Friday, May 24th, 2013
Playground made from trash gets children back in the swing
Ruganzu Bruno and his troupe of fellow eco-artists created a playground made of recycled materials to raise awareness about environmental degradation. (via CNN)
Pregnancy Hormone May Predict Postpartum-Depression Risk
Levels of a stress hormone released by the placenta could predict a woman’s risk of developing postpartum depression, new research suggests. (via Yahoo! News)
NYC School Principals Send Letter Refusing To Consider Recent State Test In Fall Admissions
Principals around New York City are fighting back against what they see as flawed state tests. (via Huffington Post)
Report: Nation’s kids need to get more physical
The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. (via Yahoo News)
Parents Argue School Is Violating Separation Of Church And State
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Does teaching yoga in public schools violate the separation of church and state? That’s what two parents are contending in a lawsuit against Encinitas Union School District in California. (via Huffington Post)
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Friday, September 30th, 2011
After Arrest, a Wider Inquiry on SAT Cheating
When Samuel Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Emory University, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting money to take the SAT for six Long Island high school students, testing officials said it was an isolated event. But school officials and prosecutors disagree, and a continuing investigation is focusing on other schools and students.
Does Fatherhood Make You Healthy?
A new study says being a dad decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Anneli Rufus on whether having a baby can lengthen your life—if the 3 a.m. feedings don’t kill you first.
10 Years of Hope, Trying to Save Abandoned Newborns
When Bloomington police officers pulled a newborn baby from a toilet early Sunday, it was the first time in more than a year that an unwanted Illinois infant had been left in a potentially dangerous place.
Fish Oil Pills Don’t Improve Kids’ Braininess
Despite some evidence that taking fish oil pills during pregnancy can help children’s brain development, a new study suggests that the supplements make no difference in measures of intellect when the kids are six years old.
Faith-healing Couple Found Guilty in Baby’s Death
In front of a packed courtroom Thursday afternoon, a jury found a faith-healing couple guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of their newborn, who died hours after his birth in 2009.
Colds and Stomach Bugs Not Tied to Cerebral Palsy
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Despite concerns that a mother’s infections during pregnancy may raise her baby’s risk of cerebral palsy, common colds and stomach flu were not tied to the birth defect in a new study.
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Parents Limit Child to Less Than 10 Foods
One family’s food allergy concern led them to take unusual actions to protect kids.
Breast Feeding May not Protect Moms Against MS Relapse
Hopes that breast-feeding can reduce flare-ups of multiple sclerosis have been dimmed by recent research in Italy.
Helping Kids to Control Asthma; Basic Steps to Keep Children Breathing Easier
Summer can be a dangerous time for children with asthma, as humidity, temperatures, air pollution and pollen counts all rise.
Race to the Top: Standardized Testing for Preschoolers
Valerie Strauss discusses Obama’s Race to the Top plan for schoolchildren in her Washington Post column.
U.S. Teen Births Down, Early Drug Use Up
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New statistics from the annual report on America’s children and their well-being point to some good news and bad news when it comes to the health of our kids.