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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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Bayli Silberstein, Bisexual Eight-Grader, Speaks Out as Florida School Board Tries to Block GSA (VIDEO)
A bisexual middle school student has become something of an LGBT celebrity in Florida this week, after her attempt to start a Gay-Straight Alliance club at her school became a countywide controversy. (via Huffington Post)

Yoga Balls Replacing Desk Chairs For Elementary School Students (PHOTOS)
In 11 years of teaching, ditching students’ desk chairs in favor of yoga balls is one of the best decisions Robbi Giuliano thinks she ever made. Replacing stationary seats with inflatable bouncers has raised productivity in her fifth-graders at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School, making students better able to focus on lessons while improving their balance and core strength, she said. (via Huffington Post)

Researchers Find a Biological Marker for Dyslexia In Kids
Detecting the reading disorder as early as possible may help more children to overcome reading and learning problems. About one in 10 people suffer from dyslexia, the reading disability that does not impair thinking processes or overall intelligence, but hampers the ability to process written language, often making it difficult to rhyme, determine the meaning of a sentence, and recognize words. (via TIME)

UN Report: Man-made Chemicals Cited in Birth Deformities, Cancers
Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday. (via Reuters)

Reduced Risk of Preterm Birth for Pregnant Women Vaccinated During Pandemic Flu
Pregnant women who received the H1N1 influenza vaccine during the 2009 pandemic were less likely to have premature babies, and their babies weighed more on average. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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More Babies Are Surviving Extreme Preterm Birth, But Health Disabilities Remain
Despite innovative techniques to keep premature babies healthy, death rates and lingering health problems among extremely preterm babies remained unchanged for decades. (via Time)

Breast Cancer: Using Tamoxifen Longer Saves Lives
Breast cancer patients who take the drug tamoxifen for 10 years instead of just the recommended five can further cut their chances of having the disease come back or kill them, researchers reported on Wednesday. (via NBC News)

After Parent’s Cancer Death, One in Five Kids Self-Injure
One in five teens who lost one of their parents to cancer cut or burn themselves, compared to one in ten teens with two living parents, according to a new Swedish study. (via Reuters)

Atlanta Schools Debate Carbon Monoxide Detectors After Carbon Monoxide Gas Scare
Atlanta school officials are discussing whether to install carbon monoxide alarms after a leak sent 42 students and five adults to the hospital Monday and forced the evacuation of 500 students. The gas was found at potentially lethal levels near a furnace. (via Huffington Post)

Second-Hand Smoke Linked to Children’s Behavior Problems
It is a known fact that active maternal smoking during pregnancy has negative effects on child health, such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, new research suggests that second hand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), may be just as harmful. (via ScienceDaily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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FDA: Shortage of Kids’ Cancer Drug Can Be Averted
The Food and Drug Administration has managed to avert a “crisis” for children with cancer by preventing a looming shortage of a lifesaving drug, officials announced Tuesday.

1 in 4 Children Malnourished, Global Report Says
Five children around the world die every minute because of chronic malnutrition, according to a report released Wednesday that also said that almost half a billion children risk are at risk of permanent damage over the next 15 years.

Severe Morning Sickness Linked to Preterm Births
In some women, morning sickness might be an indicator of more serious later-pregnancy complications, including preterm delivery, a new study says.

Obese Children Outgrowing Kids’ Clothing and Furniture
As children are getting bigger, their clothing, their furniture and other objects that support their weight must also expand.

Anti-Obesity Campaigns May Be Harmful to Some Healthy Children, Scientists Warn
Doctors have started treating a new type of eating disorder and warn aggressive anti-obesity campaigns may be harmful to some healthy children.

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Do You Know Your Cervical Length? If You’re Pregnant, You Should

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A baby is born preterm roughly every minute in the United States. I’ve seen the data many times and know women who have gone into labor before 37 weeks of pregnancy, and still this statistic seems staggering to me. If science has found a way to induce labor, surely doctors must be able to do the opposite. New research suggests that there’s hope—and it starts with a ruler. Okay, so not your standard elementary-school staple, but a tool that measures the length of your cervix, called the CerviLenz, which is inserted into the vagina and measures the length of the outer wall of the cervix. During pregnancy, the cervix shortens as your due date approaches to allow the baby to enter the birth canal. But in some women, it shortens too soon, making them six times more likely to go into labor early.

Who needs to have their cervical length measured and when? We know that there are certain risk factors for preterm birth, such as a previous history, high stress levels, being pregnant with twins or more, and smoking, but the fact is that it can happen to any woman, so every woman should get measured around 20 weeks and again around 24 weeks of gestation. For those women who are diagnosed with a short cervix (less than 20 millimeters), research has shown that treatment with progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone during pregnancy, can reduce the likelihood of preterm labor by 45 percent.

Until this precaution becomes mainstream, the best thing you can do is to be your own advocate. Ask your doctor about getting your cervix measured. For more information, visit

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