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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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Number of Biracial Babies Soars Over Past Decade
The number of mixed-race babies has soared over the past decade, new census data show, a result of more interracial couples and a cultural shift in how many parents identify their children in a multiracial society.

Unplanned Pregnancies Common in Women in Their 20s
More than two-thirds of pregnancies in unmarried 20-something women between 2001 and 2008 were unplanned, a new study finds.

Parents Wary of Childhood Vaccines? Here’s How to Persuade Them
Doctors need to step up their p.r. game if they’re going to counter the anti-immunization tide, says a new Mayo Clinic study that offers talking points on how to respond to parents’ fears.

Posts on Facebook Lead to ACLU Lawsuit
The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting the expulsion of three eighth-graders in northwest Indiana for what their school said were Facebook comments about which classmates they would most like to kill.

Will Divorce Ceremonies Make Parents’ Split Easier on Kids?
Some experts are saying divorce ceremonies are the newest way to help children get through their parents’ break-up, and for adults to take that first positive step toward co-parenting together.

Teen Girls Take More Risks Behind Wheel, Study Finds
A new study suggests that teen girls are far more likely than boys to engage in distracted driving behavior.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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Should Parents Be Allowed to Decline Vaccines? Vermont Debates
Vermont is among 20 states that currently allow some form of “philosophical exemption” — essentially a right of refusal for parents who want to enroll their children in school or child care without immunizations.

Wisconsin’s Planned Parenthood Suspends Non-Surgical Abortions
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has suspended non-surgical abortions in response to a new state law that makes it harder for women to have the procedure, a move that followed anti-abortion measures in several Republican-controlled states.

Aging Moms Prefer Daughter to Hubby, Study Finds
A study published this week in the journal of Scientific Reports, suggests that as women age, they shift their focus of intimacy from their husbands to adult daughters — even as their husbands continue to retain their wives as their closest confidantes.

Women with Heart Trouble More Likely to Have Baby Girls
Pregnant women with heart disease are more likely to give birth to girls than boys, according to a new study from Iran.

Obesity Rates Down for Infants, Toddlers
After a three-decade tripling in childhood obesity rates, the trend has leveled off and, for the first time, appears to be on a substantial decline – at least among Massachusetts infants and preschoolers, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Giuliana Rancic Is Expecting a Baby
Giuliana Rancic, 37, whose road to motherhood has been made difficult by infertility struggles, one miscarriage and a diagnosis of breast cancer, announced in person Monday on the Today show that she is expecting.

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Dr. Ari Brown Shares Why She Supports Shot@Life

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Ari Brown, M.D., FAAP, a Parents advisor and pediatrician in Austin, TX. She is the co-author of the best-sellling “411” parenting book series including Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Pregnancy, Baby 411, and Toddler 411.  Here, she shares her new role as champion for the world-wide Shot@Life initiative. 

As a pediatrician, and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, I’ve been involved in children’s health initiatives in the U.S. for a long time. But this year, I’m going global! I’m excited to be a part of a new movement to help kids and I want to share it with you!

On April 26, 2012, the United Nations Foundation will roll out a new grassroots program cleverly titled, Shot@Life. The message: every child—no matter where they live—deserves a shot at leading a healthy, productive life.

American parents don’t usually have to worry about losing their children to diseases like measles, pneumonia, or even the worst case of diarrhea. That’s because most of our kids have access to and are able to receive life-saving vaccines. Unfortunately, 1 in 5 children worldwide don’t have that opportunity for protection. In fact, 1.7 million children will die this year from these diseases that are rare in the U.S., thanks to vaccination. Unfortunately, a child dies every 20 seconds.

How much does it cost to save a child’s life? Just $20. Yes, for the amount we spend on those fancy lattes a few times a week, a child can receive lifelong protection from measles, polio, pneumonia, and diarrhea.

I know, I know. We have so many economic issues at home, it is hard to think about the plight of children on the other side of the world. But honestly, protection against diseases there helps all of our kids. Germs don’t need a passport. They don’t have to take their shoes off in security or go through special body scanners to get on a plane to our hometowns. So, our own children will benefit from protecting children in other countries.

I hope you will take a moment and become a champion for children’s health. Sign up to say you support this effort. And, if you have $20 to spare, even better! To learn more, go to ShotAtLife.org.

Watch a video introducing the Shot@Life campaign.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, April 16th, 2012

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‘Five S’s’ Can Keep Babies Calm During Shots
The pain and tears that infants experience after getting routine immunizations can be significantly reduced with a popular technique for calming fussy babies, a new study finds.

IRS Makes Gay Parents ‘Lie,’ Shortchanging 2 Million Children
Married same-sex couples cannot file jointly, and instead must misrepresent themselves as “single” on their federal tax forms, sacrificing the $1,000 deduction for married couples.

Stores, and More, for Breast-Feeding Moms
A small but growing niche of the baby-care industry offers not only the latest products, but also education and camaraderie.

Life Stressors Increase Obesity Risk in Young Girls
When young girls live in a stressful home where violence, depression or other disruptions are common they are more likely to become obese by age 5, compared to children raised in more stable homes.

Kids Who Play ‘Choking Game’ May Take Other Risks, Too
Kids who play the so-called “choking game” are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, including sex, substance use and gambling, a new study of middle schoolers finds.

Moms See Themselves as Facebook’s Savviest Users: Survey
On Thursday, marketing firm Performics released its study of 3,000 active U.S. social networkers, and found moms were more proficient than other women at getting information from Facebook.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Suspect in Custody in Ohio High School Shooting
Gunfire at a high school outside Cleveland injured a number of students Monday morning, and at least one suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.

Report: Women Have Rare Egg-Producing Stem Cells
For 60 years, doctors have believed women were born with all the eggs they’ll ever have. Now Harvard scientists are challenging that dogma, saying they’ve discovered the ovaries of young women harbor very rare stem cells capable of producing new eggs.

Group Backs HPV Shot Recommendation for Boys
Boys 11 years and up should get Merck & Co’s Gardasil vaccine to protect them against HPV infections, which can cause genital warts as well as oral, penile and anal cancers, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians said Monday.

Active Video Games Don’t Mean Kids Exercise More
All that virtual boxing, bowling and dancing along with video game systems might not be helping kids meet their daily exercise requirements, a new study suggests.

Fatal School Fight Between 2 Girls Was Over a Boy, Friends, Family Say
An 11-year-old girl who died after a fight with a classmate in Long Beach cried, complained of a headache and vomited after the altercation, friends and family said.

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National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 4-10)

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Cold and flu season is upon us, and this week’s spotlight on influenza vaccinations is a perfect reminder to take your child to the pediatrician for a flu vaccine (if you haven’t done so already).  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2011-2012 flu vaccine will safeguard against three viruses: influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H2N2), and influenza B. 

Getting the flu vaccine will protect your family and loved ones from worse symptoms.  Read more about the importance of getting a flu vaccine below.

Parents.com Resources

Here are more resources recommended by Shot of Prevention, a community blog that brings you the latest news and guidelines about immunizations, which recently hosted a conference call (sponsored by Every Child by Two and Families Fighting Flu) to raise awareness about flu vaccines.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

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Lack of Soap Means Illness, Death for Millions of Children
An estimated 1.5 million children die every year because their immune systems are not mature enough to battle diarrheal and respiratory diseases spread in contaminated environments.

High IQ Linked to Drug Use
A new British study finds children with high IQs are more likely to use drugs as adults than people who score low on IQ tests as children.

Educating Teens, Parents May Reverse Lack of Vaccinations
Many teenagers don’t receive the vaccines they need, but educating physicians and parents could help reverse the trend, a new study suggests.

LAUSD Menu: Parents Love it, but Students?
Move over pizza and mac and cheese. Welcome chili lime chicken wings and Greek salad. These items are part of the new menu at the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Lawsuit: LaBelle Threw Water at Tot in NYC Lobby
R&B diva Patti LaBelle hurled curses — and half a bottle of water — at a woman and her 18-month-old daughter after a dust-up over parenting in an apartment building lobby, according to a lawsuit filed Monday and the family’s lawyer.

Vigilance is Powerful for the Parents of Teenagers
When young people are taking risks and testing boundaries, tough love is just a start.

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UN Foundation Announces Shot@Life Campaign to Expand Access to Vaccines

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Shot@Life

Earlier today, the United Nations Foundation announced Shot@Life, a campaign to expand access to vaccines for children in developing countries. “Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine,” said Peg Willingham, Executive Director of Shot@Life.

The campaign hopes to teach Americans about the success of childhood vaccines as a cost-effective way to save lives and, in return, have them advocate for and donate vaccines to children in need.

Each year, 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die from vaccine-preventable diseases, according to the World Health Organization. But vaccines have already proven successful in drastically decreasing the number of deaths from measles and polio. Increased education about and accessibility to vaccines can save the lives of millions of more children.

For more information about Shot@Life, visit ShotatLife.org.

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