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Monday, March 7th, 2011

Simple blood test can reveal Down syndrome in pregnancy

The journal, Nature Medicine, published the latest of several recent studies that suggest scientists can spot Down syndrome through fetal DNA that has been shed into the mother’s bloodstream. Currently, pregnant women get blood tests and ultrasound to find out if the fetus is at risk for Down syndrome. For a firm diagnosis, doctors take a sample of amniotic fluid or the placenta. Those sampling procedures involve a small risk of miscarriage. A reliable diagnostic blood test also could give an answer earlier than the standard tests. (MSNBC)

Fewer Children Suffering From Ear Infections

In the past 15 years, visits to the pediatrician have declined nearly 30 percent for ear infections. Harvard researchers said because fewer adults are smoking, that’s less irritation to the child’s airways, and doctors are also using a vaccine against bacteria that cause ear infections. Breast-feeding is also an added protection. (Fox News)

Joy of parenting?  Moms, dads may be kidding themselves
As children’s economic value has plummeted, their perceived emotional value has skyrocketed, becoming, “the economically worthless but emotionally priceless child,” as Princeton sociologist Viviana Zelizer wrote in her book, “Pricing the Priceless Child” (Princeton University Press, 1994). If they are, many parents are in the dark about it. In a Pew Research Report, published in May of 2010, 87 percent of mothers giving birth in 2008 stated “the joy of having children” as the reason they decided to have their first (or only) children. (MSNBC)

Pregnant women: Secondhand smoke can harm your baby
Researchers from the Journal of Pediatrics found exposure to secondhand smoke increased a non-smoking pregnant woman’s changes of having a stillborn by 23 percent, and increased the risk of delivering a baby with birth defects by 13 percent. (CNN)

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Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled After Salmonella Scare

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Parents, check your pantries: Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter was recalled in 16 states because of possible salmonella contamination. The recall covers only 16.3-oz. plastic containers with the following information on them:

  •  UPCs (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code): 048001006812 and 048001006782     
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  •  Best-If-Used-By Dates (stamped on the lid of the jar): MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1   

Though no sicknesses have been attributed so far to the peanut butter, salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, vomitting, abdominal pain, and other symptoms. It can be particularly serious, and even fatal, in young children and the elderly.

If you own an Skippy jars that fall under the recall, throw them out. You can call the company at  1-800-453-3432 and get a coupon to buy a replacement.  

For more of the latest kids-related product recalls, click here. And if you are looking for alternatives to peanut butter, youcan find some ideas here.

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