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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

New Gene for Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma Is Discovered
Pediatric cancer researchers have identified variations in a gene as important contributors to neuroblastoma, the most common solid cancer of early childhood. The study team, led by researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, found that common variants in the LMO1 gene increase the risk of developing an aggressive form of neuroblastoma, and also mark the gene for continuing to drive the cancer’s progression once it forms. [Science Daily]

Philadelphia No. 1 in Rate of Children Who Smoke
Eighty percent of stores that sell cigarettes are located within 1,000 feet of a school. Kids who try to buy tobacco succeed 20 percent of the time. Merchants who sell illegally to people under 18 are mailed a $100 ticket for the first, second, or even seventh violation. The result, officials say, is the highest youth-smoking rate among comparable big cities – a statistic that City Council is expected to attack Thursday by raising the fine for underage sales to $250 and streamlining the process to temporarily shutter businesses after three violations. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Stalls in House
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act stalled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Opponents of the bill added a requirement that child care workers submit to background checks. It seems a reasonable enough demand – screening child care workers is important to ensure the safety of children, although I thought background checks on child care workers were routine these days – except that this last minute addition has nothing to do with feeding hungry schoolchildren. [Eat Drink Better]


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Who’s Your Daddy?

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

No, really…who’s your daddy? If this question gives you a moment’s pause, then we’ve got some good news for you. This week many CVS stores around the country started carrying over-the-counter DNA paternity test kits. That’s right! You can now find out who your baby daddy is without making an expensive doctor’s appointment or an embarrassing appearance on the Jerry Springer show. Now that’s what I call progress!

BTW, how awesome is it that the kit is sandwiched between condoms and a pregnancy test on the "cautionary tale" rack in the picture? Things that make you go hmm….

What’s your take on take-home DNA testing?

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Waiting on childcare subsidies—what some families have to go through. Philadelphia Inquirer

Should parents use a placebo pill to help their sick kids feel better? New York Times

After increasing for 25 years, the percentage of American kids who are overweight has leveled off. CBS News

Nearly half of all pregnancies each year are accidents, says a new survey. Boston Globe

Inquiries into adopting Chinese orphans have soared since the devastating earthquake. USA Today

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

News_image_newThe name game: If you choose a weird one, how will it affect your child’s life?  New York Times

Harry Potter fans, listen up! The 7th and last book will be split into two films because there was so much good stuff to work with. Yahoo! News

A scary fact: One in four teenage girls have at least one STD, according to new CDC data. USA Today

Pets can spread deadly MSRA infection.

How children handle their parents’ scandals. ABC News

Is your child studying engineering? There’s a new push in schools to start teaching the subject as early as kindergarten. Wall Street Journal

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

News_image_newWhy you should take the TV out of your kids’ bedrooms. New York Times

Men do more housework than ever before—and that may lead to more sex. Yahoo! News

Gym class may help girls do better in academic subjects.
USA Today

Keeping the chaos under control when you have multiples. Washington Post

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

News_image_newWill drinking soda give your kids brittle bones? The Wall Street Journal

A father reflects on the dreaded sex talk. The Age

New website helps parents recognize autism red flags.
Chicago Tribune

A Portland, Maine middle school is making birth control pills available to students, following an outbreak of pregnancies. CNN

On the rise: The number of parents claiming religious reasons to get out of vaccinating their children. Yahoo! News

No cough and cold medication for kids under 6? An FDA panel is weighing a petition from pediatricians.
USA Today

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

News_image_newA nightmare that disturbs the sleep of most new mothers. Chicago Sun-Times

Who knew? A treatable eye disorder mimics symptoms of ADHD.
NY Times

Skip work, have sex, and if your baby’s born 9 months from today, you qualify for a prize! One catch, you must live in Ulyanovsk, Russia.
Yahoo! News

The worldwide childhood mortality rate is at a record low. BBC News

If your kids are off to school, but just virtually, they’re part of a growing trend for K-12 students. USA Today

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Is He Spongeworthy?

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

No more rationing sponges ala Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes, ladies. The Today sponge is back on store shelves—and how cute is that box? Have you ever seen such hip marketing of a contraceptive? (Well, maybe that Yaz commercial where the hot chick in the dance club seems weirdly knowledgeable about birth control–until she reveals she’s a doctor and it makes a bit more sense.)

In any case, why did Elaine need to decide whether her bfs were spongeworthy or not? Today sponges were taken off the market in 1995 because the plant that manufactured them failed to meet FDA standards (it had nothing to do with the safety of the sponge), so Elaine needed to make her final stash last. Luckily for all sponge devotees, the Today sponge was purchased by a new company, the manufacturing equipment was updated, and–voila!–a hormone-free, over-the-counter birth control for women that doesn’t need to be hoarded for special occasions.

Just some health notes: the sponge has a failure rate of about 16%, does not protect against STDs, and is not recommended for women who’ve given birth within the past 6 weeks, who have their period, or who are allergic to Nonoxynol 9.

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