Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
More Parents Follow Updated Car Seat Guidelines, Survey Finds
A year after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration updated its child-safety seat guidelines recommending that children remain in rear-facing car seats until age 2 and older kids stay in booster seats as long as age 12, AAA has some good news. Its survey has found that 90% of parents with kids younger than 13 know about the changes.
Secondhand Smoke Again Tied to Asthma in Kids
A fresh look at past studies suggests kids who live with a smoker are more likely to wheeze or get asthma, providing more evidence for the link between secondhand smoke and breathing problems.
Prenatal Pollutants Linked to Later Behavioral Ills
Inner-city women who breathe powerful airborne pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons while pregnant are more likely to have children who develop behavioral problems by the time they reach school age, researchers report.
For Moms with Postpartum Depression, the Nation’s First Inpatient Unit
For moms battling depression, a first-of-its-kind psychiatric unit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers intensive, inpatient care.
Komen Foundation Continues to See Fallout from Planned Parenthood Controversy
Fallout from the Planned Parenthood controversy continues at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, with several executives at headquarters and affiliates departing, questions arising about fundraising ability, and structural changes underway to give affiliates more influence, officials said Wednesday.
Parents Upset Over New Case of Math Homework Referencing Slavery
A Clayton County parent is upset after he says his son was given a math homework assignment that referenced slavery.
Monday, December 20th, 2010
‘Maldistribution’ Found in Doctors Who Treat Kids
Nearly one million American children in areas, often rural, where there are no local primary care physicians whereas many urban areas have an abundance of such doctors — an average of one physician for every 140 children in some places, an analysis of national data revealed. (Medpage Today)
Air Pollution May Tie Highway Proximity to Autism
Children born within just one-fifth of a mile of a highway appear twice as likely to have autism, according to a team of researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and the UC Davis MIND Institute. (PsychCentral)
Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic and Relationships
Children go through ups and downs like everyone else. But even in elementary school, some kids are shy and awkward, and they can easily become social outcasts, anxious about social interactions and maybe a tad depressed. Normal adolescent angst can spiral out of control for these young people, taking them on a trajectory that can lead to major depression by adolescence — unless, research suggests, they have a simple but valuable asset: a friend. (New York Times)
AAPD Partners With Text4baby To Provide Pregnant Women And New Moms With Oral Health Messages
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the recognized leader in children’s oral health, announced an outreach partnership with the text4baby program. The AAPD’s leading pediatric oral health experts will work closely with text4baby in the dissemination of information to pregnant women and new moms about children’s oral health care. (Medical News Today)
House Rejects Senate Bill To Fight Child Marriage, Citing Cost As Main Concern
“A bill to combat the practice of child marriage in developing countries stalled in the House on Thursday,” CQ Today reports. In a 241-166 vote “the House rejected … the motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill (S 987). Suspension of the rules is an expedited procedure that limits debate and requires a two-thirds majority for passage,” the news service writes (Dumain, 12/16). (Medical News Today)