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Daily News Roundup

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupObesity rate to reach 42 percent, experts predict: Obesity in America won’t plateau until 42 percent of adults are obese, according to a new study. [MSNBC]

23,000 Britax car seats recalled: Britax is recalling about 23,000 infant car seats due to faulty harness clips. [Parents]

Sad news: Happy Meal ban won’t stop kid obesity: The decision of San Francisco city officials Tuesday to crack down on restaurant meals that include free toys unless they meet particular nutritional guidelines is — depending on whom you ask — either taking away a parents’ right to choose what to feed their children, as some msnbc.com readers have commented, or a gift to frazzled parents up against a massive marketing machine. What it most likely isn’t, however, is a solution to the childhood obesity epidemic. [MSNBC]

Dancing school gives children a taste of the elite: The pair are among the latest generation of children engaged in an antiquated rite: dancing school, a tradition upheld by a small number of families from the upper, and now upper-middle, echelons of New York. [New York Times]

Zapping a brain for math’s sake, and other news: Don’t try this at home, but researchers at the University of Oxford say applying an electrical current to the head can improve mathematical ability, depending on the direction of the current, the BBC reports. If you’ve been pregnant, you may have experienced memory loss during that time that some call “baby brain.” In turns out the brain may temporarily shrink up to 8 percent in pregnant women, and then restore to its original size after the child is born – check it out from CBS New York. [Paging Dr. Gupta/CNN]

Disney junior to focus on social values: Move aside, Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer. Mothers want preschool television to be more about teaching children social skills and less about pushing clear academic goals — at least that’s what Disney executives say new internal research indicates. [New York Times]

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

GoodBlog imageDoes adolescent stress lead to mood disorders in adulthood?: “What is especially alarming is that depression in young people is increasing in successive generations. People are suffering from depression earlier in life and more people are getting it. We want to know why and how. We believe that stress is a major contributor.” Researchers are particularly interested in the link between childhood stress and the development of clinical depression and bipolar disorder. His team is evaluating the stress of children who are living in families where one parent is affected by a mood disorder. [Science Daily]

Do babies learn vocabulary from baby media? Study says no: We all want our children to be smart. Why else would parents spend millions of dollars on videos and DVDS designed and marketed specifically for infants and very young children every year? But do they work? NBC’s ‘Today’ show recently suggested that claims from the manufacturers of baby media products may be overblown, and now a new study published in Psychological Science presents empirical evidence that infants who watched an unidentified baby video did not actually learn the words that the video purported to teach. [Medical News Today]

Poor women often gain too many pregnancy pounds: A new study finds that young, low-income women often gain too much weight during pregnancy, raising concerns about the potential long-term impact on their obesity risk.Nearly two-thirds of 427 pregnant women, mostly black or Hispanic, seen at two U.S. medical clinics put on more than the recommended weight during pregnancy. And a year after giving birth, about half had retained at least 10 of their pregnancy pounds. [MSNBC]

Happy Meal ban won’t stop kid obesity: The decision of San Francisco city officials Tuesday to crack down on restaurant meals that include free toys unless they meet particular nutritional guidelines is — depending on whom you ask — either taking away a parents’ right to choose what to feed their children, as some msnbc.com readers have commented, or a gift to frazzled parents up against a massive marketing machine. [MSNBC]

Therapy for women prone to miscarriage questioned: Blood-thinning treatments for pregnant women with an inherited condition that makes them susceptible to blood clots may do more harm than good, Danish researchers report. Their study was designed to investigate the cause of repeat miscarriages in women with hereditary thrombophilia, a tendency to form blood clots,  not the safety of particular treatments. Nevertheless, in the course of that work they found little difference between women with or without the known gene mutations that cause thrombophilia, except for a higher likelihood of excessive bleeding during delivery among women carrying the mutations. The researchers attribute that heavy bleeding to the “standard practice” of administering blood thinners to pregnant women with thrombophilia. [MSNBC]

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupSF supervisors pass ‘Happy Meal’ regulations:
City lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that they hope will force fast-food chains such as McDonald’s to make their children’s meals healthier or stop selling them with toys. [MSNBC]

Study: Half of teens who recover from depression relapse: Researchers have found that most depressed adolescents and teenagers who get treatment with drugs, therapy or both get some relief, but half will relapse withing five years. [MSNBC]

Fussy newborns may have more troubles later on: At just 1 month old, infants show signs of temperament troubles that can turn into mood and behavior problems later in life, a new study suggests. [MSNBC]

How to raise the men we’d want to marry: Until I had a son, I thought, well, naturally you want to raise your child — boy or girl — to have a full emotional life. Then I tried to. And I discovered that there’s a big difference between believing a boy should show his feelings freely and actually having a boy who does. [CNN]

At English-Mandarin public school, high test scores, but also strife: The school is the target of nine city investigations stemming from allegations that it compelled families to pay for after-school instruction, tampered with the city enrollment process, mismanaged its finances and manipulated surveys on parents’ satisfaction with the school. In addition, a series of anonymous, threatening letters directed at the principal and parent leaders prompted the parents association to budget $20,000 for legal assistance and stepped-up security. [New York Times]

Speaking to the identity of Chinese children in U.S.: Abby Newell’s adoptive parents have been preparing for her “birth tour” for years. They have attended Chinese culture camp in Silver Spring, decorated their Fairfax home like a Shanghai apartment and – most important, they say – enrolled Abby in Mandarin classes on the weekend. [Washington Post]

Montgomery County mom takes a poke at her peeps: Last year, out of her house in the Montgomery County town of Kensington, Sullivan launched a blog and a clothing line called Snoburbia to comment on the absurdities of the place she calls home. Though really, it could be Anyplace, USA – so long as Anyplace has elite lacrosse teams and e-mail discussion groups loaded with bragging parents. “Everywhere there are proud overachievers,” Sullivan says, “there is Snoburbia.” [Washington Post]

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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Kids’ use of electronic media at night linked to problems: More than half of children who use electronic media before bedtime may have mood or learning problems during the day, a preliminary study of 40 young people suggests. The kids in the study, average age 14, were all treated at the JFK Medical Center Sleep Laboratory in Edison, N.J. About 77% had trouble falling asleep; others had daytime sleepiness. [USA Today]

High-calorie beverages still widely available in elementary schools: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program has a broad reach, serving meals to more than 31 million students in 2008,” the authors write as background information in the article. However, “different regulations address meals and competitive foods,” such as those found in vending machines and snack bars, in today’s schools and “because children spend many hours in school, changes are needed to make the school environment healthier by limiting the availability of high-calorie beverages.” The Institute of Science and Medicine also recommends that competitive venues like vending machines and snack bars be allowed to sell only bottled water, 100 percent juice and nonfat or 1-percent milk. [Science Daily]

Anti-obesity program for low-income kids shows promise: An approach that attempted to prevent childhood obesity in African-American girls produced beneficial changes in cholesterol, diabetes risk and depressive symptoms but had little effect on youths’ weight, in a trial conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. [Medical News Today]

Protecting a child’s sleep leads to better quality of life: We all know that pulling all-nighters, being overly caffeinated and overly stimulated have become a part of college life, but the reality is that even as school-age children are dealing with these scenarios. In fact, approximately 70 percent of children under the age of 10 have difficulty falling asleep or have sleep problems that diminish their quality of sleep. This means that children are a large part of the 70 million Americans who suffer from sleep deprivation. [Medical News Today]

Parents’ effort key to child’s educational performance: A new study by researchers at the University of Leicester and University of Leeds has concluded that parents’ efforts towards their child’s educational achievement is crucial – playing a more significant role than that of the school or child. [Medical News Today]

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, October 29th, 2010

GoodBlog imageThe tricky business of Halloween Sunday: But this Sunday, Oct. 31, matters are not quite so simple. Across the country, people are monkeying with the optimal day to dress up. [New York Times]

Mohammed tops list of English baby names: Last year’s most popular name for baby boys in England has been knocked off — by Mohammed. [CNN]

Dealing with tricky halloween requests: Gone are the days of pumpkin and bee costumes. Now, the bloodier the disguise, the better. And your kids would much rather trick-or-treat sans parents. Manage your cool ghoul-without being a witch. [CNN]

Orphaned baby found alive in storm drain after Indonesia tsunami: Meanwhile, 800 miles away on Indonesia’s main island of Java, a volcano that killed 33 people this week erupted five more times Friday, sending searing clouds of ash cascading down its slopes. The baby plucked from a storm drain was among dozens of injured survivors languishing in one sorely strapped hospital. [MSNBC]

Costume mishaps put the ‘Ow!’ in Halloween: In the past five years, at least 226 people have suffered costume-related injuries, according to reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. At least five people died. [MSNBC]

Obese teens may be lacking in brain size, not willpower: A brain region in charge of controlling impulsively is smaller in obese teens than in lean ones, according to a new study.

First-time dads’ age tied to kids’ schizophrenia risk: Men who are relatively older at their first child’s birth may be more likely than younger first-time dads to have a child who eventually develops schizophrenia, hint results of a large Danish study. [Fox News]

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Could Your Guy’s Diet Be Harming His Sperm?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Yesterday, we told you about Edward Nejat’s research that suggests type O blood may be a possible barrier to fertility in women.

Well, another day – another study. And this time, we’ve got something for the guys.

Today, researchers are reporting from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference in Denver that men who consume high levels of saturated fats may produce fewer sperm. A study, helmed by experts from Harvard Medical School, monitored dietary patterns in 91 men seeking fertility treatment and found “men in the highest third of saturated fat intake had 41% fewer sperm than those in the lowest third.”

As for the reason for the link between fat intake and sperm count, additional research is required, but according to Dr. Tony Rutherford of the British Fertility Society, these findings should encourage people to eat healthily. [The Independent]

Tell us: Will this news affect your family as you try to get pregnant, or is a healthy lifestyle a no-brainer?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Could Your Blood Type Keep You From Getting Pregnant?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Age, diet, weight, and lifestyle — we’re all aware of the different factors that affect fertility in women.

But blood type?

According to a new report from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, women with type O blood may have a tougher time trying to get pregnant.

The study, led by Edward Nejat of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, measured the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a substance that controls the ovaries’ production of eggs, in women under the age of 45 and found that those with type O blood were twice as likely to have FSH levels higher than 10— which means a low egg count — than women with other blood types. Nejat’s research did not conclude why this link between blood type and fertility exists.  [New Scientist]

What do you think: Is this just another study, or are you concerned about Nejat’s findings? Let us know in the comments!

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Is Your Toddler Loading Up on Junk Food?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Since 2002, Nestlé — the world’s largest food company and not-so-coincidental manufacturer of Gerber products — has led studies in infant-feeding practices. The goal of this research? To find out if we’re feeding our infants, babies, and toddlers the stuff they need to grow and develop into healthy kids.

Well, the latest results are in, and although things are looking up for infants (“33% of mothers are breastfeeding nine- to 11-month-old children compared to 21% in 2002”), it appears that many of our toddlers are still eating junk food a little too often. The Atlantic listed these surprising statistics:

  • One-third of toddlers and 50% of preschoolers eat fast food at least once a week.
  • One-quarter of families eat dinner together four or fewer nights each week.
  • 25% of older infants, toddlers, and preschoolers do not eat even one serving of fruit on a given day, and 30% do not eat a single serving of vegetables.
  • French fries are still the most popular vegetable among toddlers and preschoolers.

We want to know – what do you think about these findings? Are you okay with feeding your kids junk, or do you always put the food pyramid first? Share your thoughts and advice for healthy eating in the comments!

See more coverage of kids’ nutrition at Parents.com:

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