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Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Man Accused of Leaving Toddler Alone in Occupy Tent
A man accused of leaving a 13-month-old girl alone in a tent at Washington’s Occupy DC encampment has been arrested, U.S. Park Police said Wednesday.
Mom Defends Daughter Singing Racy Song
Jane Velez-Mitchell asks mother of “Toddler & Tiaras” star about her young daughter singing a racy song at a nightclub.
New York City Charter School Finds That a Grade of ‘C’ Means Closing
For the first time, New York City is closing a charter school for the offense of simply being mediocre.
Parents Rebel Against School
Fed-up parents of students attending a low-performing school in Southern California aim to use the power given to them by the state to take an unusual step: fire the school.
Mary Ellen Avery, Premature Babies’ Savior, Dies at 84
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Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, a medical researcher who helped save hundreds of thousands of premature infants with a single, crucial discovery about their ability to breathe, died on Dec. 4 in West Orange, N.J. She was 84.
Friday, November 18th, 2011
Molester Helped Cast Child Actors
News that a registered sex offender worked under another name raises questions for studios and police.
Report Shows Decline in Teen Births, Prematurity, C-Sections
Rates of teen births, premature deliveries and cesareans all are going down, a new report says.
Johnson & Johnson Starts Removing Toxins from Baby Products
Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is continuing efforts to remove two harmful chemicals from its iconic baby shampoo and other baby products in the U.S.
To Get Your Kids Ahead in Life, Get a College Degree
Researchers from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Pew Economic Mobility Project have found that American kids are much more likely to succeed if their parents are more educated.
Mom: Bullying Drove My 10-Year-0ld Girl to Suicide
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Stacy Conner, the mother of 10-year-old Ashlynn, says she complained to the principal at her daughter’s school about the torment and bullying Ashlynn suffered before taking her own life.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Raw Milk Recalled After Children Sickened by E. coli
A California dairy that had its raw milk products recalled and quarantined after E. coli sent three children to hospitals said Wednesday that tests show its milk is pathogen-free and the quarantine should be lifted.
Babies with Knives: Co-Sleeping Ad Infuriates Some Parents
Would you ever tuck your baby into bed cuddled up next to a butcher knife? No? Then why are you co-sleeping with her? That’s the message in some alarming public service ads by Milwaukee’s Health Department.
Calling Attention to Preterm Birth on World Prematurity Day, Nov. 17
Thursday marks the first-ever World Prematurity Day, a collaboration between the March of Dimes and organizations in Europe, Africa and Australia that educate about preterm birth. Advocacy groups are asking people to join a Facebook campaign today to help to raise awareness of the problem.
One in 12 Teenagers Self Harm, Study Finds
One in 12 young people, mostly girls, engage in self-harming such as cutting, burning or taking life-threatening risks and around 10 percent of these continue to deliberately harm themselves into young adulthood, a study found on Thursday.
Outlook Good for Obese Kids Who Lose Weight
Most overweight and obese children are on a path to becoming obese adults at higher risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease, a new study finds. But if they manage to get their weight under control and avoid obesity in adulthood, they are at no higher risk of those health problems than people who were normal weight all their lives.
With Hispanic Students on the Rise, Hispanic Teachers in Short Supply
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The surge in Hispanic students is forcing schools to not only reckon with a deep shortage of teachers who share their cultural heritage but also try new recruiting strategies.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
New Approach Finds Success In Teaching Youth With Autism
As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to increase, the one thing that won’t change is the need for those children to develop social skills. Statistics show that if these students are able to communicate effectively, they can achieve success in the classroom, and later, in the workplace. In addition to the challenges facing each individual student, educators find themselves facing dwindling resources. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are developing an effective social competence curriculum, with a virtual classroom component, that could help educators meet the demand of this growing population. (Medical News Today)
U.S. Premature Birth Rate Declines After Decades Of Increases
After a 30-year climb, the U.S. premature birth rate dropped for the second year in a row from 12.8% in 2006 to 12.3% in 2008, according to a March of Dimes analysis of the latest available data, USA Today reports. The rate of infants born prematurely — before 37 weeks’ gestation — was 9.4% in 1981. The recent decline occurred in 40 states and the District of Columbia. (Medical News Today)
American Society Of Anesthesiologists Helps Parents Reduce Surgery-Related Complications In Obese Children
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is taking action to educate parents about the increased risk of complications faced by obese children undergoing anesthesia. The number of obese children has doubled in the past two decades and tripled among adolescents and the ASA encourages parents to help improve both the surgical outcomes and long-term health of America’s youth. (Medical News Today)
Gene Links to Anorexia Identified: Largest Genetic Study of the Eating Disorder Detects Common and Rare Variants
Scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have identified both common and rare gene variants associated with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. In the largest genetic study of this psychiatric disorder, the researchers found intriguing clues to genes they are subjecting to further investigation, including genes active in neuronal signaling and in shaping interconnections among brain cells. (Science Daily)
Kids’ ER Visits Down After Cold Medicine Withdrawal
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Three years after nonprescription infant cold medicines were taken off the market, emergency rooms treat less than half as many children under 2 for overdoses and other adverse reactions to the drugs, a new U.S. government study shows. (US News.com)
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
10 Controversial Toys That Won’t Be On This Year’s Wish Lists
Ten toys that reached the market over the past few years that probably never should have seen the light of day. [Wallet Pop]
Diaper Research Tracks Infant Estrogen Levels
The method, previously used in nonhuman primates, will allow researchers to learn more about the association between estrogen levels in human infants and their long-term reproductive development as well as the development of sex-specific behaviors, such as toy preference or cognitive differences. What’s more, the method will also allow researchers to look at how early disruption of the endocrine system affects long-term maturation, a growing concern among researchers and physicians. [Medical News Today]
Watch Video: The U.S. Gets Low Marks for Preemie Birth Rates [MSNBC]
Highlighting Gender Promotes Stereotyped Views In Preschoolers
In many preschool classrooms, gender is very noticeable – think of the greeting, “Good morning, boys and girls” or the instruction, “Girls line up on this side, boys on that.” A new study has found that when teachers call attention to gender in these simple ways, children are more likely to express stereotyped views of what activities are appropriate for boys and girls, and which gender they prefer to play with. [Medical News Today]
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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
More professors give out hand-held devices to monitor students and engage them
Though the technology is relatively new, preliminary studies at Harvard and Ohio State, among other institutions, suggest that engaging students in class through a device as familiar to them as a cellphone — there are even applications that convert iPads and BlackBerrys into class-ready clickers — increases their understanding of material that may otherwise be conveyed in traditional lectures. The clickers are also gaining wide use in middle and high schools, as well as at corporate gatherings. (New York Times)
Preemie births inch down, but still a big problem
Premature births may finally be starting to inch down, says a new report from the March of Dimes. The change is small: In 2006, 12.8 percent of U.S. babies were born premature, compared with 12.3 percent in 2008. Still, that translates into 21,000 fewer preterm births, said March of Dimes president Dr. Jennifer Howse — what she called the first real sign of progress after three decades of rising prematurity. (MSNBC)
Pregnancy not covered by most individual health policies
Individual health insurance policies generally don’t cover maternity care, as a recent investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reported. In an October memo outlining its findings based on responses from the four largest for-profit health insurers — Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint —the committee reported that most individual policies at those companies didn’t cover most of the expenses for a normal delivery. (MSNBC)
Study: Antibiotics have little impact on child ear infections
Giving children antibiotics for ear infections does little to speed their recovery while raising the risk of some side effects, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (CNN)
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Monday, November 30th, 2009
The United States gets a “D” for it’s high premature birthrate of 12.7 percent, according to the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to baby and pregnancy health. The March of Dimes compared each state’s birthrate to the Healthy People 2010 preterm birth goal, which is 7.6 percent of all live births. Vermont had the lowest rate of premature births—9.2 percent—and was the only state to earn a “B.” (No state got an “A.”) But the good news is that 27 states reduced their preterm birthrate since last year, and the March of Dimes attributes the improvement to the fact more moms are quitting smoking while pregnant (smoking is a risk factor for premature birth) and that fewer moms are scheduling elective deliveries early, before the 39th week. In fact, more than 70 percent of preterm births are considered late preterm, which means that the baby is delivered from 34 to 36 weeks of gestation. Even late preterm babies can have complications like breathing problems.
Go to Marchofdimes.com/fightforpreemies to see how your state fared and to learn about how to have a healthy pregnancy. Click here for a video of March of Dimes president Jennifer L. Howse, M.D., discussing the results.
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