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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Back to School in Libya, and Struggling to Adjust
Weeks after rebels took over Libya’s capital, schools there are struggling with politically divided student bodies, attendance problems and outdated textbooks.
Schools Dangle Carrot Snacks, but It’s a Tough Sale
Many schools have started offering healthier fare in some vending machines, but most students bypass the sliced apples and celery for potato chips and other junk food.
When Kids Become Overweight, Blood Pressure May Spike
Children are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) — simple ratio of height to weight — is in the 85th percentile or above for their age. That imaginary line may seem arbitrary to some, but a child’s risk of having high blood pressure nearly triples if he or she crosses it, a new study has found.
Pinkeye Treatment May Be on the Horizon
Early research from Sweden suggests that an experimental eye drop might stop viral pinkeye in its tracks and keep family members, schoolmates, coworkers, and other close contacts of patients from becoming infected.
Docs: Most Vulnerable Hurt if Circumcision Funding Cut
State governments looking to save a little money should not reduce funding for circumcisions, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Top 10 Worst Kids’ Meals Revealed
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Not all kids’ meals are created equal — many are much worse. The Cheesecake Factory’s children’s menu has been singled out for being among the most unhealthy and calorific, according to the writers of a new food guide.
Monday, July 18th, 2011
Kids Fare Better in Crashes When Grandparents Driving: Study
Some parents may hesitate to let their children ride in a car driven by grandparents because they believe the grandparent’s driving skills may not be what they once were. But, new research suggests that children are actually safer in auto accidents when a grandparent is at the wheel instead of a parent.
Nearly 200 patients move into pavilion at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
In a delicate transfer process that took more than a year of planning, nearly 200 patients were moved into the new, high-tech, $636-million facility. More than 600 medical staff underwent months of intensive training and preparation, and the hospital set up a command center to monitor the progress of each patient being moved from the old hospital to the adjoining seven-story Marion & John E. Anderson Pavilion.
Younger Kids Respond Better to ‘Lazy Eye’ Treatment
Younger children respond better to treatment for lazy eye (amblyopia) than older children, according to an analysis of previous studies.
In Sierra Leone, New Hope for Children and Pregnant Women
Health care is making enormous strides in Sierra Leone, the latest country in sub-Saharan Africa to waive hospital fees, particularly for children and pregnant women.
Heavy teens need more health talks: study
Pediatricians often miss important opportunities to talk about nutrition, exercise, and emotional issues with overweight teens, suggests new research from California.
Sharing mom’s bed won’t harm kids’ social skills
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There is no need to worry about harming your toddler’s intellectual or social development if bed-sharing works for your family, researchers say.
Friday, July 8th, 2011
Curbing Kids’ Screen Time is Hard: Study
Interventions designed to help kids lose weight by cutting back on the time they spend watching TV or playing video games are so far largely unsuccessful, according to a new report.
New Study Recommends “Obese-Proofing” Your Home
Whether or not your child becomes obese could greatly depend on parental behavior and the home environment, a new study reports.
Systematic Cheating is Found in Atlanta’s School System
A state investigation released Tuesday showed rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in this city’s long-troubled public schools, ending two years of increasing skepticism over remarkable improvements touted by school leaders.
Urban, Low-Income Kids More Likely to Walk or Bike to School
Children who live in low-income homes, with single parents and in cities are more likely than other children to walk or cycle to school, according to a new study.
Maryland Officials Scrap New Sunscreen Restrictions
Less than a day after dermatologists and parents said Maryland’s new policy on sunscreen at summer camps would make it far more likely that children would suffer skin damage, the state health department Saturday scrapped all of the restrictions it had imposed just three weeks ago.
As Budgets are Trimmed, Time in Class is Shortened
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After several years of state and local budget cuts, thousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day weeks or lopping days off the school year, even though virtually everyone involved in education agrees that American students need more instruction time.
Friday, April 1st, 2011
Report: Child ID theft on the rise
Child ID theft, among the more tragic and vexing 21st Century crimes, is much more common than previously thought, suggests a recent report by a Carnegie Mellon University fellow. Data examined offers hints that identity thieves are specially targeting children when picking victims. Using data supplied by identity monitoring company Debix, Power examined 40,000 children’s profiles and found more than 10 percent had identities that were tainted in some way. (MSNBC)
FDA Investigates Food Dye – ADHD Link
Ostracized overweight kids eat more
When overweight children feel left out or ostracized, they tend to eat more and exercise less, new research shows. The findings come at a time when about one-third of children are overweight or obese, which increases their risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and other health problems. (USA Today)
One-third of Americans are lacking vitamin D
A report, out Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, parallels what many other studies have suggested in recent years: that a large chunk of the population is at risk for low vitamin D levels. About two-thirds had sufficient levels, but about a third were in ranges suggesting risk of either inadequate or deficient levels, says report author Anne Looker, a research scientist with the CDC. (USA Today)
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Friday, March 25th, 2011
Study: Moms, kids more overweight than they think
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York asked 111 women and 111 children a series of questions about their age, income and body size. They also measured their height and weight. About 80% of participants were Hispanic. The rest were black, Asian or white.They were shown pictorial images of different body silhouettes representing a range of weights, including underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese and extremely obese. Many heavy-set moms and children think they are slimmer than they actually are, a new study shows. It’s a trend that pediatricians and other doctors have noticed. (USA Today)
Boy, 10, arrested for driving off in parents’ SUV in a snit
Two-thirds of alcohol wipes contaminated with bacteria
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Two-thirds of tested samples of alcohol prep pads tied to a massive recall, serious infections and death were contaminated with dangerous bacteria, including tainted products from eight of 10 separate lots, according to a new government report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday offered more detail about problems with medical wipes manufactured by H&P Industries Inc., which does business as the Triad Group of Hartland, Wis.
Monday, March 14th, 2011
Gene Tests Label Kids Sports Stars
Scientists have identified several genes that may play a role in determining strength, speed and other aspects of athletic performance. Marketers have begun to sell genetic tests based on these findings online for up to $200. Some customers say the test results help them steer their children to appropriate sports. But skeptical doctors and ethicists say the tests are putting profit before science. [MSNBC]
Mom Guilt: 94 Percent of Us Have It. Can We Ditch It for a Week?
BabyCenter declared last week “Guilt-Free Parenting Week. Guilt is the source of a campaign at Baby Center, which reports that 94 percent of moms surveyed feel parenting-related guilt. The challenge: live your life for a week with guilt-free parenting. [Today Moms]
Hot-to-Trot Ponies? Dolls That Wax? Toys Get Tarted Up
Toy manufacturers began following the marketing strategy “Kids Getting Older Younger” when they realized that toys marketed towards kids between the ages of 8 and 12 were attracting kids who were in the 3-year-old to 8-year-old age range because they wanted to emulate their older brothers and sisters. [Today Parenting]
Anesthesia For Kids Necessary, But Cognitive Danger?
An estimated 4 million children receive anesthesia every year, but little is known about their effects on the developing brain. A growing body of data from studies in animals suggests that these drugs could adversely affect neurologic, cognitive, and social development of neonates and young children. [Medical News Today]
Mexico Puts Its Children on a Diet
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By all measures, and the obesity starts early. One in three children is overweight or obese, according to the government. So the nation’s health and education officials stepped in last year to limit what schools could sell at recess. [The New York Times]
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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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Friday, November 12th, 2010
Are tablets the smartphone killer? - This very new dilemma begs the question: Are we at the dawn of an age in which tablets will become the jewel in your gadget crown, eclipsing the mighty smartphone only a few years into its reign? [CNN]
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Gay benefit shapes debate about HPV vaccine for boys – From the start, arguments about whether to inoculate males against HPV have centered mainly on the benefits for women — and the desire to stop men from transmitting the most common sexually spread infection. The vaccine is approved, but not recommended, to prevent genital warts in males. But now, growing evidence shows that the vaccine also may prevent anal cancer, particularly in the high-risk groups of homosexual and bisexual men, who are about 20 times more likely than heterosexuals to develop the disease. [MSNBC]
1 in 10 kids in U.S. has ADHD, new study says – Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. children has ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that government scientists think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening. [MSNBC]
6 things to consider for your baby’s nursery – Preparing for a baby can be an overwhelming process. Before you enter the later stages of your pregnancy (when it might be difficult for you to move around), start putting together your newborn’s nursery. From paint colors to furniture, there is a lot to consider. We highlighted six important factors. [Fox News]
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