Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Global Population Reaches 7 Billion, or Doesn’t
An effort by the United Nations to draw attention to the fact that the global population is now or soon will be 7 billion sowed confusion on Monday, as some news organizations, anxious to put a human face on the estimate, searched the globe for a newborn to anoint the seven billionth person, conflating a projection with an exact count.
Groups Push J&J on Baby Shampoo Chemicals
Two chemicals considered harmful to babies remain in Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo sold in the U.S., even though the company already makes versions without them, according to a coalition of health and environmental groups.
Hyperactivity Drugs Shown Not to Raise Heart Risks in Kids
Children who take medicine for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder aren’t at a higher risk for heart complications, according to a U.S.-funded study that suggests warnings placed on the drugs are unnecessary.
Test Scores Show Modest Gains in Mathematics
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Fourth and eighth grade students scored higher in mathematics last spring than anytime since the Nation’s Report Card began measuring their performance decades ago, data showed Tuesday.
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Are Women Spooked About Giving Birth on Halloween?
Fewer women give birth on Halloween than on Valentine’s Day, finds a new study. But this may not be a mere calendar coincidence.
A Child is Born and World Population Hits 7 Billion
Countries around the world marked the world’s population reaching 7 billion Monday with lavish ceremonies for newborn infants symbolizing the milestone and warnings that there may be too many humans for the planet’s resources.
Let Kids Gorge on Halloween Candy, Dentists Say
This Halloween, many dentists are telling parents that it is okay to let kids gorge themselves on candy.
Prevention is Key for Fall Asthma Flare-Ups in Kids
Children with asthma are at greater risk for flare-ups in the fall because of airborne ragweed and mold spores, as well as the flu and other seasonal infections, researchers warn.
Violence More Common Among Kids of Combat Veterans
A new study suggests that when parents are deployed in the military, their children are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang or be involved in fights.
Doctors Urge HIV Testing Starting at 16
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The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that all teens 16 to 18 years old receive regular, routine HIV tests if they live in an area where the prevalence of HIV is greater than 0.1% of the population.