Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Shipments From Abroad to Help Ease Shortage of Two Cancer Drugs
Dire shortages of two critical cancer drugs — shortfalls that have threatened the lives and care of thousands of patients — should be resolved within weeks, federal drug officials said.
Moms with Migraines Twice as Likely to Have Baby with Colic
When babies with colic cry – sometimes for weeks at a time – Mom and Dad might get headaches. But according to a new study, a mother’s headache may be causing her baby’s colic in the first place.
Exercise in Pregnancy Safe for Baby, Study Finds
Exercising at moderate or — for very active women — even high intensity during pregnancy won’t hurt your baby’s health, a new study finds.
Movies Influence Teen Alcohol Consumption More than Parents, Study Finds
Major exposure to scenes of alcohol consumption in movies is a bigger risk for teen drinking than having parents who drink or if booze is easily available at home, says a new study.
Authorities Say Children Tied to Bed in Texas Home
The eight children confined in a small, dark bedroom with a piece of plywood over the window included two 2-year-olds tied to a bed and a 5-year-old girl “in a restraint on a filthy mattress,” the child welfare worker who discovered them said in a court document.
Parents Sentenced Over Kids’ Drowning During Camping Trip
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The parents of two Ohio youngsters who drowned during a family camping trip have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for not better protecting their children from harm, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Monday, February 28th, 2011
X-Rays and Unshielded Infants
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Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn had noticed that newborns had been irradiated from head to toe — with no gonadal shielding —even when a simple chest x-ray was all that had been ordered. The errors at Downstate raise broader questions about the competence, training and oversight of technologists who operate radiological equipment that is becoming increasingly complex and powerful. With technologists in many states lightly regulated, or not at all, their own professional group is calling for greater oversight and standards. (New York Times)
New advice on children’s fevers: Ride it out
A new report published this month in Pediatrics states that not only is there no need to bring down a fever in an otherwise healthy child, but there is a downside to treating a fever – it can prolong the illness that originally sparked the high temperatures- unless the child was under the age of 3 months or had heart problems. (Today Moms)
Girls with migraines pack on extra pounds
A new study, published in the journal Headache, found that four of every ten women with childhood migraines had added at least 22 pounds since age 18, compared to three of ten women who never had the throbbing headaches. Migraines have been linked to obesity before, but the new results held up even after taking into account that kids plagued by headaches might have been heavier to begin with. It is the first to tie childhood migraines to later weight gain, according to the researchers. (MSNBC)