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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Obesity and Other Targets of Children’s Museums
In addition to creating future museumgoers, children’s museums seek to teach and to cater to groups with specific needs, like children in foster care and those with autism.

Is It Safe to Play Yet?
Some new parents are going to extreme lengths to protect their children from household toxins. But how far is too far?

According to a Wisconsin Bill, Single Moms Are a Child Abuse Threat
As if it weren’t hard enough already to be a single mom — or dad — a new bill in Wisconsin is associating single parenthood with child abuse.

Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Just Be Too Hard, Study Says
Exclusively breast-feeding for at least the first six months of a baby’s life, as recommended by the World Health Organization and many governments, might be more of an idealistic goal than a realistic one, according to a small Scottish study out Wednesday.

Low-Carb Diets Help Obese Kids but Tough to Follow
When it comes to managing children’s obesity, cutting portion sizes and cutting carbohydrates can work equally well — though carb control is tough for many kids, a new clinical trial finds.

Costume Jewelry Found to Have High Levels of Toxins and Carcinogens, Tests Show
Although low-cost jewelry might be saving you a buck, it might come at the cost of you or your children’s health.

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The Latest Question About Vaccines

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The new study about perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) has parents concerned once again about immunizations, but not for the usual reason: Research shows that PFCs may affect how well children’s bodies respond to vaccines. The theory is that this chemical interferes with the immune response once a child is vaccinated. This is just an association for now–not a cause-and-effect–so the word is not final, but it has lots of moms and dads worried about how often their children are exposed to PFCs. And the unfortunate answer for most families? A lot.

PFCs are found in the coating of Teflon pots and pans. In the lining of microwave popcorn bags. On coated paper plates. In Scotchgard spray and treated fabrics. In Stainmaster carpets. Gore-Tex clothing. The Environmental Working Group has a quick worksheet on how to avoid exposure, and it’s helpful, but the fact is, PFC is a tough thing to avoid.

We tackled the tough topic of chemicals in Parents, and one of the most useful parts of the story was our section on “Safer Swaps.” While we didn’t address PFCs, we covered other troublesome sources of chemical exposure, including phthalates and BPA. Take a look–you may be pleasantly surprised by how much you can do to protect your child.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupStudy finds toxic chemicals in pregnant womens’ bodies
A new study shows the typical pregnant woman has dozens of potentially toxic or even cancer-causing chemicals in her body — including ingredients found in flame retardants and rocket fuel. Congress may need to pass tougher environmental laws to reduce their (pregnant women’s) exposure.

Maternity tummy tuckers? Spanx sucks in pregnant fans
Spanx by Sara Blakely has launched a series of supportive, sucking-in tights, panties and leggings geared to the maternity market. There was also a recently launched a lower-priced collection called Assets Marvelous Mama at Target that includes maternity shapers, opaque tights and leggings.

Study: Babies may need more than breast milk
Feeding solid food earlier and not relying solely on breastfeeding  for the first six months might benefit babies, a team of researchers say in a new study. Introduction of tastes early on is essential because a delay may potentially affect later food preferences with influence on health outcomes such as obesity ,” the report said, quoting the study.

Parents chime in on how they’ve made changes in their kids’ diets
Allergies to dyes or preservatives among kids are on the rise. Parents have taken stands to eliminate symptoms without the assistance of medication.

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupAre tablets the smartphone killer? - This very new dilemma begs the question: Are we at the dawn of an age in which tablets will become the jewel in your gadget crown, eclipsing the mighty smartphone only a few years into its reign? [CNN]

Gay benefit shapes debate about HPV vaccine for boysFrom the start, arguments about whether to inoculate males against HPV have centered mainly on the benefits for women — and the desire to stop men from transmitting the most common sexually spread infection. The vaccine is approved, but not recommended, to prevent genital warts in males. But now, growing evidence shows that the vaccine also may prevent anal cancer, particularly in the high-risk groups of homosexual and bisexual men, who are about 20 times more likely than heterosexuals to develop the disease. [MSNBC]

1 in 10 kids in U.S. has ADHD, new study saysNearly 1 in 10 U.S. children has ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that government scientists think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening. [MSNBC]

6 things to consider for your baby’s nurseryPreparing for a baby can be an overwhelming process. Before you enter the later stages of your pregnancy (when it might be difficult for you to move around), start putting together your newborn’s nursery. From paint colors to furniture, there is a lot to consider. We highlighted six important factors. [Fox News]


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Do You Microwave Your Plastic Containers?

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I used to. I’ve been known to throw them in the dishwasher, too. I’ve slathered my children with heavily fragranced shampoos and lotions. I’ve served my family tons of canned foods.

But over the past year, and particularly since I started working here, I’ve cut back on those habits, or eliminated them altogether. Read our story about the toxins that are all around us, and you may very well do the same.

One thing I really appreciate about this article is that it leaves you feeling empowered, not hopelessly terrified. Yes, toxic chemicals are lurking everywhere. But you can avoid them, as we outline for you in the piece. And you can speak out against dangerous chemicals being used in the products that we all come in contact with every single day. Major reform is underway, in the form of the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010, a bill that was introduced late last month. It’ll obviously take a long time to truly overhaul our current system, but until them, it’s comforting to know that you can make a difference in your own home.

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