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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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Indiana Teacher Gun Threat? Lake Station Teacher On Leave Over ‘Guns’ Message On Chalkboard
A northwest Indiana teacher is the subject of a police probe over a threatening message he scrawled on the chalkboard of his classroom. (via Huffington Post)

Transgender Student Rights Would Be Guaranteed Under Proposed California Law
A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders. (via Huffington Post)

Mom’s Placenta Reflects Her Exposure to Stress and Impacts Offsprings’ Brains
According to a new study by a research group from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, if a mother is exposed to stress during pregnancy, her placenta translates that experience to her fetus by altering levels of a protein that affects the developing brains of male and female offspring differently. (via Science Daily)

Is Baby Still Breathing? Is Mom’s Obsession Normal?
A new Northwestern Medicine® study found that women who have recently given birth have a much higher rate of obsessive-compulsive symptoms than the general population. (via Science Daily)

U.S. Baby’s Cure From HIV Raises Hope, New Questions
The remarkable case of a baby being cured of HIV infection in the United States using readily available drugs has raised new hope for eradicating the infection in infants worldwide, but scientists say it will take a lot more research and much more sensitive diagnostics before this hope becomes a reality. (via Reuters)

Michelle Obama: I Don’t Talk About Weight With My Daughters
Michelle Obama offered a peek inside the first family’s healthy habits on Monday, revealing there’s one thing they never talk about at home: weight. (via Today)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Learning to Drive With A.D.H.D.
Learning to drive is hard and scary for many teenagers, but the challenges are significantly greater for adolescents who have attention problems.

SAT and ACT to Tighten Rules After Cheating Scandal
Stung by cases of cheating among Long Island high school students, the college entrance exams will now require students to upload photos when they register.

Moms Say It’s Too Hard to Breast-Feed for the Recommended Six Months
A Scottish study finds that moms think the advice to breast-feed for six months is unrealistic. They call for scaling back expectations, but advocates say that’s the wrong approach.

Grandparents Pitch in with Cash to Help Raise Grandkids
Everyone expects grandparents to splurge on gifts for their grandkids, but a new study finds that in many cases the older generation is also spending money to help their progeny with basic needs.

‘Mad Men’ Star Sings Praises of Eating Placenta
January Jones swears by a hearty serving of placenta to help fight exhaustion, and other advocates say it helps battle post partum depression. But studies have yet to prove the maternal benefits.

Alicia Silverstone Chews Food for Her 11-Month-Old Child, Bear Blu
The actress and animal rights activist posted a video herself feeding her son breakfast on her popular health food website TheKindLife.com over the weekend. The video shows the actress taking a spoonful of food, chewing it, and then passing it open-mouth to her little one.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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Childhood Leukemia Survival Rates Reach 90 Percent
Children with the most common type of leukemia now have a dramatically better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Study: Thousands Face Drinking-Water Cancer Risk
About 260,000 people in California may be drinking polluted water that could cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems, according to a study released Tuesday.

Vitamin D Means Fewer Fractures for Girls
Higher amounts of vitamin D in the diet are associated with a lower risk for bone fractures in teenage girls, a new study has found.

A Different Way to Remove the Placenta May Save Mothers’ Lives, a Study Finds
Delivery without pulling on the umbilical cord may be a simpler way to keep some women from bleeding to death in childbirth, a new study has found.

14-Year-Old’s Suicide Puts Spotlight on Online Bullying Dangers
The recent suicide of a 14-year-old middle school student has once again put the spotlight on a new “epidemic”—online bullying.

Calif. Baby Jayden Sigler Tips Scales at 14 Pounds
Doctors told Cynthia Sigler she’d give birth to a big baby boy. But the Southern California woman didn’t know just how big they were talking. Sigler, of Vista, Calif., gave birth Thursday to her son Jayden who weighed in at 13 pounds, 14 ounces.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, November 11th, 2011

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New Advice on Kids’ Cholesterol Tests
More children should be screened for high cholesterol before puberty, beyond those with a family history of problems, according to wide-ranging new guidelines expected from government-appointed experts who are trying to prevent heart disease later in life.

Tens of Thousands of Tots Die from Flu Each Year
Tens of thousands of young children die around the world each year of influenza-related respiratory illness, most of them in developing countries, according to a newly released study.

Can Fetus Sense Mother’s Psychological State? Study Suggests Yes
As a fetus grows, it’s constantly getting messages from its mother. It’s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother’s mental state.

Big Belly Before Pregnancy May Mean Extra-Big Baby
Women who have large waistlines before pregnancy may be more likely to have a larger-than-normal newborn than women who are trim around the middle, a new study suggests.

Can Placenta Pills Ward Off Postpartum Blues?
Some women swear eating their placenta has helped with their postpartum depression, but experts aren’t so sure.

Mom Rescues Daughter from Washing Machine
The owner of a laundromat in Washington state says a quick-thinking mother smashed the glass and rescued her 5-year-old daughter after the girl somehow got trapped in the machine as it filled with water.

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Eating Your Placenta – A New Pregnancy Trend?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

PlacentaThere’s a new pregnancy trend gaining attention, but we have a feeling it’s not for everyone. According to New York magazine, more and more women are taking home their placenta from the hospital after giving birth and then eating it. Yes, eating it. The article, “The Placenta Cookbook,” focuses on a woman who is a professional placenta-preparer and mothers who have eaten their placentas.

Why would you want to eat this organ? Advocates for eating placentas claim the organ that once connected you and your developing baby can help produce milk for breastfeeding, ward off postpartum depression and increase a new mother’s strength if consumed. But all that has been scientifically proven is that the placenta has high levels of iron, vitamin B-12, and certain hormones. Some women have even had difficulty getting permission from the hospital to take the placenta home with them, after all hospitals consider them to be biohazardous waste.

While most mammals eat their placenta after giving birth, it has never been widely popular with women. However, placenta encapsulation services seem to be growing, albeit slowly, in popularity. These services dehydrate the placenta, grind it up, and create capsules out of them so women can swallow it in pill form. Though other women still go the more extreme route. Alexa Beckham, owner of Ruby Tree Birth, an encapsulation service told New York about her placenta eating experience. “After I gave birth, I threw a chunk of placenta in the Vitamix with coconut water and a banana,” she adds. “It gave me the wildest rush. You know the feeling of drinking green juice on an empty stomach? It’s like that, but much more intense. It was definitely physical.”

Is it only a matter of time before women celebrate leaving the hospital with a meal of placenta? Or will placenta eating always be limited to a small minority? Tell us what you think!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal
A former schools chancellor in Washington has refused to talk to USA Today reporters about a cheating scandal.

Falls from windows injure 5,100 kids every year
Every year, more than 5,100 American kids go to the hospital with injuries after falling out of windows, and a quarter of them are serious enough for the children to be admitted, according to the first nationwide study of the problem.

The Placenta Cookbook
For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor.

Calories, sugar reduced in flavored milk for kids
Good news for milk-pushing moms this September: kid-favorite flavored milks will have less calories and sugar, according to the Milk Processor Education Program.

Congenital heart disease screening recommended for newborns
Before newborns leave the hospital, they should receive a simple, pain-free test to check for signs of congenital heart disease, one of the most common types of birth defects, according to a recommendation by a federal advisory panel.

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