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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Popular Bumbo Infant Floor Seat Recalled
About 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled after nearly two dozen reports of infant skull fractures. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says babies can wiggle out of the floor seats. (via Time)
Egg Donors Often Recruited Unethically, Study Finds
Many agencies and clinics that use websites to recruit women to donate their eggs do not follow ethical guidelines, with one-third of the websites paying donors more for having presumably desirable traits, and more than half omitting the procedures’ potential risks. (via MSNBC)
Kids with Nut Allergies Feel Teased, Excluded
Families with children living with severe nut allergies often feel isolated or unfairly excluded from activities. U.K. Researchers say in many ways, nut allergies feel more like a disability than a chronic illness because of the stigma. (via CNN)
‘Miracle Cure’ Beliefs May Prolong Terminally-Ill Children’s Suffering
Some terminally ill children experience unnecessary treatment and prolonged suffering because their parents believe they will experience a “miracle cure,” researchers in England argue. (via Fox News)
Doctor Incentives Tied to Better Teen Drug Treatment
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Therapists seeing teen drug and alcohol users delivered more complete treatment when they were offered bonuses based on quantity and quality of patient care, a new study has found. (via Fox News)
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Bumbo International and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a recall of 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats in response to at least 50 incidents occurring between 2007 and now. Of the 50, 19 incidents involved reports of skull fractures, reports the CPSC.
The company issued a voluntary recall of 1 million of the seats in 2007, warning parents of the dangers of placing the seats on elevated surfaces such as tables, countertops, and chairs.
In November 2011, the CPSC issued additional warnings to parents, describing at least 45 serious head injuries caused by the seats designed to support babies learning to sit upright. The warning also reported of incidents that occurred when the Bumbo seats were placed on the floor or an unknown elevation.
The CPSC orders against any use of the seats until parents order a free repair kit offered by Bumbo International. The kit includes: a restraint belt (as shown in the image above), installation instructions, safe use instructions, and a new warning sticker, according to the site.
Watch the video below to learn how to properly use the Bumbo:
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Friday, May 13th, 2011
Maclaren strollers sold before November 2009 were recalled today by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for additional fingertip amputations and lacerations.
The strollers were recalled because when the consumer unfolds/opens the stroller, the hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child. Since the original recall, Maclaren received an additional 37 injury reports. The additional injuries include five fingertip amputations, 16 lacerations and 16 fingertip entrapments/bruising.
This recall involves about one million Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers sold before November 2009. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. Maclaren strollers sold after May 2010 have a different hinge design and are not being recalled. The strollers were sold at Juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.
The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the stroller and call Maclaren toll-free at 977- 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or e-mail email@example.com to receive a free repair kit to get hinge covers.
For more information visit the CPSC.
Plus: Be sure to keep your family safe and find information on the very latest product recalls with our Recall Finder on Parents.com.
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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
What was the biggest consumer product recall of 2010? The McDonald’s recall of 12 million Shrek glasses because of concerns about cadmium levels in them, according to Mitch Lipka at Walletpop. But, it turns, out the glasses need not have been recalled in the first place: At the time of the recall, Lipka writes in his Consumer Ally blog, “the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had yet to set official limits for what constituted dangerous. When they did a few months later, the result was the Shrek glasses would not have been recalled.”
Lipka goes on to list the 10 largest recalls of the year (from all consumer products), and we’ve got our list here of the biggest toy recalls of 2010.
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Friday, November 12th, 2010
Are tablets the smartphone killer? - This very new dilemma begs the question: Are we at the dawn of an age in which tablets will become the jewel in your gadget crown, eclipsing the mighty smartphone only a few years into its reign? [CNN]
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Gay benefit shapes debate about HPV vaccine for boys – From the start, arguments about whether to inoculate males against HPV have centered mainly on the benefits for women — and the desire to stop men from transmitting the most common sexually spread infection. The vaccine is approved, but not recommended, to prevent genital warts in males. But now, growing evidence shows that the vaccine also may prevent anal cancer, particularly in the high-risk groups of homosexual and bisexual men, who are about 20 times more likely than heterosexuals to develop the disease. [MSNBC]
1 in 10 kids in U.S. has ADHD, new study says – Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. children has ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that government scientists think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening. [MSNBC]
6 things to consider for your baby’s nursery – Preparing for a baby can be an overwhelming process. Before you enter the later stages of your pregnancy (when it might be difficult for you to move around), start putting together your newborn’s nursery. From paint colors to furniture, there is a lot to consider. We highlighted six important factors. [Fox News]
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Friday, November 5th, 2010
Obesity rate to reach 42 percent, experts predict: Obesity in America won’t plateau until 42 percent of adults are obese, according to a new study. [MSNBC]
23,000 Britax car seats recalled: Britax is recalling about 23,000 infant car seats due to faulty harness clips. [Parents]
Sad news: Happy Meal ban won’t stop kid obesity: The decision of San Francisco city officials Tuesday to crack down on restaurant meals that include free toys unless they meet particular nutritional guidelines is — depending on whom you ask — either taking away a parents’ right to choose what to feed their children, as some msnbc.com readers have commented, or a gift to frazzled parents up against a massive marketing machine. What it most likely isn’t, however, is a solution to the childhood obesity epidemic. [MSNBC]
Dancing school gives children a taste of the elite: The pair are among the latest generation of children engaged in an antiquated rite: dancing school, a tradition upheld by a small number of families from the upper, and now upper-middle, echelons of New York. [New York Times]
Zapping a brain for math’s sake, and other news: Don’t try this at home, but researchers at the University of Oxford say applying an electrical current to the head can improve mathematical ability, depending on the direction of the current, the BBC reports. If you’ve been pregnant, you may have experienced memory loss during that time that some call “baby brain.” In turns out the brain may temporarily shrink up to 8 percent in pregnant women, and then restore to its original size after the child is born – check it out from CBS New York. [Paging Dr. Gupta/CNN]
Disney junior to focus on social values: Move aside, Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer. Mothers want preschool television to be more about teaching children social skills and less about pushing clear academic goals — at least that’s what Disney executives say new internal research indicates. [New York Times]
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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
4 infant deaths prompt Graco stroller recall: Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports that four infants died in the strollers. [MSNBC]
Teen pregnancy needs to be de-glamorized, experts say: Teenagers sporting baby bumps aren’t hard to find, with three of every 10 American girls becoming pregnant by the age of 20. But national health experts are optimistic that a 20-year downward trend in teen pregnancies can be continued with consistent legislative and parental support. [MSNBC]
For family of high-achieving kids, only one holds the keys to college: Javier, an undocumented 17-year-old honor student, applied to Georgia State University. The same day, he learned the school would not accept illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, his 10-year-old sister Emily will have an easier time because she is documented. [CNN]
Fish oil doesn’t benefit new moms, babies: Women who take fish-oil supplements during pregnancy are just as likely to experience postpartum depression as those who don’t, and their babies’ minds don’t appear to develop more quickly, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [CNN]
Family therapy for eating disorders: Parents often feel helpless in their efforts to cure a child of an eating disorder. Now new research shows a family-based therapy program may be the solution. The method, reports Roni Rabin in today’s Science Times, is not only more effective than adolescent-focused individual therapy but keeps working even after the treatment ends. [Well Blog/New York Times]
Becoming a spiritual parent: Annie Burnside is a mom, a wife, an author and a teacher. But the role she’s talking about most these days is “soul nurturer.”
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“A soul nurturer is someone who offers spiritual support,” says Burnside, author of “Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family.” “I want to help people look more closely at their interior and balance it with the external world.” [Chicago Tribune]
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