jump Seen in Oregon Parents Delaying Vaccines
An increasing number of parents may be choosing to delay or limit certain vaccinations for their young children, a new study shows, even as cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, continue to rise nationwide, with recent outbreaks in California and Washington. (via msnbc.com)
Kids Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds
American children are taking fewer antibiotics now than 10 years ago, but prescriptions to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have increased, according to a new report by the Food and Drug Administration. (via CNN)
Bariatric Surgery Safe for Teens, Study Finds
As obesity continues to be a significant problem for kids and teens, a new study shows gastric bypass surgery to be safe and beneficial for morbidly obese teenagers. (via The Today Show)
Kids With One Kidney Can Still Play Sports: Study
Having only one kidney shouldn’t deter healthy youths from playing sports, according to a new study that flies in the face of widespread safety concerns. (via Reuters)
The Midwife as Status Symbol
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Midwifery is no longer seen as a fringe practice favored by hippies, but as an enlightened, more natural birthing technique for the hip. (via NY Times)
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Monday, February 13th, 2012
Supply of a Cancer Drug May Run Out Within Weeks
A crucial medicine to treat childhood leukemia is in such short supply that hospitals across the country may exhaust their stores within the next two weeks, leaving hundreds and perhaps thousands of children at risk of dying from a largely curable disease, federal officials and cancer doctors say.
Children Never Sleep as Much as Experts Suggest, Study Shows
How much sleep should a child get every night? According to the latest review of a century’s worth of sleep recommendations, that answer has changed over the years. But the study found one thing’s for sure: Kids aren’t getting as much shut-eye as experts recommend, but neither did their great grandparents.
Midwives Make Home Births Safer for Babies
Babies born at home are at increased risk for health problems immediately after birth compared with babies born in hospitals, according to a new study. However, a certified midwife may make a difference in the health of babies born at home, the study found.
Dad Punishes Facebook Post with 8 Bullets to Daughter’s Laptop
A video purporting to be the work of an angry father teaching his daughter a lesson by shooting bullets through her laptop is the viral video of day. The father, who identifies himself as Tommy Jordan, says his daughter broke ground rules when using Facebook, and posted disrespectful remarks about him there.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z Share First Photos of Baby Blue Ivy!
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On Friday, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z released pictures of their daughter, Blue Ivy, on her own Tumblr page.
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Monday, June 20th, 2011
Peanuts, milk, shellfish? 1 in 12 kids may have food allergies
As many as one in every 12 kids in the United States may have a food allergy, according to a new study that appears to confirm that the condition is more widespread — and perhaps more dangerous — than previously thought. (MSNBC)
Portable pools claim a child’s life every 5 days
A child dies every five days in portable pools during warm-weather months, according to a new study. The research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows 209 deaths and 35 near-drownings of children under 12 from 2001 through 2009. Most of the children, 94 percent, were under 5, and 81 percent of the incidents happened during summer months. (MSNBC)
Millions still die due to lack of midwives: U.N.
More investment in midwifery could save many of the millions of babies and hundreds of thousands of women who still die every year because of a lack of skilled healthcare during childbirth, the United Nations said on Monday. (Reuters)
Ranking America’s High Schools
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Since 1998, The Post’s Jay Mathews has ranked Washington-area public high schools using the Challenge Index, his measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college. In 2011, the Post expanded its research to high schools across the United States. Get Challenge Index scores for more than 1900 public high schools nationwide. (Washington Post)