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Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Newtown Children Remain Scared As School Tries to Move on from Sandy Hook Shooting
They relocated the entire student body to a new school unstained by blood. They brought in counselors to soothe shattered nerves, and parents to comfort the distraught. But authorities know they cannot erase the lingering effects of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School – students and faculty members still on edge, still traumatized by the sounds of gunshots and by the horrors they survived. (via Huffington Post)
Michelle Obama ‘Vogue’ Interview: First Lady Says Family is No.1 Priority
Michelle Obama is pushing back against the notion that she and President Barack Obama don’t socialize enough in Washington. The first lady says in an interview in the April issue of Vogue magazine that she and the president were straightforward when they said – before moving from Chicago to Washington in 2009 – that their family, including two young daughters, would be their priority. (via Huffington Post)
Drug Treatment Corrects Autism Symptoms in Mouse Model
Autism results from abnormal cell communication. Testing a new theory, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have used a newly discovered function of an old drug to restore cell communications in a mouse model of autism, reversing symptoms of the devastating disorder. (via Science Daily)
No Attention-Boosting Drugs for Healthy Kids, Doctors Urge
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest professional association of neurologists, is releasing a position paper on how the practice of prescribing drugs to boost cognitive function, or memory and thinking abilities, in healthy children and teens is misguided. (via Science Daily)
Rare Meat Allergy Linked to Ticks Found in Kids
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Some children living in the U.S. Southeast have a rare meat allergy linked to tick bites, according to a new study. Bites from ticks, usually lone star ticks, cause the body to become allergic to a protein called alpha-gal — which also happens to be found in some mammals, including cows, pigs and sheep, the researchers said. (via Fox News)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Have a child who loves to play outdoors? Then take note of these updated facts and tips about an ever-present summer pest: the tick.
Over the last several years, tick bites and cases of tick-related diseases have steadily risen in the United States. The Washington Post blogged that Lyme disease may be the fastest growing disease in the world, while the New York Times described the dangers of babesiosis, a new malaria-like sickness transmitted via ticks.
But its summertime and children want to enjoy the warm months outside. So how do you prevent tick bites and stop the chances of illness? Follow the steps below!
* Understand the Danger – Warm months (usually April to September) are considered prime time for these tiny bugs. They thrive in humidity and wooded areas, so know the possibility of tick bites exists when camping or playing outdoors. Also, avoid brushing against plants when walking near trees or bushes.
* Wear Bug Repellent – Use products that have 20 percent or more DEET in them for your skin or clothing, and repellent that contains permethrin for clothing, backpacks, or camping equipment. Remember to reapply DEET-based products after several hours or following exposure to water.
* Sleeves, Pants, and Socks – Try to wear light colored clothing, with long sleeves, pants, and foot coverage. The less skin shown, the less chance of a bite. If steamy weather prevents this option, remember to perform a thorough tick check, since you are at a higher risk for exposure.
* Check the Sweet Spots – Ticks often hide in places less obvious on the body, so remember to look under the arms, around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, and always search your hair. It’s also smart to shower soon after you’re back inside, and go through your dirty clothes to see if you’ve carried any back home.
* Protect the Backyard – Spray your backyard with a bug prevention agent in springtime to help eliminate ticks. Don’t put your play areas in wooded environments, and use rocks, gravel, or wood chips to separate trees and vegetation from play areas. This keeps ticks more or less in one spot, opposed to throughout the whole yard.
* Don’t Forget the Pets! – Dogs and cats can track in all sorts of creatures, so be prepared to shell out a little cash for tick prevention. Buy a tick repellent collar or speak to your veterinarian about the best possible solution for your furry friends.
Know any other tips about ticks? Share your comments below!
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All tips based off of information from the Center for Disease Control and the “Stop Ticks on People” organization.
Friday, August 8th, 2008
My family went camping last weekend, and after just two hours in the woods, I happened to hike up my 3-yr-old’s shorts and saw what looked like a poppyseed stuck to her thigh. Then I suddenly realized it was a deer tick, the kind that causes Lyme disease (and I’ve edited several articles about). I’d never actually seen one in person, and it was much tinier that I’d expected. And it didn’t look anything like a bug. No visible legs or antennae. (I wish I’d thought to take a picture; the photo here is another shot of a deer tick, just to give you a sense of the size.) It looked like a little pinpoint scab (which is why my daughter couldn’t understand why we were urgently trying to remove it with tweezers). Fortunately, ticks need to be attached to your skin for at least 36-48 hours to transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme. So check your kids every day if they’re in the woods or an area where Lyme is common.
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