Posts Tagged ‘ teens ’

Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

New Prenatal Test Could Improve Detection of Congenital Diseases
A new genetic test that analyzes fetal DNA in more detail than current prenatal tests can detect additional abnormalities, including those associated with autism and other intellectual disabilities, making them a potentially more accurate way of predicting disease risk. (via Time)

An Inadequate Diet During Pregnancy Predisposes the Baby to Diabetes
A study now insists on the importance of a healthy diet as a way of avoiding increased insulin and glucose levels in the child, both of which are indicators of diabetes and metabolic syndrome risk. (via ScienceDaily)

Baby Deaths Prompt CPSC to Sue Nap Nanny Maker
Makers of the popular Nap Nanny infant recliner seats, which have been tied to the deaths of five babies, have failed to do enough about the potential hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. (via NBC News)

A Blood Test for Autism?
Earlier detection of autism, relying on markers in the blood, may help more children to take advantage of helpful behavioral therapies. (via Time)

Teen Fistfights Down in Many Nations, But Not US
Fistfights among children have become less common over the last decade in 19 out of 30 countries surveyed in a Canadian study – but fighting in the United States and Canada has remained steady. (via NBC News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Fewer U.S. Kids Dying of Diabetes
According to federal health officials, the 61% decrease of kids dying of diabetes is due to better treatment and increased awareness. (via HealthDay)

Study Finds Healthy Snacks Still Limited in Some U.S. Schools
U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school may find a bag of potato chips is much easier to come by, a new report says. (via Reuters)

A Little Exercise May Help Kids with ADHD Focus
Twenty minutes of exercise may help kids with ADHD settle in to read or solve a math problem, new research suggests. (via Fox News)

Parents’ Anxiety Can Trickle Down to Kids
A new study suggests children are at a higher risk of developing anxiety if a parent has a social anxiety disorder. (via PsychCentral)

Church-Going Teens Go Further With School
Sociologists have found that religiously-affiliated youth are 40 percent more likely to graduate high school than their unaffiliated peers, and 70 percent more likely to enroll in college. (via ScienceDaily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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IVF Linked to More Birth Defects
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is responsible for creating thousands of happy families, but the latest research highlights some of the potential long term risks of the procedure. (via Time)

U.S. Boys Experiencing Early Onset of Puberty
A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has documented that boys in the U.S. are experiencing the onset of puberty six months to two years earlier than reported in previous research. (via Science Daily)

Pfizer to Buy Maker of Attention-Deficit Drug for $255 Million
Pfizer Inc said it would buy privately held NextWave Pharmaceuticals for $255 million, gaining access to the company’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug, the first once-daily liquid medicine approved to treat the condition in the United States. (via Reuters)

Simpler Colon Screen May be Enough for Many Women: Study
(Reuters) – Women younger than 70 have a relatively low risk of abnormal growth in the upper part of the colon – suggesting, U.S. researchers say, that many women can opt for less invasive colon cancer screening. (via Reuters)

Troubled Teens Could Benefit from Online Access to Health Records, Say Researchers
Teens who get in trouble with the law could particularly benefit from online health records because they generally have worse health than other adolescents — and no one keeping track of the health care they do receive. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

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3 Hours of Daily Exercise Suggested for Young Children
For children under age 6, getting at least three hours of daily physical activity, spread out over the day, may be a good goal, researchers say. (via Fox News)

Kids with ADHD Have Dimmer Prospects: Study
Children with ADHD symptoms tend to fare worse as adults than do kids without problems in school, according to the longest follow-up study of the disorder to date. (via Reuters)

France Considers Ban on Homework. Should the U.S.?
While a homework-free society remains a mere dream here, students in France may soon bid adieu to homework if French President, Francois Hollande, has his way. (via Today)

Fathers Matter When It Comes to Their Teenager’s Sexual Behavior
A new study by New York University professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that fathers’ parenting behavior influences the sexual behavior of their adolescent children. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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Adding Up Autism Risks
New research published in the journal Molecular Autism shows that common genetic polymorphisms (genetic variation) can add up to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders. (via Science Daily)

HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Spur Teen Sex, Study Finds
The HPV vaccine does not send teenage girls out seeking sex, contrary to the protests of some parents who worried about immunizing young girls against a sexually transmitted virus, researchers reported Monday. (via NBC News)

Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts
More than 400 products have been added to the growing list of recalled items. (via ABC News)

El Paso Schools Confront Scandal of Students Who ‘Disappeared’ At Test Time
Administrators are accused of keeping low-performing students out of classrooms at test time to bolster schools’ scores. (via New York Times)

More Sleep Means More Focused, Emotionally Stable Kids
Getting too little could leave them more emotional and impulsive. (via Time)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, October 5th, 2012

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Couples Trying to Conceive Might Need Help Sooner, Study Says
A new mathematical method predicts a woman’s odds of becoming pregnant at various ages, and may help determine how long couples should wait before seeking medical help. (via HealthDay)

Troubled Kids in ER: Psych Illness or Just Unruly?
According to new data, American children visit the emergency room as often as 825,000 times a year—not for broken bones or belly aches, but to urgently see a psychiatrist. (via NBC News)

Free Birth Control Significantly Cuts Abortion Rates
The national abortion rate would plummet if women at risk for unintended pregnancies received the birth control of their choice at no cost, a new study has found. (via Time)

Teen Smoking Linked to Earlier Death
Teenagers who smoke are more likely to die of heart disease decades down the line, even if they quit by the time they’re middle-aged. (via Reuters)

Overweight Kids Take More Prescription Meds
A new Canadian study finds that overweight children take more prescription medications than children of normal weight. Researchers say this shows an unexpected link to rising health care costs. (via PsychCentral)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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Vitamin D Doesn’t Actually Fight Off Colds, Study Says
Although vitamin D boosts the immune system, taking large doses of the nutrient does not appear to ward off colds, a new study from New Zealand says. (via My Health Daily News)

Docs Have Mixed Feelings on School Vaccinations
Colorado doctors mostly support local efforts to give kids their flu shots and other vaccines at school – but they also have misgivings, a new study shows. (via Reuters)

Birth Rate Down in US for 4th Year
U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. (via AP)

Children’s Bicycle Helmets Effective in Impact and Crush Tests, Study Suggests
Few bicyclists wear helmets regularly, and children are less inclined to wear helmets than adults: national estimates of helmet use among children range from only 15% to 25%. (via Science Daily)

U.S. Teen Drinking and Driving Rate Cut in Half in 20 Years
The percentage of U.S. high school students who drink and drive has dropped by more than half in two decades, in part due to tougher laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, federal health officials said on Tuesday. (via Reuters)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Pacifiers May Have Emotional Consequences for Boys
Pacifiers may stunt the emotional development of baby boys by robbing them of the opportunity to try on facial expressions during infancy. (via Science Daily)

‘SimplyThick’ a Risk to All Infants, FDA Cautions
A product used to help infants with difficulty swallowing could increase their risk of developing a life-threatening illness, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday. (via CNN)

Longer Exercise Provides Added Benefit to Children’s Health
Twenty minutes of daily, vigorous physical activity over just three months can reduce a child’s risk of diabetes as well as his total body fat — including dangerous, deep abdominal fat — but 40 minutes works even better, researchers report. (via Science Daily)

Study Shows Almost Half of Children with Autism Victimized by Bullies
A recent study shows that children with autism are more than four times as likely to be the victims of bullying than their typically developing siblings. (via The Washington Post)

Teens Follow Parents Example in Texting and Driving
According to a recent study, 78% of teens have seen their parents text and drive. (via TODAY)

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