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Monday, July 2nd, 2012
As Crops Rot, Millions Go Hungry in India
Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country. (via Reuters)
Slightly Early Birth May Hurt Baby’s Academic Performance
Kids who get too early a start at life – even if they are born in the first half of the gestation period associated with “normal term” birth – appear more likely to struggle at reading and math by the time they reach third grade, new research suggest. (via ABC News)
Hitting Your Kids Increases their Risk of Mental Illness
A new study in Pediatrics finds that harsh physical punishment increases the risk of mental disorders — even when the punishment doesn’t stoop to the level of actual abuse. People who experienced physical punishment were more likely to experience nearly every type of mental illness examined. (via TIME)
California Bill Would Let Children Have More than Two Parents
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When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility – but that could end soon. California State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. (via The Sacramento Bee)
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Monday, June 11th, 2012
Cutting Compulsion Affects Kids as Young as 7, Study Finds
A sobering new study of 665 kids between the ages of 7 and 16, found that a full 9 percent of girls and almost 7 percent of boys surveyed have engaged in self-injurious behaviors such as cutting, banging their heads or hitting themselves.
Stepfather Beating Boy in Video Facing Charges
A video showing a man whipping his stepson with a belt has gone viral, resulting in felony child abuse charges. The video was shot by an outraged neighbor who also confronted the man.
More U.S. Teens Diagnosed With Kidney Stones
The research, which followed Minnesota children from 1984 to 2008, found that the rate of kidney stones climbed six percent each year among teenagers.
Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill
At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse stimulants.
TV Content Ratings System Set to Expand to Web
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The black labels that tell families what to expect from network television shows will start to appear on the Internet streams of those shows, too.
Friday, February 11th, 2011
Snow days push back the end of many school years
From Evanston to Lincolnshire, several school districts this week delayed the final day of classes, retooled the end-of-year exam schedule and even pushed back the start of summer school. State law requires that school districts build 185 days into their calendars to ensure that students are actually seated, in class, for 176 days a school year. The added time typically includes five days to account for anything from snow-slicked roads to a broken boiler. But the blizzard’s impact went beyond school calendars. About a dozen school districts contacted the Illinois State Board of Education to request a delay in the state standardized tests that initially were slated to begin later this month. (Chicago Tribune)
Real cooties? Boys catch flu from boys, study says
If your 7-year-old son comes home from school with flu, he probably caught it from another boy rather than one of the girls, says new research that sheds light on how the flu virus spreads. Scientists researching the spread of H1N1 in an elementary school classroom found that boys typically transmit the infection to other boys and girls pass it on to girls. In fact, grade-school guys are three times more likely to spread flu to classmates of the same sex than the opposite sex, according to a recent study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (MSNBC)
Surgery in womb spares babies worst effects of spine defect
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A landmark study shows that an operation to fix a hole in the spine while the fetus is still in the womb leads to better outcomes for children with spina bifida. The operation showed such a clear benefit over waiting until the infant is born that the study was stopped early. Though spina bifida is usually diagnosed before birth, the operation is typically done days after delivery. Quick surgery can prevent further harm but cannot reverse the nerve damage that has already occurred. “There are significant risks,” said pediatric surgeon Dr. Diana Farmer of UC San Francisco. “So this procedure is not for everyone.” (MSNBC)