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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

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Nearly Half of Newborns At Tennessee Hospital Need Prescription Drug Withdrawal Treatment
Out of the 58 babies in East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s NICU, 23 of them are going through withdrawal from prescription pills, including OxyContin, Vicodin, and methadone. (via ABC News)

Rare Genetic Mutation Protects Against Alzheimer’s
The mutation appears to slow the production of the beta-amyloid protein, long considered to be the cause of Alzheimer’s. Researchers say a genetic test for the mutation is unlikely because it’s so rare and the mutation could be exclusive to the Icelandic population. (via CNN)

Growing IVF Loan Business Helps Families Finance Their Fertility
Many families are turning to fertility finance companies to help fund their IVF cycles when they’re faced with limited funding and their insurance company won’t cover the costs. (via MSNBC)

485,000 High Chairs Recalled After Injury Reports
More than 485,000 Chico Polly high chairs are being recalled after a design flaw led to children getting cuts and bruises. Importer Artsana USA Inc. knows of 21 children getting injured from falling against pegs on the back legs of the chairs, which are meant to store the tray. (via Associated Press)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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Mothers Like Chubby Toddlers, Study Suggests
Mothers of overweight toddlers often mistakenly think their children are normal weight, and mothers of underweight toddlers often wish they were plumper, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83
Mr. Sendak, known in particular for “Where the Wild Things Are,” was widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century.

Why Up to 90% of Asian Schoolchildren Are Nearsighted
Researchers say the culprit is academic ambition: spending too much time studying indoors and not enough hours in bright sunlight is ruining kids’ eyesight.

Olympics-London Games Venues Opened to ‘Babes in Arms’
Babies will be allowed into London Olympic venues without a ticket if they are firmly fastened to an adult, organizers said on Tuesday in a climb-down after complaints from angry mothers.

1 in 8 Teens Misuses Prescription Painkillers
One in eight older teens has used powerful painkillers when they weren’t prescribed — and many of them start misusing the medications earlier than was previously assumed, according to new research.

Asian Women Command Premium Prices for Egg Donation in U.S.
Asian women can get about $10,000 to $20,000 for their eggs, while women of other ethnic groups typically get about $6,000.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Abuse of Opiates Soars in Pregnant Women
The fast-growing abuse of prescription drugs has reached maternity wards in hospitals across the country, with the number of pregnant women addicted to opiate drugs — and the number of babies born experiencing withdrawal symptoms — rising sharply over the last decade.

Gay Mom Upset After Dismissal by Boy Scouts
Jennifer Tyrrell and her 7-year-old son have had many rewarding experiences with the Boy Scouts of America, but their participation in the national organization came to an end because she is gay, and the group does not allow open or avowed homosexuals in their membership.

Stressed Moms More Likely to Overfeed Their Babies
Researchers looked at moms in low-income households and found that those who experienced certain stressors, such as depression or single parenthood, were more likely to add cereal to their infants’ bottles, a practice that increases the risk of weight gain in childhood.

Study Finds Smoking Leads to Increase in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Eliminating smoking at home reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 80 percent, an Australian study has found.

Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER
Black children seen in the emergency department for abdominal pain are less likely to receive pain medication than white children, according to a new study.

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Moms on Drugs

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

In our November issue we cover a topic that you don’t hear much about: moms who are hooked on prescription drugs. Our story introduces you to three of them–all devoted, involved parents who started taking prescription meds for legitimate reasons, and then quickly enough spiraled into full-blown addicts. One mom was taking close to 55 pills a day, all while driving her three young children around. This woman was, at one point, a PTA president. The point: It can happen to anyone.

More than 18 million women ages 26 and older reported using prescription drugs for unintended uses in 2008, which is the most recent year for which stats are available. This means chances are good that someone you know is affected by this problem. Maybe you yourself are at risk? If you or someone you know needs help, these are useful resources.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse will give you more background on prescription drug abuse in America.

Narcotics Anonymous can help you determine whether you’re an addict.

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration will help you find a drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment program near you.

Intervention Center tells you how you might go about having an intervention for a loved one.


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