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Monday, May 7th, 2012
Argentine ‘Miracle Baby’ Tiny but Stable a Month On
An Argentine baby who was mistakenly declared dead and whose parents found her breathing in the morgue 12 hours later has survived her first month of life, weighing in at just under 1 kilo (2.2 pounds).
Birth Defect Risk Rises With Some Fertility Treatments
Test-tube babies have higher rates of birth defects, and doctors have long wondered: Is it because of certain fertility treatments or infertility itself? A large new study from Australia suggests both may play a role.
Second Trimester May Be Key for Regulating Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Overweight or obese women who gained an excessive amount of weight during the second trimester had a greater than 90 percent chance of gaining too much weight by the end of pregnancy, the study found.
Indiana Mom Sends Son to School With Stun Gun to Confront Bullies
An Indiana mother who sent her gay son to school with a stun gun after administrators apparently didn’t do enough to stop the bullying against him said she would do it again — even though the teen now faces expulsion.
All-Girl Classes Can Help in Math, Sciences
A Georgetown University study says 8 million jobs will be open in the math, science and technology fields by 2018. But the next generation of American workers will be unprepared, especially girls.
Parents Aren’t Destined to Be Unhappy
Findings from two new studies suggest parents today may indeed be happier than non-parents, and though parental happiness levels do drop, they don’t dip below the levels they were before having children.
Friday, May 4th, 2012
Premature Birth Endangers 15M Babies Worldwide
Premature birth and its accompanying health dangers kill 1.1 million babies worldwide each year, making it the second-leading cause of death for children under age 5, according to a new global report.
CDC: More Teen Girls Using Contraception, Waiting Longer
More teenage girls are waiting longer to have sex, according to a new report, and for those who have sex, more are using contraception.
Parents of Boy Forcibly Tattooed Sue School District
The parents of a New Hampshire teenager who was assaulted and forcibly tattooed on the buttocks by four older students during school hours have filed suit against the school district.
Babies Born Late May Face More Behavior Problems, Study Finds
New research from the Netherlands shows that post-term babies — those born after a 42-week pregnancy —have a higher risk of developing behavioral and emotional problems, compared with children born at term.
Georgia Family Happy to Be ‘The Real Life Seven Dwarfs’
The Johnston family, from Barnesville, Ga., is extreme in many ways. Standing no more than four feet tall, they call themselves “the real life seven dwarfs.” They are the largest family of achondroplasia dwarfs, with a type of dwarfism that affects the extremities.
Parents Play Favorites When Helping Adult Kids Out
More than 60% of today’s young adults have received financial help from their parents — and those described as having more agreeable personalities as children get more money than others, finds a study to be presented today at a meeting of the Population Association of America.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
U.S. Lags in Global Measure of Premature Births
The United States is similar to developing countries in the percentage of mothers who give birth before their child is due, according to the World Health Organization and other agencies.
Avery Lynn, Baby with Bucket List, Dies
Five-and-a-half-month-old Avery Lynn Canahuati, the Texas infant stricken with spinal muscular atrophy, whose parents created a bucket list and a blog for her — which went viral — died on Monday.
Bronzed NJ Mom: Girl’s Sunburn Not from Salon
A deeply tanned New Jersey mother accused of causing skin burns to her young daughter by taking her into a tanning booth pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a child endangerment charge, and the tanning salon’s owner appeared to corroborate her story.
Family Fights for Autistic Son to Play Baseball
A Michigan family is fighting to allow their autistic son to play on a Little League team. The coach, Tim Frisbie, has expressed concerns over the safety of the boy and his teammates.
Asthma Rates at Record High, CDC Says
Asthma rates in the United States increased over the past decade to their highest level ever, according to a new government report.
Pesticide Linked to Brain Abnormalities in Kids, Research Finds
Pregnant women exposed to the pesticide chlorpyrifos may be putting their kids at risk for potentially irreversible brain changes linked to lower intelligence, according to a study published Monday.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Repeat C-section May Be Safer Option for Moms, Babies
For women who delivered their first baby by cesarean section, delivering a second baby also by C-section may be somewhat safer for both mother and baby than a vaginal birth, a new study reveals.
US Mortality Rates Dropped, Biggest Decline in Young Children
The risk of dying at any given age has dropped sharply over the last 75 years in the United States, with the most dramatic improvement seen among young children, according to a new government analysis of mortality rates.
Early Childhood Neglect Has Negative Impact on Kids
New research shows that children who spend the first two years of their life watching more television than engaging with books, toys and people are more likely to have long-term effects including delayed language skills and a brain that’s not wired for learning and development.
Can Playing Maternal Voice and Heartbeat Sounds Benefit Premies?
A new study suggests that premies may miss mom’s sounds by being born early.
Fatty Foods Linked to Poor Sperm Quality
A new study, published online in the European journal Human Reproduction, found that men who ate diets higher in saturated fat had lower sperm counts and concentration than men who consumed less fat. But men who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids — healthy fats found in fish and plant oils — had better formed sperm.
Kids Can’t See Anti-Bullying Film Due to R Rating
Kids, the very audience who would benefit most from seeing the new documentary “Bully,” aren’t allowed to see it without a parent or guardian. The film earned an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America due to adult language.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests
Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.
Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities
Dentists nationwide are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.
The Pros and Cons of Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy
Both antidepressant use and untreated depression in pregnant women may lead to risks for babies. A new study adds data to a troubling problem.
Giving Babies a ‘Strong Start’
In the U.S., more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely each year. But federal health officials are doing something to change that. The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced more than $40 million in grants will be put towards a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of preterm births and early elective deliveries.
Sugar Water Helps Newborns’ Pain, Study Finds
When it comes to soothing preterm newborns’ pain during medical pokes and prods, sugar water seems at least as good as breast milk, according to two studies published Monday.
3-Year-Old Swallows 37 Magnets, Tears Holes in Stomach
A 3-year-old needed surgery after she swallowed 37 magnets, KPTV reported. Payton Bushnell of Portland, Ore., ripped a hole in her stomach and three in her lower intestine after she ate 37 Rare Earth Buckyball magnets, according to the TV station.
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Infancy Health Risk Linked to Early Birth by Research
Babies born just a few weeks early have a slightly higher risk of health problems in infancy, research suggests.
Experts: Syphilis Tests Could Save a Million Babies
The lives of almost a million newborn babies could be saved every year if simple, cheap and rapid tests for syphilis were offered to pregnant women in poorer countries, global health experts said on Thursday.
California Teen Moves in With Teacher
Amid a storm of controversy and police investigation, a California teacher who left his family and job to be with a teenage former student said he followed his heart and that the couple waited until he resigned before they “took it to the next level.”
A Florida School Seeks Better Test Scores Through Placebos
Want a “special brain snack” to boost your test scores? Typically, performance enhancers would be frowned on by school authorities, but in one Florida elementary school, administrators are handing out “FCAT power bars” to improve students scores on the state’s dreaded standardized tests.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
10 States Given Waivers From No Child Left Behind Law
President Obama will waive central provisions of the No Child Left Behind federal education law for 10 states that have embraced his educational agenda and promised to raise standards, and improve accountability and teacher effectiveness, the White House announced on Thursday morning.
FDA Approves a 10-Minute, No-Comb Treatment for Head Lice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday a prescription-strength lotion for the treatment of head lice in children 6 months and older.
C-Sections Can Increase Premature Babies’ Risk of Breathing Problems
Contrary to popular belief, cesarean section appears not to be the best way to deliver preterm babies who are small for their age, according to research presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Youths Are Watching, but Less Often on TV
Americans ages 12 to 34 are spending less time in front of TV sets, even as those 35 and older are spending more, according to research that will be released on Thursday by Nielsen, a company that tracks media use.
Pageant Mom’s ‘Go-Go’ Juice Comes Under Fire
One mother routinely gives her daughter caffeine before each pageant competition.
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: c-section, head lice, Lice, lice products, no child left behind, Obama, preemies, premature births, Television, Toddlers & Tiaras, TV
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Brain Injuries in Childhood Have Lasting Effects on Learning
Brain injuries can lead to widespread deficits in a range of functions — from language to motor skills and cognition — and the effects may be longer-lasting than researchers thought, especially in young children who suffer traumatic blows to the head.
Should Parents Lose Custody of Super Obese Kids?
Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids’ weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation’s most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.
Anxiety, Other Disorders More Common in Autism
Autism tends to go hand in hand with a variety of other mental and behavioral conditions in kids, suggests a new study that highlights the fuzzy nature of autism diagnoses themselves.
Lots of Fun in the Sun, but Little Use of Sunscreen by Kids
The majority of pre-adolescents don’t regularly use sunscreen, according to a new study, despite the fact that many of them suffered sunburns at some point during their childhood, which increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life.
Tiny Baby Melinda Star Guido Heading Home
At birth, Melinda Star Guido weighed less than a can of soda – only 9 1/2 ounces. After spending close to the first five months of her life at the hospital, she’s headed home.
Girl Who Outsmarted Alleged Kidnapper: ‘I Got my Fight From Daddy’
A 9-year-old girl is getting credit for her quick thinking and for speaking up after managing to escape from her alleged kidnapper last week.
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: anxiety, anxiety disorder, autism, brain injury, kidnap, Melinda Star Guido, obese, obesity, preemies, sun safety, sunscreen