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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Colic Treatment? Manipulative Therapies May Be Beneficial Treatment for Infantile Colic
A Cochrane review of studies into manipulative therapies for colic, by the University of Southampton, suggests that the treatment technique may be of some benefit. (via ScienceDaily)

Fiscal Cliff Would Hurt Young Children, Advocates Warn
As headlines warn of a looming fiscal cliff that could result in massive cuts to government programs, advocates are worrying about the fates of people who can’t yet read them. Early-childhood education advocates recently reached out to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders in an effort to protect programs that serve low-income young children. (via Huffington Post)

Many Parents Unaware of Children’s Experiences in Daycare
While parents hope to be informed of what goes on when they’re not around, a recent Concordia study suggests that parents ought to be more involved in the daycare experience, a major component of their child’s development. (via ScienceDaily)

Texas Governor Seeks Law Banning Late-Term Abortions
Texas Governor Rick Perry called on state lawmakers on Tuesday to pass a bill banning late-term abortions, a controversial prohibition that has been pushed by anti-abortion activists since 2010. (via Reuters)

TV in Bedrooms may Boost Kids’ Risk of Fat, Disease
Kids who have TVs in their bedrooms are twice as likely to be fat and nearly three times as likely to be at risk for heart disease and diabetes as those who don’t, according to a new study that renews concerns about health and screen time. (via NBC News)

Doctors Urged to Intervene, Prevent Youth Smoking
Primary care physicians should offer children and teens counseling and guidance to prevent them from starting smoking, according to draft guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). (via CNN)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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Serious Child Abuse Injuries Creep Up, Study Shows
A new Yale School of Medicine study shows that cases of serious physical abuse in children, such as head injuries, burns, and fractures, increased slightly by about 5% in the last 12 years. (via Science Daily)

Background TV a Threat to U.S. Kids, Researchers Say
That clamor in the background? It’s probably the TV, and it might be taking a toll on your toddler’s development, researchers say. (via Reuters)

Gene That Causes a Form of Deafness Discovered
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have found a new genetic mutation responsible for deafness and hearing loss associated with Usher syndrome type 1. (via Science Daily)

Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace Target Of New EEOC Crackdown
During the past week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed four pregnancy discrimination related lawsuits and settled a fifth — just weeks after the government’s workplace discrimination law enforcement arm announced a plan to target employers who illegally discriminate against pregnant women. (via Huffington Post)

Junk Food Advertising Undermines Children’s Health, Study Says
Advertising of junk food continues to undermine children’s health despite the food industry’s promises that they would restrict their marketing activities, according to a new report. (via Medical News Today)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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Cutting Compulsion Affects Kids as Young as 7, Study Finds
A sobering new study of 665 kids between the ages of 7 and 16, found that a full 9 percent of girls and almost 7 percent of boys surveyed have engaged in self-injurious behaviors such as cutting, banging their heads or hitting themselves.

Stepfather Beating Boy in Video Facing Charges
A video showing a man whipping his stepson with a belt has gone viral, resulting in felony child abuse charges. The video was shot by an outraged neighbor who also confronted the man.

More U.S. Teens Diagnosed With Kidney Stones
The research, which followed Minnesota children from 1984 to 2008, found that the rate of kidney stones climbed six percent each year among teenagers.

Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill
At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse stimulants.

TV Content Ratings System Set to Expand to Web
The black labels that tell families what to expect from network television shows will start to appear on the Internet streams of those shows, too.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

CDC: 2011 Was Worst Measles Year in U.S. in 15 Years
Last year was the worst year for measles in the U.S. in 15 years, health officials said Thursday.

Birth Defects a Third More Common in IVF Babies
Babies conceived through certain fertility treatment techniques are about one-third more likely to have a birth defect than babies conceived without any extra help from technology, according to a review of several dozen studies.

TV On in the Background? It’s Still Bad for Kids
Too much television can be detrimental for kids’ development, even when they’re not plopped directly in front of the screen.

Domestic Violence May Stunt Babies’ Intellectual Growth
A longitudinal study uncovers the lifelong consequences of child abuse and exposure to interpersonal conflict in the first two years of life.

Controversial Ad Uses Breast-Feeding to Sell Cookies
The latest in the breast-feeding wars comes all the way from South Korea and involves the epitome of American snacktime: the Oreo cookie.

Working Moms’ Challenges: Paid Leave, Child Care
The past week’s political firestorm in the presidential race focused on stay-at-home moms, but two-thirds of women with young children now work. What some feel is being lost in the political debate are the challenges they face in the workplace.

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New Study: Preschoolers Sleep Worse After Watching TV

Monday, June 27th, 2011

kids-watching-tvIn a not-so-surprising new study published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, research reveals that watching too much television (especially shows with violent images) has negative affects on the sleep patterns of preschoolers. 

Reported by CNN.com, the study focused on 600 preschoolers in Seattle, Washington and kept track of when they watched television to determine sleep disturbances.  Preschoolers who watched age-appropriate TV shows during the day slept well while those who watched the same type of shows at night, before bedtime, were more susceptible to nightmares, frequent wakings, and fatigue.  In particular, preschoolers who watched shows with violence (shows meant for adults or the daily news reports) before bedtime were also more likely to experience nightmares.

Michelle Garrison, Ph.D., who conducted the study, points out young kids still can’t separate reality from fantasy, which is why they’re more frightened by what’s shown on TV.  In addition, letting kids fall asleep with the TV still on is a no-no, since it keeps the child stimulated, not relaxed.  Instead, parents should turn off the TV at least an hour before kids go to sleep.  The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that televisions be kept in a common room (not in a child’s bedroom), and young children should watch only 1-2 hours of TV per day.

What kind of TV shows do you let your kids watch?  What are the ways you limit your child’s TV consumption?

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