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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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Kids’ Risk of Whopping Cough Rises After Final Shot
Children’s risk of contracting whooping cough increases over the years following their final scheduled vaccination, a new study says. (via NBC)

Being Bullied Can Cause Trauma Symptoms
Problems caused by bullying do not necessarily cease when the abuse stops. Recent research shows that victims may need long-term support. (via ScienceDaily)

One Child Mothers With Pre-Eclampsia at Higher Risk of Heart Problems
Women who develop pre-eclampsia during their first pregnancy (known as preterm pre-eclampsia) — and who don’t go on to have any more children — are at greater risk of dying from heart disease in later life than women who have subsequent children. (via ScienceDaily)

Researchers Study Cry Acoustics to Determine Risk for Autism
Understanding the importance of early diagnosis, researchers have been studying the cry acoustics of 6-month-old infants. (via ScienceDaily)

Legislation Proposed To Help Pregnant Women Working In NYC
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to provide what the bill calls “reasonable accommodations” to pregnant employees whose health care providers say they are necessary, unless they would be an undue hardship on the employer. (via CBS New York)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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Fudge Factor: Americans in Denial About Weight Gain
Researchers from the University of Washington found people — especially men — often think they are losing weight when they really aren’t, a new study shows. (via NBC News)

Study: Shaky Mental Health Linked to Higher Death Risk
Among disease-free, healthy adults included within a new U.K. study, the more signs of psychological distress people had, the higher the death rates they experienced — even at low levels of distress and even after accounting for a large number of health conditions and health behaviors that might explain the link. (via TIME)

23andMe Seeks FDA Approval for Personal DNA Test
Genetic test maker 23andMe is asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve its personalized DNA test. The company’s saliva-based kits have attracted scrutiny for claiming to help users detect whether they are likely to develop illnesses like breast cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. (via Associated Press)

Why Lack of Sleep Weakens Vaccine Effectiveness
A new study shows people getting less than six hours of sleep per night on average were far less likely than longer sleepers to show adequate antibody responses to the vaccine and so they were far more likely — 11.5 times more likely — to be unprotected by the immunization. (via TIME)

Mindfulness Training May Improve Health and Well-Being of Pregnant Women and Newborns
First-time mothers who pay attention to their emotional and physical changes during their pregnancy may feel better and have healthier newborns than new mothers who don’t, research suggests. (via Science Daily)

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Pregnant? Make Your Life Easier With These Free Tools

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Pregnant woman with sonogram

When you first find out that you’re pregnant, it may seem like you have to wait forever to meet your baby — but trust us, those months fly by. Attending doctors’ appointments, shopping for baby essentials, and simply adjusting to the idea that you’re almost a mother can be exhausting. Try three of our favorite tools to make your life a little simpler:

  • Find out when your baby will be born with our Due Date Calculator. Enter the date of your last period and the length of your cycle for an approximation of when your little one will arrive.
  • Predict the gender of your baby with our Ancient Chinese Birth Chart. With a supposed success rate of 93 percent, what are you waiting for?
  • Don’t let picking a baby name be the first parenting disagreement you have with your partner. Try our Create-a-Baby-Name Quiz for fun name ideas.

Check out our pregnancy page for more information!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Two Children Die in Hot Cars as Risky Season Begins
It’s a tragic sign of spring: Two young children have died this month in Texas and Missouri after their parents accidentally left them all day in hot vehicles.

After Abuse Investigation, Kids Often Remain at Risk
Children who remain at home after an abuse investigation are often still facing risk factors for maltreatment a few years later, a new study finds.

Should Pregnant Women Be Accommodated in the Workplace?
Not all companies are eager to oblige the needs of expectant workers. The newly proposed Pregnant Workers Fairness Act aims to force employers’ hand.

Watching TV Steers Children Toward Eating Junk
Spending time in front of the tube not only leads to mindless eating, but also sets children up to prefer unhealthy foods in general.

Blood Test May Help Identify Kids’ Smoke Exposure: Study
More than half of the children who took part in a study on exposure to cigarette smoke tested positive for such exposure, despite only a handful of their parents admitting to lighting up, according to a U.S. study.

In Mensa or Not, this Tot Proves She’s Still a Tot
Three-year-old Emmelyn Roettger may be the nation’s youngest member of Mensa, the high-IQ society, but for any toddler, potty breaks take precedence — even during interviews on national television.

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USDA Says Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Should Eat More Fish

Monday, January 31st, 2011

shrimpThe United States Department of Agriculture released new dietary guidelines today recommending that Americans eat more fish. This recommendation is particularly important for pregnant and breastfeeding women since new research shows that nutrients found in seafood play an important factor in babies’ brain and eye development.

Everyone one needs to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces of fish (that’s 2 to 3 servings) a week. The average American eats one serving of seafood a week and pregnant and/or breastfeeding women eat less than one half of a serving of seafood a week, according to the National Fisheries Institute .

Limiting or avoiding seafood during pregnancy can result in suboptimal brain development, slower eye development, and lower rates of positive birth outcomes, says Dr.  J. Thomas Brenna, a professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University. Mothers also benefit from eating 2 to 3 servings of fish per week, as some research shows that the nutrients can reduce pre-partum and postpartum depression.

However, these recommendations only apply to eating fish as a whole food, rather than substituting the food for a fish-oil supplement. Supplements lack the other nutrients found in fish.

Eating omega-3 fatty acids found in fish also decreases the risk of heart disease. “By giving people fish as food you’re doing so much more since you’re getting rid of foods that would have had a detrimental effect on cardiac disease,” says Dr. Louis Aronne, internist and director of Comprehensive Weight Program at Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and clinical professor of medicine at Cornell University.

The Federal Drug Administration tells pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoiding eating  fish like Shark, Tilefish, Swordfish, and King Mackerel that have higher levels of mercury. (Yet, Dr. Brenna says that those toxicological effects were hypothetical and we, as consumers, should be positive about encouraging more consumption of seafood.)

A quick and easy way to add seafood to your diet is to swap out the same old proteins in your favorite recipes.

Check out some of our favorite fish recipes:

Find out more information about the new USDA dietary guidelines here.

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