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Friday, July 29th, 2011
Judge Strikes Circumcision Ban from San Francisco Ballot
A San Francisco judge Thursday struck a proposed circumcision ban from the city’s November ballot.
Nigeria Parents Risk Jail for Skipping Polio Shots
Officials in northern Nigeria say parents who do not allow their children to be vaccinated against polio now risk jail time for defying a government order. The Kano state government says parents who prevent their children from getting immunized during the four-day campaign will face prosecution.
Sports for Tots: How Young is Too Young?
Though at an age where attention spans are fleeting and coordination hit or miss, parents throughout the nation have signed up their tots up for programs that teach them how to dribble a basketball, shoot a goal and make a pass to a teammate — or at least, attempt to do these things.
Mouthwashing Moms Less Likely to Have a Preemie
Expectant mothers who have gum disease are less likely to deliver their babies prematurely if they use mouthwash throughout their pregnancy, a new study suggests. Pregnant women with gum disease, also called periodontal disease, are known to have more preemies than women with healthy gums.
Finding Strength by Building a Camp
A man with stage 4 colon cancer who was given 12 to 15 months to live went to work building a camp for at-risk and sick children.
Low Birth Weight Babies’ Chronic Conditions Stabilize in Teens
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Children who are born at a very low birth weight typically have more chronic health problems than normal birth weight children. While those issues don’t appear to get worse as they become teenagers, a study finds, they may be at higher risk for obesity.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
How breast pumps became a political issue
For decades, breastfeeding has been an inflammatory topic among moms, the relative merits and burdens inspiring books, blogs, and sideways glances. So perhaps it was inevitable that the issue would spark a political firestorm among Mama Grizzlies this week. It began innocently enough. At an intimate press conference kicking off the second year of her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of early intervention. And in highlighting steps parents can take, she recommended that women breastfeed their babies, because “kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese.” (Yahoo)
Mom sells kids’ toys on eBay as punishment
Used to be, kids were made to take a timeout when they acted up, or maybe even a spanking. But now, parents have other options, like selling their treasured toys on eBay as punishment. One mom, fed up with her boys’ fancy spinning tops and how they wrecked her bathtub, decided to gather the offending tops — the popular Japanese manga Beyblade toy — and put them on eBay. She even posted a picture of her sons, one clearly in tears, while the younger one has a mug shot look, resigned to his fate, as he holds up the zip lock bag of Beyblades to present to the buying public. (MSNBC)
Myanmar plans mass inoculation after polio case appears
Myanmar is planning a mass polio vaccination after a seven-month-old baby was diagnosed with the virus, the country’s first case in three years, according to the the United Nations Children’s Fund. (Yahoo)
Kids as young as 5 can command a computer mouse
Children as young as 5 can learn how to manipulate a computer mouse, according to a study that finds practice is more important than age in mastering the device. (Yahoo)
A School Topples Hurdles to Learning
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For 185 students on Long Island, some of whom may be unable to see or move, the Henry Viscardi School has long served as a refuge. (New York Times)
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Pediatricians Issue New Vaccine Recommendations
Teenagers need a booster shot to protect them from meningococcal meningitis, a potentially deadly infection of the tissue around the brain, while all kids should have up-to-date whooping cough vaccines in light of recent outbreaks, according to new recommendations from pediatric experts. (Yahoo News)
It’s Up To Parents to Keep Achievement Rates from Going Down the Toilet
Zimmitti is one of the area’s premier potty trainers. And each year she sees a bigger frenzy among parents frantic to potty train their children – fast.
“There are real deadlines,” she said, “and the parents are just filled with extreme anxiety.” (Washington Post)
Children May Gain Weight After Tonsillectomy
Weight gain is common after children have their tonsils removed, an analysis of four decades of research concludes. Researchers from Saint Louis University found that 50 percent of the children in the studies gained more weight than expected as part of normal development, according to study lead author Dr. Anita Jeyakumar. While not “hugely surprising,” the findings are important to consider in light of the obesity epidemic and the frequency of tonsillectomy, she said. (Yahoo News)
Gates Calls for a Final Push to Eradicate Polio
On Monday, in a Manhattan town house that once belonged to polio’s most famous victim, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Gates made an appeal for one more big push to wipe out world polio. (New York Times)
WHO Reviews GSK H1N1 Flu Shot After Narcolepsy Link
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The World Health Organisation is reviewing the safety of GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix H1N1 flu vaccine after a Finnish study suggested children who got the shot were nine times more likely to suffer from narcolepsy, a rare sleeping disorder. (Reuters)