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Thursday, March 29th, 2012
CDC: 1 in 88 US Kids Have Autism
A new government report says autism is more common than previously thought, burdening as many as 1 in 88 children.
School Bans Disabled Girl From Using Walker
Kristi Roberts was stunned when school officials insisted that her disabled 5-year-old daughter switch to a wheelchair from the walker she’d been using for the previous two years.
Hepatitis B Program Helps Cut Infant Infections
A program to prevent chronic hepatitis B infection in newborns seems to be working, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When Do Babies Stop Being So Darned Cute? Age 4 ½, Scientists Say
The stage between preschool and kindergarten marks the point at which little kids are no longer considered unbearably adorable. Or at least that’s what the research shows.
Women Turn to Social Media for Support After Pregnancy Loss
Webber is one of a growing number of women who share pregnancy news with “their closest 500 friends” on social networks such as Facebook.
High Schools Have Dress Codes for Prom Gowns
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Schools from Connecticut to Arizona are responding to risqué prom dresses with elaborate dress codes.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Babies Understand Words from 6 Months Old, Scientists Say
Babies understand basic words at a much earlier age than previously thought, US scientists claimed. University of Pennsylvania researchers found that infants aged between six and nine months can grasp the meaning of common words months before they can speak them.
Minn. School Board Ends Policy Blamed for Bullying
Minnesota’s largest school district has abandoned a much-criticized policy that required teachers to remain neutral when issues of sexual identity came up in the classroom and replaced it with one that’s meant to foster a respectful learning environment for all students, gay or straight, religious or not, liberal or conservative.
Like Mother, Like Daughter: Eating Disorders Run in Families
Research shows disorders run in families; a relative of a person with an eating disorder is ten times more likely to have the illness than someone without a family history of disorders.
Couple Keeps Twins in Yearlong Quarantine
A Kansas City-area couple quarantines their twins for a year to protect them.
Duggars Talk about Their Miscarriage, Next Pregnancy
Despite the pain of her recent miscarriage, TLC reality-show star and mother of 19 Michelle Duggar says she’d like to have more children if she’s able.
Best Valentine Ever? Six-Year-Old Girl with Cancer Gets Date with Justin Bieber
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Battling a rare form of cancer, Avalanna Routh scored the most coveted Valentine’s Day date in the world this year.
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
When I was 7 weeks pregnant with my son, Mason, my OB sent me to the hospital for a viability test. She was concerned because my son’s markers showed that he was about a week behind in growth. I had to wait an entire week for the appointment and it was nerve-racking. At that point I had only known I was pregnant for two weeks, but I already loved my son so much I couldn’t imagine losing him. The smart, compassionate doctor that we saw at the hospital assured us that our baby was absolutely fine. Fortunately she knew that not all babies grow at the same rate, and Mason was born perfectly healthy 33 weeks later. (That’s him, above, when he was just 3 days old.)
I was reminded of that horrible week last Saturday when a good friend texted me that she was bleeding at 8 weeks pregnant. She called her OB and was instructed to come in for an ultrasound on Monday. She was terrified that she had miscarried her baby and I was terrified for her. Monday afternoon, tears of joy ran down my friend’s face as the same doctor who assured me that my pregnancy was on track assured her that hers was, too.
Both my friend and I were fortunate to have positive outcomes from our pregnancy scares, but as The Atlantic reports this week, not all women are so lucky. According to a new study, current miscarriage testing can yield false positive results. “The guidelines doctors use to determine whether a miscarriage has occurred or not are not as accurate as they should be,” reports The Atlantic. “This can mean that perfectly healthy pregnancies may be receiving unnecessary intervention when doctors mistakenly believe they have ended….Depending on the doctor making the measurement, up to a 20 percent variation can exist for one fetus at one point in time. Therefore, if the first measurement overshot the actual size of the fetus, and the follow-up measurement undershot it, a doctor could erroneously conclude that zero growth had occurred. What’s more, according to the new research, even perfectly healthy fetuses can show no growth between the two measurement time points.”
I was shocked to read this study last night — it had never occurred to me that miscarriage testing could be so flawed. Was there a time when your doctor thought you might have miscarried, but you didn’t? Share your stories here.
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Thursday, November 4th, 2010
Does adolescent stress lead to mood disorders in adulthood?: “What is especially alarming is that depression in young people is increasing in successive generations. People are suffering from depression earlier in life and more people are getting it. We want to know why and how. We believe that stress is a major contributor.” Researchers are particularly interested in the link between childhood stress and the development of clinical depression and bipolar disorder. His team is evaluating the stress of children who are living in families where one parent is affected by a mood disorder. [Science Daily]
Do babies learn vocabulary from baby media? Study says no: We all want our children to be smart. Why else would parents spend millions of dollars on videos and DVDS designed and marketed specifically for infants and very young children every year? But do they work? NBC’s ‘Today’ show recently suggested that claims from the manufacturers of baby media products may be overblown, and now a new study published in Psychological Science presents empirical evidence that infants who watched an unidentified baby video did not actually learn the words that the video purported to teach. [Medical News Today]
Poor women often gain too many pregnancy pounds: A new study finds that young, low-income women often gain too much weight during pregnancy, raising concerns about the potential long-term impact on their obesity risk.Nearly two-thirds of 427 pregnant women, mostly black or Hispanic, seen at two U.S. medical clinics put on more than the recommended weight during pregnancy. And a year after giving birth, about half had retained at least 10 of their pregnancy pounds. [MSNBC]
Happy Meal ban won’t stop kid obesity: The decision of San Francisco city officials Tuesday to crack down on restaurant meals that include free toys unless they meet particular nutritional guidelines is — depending on whom you ask — either taking away a parents’ right to choose what to feed their children, as some msnbc.com readers have commented, or a gift to frazzled parents up against a massive marketing machine. [MSNBC]
Therapy for women prone to miscarriage questioned: Blood-thinning treatments for pregnant women with an inherited condition that makes them susceptible to blood clots may do more harm than good, Danish researchers report. Their study was designed to investigate the cause of repeat miscarriages in women with hereditary thrombophilia, a tendency to form blood clots, not the safety of particular treatments. Nevertheless, in the course of that work they found little difference between women with or without the known gene mutations that cause thrombophilia, except for a higher likelihood of excessive bleeding during delivery among women carrying the mutations. The researchers attribute that heavy bleeding to the “standard practice” of administering blood thinners to pregnant women with thrombophilia. [MSNBC]
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