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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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Record Year for Whooping Cough; Health Experts Say “Get the Shot”
The U.S. is on course for a record year for whooping cough, health officials said this week. And while vaccinating kids is clearly the most important defense, health experts say adults may not realize they’re supposed to be getting regular shots, too. (via MSNBC)

Math Makes Girls More Anxious Than Boys
A new English study has found that girls suffer from mathematics anxiety more than boys, confirming some previous research. The analysis also found that high math anxiety was a stronger predictor of poor test performance for girls than boys. (via Live Science)

HPV Vaccine Benefits Even Women Who Don’t Get the Shots
The human papillomavirus vaccine provides a benefit to women even if they are not vaccinated, via a phenomenon known as herd immunity, a new study suggests. Among the women in the study, there was a decrease in the percentage who were infected with the four HPV strains included in the vaccine (HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18) in the years after the vaccine was introduced, compared with earlier years. (via MSNBC)

Facebook Use Leads to Depression? No, Says Study
A study of university students is the first evidence to refute the supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites. (via Science Daily)

Sit Less Than 3 Hours a Day, Add 2 Years to Your Life, Study Says
Reducing the daily average time that people spend sitting to less than three hours would increase the U.S. life expectancy by two years, the study found. And reducing the time spent watching TV to less than 2 hours daily would increase life expectancy by 1.4 years. (via MSNBC)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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Exposure to Common Chemicals May Weaken Vaccine Response
A study finds disturbing evidence that chemicals found in furniture, fast-food packaging and microwave popcorn bags may compromise children’s immune systems.

Government Requires More Fruits, Veggies for School Lunches
Today the government is releasing new nutrition standards for school meals that spell out dramatic changes, including slashing sodium, limiting calories and offering students a wider variety and larger portions of fruits and vegetables.

Top 10 States to Raise Your Child
If you want a great place to raise kids, the Garden State ranks tops. So says the Foundation for Child Development, which put out its annual Child Well Being Index (CWI), a state-by-state comparison of quality of life for kids.

Heartburn Drugs Don’t Aid Children’s Asthma
An acid reflux drug often used for hard-to-treat asthma doesn’t help children with the breathing disease and may cause side effects, a study in 300 children found.

Calif. Cuts Whooping Cough Deaths to Zero
For the first time in two decades, no one in California died from whooping cough last year, a public health victory that followed the deaths of 10 babies in 2010.

Olympics’ Baby-Seat Policy Prompts Wails of Protest
Some parents were gobsmacked this week to learn that babes-in-arms would be required to have their own tickets for Olympic events.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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Newborns Left Vulnerable When Mom Waits to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
Women should be vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough, during pregnancy rather than after giving birth because postpartum vaccinations do not provide enough protection to newborns during their most vulnerable period, a new study says.

Are Probiotics Safe for Kids?
Probiotics are so common in yogurt these days, you might not think twice about giving foods laced with “good” bacteria to your youngsters. But do probiotics provide any benefits for children?

Kids Who Watch More TV Have Poorer Diabetes Control
Kids with type 1 diabetes who spend hours in front of a TV or computer each day may have poorer blood sugar control, a new study suggests.

In Calif., No More Tanning Beds for Under-18 Crowd
California girls who dream about the sun-kissed skin glorified in song by Katy Perry will have to wait until they turn 18 before they can get the effect from tanning beds under a new first-in-the-nation law.

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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Monday, August 15th, 2011

vaccinations-needles-shotsAs your child heads to school, make an appointment with the pediatrician to have her receive the necessary immunizations required by your state.  Vaccines guard your child against illnesses and diseases that may be encountered outside the home. consulted Dr. Daniel McGee of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI to find out what parents should know about immunizations.

Why are immunizations and vaccinations necessary and still important?

The illnesses that are included in the vaccines are real, not just something that occurred in grandma’s day.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been more 150 cases of measles in the United States this year, as well as thousands of cases of whooping cough.  Measles outbreaks are occurring more frequently than in previous years. 

What are some diseases easily preventable by vaccinations?  How effective are  vaccinations against these diseases?

Measles, chicken pox, whooping cough as well as certain types of pneumonia and meningitis are the most common vaccine preventable diseases.  Immunized children who come down with an illness will usually have a less severe sickness.

Are there any vaccinations parents or adults should get to protect their family?

The only way to prevent whooping cough in children, particularly those under six months of age, is to make sure everyone who will come in contact with them is immunized.  This is a concept known as “cocooning.”  In fact, 75 percent of the time when an infant comes down with whooping cough, it comes from a parent, sibling, or grandparent.

As kids head to school, are there any new immunization protocols?  What should parents be aware of?

Immunization schedules change each year. Although not a new shot, there is a new recommendation that adolescents receive a booster dose of the meningitis vaccine if they received their first dose before age 16.  Every person aged 6 months and up should also receive the flu vaccine. 

What are the vaccinations all schools require?  What are the vaccinations children should always get?

This varies from state to state.  The best thing to do is follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines which are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. With the exception of the HPV vaccine, almost all of the shots recommended by the AAP are required for school.

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A Lifesaving Shot for Whooping Cough

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

We’re in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic. In California alone, 5,978 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported. And tragically, 10 babies there have died of whooping cough. The latest death is so upsetting not only for the obvious reasons but because whooping cough deaths are preventable. Babies themselves can’t be immunized until they’re 2 months old, which is often the time they’re most vulnerable to whooping cough symptoms. (Infants are considered at high risk for pertussis until they’re 1 and have had three shots of the DTap vaccine that protects against diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis.) Up to 75 percent of babies who contract the disease get it from someone in their own home. We’ll break down the precautionary steps for you.

If you’re pregnant, make sure that anyone who’s going to be around your baby—including your partner, your parents, your in-laws, your older children, and your babysitter—has had the booster for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) within the last five years.

If you’ve recently given birth and haven’t had the booster in the last five years, get the Tdap vaccine.

If you’re going to be around a newborn and haven’t had the booster in the last five years, get the Tdap vaccine.

See the pattern here? Get the Tdap vaccine.

Click here for much more information about vaccines and the debates that swirl around them.

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