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Monday, December 10th, 2012
Iron May Prevent Behavioral Issues in Small Babies
Iron supplements may help boost brain development and ward off behavioral problems in babies who are born a bit on the small side, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)
Could Kids’ Salt Intake Affect Their Weight?
Children who eat a lot of salty food also tend to down more sugary drinks — which, in turn, might be related to their risk of obesity, a new study suggests. (via US News and World Report)
School Lunches To Be Allowed Unlimited Meats, Grains, USDA Announces
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren’t getting enough to eat. (via Huffington Post)
ADHD Linked to Oxygen Deprivation Before Birth
Children who had in-utero exposure to ischemic-hypoxic conditions, situations during which the brain is deprived of oxygen, were significantly more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder later in life as compared to unexposed children, according to a recent study. The findings suggest that events in pregnancy may contribute to the occurrence of ADHD over and above well-known familial and genetic influences of the disorder. (via ScienceDaily)
Oxytocin Produces More Engaged Fathers and More Responsive Infants
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A large body of research has focused on the ability of oxytocin to facilitate social bonding in both marital and parenting relationships in human females. A new laboratory study has found that oxytocin administration to fathers increases their parental engagement, with parallel effects observed in their infants. (via ScienceDaily)
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Monday, September 17th, 2012
CDC: US Kids Eat Too Much Salt, as Much as Adults
American kids are eating about 1,000 milligrams of excess salt according the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (via ABC News)
Gel Balls New Threat to Toddlers, Doctors Say
New gel balls toys increase in size when combined with water, posing a threat to toddlers who swallow the colored balls. (via Reuters)
Vitamin D in Pregnancy Critical for Brain Development, Study Says
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could hinder babies’ brain development, impeding their mental and motor skills, a new study suggests. (via U.S. News and World Report)
In-the-Womb Learning Affected by Mom’s Drinking
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Drinking during pregnancy may harm an infant’s ability to learn even before he is born, according to a new study that is the first to examine alcohol’s effect on fetuses in the womb. (via Fox News)
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
For many of us, it’s almost a reflex: we add a dash of salt to our food before we take the first bite. But according to the Center for Disease Control, we shouldn’t be so quick to grab for the shaker. In recognition of World Salt Awareness Week, we shook up some facts on sodium.
A diet that’s heavy in salt can contribute to life-threatening conditions like heart attacks or strokes. The CDC estimates that 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium, 95% of which comes from restaurant or processed foods.
Here are some simple ways to cut back on sodium without scrimping on flavor:
Eat more fresh fruits and veggies (or frozen varieties without added ingredients). Try a blueberry-zucchini loaf for breakfast, or serve this vitamin-C packed fruit-and-pasta salad for dinner. For a quick meal, thaw a bag of frozen mixed vegetables to make an easy lasagna.
Ask restaurants for low-sodium options, or request that they don’t add salt to your food.
At home, read nutrition labels and choose lower-sodium options. Stock the pantry with staples like low-sodium teriyaki sauce. (Try it in this flavorful shrimp stir-fry.) With recipes this tasty, you’ll never miss the salt.
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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Health Screens Limit Substance Abuse in Pregnancy
A program developed by the Kaiser Permanente Health System for women at risk of substance abuse during pregnancy could save nearly $2 billion annually in health care costs if implemented nationwide.
Conjoined Twin Dies After Separation Surgery
A 10-month-old girl who was surgically separated from her conjoined twin died Sunday after suffering general organ failure, said the director of a Chilean children’s hospital.
Cocaine on 9 in 10 UK Baby Changing Stations
Those baby changing stations found in public bathrooms often look a little suspect when it comes to cleanliness. But of all the things you might imagine would be mucking up the surface, probably cocaine didn’t cross your mind.
Giving Babies Salty Food May Create a Lifelong Preference
Feeding young babies solid foods such as crackers, cereals and bread, which tend to be high in salt, may set them up for a lifelong preference for salt, researchers reported Tuesday.
FDA Tells Man to Stop Donating Sperm on the Internet
A man from the San Francisco Bay area has fathered 14 children in the last five years through free sperm donations to childless couples he meets on the Internet — and is now in trouble with the federal government.
At Malls and Christmas Gatherings, Sensitive Santas Catering to Needs of Children with Autism
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Ohio-based Glimcher Realty Trust recently started offering sensitive Santa sessions in its two dozen malls nationwide, and several service organizations and autism family groups have recruited low-key Kris Kringles who adjust their demeanor to the special needs of their young guests.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
In this dire economy, even the Tooth Fairy is pinching pennies
Getting the Tooth Fairy to pony up in this sagging economy has been like pulling teeth.
Missouri law bans some teacher-student contact on Facebook, other sites
A new law in Missouri that makes it illegal for teachers to privately contact current or former students on Facebook and other social networking sites is not a friend of education, teaching professionals told CNN on Monday.
9-year-old’s memory inspires thousands of charity donations
The 9-year-old who died shortly after trying to raise $300 for 15 people in need has posthumously surpassed her goal thousands of times over.
Parents are feeding babies too much salt: study
Processed foods like bread, gravy, baked beans, cow’s milk and canned spaghetti are contributing to a salt epidemic of mini proportions — namely among eight-month-old babies.
Facebook Lets Expectant Parents Add Their Unborn Child to Friends & Family
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Expectant parents can announce the good news to their Facebook friends via a brand new Facebook family member status option.
Monday, November 15th, 2010
Women snub HPV vaccination
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Only one third of 10,000 women ages 9-26 who received the first HPV shot returned for the other two injections in a study conducted by The University of Maryland presented at the American Association or Cancer Research and Cancer Prevention meeting. (ABC News)
Reusable grocery bags, made in China, found to contain lead, fueling calls for FDA investigation
An Empire State Consumer Project Report revealed on Sunday that there were high of lead found in Wegmens’ reusable grocery bags. Bags with high levels of lead are often made in China of non-woven polypropylene or are decorated with lead-laden paint. No other stores have found their bags to be dangerous, but are on the lookout. (NY Daily News)
Women with high job stress face heart risks
A study found that women who work high-powered stressful jobs are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who incur less job strain. This has been the case for men for decades, but now that nearly half of the nation’s workforce is comprised of women a new study of both sexes was necessary. (Fox News)
Less salt for teens means healthier adults
Based on results of a computer modeling analysis, researchers projected that a 3,000-milligram reduction in sodium by teenagers could reduce hypertension by 30 percent to 43 percent when they become adults. (Fox News)
Study: Major acne problem may raise suicide risk
Since the 1980s Isotretinoin has been sold under names including Accutane, Roaccutane, Clarus, Decutan to treat severe acne. There had been a common belief that the medication causes depression, but now Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that it may be the condition itself causing emotional disturbances. (Washington Post)