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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Fewer Younger Women Are Getting Mammograms
The number of women in their 40s undergoing mammograms slightly declined, says a new study carried out by the Mayo Clinic. The study found a drop of roughly 6 percent in the number of mammograms among these younger women, a change that the researchers called modest but still significant. (via NY Times)
Coffee May Help Protect Against Skin Cancer
Protection against skin cancer can be added to the list of health benefits that come with drinking coffee, a new study says. Women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily were 21 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, compared with women who drank less than one cup of caffeinated coffee per month, the study showed. For men, this risk reduction was 10 percent. (via msnbc.com)
Nearly 1 in 3 Teens Sext, Says Study
Nearly 1 in 3 teens has sent a nude picture of him or herself to someone else, and more than half have been asked to do so, according to new research on nearly 1,000 Texas teens. The study, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, also found that teen “sexting” is strongly linked to actual sexual behavior. (via TIME)
Parents Defend Letting Daughter, 5, Swim With Sharks
When Elana and David Barnes posted a home video to YouTube of their 5-year-old daughter swimming in the ocean, they intended to share their vacation memories with friends and family, not the world. But the video quickly became a viral sensation because it shows their daughter, Anaia, not just frolicking in the water but snorkeling with sharks in the waters off the Bahamas. (via ABC News)
Is This Teen Angst or an Uncontrollable Anger Disorder?
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With all those raging hormones, every teenager is bound to “lose it” at one time or another. But a recent study suggests that adolescents’ attacks of anger may indicate something more serious than your standard puberty-related mood swings. (via TIME)
Friday, June 15th, 2012
Hidden Hairs Can Strangle Baby’s Tiny Toes
If a single strand of hair wraps around a baby’s toe, it can cut off circulation and ultimately doom the appendage. Though rare, this happens often enough for doctors to have given it a name: toe tourniquet syndrome. (via msnbc.com)
FDA Approves Infant Combo Vaccine for Meningitis
The first vaccine that protects children as young as six weeks against two potentially deadly bacterial infections has won approval from U.S. health regulators. (via AP)
“Darth Vader” Boy from Super Bowl Ad Has Heart Surgery
Doctors on Thursday performed successful open-heart surgery on the 7-year-old boy who starred as a mini-Darth Vader in a popular Super Bowl commercial, according to the Los Angeles hospital where he was treated. (via Reuters)
Cost of Rearing a Child Rises to $234,000
For a child born now, it will cost an average of $234,900 to raise them, and that’s just to age 18. The total cost is up 3.5 percent from a year ago, according to the US Department of Agriculture report. (via ABC News)
Neighbors Ban 3-Year-Old’s Sidewalk Chalk
When Colorado mom Sarah Cohen found out her 3-year-old daughter was being banned from doing sidewalk doodles, she chalked it up to a misunderstanding. But the crackdown on sidewalk chalk was no joke to Cohen’s local housing association in the Denver suburb of Stapleton, which said little Emerson’s scribbles are violating neighborhood rules. (via New York Daily News)
Nearly 20 Percent of Teens Admit to ‘Sexting’
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Despite knowing the consequences, many teens still send sexually explicit photos to others using their cellphones, a new study on sexting suggests. (via msnbc.com)
Friday, June 8th, 2012
Report: 16 Percent of US Teens Have Considered Suicide
Nearly 16 percent of high school teens nationwide admitted they had considered suicide within the previous year, according to an annual survey published Thursday by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Food Allergies More Common in City Kids
Researchers found that the share of children with any type of food allergy was 9.8 percent in cities, 7.2 percent in suburban areas, and 6.2 percent in rural areas.
How 11 New York City Babies Contracted Herpes Through Circumcision
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual is found to cause neonatal herpes infections in newborns in New York City, prompting health officials to encourage parents to consider the health risks of the practice.
UNICEF Targets Deadly Diarrhea, Pneumonia in Poor Kids
Concerted efforts to control diarrhea and pneumonia, the biggest killers of children under the age of five, could save the lives of up to 2 million of the world’s poorest children each year, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Friday.
More Teens Smoke Pot than Cigarettes, Says CDC Survey
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 23 percent of high school students said they recently smoked marijuana, while 18 percent said they had puffed cigarettes.
Mom Goes After Stroller Thief, Busts Million-Dollar Crime Ring
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Don’t mess with mom. That’s the moral of this awesome story about a Chicago mom who went after the guy who stole her stroller and ended up uncovering a huge crime ring.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
A Surprising Risk for Toddlers on Playground Slides
Orthopedic specialists say they treat a number of toddlers and young children each year with broken legs as a result of riding down slides on a parent’s lap.
Houston Woman Has Sextuplets, 3 Boys, 3 Girls
A Houston woman has given birth to sextuplets.
Filmmaker Compiles Daughter’s 12 Years in Two-Minute Video
To creatively preserve the lasting memory of his daughter, Lotte, filmmaker Frans Hofmeester took snippets of footage from 600 weeks of filming her growth, and sliced them together in a time-lapsed montage that documents her development from birth to age 12.
Boy or Girl? Gender-Reveal Parties Are the Hottest Way to Spread the News
An increasing number of pregnant parents are opting to throw parties, complete with pink or blue cakes and party favors, to let others know what gender baby to expect while they’re expecting.
Doctors: Teens Guzzling Hand Sanitizer to Get Drunk
Doctors are warning parents about a dangerous new trend after six teenagers drank hand sanitizer and ended up in Southern California emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning.
Hilary Duff Reveals an Infatuation With Her Son’s Fallen Belly Button
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Hilary Duff is so enamored by her new role as mom, she keeps her newborn son’s belly button sealed in a Ziploc bag in her makeup drawer.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Teen Girl Dies After Inhaling Helium at Party
Ashley, 14, died last weekend after inhaling helium from a pressurized tank during a party in Medford, Ore. Her parents hope their daughter’s death will teach others about the dangers of helium.
Eating Disorders on the Rise in Teen Boys
NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman warns parents about the rising number of teenage boys affected by eating disorders, and explains why their symptoms often go unnoticed.
Disturbing Trend: Teen Girls Asking Internet if They’re Pretty
A rising trend among young girls, where they post videos of themselves on Youtube asking others if they are pretty, has some experts and parents concerned, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported.
More U.S. Kids Living in High-Poverty Areas: Study
Years of economic setbacks have taken their toll on the nation’s youngest residents, with another 1.6 million children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to one study that shows nearly 8 million children residing in poor areas in 2010.
Mainland Chinese Flock to Hong Kong to Give Birth
Parents go to Hong Kong for better medical care and lifelong residency benefits for their children, but locals are outraged over being shut out of maternity wards.
Blood Test Detects Down Syndrome During Pregnancy
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A second company reports that it has developed a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome, potentially providing yet another option for pregnant women who want to know whether their unborn child has the condition.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Sex-Changing Treatments Are on the Rise in Kids
A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.
Ultrasound Abortion Bill Nears Vote in Virginia
A bill requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion is poised to pass Virginia’s legislature this week, placing it on track to be signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
New Guidelines Planned on School Vending Machines
The Obama administration, in a continuation of its efforts to curb childhood obesity, plans to set nationwide guidelines to promote healthy choices in schools.
Kids Who Don’t Gender Conform Are at Higher Risk of Abuse
Swapping gender roles is common in childhood play, but a new study finds that non-conforming kids are at risk for physical and sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress.
Even Babies Can Recognize What’s Fair
Babies as young as 19 months are affronted when they see displays of injustice.
How Much Sleep Do Teens Really Need? Maybe Less than You Think
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If your teen’s lack of sleep is keeping you up nights, a new study should help put your mind at ease.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Autism Risk for Siblings Higher Than Expected
Parents who have a child with autism have about a 1 in 5 chance of having a second child with autism, a far greater risk than previously believed, new research shows.
Is it okay to reduce a pregnancy from two to one?
Padawer’s New York Times Magazine cover story chronicled the increasing number of pregnant women who are “reducing” their twin pregnancies to single pregnancies.
How to rouse your teen without a rise in blood pressure
Some parents resort to screaming. Others bang on doors or yank off covers. When it is time to wake up teens for school, things can get ugly.
Here’s how to get your children a great education
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Journalist Peg Tyre’s new book, The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve ($26, Henry Holt) out Aug. 16, condenses decades of education research to help parents make better choices about selecting schools for their children.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
AAP Clinical Report: Children’s Eating Disorders On The Rise
In the past decade, a growing number of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with eating disorders. In a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Identification and Management of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents,” published in the December 2010 issue of Pediatrics (published online Nov. 29), it is estimated that 0.5 percent of adolescent girls in the United States have anorexia nervosa, and 1 percent to 2 percent meet criteria for bulimia nervosa. [Medical News Today]
AAP Report: Managing Food Allergies At School
Food allergy is estimated to affect roughly 1 in 25 school-aged children and is a common trigger of anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially fatal, systemic allergic reaction. Studies of children with food allergy indicate that 16 percent to 18 percent have had a reaction in school. In a new clinical report, “Management of Food Allergy in the School Setting” in the December 2010 issue of Pediatrics (published online Nov. 29), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) gives guidance on managing food allergies at school and on the prevention and treatment of food-induced anaphylaxis. [Medical News Today]
Elevated Blood Pressure Suffered By Up To 8 Percent Of Canadian Children
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“We blame kids for being fat, we blame kids for being inactive, we blame kids not eating right or the families for not feeding their kids right,” says Terrance Wade, the Canada Research Chair in youth and wellness at Brock University. “But a lot of these things are not based on individual choices because your life choices and such are constrained by your life chances.” [Medical News Today]
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