Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
A new study suggests that women who consume higher levels of healthy fats during pregnancy may reduce their child’s risk of having autism. Researchers are unsure of the reasoning behind the link; however, they do know that these particular fatty acids have been shown to be important for brain development of the fetus. More from Yahoo! News:
In the study, which was published online June 27 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who consumed high levels of linoleic acid — a type of omega-6 fatty acid found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds — were 34 percent less likely to give birth to a child with autism compared with women who consumed low levels of the nutrient.
In addition, women who consumed very low levels of omega-3 fatty acids — which are found in fish — were 53 percent more likely to have a child with autism compared with women who consumed average amounts.
The March of Dimes recommends that pregnant women consume about 200 milligrams (0.007 ounces) of the omega-3 fatty acid Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) per day. (One 5-ounce serving of salmon provides about 2,100 mg of DHA, so one serving weekly means a person’s daily intake would average 300 milligrams.) Though mercury in fish is a concern during pregnancy, fish such as salmon, herring and sardines tend to be low in mercury, and pregnant women can safely eat up to 12 ounces per week, the March of Dimes says. Nuts and vegetable oils (e.g., canola oil, soybean oil and olive oil) can also be good sources of healthy fatty acids.
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Yesterday, a New York federal judge tossed out three lawsuits against former Sesame Street employee Kevin Clash. Three
men alleged that Clash had sexually abused them when they were underage. The plaintiffs said that they had not realized they were victimized until last year, when they initially found out about one another. More from NBC News:
In their claims against Clash, who resigned from “Sesame Street” in November after 28 years, the plaintiffs said they had not realized they were victimized until they learned about each other last year, “and realized they were manipulated and it was an ongoing practice.”
But the judge ruled that the “plaintiffs were aware of sufficient facts immediately following their victimization by the defendant to state claims” sooner. ”They were aware of the facts that, while minors, the defendant had engaged in sexual activities with them in violation of one or more federal statutes,” Koeltl wrote. “The dates on which the plaintiffs connected their psychological injuries to their victimizations are irrelevant to the dates on which their claims accrued. … While the plaintiffs may not have recognized the extent of their injuries, they were aware of the defendant’s conduct towards them and could have brought claims.”
The three plaintiffs whose lawsuits have been dismissed are a 34-year-old Florida man who alleged Clash befriended him on a trip to Miami in the mid-1990s, and later arranged for the teenage boy to visit him in New York, where they engaged in sex for four days in Clash’s home; Kevin Kiadii, 26, of New York who said Clash initiated contact with him on a gay chat line when he was 16 and invited him to his apartment, where they engaged in sex; and 25-year-old Cecil Singleton of New York, who was the first man to come forward and alleged in November that he and Clash engaged in an on-and-off sexual relationship that began nine years ago.
Clash recently won a Daytime Emmy for outstanding performer in a children’s series and two others he shared with the show, totaling 26 total Emmys in his career. His work is still being shown on “Sesame Street” because it had been filmed in advance. Sesame Workshop declined to comment Monday.
Image: Cast and Crew of Sesame Street, via Shutterstock
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Friday, April 5th, 2013
Halle Berry, 46, and her fiancé, Olivier Martinez, 47, are expecting their first child together, Berry’s rep told People.
The couple has been engaged since January 2012. Berry has a 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, from her previous relationship with Gabriel Aubry.
Nahla was praying for a sibling, according to Berry. “She says, ‘God, please bring me a bunk bed and a baby sister.’ And I say, ‘I can do one of those things, I know for sure. The other one, we’ve got to keep praying on,’” Berry told People in November.
Read more: Celebrities Expecting in 2013
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