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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, October 5th, 2012

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Couples Trying to Conceive Might Need Help Sooner, Study Says
A new mathematical method predicts a woman’s odds of becoming pregnant at various ages, and may help determine how long couples should wait before seeking medical help. (via HealthDay)

Troubled Kids in ER: Psych Illness or Just Unruly?
According to new data, American children visit the emergency room as often as 825,000 times a year—not for broken bones or belly aches, but to urgently see a psychiatrist. (via NBC News)

Free Birth Control Significantly Cuts Abortion Rates
The national abortion rate would plummet if women at risk for unintended pregnancies received the birth control of their choice at no cost, a new study has found. (via Time)

Teen Smoking Linked to Earlier Death
Teenagers who smoke are more likely to die of heart disease decades down the line, even if they quit by the time they’re middle-aged. (via Reuters)

Overweight Kids Take More Prescription Meds
A new Canadian study finds that overweight children take more prescription medications than children of normal weight. Researchers say this shows an unexpected link to rising health care costs. (via PsychCentral)

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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‘Mom Gene’ Discovered in Mice
Is there such a thing as a “mom gene”? A new study of female mice shows that there might be a genetic link to nurturing traits. But the maternal instinct in humans may be much more complicated. (via TODAY)

High-Tech Tools Created to Study Autism
Researchers have developed two new technological tools that automatically measure relevant behaviors of children, and promise to have significant impact on the understanding of behavioral disorders such as autism. (via Science Daily)

Kids’ Prescriptions Often Going Unfilled
A large share of medication prescriptions to children on Medicaid may go unfilled, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)

Minority Children at a Higher Risk for Weight Problems in Both the US and England
A new study explores the ties between childhood weight problems, socioeconomic status, and nationality and finds that race, ethnicity, and immigrant status are risk factors for weight problems among children in the US and England. (via Science Daily)

Pregnancy Snoring Linked to High Blood Pressure
Snoring that begins during pregnancy may be a sign of breathing problems that put women at risk for high blood pressure, a potentially serious complication for the mother and baby, a new study says. (via MyHealthNewsDaily)

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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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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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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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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

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Fewer Kids Dying From Leukemia
Kids with one type of leukemia are living longer than they used to, most likely thanks to new drug combinations that mean fewer patients are relapsing after a first round of treatment.

Keep Kids Away From the Medicine Cabinet
The report, which contains poisoning data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Poison Control Centers, reveals that while overall U.S. poisoning deaths among kids plunged by half from 1979 to 2006 – the percentage of those deaths from medications – both prescription and over-the-counter products – has nearly doubled, jumping from 36% to 64%.

Gunman Reportedly Filmed Lethal Shooting Spree at French Jewish School
French authorities offered new details on Tuesday of an assault that has stunned the nation, saying the lone gunman seemed to be filming his actions as he shot his victims to death.

9-Year-Old Gets Jury Duty Summons: What’s That?
His dad says he’d have one weakness as a juror: ‘If someone offered him an Xbox game, he would do as he’s asked; but besides that, he’s a very impartial kid.’

After Daughter’s Drinking Death, Mother Tells Teens: Look Out for Each Other
When Molly Ammon had too much to drink at a spring break party, her friends put her to bed to sleep it off. She never woke up. Now, her devastated mom is warning other teens of the dangers of binge drinking, hoping to save another child’s life.

Neveah Reynolds, 4, Saves Sister, Kazmirah, 2, From Drowning In Pond
Neveah Reynolds, a 4-year-old from LaFollate, Tennessee is hailed as a hero after saving her 2-year-old sister, Kazmirah, from drowning in a pond.

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Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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Failure Rate of Schools Overstated, Study Says
A study by the Center on Education Policy says that under the No Child Left Behind law, 48 percent of schools would be labeled as failing this year — not 82 percent.

Marijuana Use Growing Among Teenagers
Marijuana use among teenagers has reached a 30-year peak even as use of alcohol, cigarettes and cocaine continues a slow decline, according to a new government report.

Ohio Boy Who Weighed 200 Pounds to Live with Uncle
A boy removed from his mother’s custody over health concerns when his weight ballooned to more than 200 pounds will be taken from foster care and placed in the custody of an uncle, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Utah School Outs Student to Parents
A Utah middle school is defending its decision to out a student to his parents as a “proactive” move to prevent bullying.

Palm-Sized Baby, Just Over 9 Ounces, Is Growing
At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor’s hand. Weighing just 9 1/2 ounces, she is among the smallest babies ever born in the world. Most infants her size don’t survive, but doctors are preparing to send her home by New Year’s.

Accidental Drug Overdoses on the Rise Among Kids
Researchers say more than 60,000 young children in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms each year for accidental overdoses because they got into medicines when their parent or caregiver wasn’t looking.

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Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Update Urged on Children’s Online Privacy
Aiming to catch up with fast-churning technology that touches children’s lives every day, the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday proposed long-awaited changes to regulations covering online privacy for children.

Number of Kids Poisoned by Household Medications Up 28 Percent
Every year, half a million kids age 5 and younger get into household medications and are poisoned.

White House Details Plans for More Digital Learning
The White House will unveil plans Friday for a research center that aims to infuse more digital learning into the nation’s classrooms. The center, dubbed “Digital Promise,” will aid the rapid development of new learning software, educational games and other technologies, in part through helping educators vet what works and what doesn’t.

Colleges Moving Away from Plastic Water Bottles
According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), 14 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have campus-wide bans on the sale of plain bottled water, while another dozen or so have bans that cover a portion of campus.

Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated
Joshua and Jacob Spates, who spent their first seven months outside the womb as conjoined twins, are recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit of a Memphis hospital after a successful 13-hour surgery to separate them.

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