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James and Kimberly Van Der Beek Announce They’re Expecting Again

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Former Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly, are expecting their third child this winter, PEOPLE reports. The baby will join siblings Olivia, who is almost 3, and Joshua, 17 months. Kimberly announced the news on her healthy lifestyle blog, Old School New Rules. More from PEOPLE.com:

The new addition will take James and Kimberly’s parenting technique from “man to man” to “zone defense,” says the future father-of-three, and while they’re not sure what to expect, they’re up for the challenge.

“I was told two was three times as hard as one, and that three is actually not as big of a leap,” he says, adding jokingly, “If anybody knows otherwise, I’m going to ask them not to tell me.”

“How do you prepare for three kids? We only have two arms each, so I don’t know how it will go,” says Kimberly. “I just think we are going with the flow of it.”

The couple have adopted a similarly laid back approach to growing their family, neither preventing nor planning their pregnancies.

“We are letting Mother Nature decide,” Kimberly explains. “I know when I start to get exhausted and moody, then maybe I’m pregnant.”

“There are ways to prevent these things from happening—we don’t do any of those things,” jokes James.

 

Image: Kimberly and James Van Der Beek, via Shutterstock

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HPV: More Boys Than Expected Get the Vaccine, Report Says

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

A new government report reveals that a surprising number of boys received the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) last year, the first year that it was recommended for adolescent boys. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 in 5 boys received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine, NBC News reports.

Shared through sexual contact, HPV can cause cervical cancer in women and genital warts in both sexes, and in rare cases, throat and anal cancer. The vaccine was first recommended for girls ages 11 and 12 beginning in 2006, and then recommended for boys in 2011. More from NBC News:

The shots are largely intended not to protect boys from disease, but to stop them from spreading a sexually transmitted virus to girls that could cause cervical cancer.

The vaccine hasn’t been very popular among girls. The government report issued Thursday is the first real sense of how many boys are getting the shots.

“It’s a good start,” said Shannon Stokley, a vaccination expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Introduced in 2006, the vaccine protects against human papillomavirus, which is spread during sex. Most infections go away on their own, without people developing symptoms. But the virus can cause cervical cancer in females, genital warts in both sexes, and some other, less common conditions like throat and anal cancer.

The vaccine was first recommended for girls ages 11 and 12 because it works best if given before a teen starts to have sex. In 2011, it was also recommended for boys that age to help prevent the virus’s spread.

The CDC report covers vaccination rates for last year, the first full year since the shots were advised for boys. It’s based on telephone calls to families for about 19,000 boys and girls ages 13 to 17.

About 21 percent of the boys had gotten at least one of the three doses. Less than 7 percent were fully vaccinated.

The rates look relatively good compared to the initial rates for some other vaccines aimed at adolescents. For example, the initial rate for a meningococcal vaccine was just 12 percent.

Rates tend to start low when a vaccine is first recommended and build after. So the HPV numbers for boys are reason to be optimistic, said the CDC’s Dr. Melinda Wharton, although she added a word of caution.

“Given how the coverage level has stalled for girls, though, a solid start isn’t enough,” she said.

 

Image: Three teen boys, via Shutterstock

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Allergy Tattoos For Kids: Smart Idea or Bully Bait?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Several companies now offer temporary tattoos that children can wear on their arms to alert teachers, cafeteria staff, and other adults that the kids suffer from severe allergies. Parents report that these tattoos give them a little peace of mind, but critics worry that they set kids up to be bullied. More from Yahoo! Shine:

“Right now there’s a huge awareness, whether because of going back to school or because of the recent incident in California,” SafetyTat founder and mother of three Michele Welsh told Yahoo! Shine. Welsh was referring to the recent tragic death of a 13-year-old girl with a peanut allergy at a Sacramento summer camp. “Unfortunately it sometimes takes something like that for people to say, ‘Wow, it really can happen.’”

Welsh created her 5-year-old company—offering products that include temporary tattoos and long-lasting, write-on skin stickers—after using a ballpoint pen to nervously scrawl her cell phone number on her kids’ arms at a crowded amusement park, in case they got separated, and realizing it was maybe not the best way to go about it.

The moment made her think of other dangers lurking for kids, and how having an actual warning label on the body could be useful to other parents, too—like her sister-in-law, who is mom to a boy with a fatal peanut allergy. “He had spent so much time in the hospital as a toddler, that his mom had begun limiting his time outside the home because she was so fearful,” Welsh said. When she created the tattoos and he wore one to a school trip, the response was immediate, alerting a food server who double checked the ingredient of his salad dressing only to discover it contained peanut oil. “His mom told me, ‘It’s almost like I’m there with him, reminding people,’” she added.

But Yahoo! Shine reports that the tattoos do have critics:

A recent Slate article on the phenomenon of children wearing warning labels raised the issue of bullying, questioning whether the added attention would make them targets of childhood cruelty. It was a concern echoed by American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology spokesperson, allergist Kevin McGrath. “A lot of kids do get bullied at school about their food allergies, so there is some concern about whether this might give more ammunition to kids,” McGrath told Yahoo! Shine.

 

Image: SafetyTat tattoo, via Yahoo! Shine

 

 

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11-Year-Old Lung Transplant Patient Returns Home

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Sarah Murnaghan has finally returned home. The 11-year-old, who has cystic fibrosis, underwent a double lung transplant earlier this summer after a federal judge temporarily changed the national policy governing organ transplants, allowing Murnaghan to be placed on adult transplant lists. More from NBC News:

“Sarah’s looking forward to being a regular little kid,” her mother, Janet Murnaghan, said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “We’re looking forward to Sarah having a nice long life.”

The child with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the lung transplants in June after a federal judge intervened on her parents’ behalf and allowed her to be considered earlier on the adult lung transplant list for her region. The move sparked a furious national debate about lung transplant allocation and changed the way the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network considers cases of severely ill children waiting for the transplants.

A first set of lungs failed, and Sarah received a second set three days later.

Sarah has improved enough to be free of oxygen for the first time in 2 1/2 years, though she still needs some help from a machine to breathe, she’s walking short distances on her own and engaging in physical therapy to gain strength, according to her mother, who has posted updates about her daughter to Facebook. Tests of lung tissue showed no sign of rejection, the mother wrote.

Image: Sarah Murnaghan, via NBC News

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Kevin and Danielle Jonas Announce Their Baby’s Gender

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Kevin Jonas, the eldest of the musical Jonas Brothers, and his wife Danielle have revealed that they are expecting a daughter.

The couple, who chronicle their life on the E! reality show “Married to Jonas,” announced in July that they have a baby on the way. More from PEOPLE:

The couple revealed the sex of their first child by posting their most recent ultrasound photo — the baby’s head topped by a pink bow – online Thursday.

“It’s a girl! Thank you everyone! She’s sucking her thumb!” the Married to Jonas stars, both 25, write.

While counting down to the hour of the announcement, the parents-to-be let fans have fun guessing whether the baby-on-the-way — due this winter — was a boy or girl by casting their vote in an online poll.

“We are so excited to share the gender so we can celebrate it!” the expectant mom, who debuted her baby bump in August at the Teen Choice Awards, Tweeted.

 

Image: Danielle and Kevin Jonas, via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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