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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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Body Weight More Contagious in Childhood Than Adulthood
How much we weigh as adults is more influenced by the people around us during childhood than those we spend time with as adults, a new study suggests.

Kids’ Leukemia Risk Tied to Dads’ Smoking
Children whose fathers smoked have at least a 15 percent higher risk of developing the most common form of childhood cancer, a new Australian study finds.

Can Calorie Counts Convince Teens Not To Buy Sugary Drinks?
Does calorie information help consumers make healthier choices? Not always. But a new study finds that when calorie counts are presented in an easily understandable way, even teenagers — those experts in never listening to useful advice — can be persuaded to avoid high-sugar choices.

Looks Like Candy, Tastes Like Candy, But It Can Kill Your Kid
Most kids will eat anything that looks, smells or tastes like candy, including medications, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, August 29th, 2011

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Hospital Deluged with Births As Irene Battered North Carolina
Seventeen babies were born at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina as Hurricane Irene made its way along the U.S. East Coast.

Mom’s Smoking Tied to Psychiatric Meds in Kids
According to a new study from Finland, mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have children who will end up taking anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants.

Pediatricians Seek to KO Youth Boxing
Pediatricians oppose boxing for any adolescent under the age of 19 because of the risk of concussions, and other serious injuries, but supporters promise that the benefits of boxing outweigh the negatives.

Miranda Rights For Children?
Despite the confusion following some changes made by The Supreme Court, school officials do not have to read Miranda warnings or wait for police officers before they question students about a weapon or contraband on school property.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupTwo Bills Put Focus on Equipment Safety for Children
Already under scrutiny from two federal agencies, football helmet safety will enter both houses of Congress on Wednesday through bills that would improve standards for headgear and curb spurious advertising of all children’s sports safety equipment. (New York Times)

Smoking Bans Hitting Home
New York has been taking an increasingly tough stance toward smoking, but virtually all residential buildings have drawn the line at telling people they can’t smoke in their own apartments. That may be changing. At least half a dozen Manhattan co-ops are expected to ask shareholders during annual meetings this spring to vote on an all-out smoking ban that would prohibit residents from lighting up in their own homes, real estate attorneys say. (Wall Street Journal)

Intake of antioxidants during pregnancy healthy for babies–study
Although having a well-balanced diet any time in your life is vital for overall health, a proper maternal diet during pregnancy is crucial because the detrimental health effects are passed on from mother to child, claims a new study. (The Med Guru)

Pregnancy myths
Once a woman becomes visibly pregnant, it isn’t long before she’s being asked extremely personal questions by complete strangers:
“Are you going to have an epidural or go natural?
“You’re not drinking alcohol, are you?”

“Have you tried ginger for your morning sickness?” (LA Times)

Could breastfeeding make baby brighter?
London – Babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent, scientists have suggested. (IOL Lifestyle)

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupUnder Pressure, Firm Shutters Line That Made Tainted Wipes
A Wisconsin medical supplier that made millions of recalled alcohol prep products now blamed for serious infections and at least one death is shutting down the line that produces the wipes — at least for now. But the parents of two children harmed by infections blamed on contaminated Triad products said the move is too little, too late, and raises more questions about why government regulators haven’t taken stronger action against the firm. [MSNBC]

Coffee May Reduce Stroke Risk
Women in the study who drank more than a cup of coffee a day had a 22% to 25% lower risk of stroke than those who drank less, according to findings reported Thursday in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the USA, behind heart disease and cancer. The findings add to the growing body of research showing coffee appears to have hidden health perks. A study done by Larsson in 2008 on men who drank coffee or tea had similar results. One of the most popular drinks in the world, coffee contains large amounts of antioxidants that improve health. Other research has suggested coffee can help prevent cognitive decline and can boost vision and heart health. It is also associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer. [USA Today]

Dog Kisses: Is  It Safe to Smooch with a Pet?
According to an article in WebMd, not even doctors and veterinarians agree about kissing a dog on the lips or vice versa. Thinking that dog’s tongue is clean is off base, says veterinarian William Craig, but don’t stop there. “Dog spit isn’t chemically cleansing. It turns out that it’s the dog’s rough tongue that helps to physically remove contaminants from an open wound” and likely the reason why many wounds do not get infected,” he told Pawnation. Craig adds “people tend to brush their teeth regularly and rinse with mouthwash. Dogs tend to lick themselves and eat things off the ground.” “Humans and dogs have different bacteria in their mouths,” explains Nelle Wyatt, a veterinary technician at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. “Not all of the bacteria are capable of causing disease in the other species.” [USA Today]

Boy Toddlers Need Extra Help Dealing With Negative Emotions, Experts Urge
The way you react to your two-year-old’s temper tantrums or clinginess may lead to anxiety, withdrawal and behavior problems down the road, and the effect is more pronounced if the child is a boy who often displays such negative emotions as anger and social fearfulness, reports a new University of Illinois study. [Science Daily]

Passive Smoking Increases Risk of Stillbirth and Birth Defects, Study Suggests
Pregnant non-smokers who breathe in the second-hand smoke of other people are at an increased risk of delivering stillborn babies or babies with defects, a study led by researchers at The University of Nottingham has found. [Science Daily]

Teacher Who Twice Threw a Chair at 7th-Grader Tries to Clear Her Name
A longtime teacher at a Joliet junior high who last year “snapped” and twice threw a chair at a seventh-grade boy, striking him once in the head, is trying to clear her record so she can teach again. After Filak tried to get the boy to do his work, he instead told her to “leave me alone, fool,” witnesses said, according to a judge’s ruling that found the chair-throwing incident was child abuse. [Chicago Tribune]

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupAre you so awesome you’d friend yourself? Facebook found to be a great esteem builder
Need a pick-me-up? Try updating your Facebook profile. Spending just a few minutes on the social networking site can enhance your self-esteem, according to a new study from a journal called Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. (Yes, that’s a real academic journal.) According to a leading theory from social psychology (objective self-awareness), exposure to mirrors, photos and recordings of one’s voice encourages people to view themselves the way others see them. This, in turn, is thought to promote “pro-social behavior” and diminish one’s self-esteem. Using a statistical test, the researchers showed that the Facebook students had greater self-esteem than students in the other two groups. And it wasn’t just  a fluke, they wrote. The students who looked at their own profiles for the entire 3 minutes had higher self-esteem than students who spent some of that time clicking around on other people’s Facebook pages. In addition, students who made changes to their Facebook profiles also had higher self-esteem than students who didn’t. Both of those observations support the hyperpersonal model, the authors wrote. (Chicago Tribune)

Why we’ll try breast milk foods (Not for our health) Why we’ll try breast milk foods (Not for our health)
Last week, a London ice cream shop unveiled a “Baby Gaga” flavor made with human breast milk. So many people clamored for it that the shop ran out of the flavor on the day of its debut. And last year, a New York University graduate student started making human breast milk cheese, in varieties such as “City Funk” and “Wisconsin Bang.” What is it that attracts people to these strange comestibles? And why do others find them absolutely revolting?It’s easy to pinpoint what’s repelling about the products: We all have an innate disgust for bodily secretions hardwired into our brains, said Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor of marketing and psychology at Duke University in North Carolina. (MSNBC)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Teacher, My Dad Lost His Job. Do We Have to Move?

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Diane and Eric Kehler tried not to talk about it in front of the children, but as Jen Hegerty, the guidance counselor at Wilson Hill Elementary School, says, “Children have eagle ears.”

Mr. Kehler lost his $90,000-a-year job as an information technology manager. And though he and his wife discussed their problems in whispers, eagle ears don’t miss much. Their son Mathias, 12, a quiet, cerebral sixth grader at Wilson Hill, got quieter. “Our house was sort of in a state of despair. We weren’t as happy as usual,” Mathias said. “I stopped having good ideas to talk about with my friends.” (New York Times)

Behavior: Another Good Reason to Sing a Lullaby
Researchers studied the sleep patterns of 308 children ages four through ten half of which were overweight or obese.  The study found that obesity and abnormal blood tests were four times as common in children who slept the least, and three times as common in those who used the weekend to catch up on lost sleep. (New York Times)

Tot is seizure-free after docs remove half her brain
A two year old from Washington State suffered from Aicardi Syndrome since birth, which caused her to seize as a baby multiple times a day.  She recently went through a surgery that removed half her brain, and she is now seizure free.  Her vision and speech is still affected by the disease, but her parents are hopeful that she will one day lead a normal life.  (MSNBC)

Shockingly, Toxic Waste Candy Bars Deemed Unsafe
The U.S. government says candy imported from Pakistan called Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge is not safe to eat, because of lead contamination. No one has been sickened, but the FDA said elevated lead content could be harmful to small children, infants and pregnant women. (CBS)

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Few Students Show Proficiency in Science, Tests Show
On the most recent nationwide science test, about a third of fourth graders and a fifth of high school seniors scored at or above the proficiency level, according to results released Tuesday. (New York Times)

Smoking, obesity trim life expectancy
Smoking, a declining habit, and obesity, a burgeoning problem, have cut three to four years off the increasing life expectancy of Americans, an international longevity comparison concludes. (USA Today)

Study links divorce and kids’ suicidal thoughts
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Will schools start grading your parenting?
You get a performance review of your skills and attitude at work. Now, what if your kid’s school sent home a report card grading your skills as a parent?
That’s the proposal a Florida State representative, Kelli Stargel, is hoping to convince her fellow lawmakers to adopt. According to The Ledger, the Parent Involvement and Accountability in Public Schools bill would see parents of kids from pre-K to Grade 3 assigned a “satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory…” (The Globe and Mail.com)

F.D.A and Dairy Industry Spar Over Testing of Milk
Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests this month on the milk from farms that had repeatedly sold cows tainted by drug residue. (New York Times)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupChubby babies ‘obese’ as early as 9 months, study says
32 percent of 7,500 American babies can be called obese at 9 months. Experts say the best way to control a baby’s weight is to monitor portion size.  They say the difference is probably only a 150-calorie difference and the problem could be solved in as little as a few weeks.  (MSNBC)

More Tiny Babies Surviving, but with Health Risks
The chance of survival rate for babies born under 400 grams is on the rise. Their actual size is not the largest issue, but their stage in development. The survivors were unusually small for their gestational ages but more fully formed than an average 400-gram fetus.   Baby girls seem to have better odds of living through the ordeal than boys. (Fox News)

Study: Breast-Feeding Would Save Lives, Money
A recent cost analysis revealed that if 90 percent of women breast-fed their babies billions of dollars could be saved, along with 900 babies’ lives. Dangerous ailments such as stomach viruses, ear infections  , asthma  , juvenile diabetes  , Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and childhood leukemia , could be preventable by breast-feeding. (Fox News)
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