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secondhand smoke ’
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Study: Kids exposed to secondhand smoke miss more school
Children who live with smokers miss more school due to illness than those who live in households with non-smokers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Spotting autism’s unique shape in the brain
Doctors currently diagnose autism in children by observing behavior. But researchers at Standford University believe they have developed a way to use brains scans that may help identify autism in children in the future.
Family violence linked to child obesity
Children whose mothers said they were chronically abused by their partners were more likely to be obese by age 5 than similar children whose mothers did not report such steady family violence, Boston researchers report.
The case for the 4-day workweek
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Is a 4 day work week better or worse for families? Would working 10 hours, 4 days a week be better for you? Here are both sides of the debate…
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Secondhand Smoke Tied to Kids’ Behavior Problems
Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home may be more likely than their peers to have learning and behavioral problems, according to a new study.
Eateries Eye Healthier Kids’ Food Amid Pressure
Nineteen U.S. restaurant chains, including Burger King and DineEquity’s IHOP, are backing an industry effort to serve and promote healthier meals for children.
Feeding Kids when Parents, Schools Can’t
More than 21 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at school. But in the summer, the number of kids participating in food programs drops to fewer than 3 million, despite efforts to raise awareness and increase community support, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
Experts Differ on Age Kids Should Walk Alone
The brutal slaying of a Brooklyn boy this week has left many parents asking how young is too young to let your child walk home alone.
App Lets Doctors Monitor Expecting Moms 24/7
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Video of a new iPhone and iPad app that helps pregnant women stay in touch with their doctors.
Monday, July 11th, 2011
Report cards on kids’ weight don’t make a difference
Schools in California notified parents about unhealthy weight, but it didn’t have an impact, study finds.
6 ways to keep your kid from cursing
Eighty-six percent of parents agree that children ages 2 to 12 are cursing more today than when they themselves were children, according to a national survey commissioned by Care.com.
Secondhand Smoke Tied To Mental Health Problems In Kids: Study
Estimates suggest that anywhere between 4.8 and 5.5 million children in the U.S. live in households where they are exposed to secondhand smoke, putting them at greater risk for multiple health problems. Now, new research suggests that secondhand smoke exposure can increase the odds of developing certain mental and behavioral disorders by 50 percent.
100 Dead, Many Children, in Boat Sinking in Russia
More than 100 people, including many children, drowned when a riverboat filled with families cruising the Volga River sank over the weekend, rescue officials said Monday, conceding little hope remained of finding survivors.
How to talk to your kids’ doctor
Studies show you get only about 15 minutes of face time with your pediatrician during an average well visit, so you’ll want to make every second count.
Texas Woman Welcomes 16-Pound Baby Boy
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A Texas mother possibly set a new state record after giving birth to a baby boy weighing more than 16 pounds, according to the Longview News-Journal.
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Proposed school-lunch rules trade fries for veggies
The new standards from the Agriculture Department requires schools to cut sodium in meals by more than half, use only whole grains and serve low fat milk. It also would limit kids to only one cup of starchy vegetables a week, so schools couldn’t offer french fries every day. If approved today this would be the first major overhaul of school lunches in fifteen years.
Facebook, AMBER Alert join forces to find missing children
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Six weeks ago, Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent’s daughter was abducted by his ex wife’s boyfriend. Police issued an AMBER Alert in Virginia and posted the alert on the Virginia State Police Facebook fan page. 4,000 Virginia State Police Facebook fans were able to view pictures of the suspected car, the abductor, and the missing child. Five days later, on the other side of the country, a woman spotted the missing pair outside a store in San Francisco. A total of 53 new AMBER alert pages have been created, one for each state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
Down Syndrome: Simple Blood Test around the Bend
A new screening technique may have the potential to reduce the number of invasive tests by about 98 percent. According to BBC, the new technique involves a blood test for the mother and an ultrasound for the baby. By combining these results doctors can estimate the chance that the baby may or may not have Down Syndrome.
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Encouraging Results For Rocking The Cradle After 45
Career women who put babies on hold until after 40, or even 45, will be reassured by new research from Tel Aviv University. Even though there are associated risks for babies when postponing child-bearing, the neonates can overcome them, says Prof. Yariv Yogev of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine and the Hospital for Women at Rabin Medical Center. (Medical News Today)
International Law Permits Abusive Fathers Custody Of Children
A new survey of court cases against battered women living abroad shows that when the women left their abusive partners and returned with their children to the United States, half of the time, U.S. courts sent the children back, usually to their fathers. (Medical News Today)
Word Learning In Tots Accelerated By Exposure To More Diverse Objects
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Two toddlers are learning the word “cup.” One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a tea cup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and — according to a new University of Iowa study — may even have an advantage as he learns new words. (Medical News Today)
Parents’ Influence on Children’s Eating Habits Is Limited
As primary caregivers, parents are often believed to have a strong influence on children’s eating behaviors. However, previous findings on parent-child resemblance in dietary intakes are mixed. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reviewed and assessed the degree of association and similarity between children’s and their parents’ dietary intake based on worldwide studies published since 1980. (Science Daily)
Monday, November 29th, 2010
Eating Disorders Strike Younger and Younger
Some research shows that ten percent of those with eating disorders are under the age of ten. In the last decade hospitalization for children with eating disorders under the age of twelve has doubled. Some believe that a child’s pediatrician is the best defense and indicator when a child is developing this disorder. (ABC News)
Probiotics May Have Some Benefits for Kids
According to the American Society of Pediatrics, probiotics may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children. It has been commonly known that the good bacteria helps digestion, but recently has shown it specifically helps diarrhea caused by antibiotics. It may also help the child rid of the initial viral infection as well. (Fox News)
Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually
Based on data from 2004 from 192 countries 40 percent of children are exposed to secondhand smoke. 1 in 100 people around the world die from secondhand smoke each year and two-thirds of those deaths occur in children. (Paging Dr. Gupta)
Vaccine Alliance says 5-in1 vaccine cost to fall
The pentavalent vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and hepatitis B, is routinely given to children in wealthy nations but price has kept it out of the reach of some poorer nations. The price has decreased 30 percent over the past 7 years and is expected to drop further in 2011. The Global Vaccines Group believes that this will allow more of the world’s poorest children to be immunized. (MSNBC)
Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake quit networking sites
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The event Keep a Child Alive, organized by Alicia Keys, is urging celebrities to stay off twitter and Facebook until one million dollars has been raised for the charity. Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Elijah Wood are just some of the stars participating. (Yahoo! News)