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Pennsylvania Toddler Dies of Common Ear Infection

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A Pennsylvania couple have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment after their toddler daughter died of a common ear infection according to the Press & Sun-Bulletin on June 11, 2015. Hope Elizabeth Delozier, 18 months old, was pronounced dead on March 23, 2015 after her father took her  to a local emergency room in […]

Consumer Reports: ‘Organic’ children’s mosquito repellent ineffective

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A trend towards more organic products to repel bugs may be more of a marketing gimmick than it is science based. Consumer Reports released a report about the effectiveness of mosquito repellent for both children and adults and the results found the most effective products were actually the safest but not necessarily organic, followed by products which […]

Study reveals breakfast cereals lure kids with tricks

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A joint venture study by Yale University and Cornell University, released on Wednesday, reveals the lengths in which cereal manufacturers will go to appeal to young kids in order to sell their food. According to the Journal of Environment and Behavior, tricks such as shelf placement, character angles and eye positions are micro-manipulated to impact […]

Germany gives parents option to decline declaration of baby’s gender

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Germany has become the first European country to pass a law which allows parents to choose a third option on a baby’s birth certificate, designating them as “indeterminate sex.” The law was passed on Friday, in an effort to acknowledge children who are born intersexed or with both female and male genitalia. There has been […]

Germany gives parents option to decline declaration of baby's gender

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Germany has become the first European country to pass a law which allows parents to choose a third option on a baby’s birth certificate, designating them as “indeterminate sex.” The law was passed on Friday, in an effort to acknowledge children who are born intersexed or with both female and male genitalia. There has been […]

Rare neurological disorder keeps boy asleep for days on end

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A Massachusetts boy’s parents are trying to raise awareness for their son’s debilitating disorder after he was recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Kleine-Levin Syndrome. The disorder  causes him to sleep 16 – 20 hours a day. Some days the boy sleeps 26 hours straight. Connor Dirks, 13, whose disorder is also known […]

Sarah Michelle Gellar advocates for pertussis vaccine

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress and mom to two young children says she wants to educate parents on the importance of vaccines, particularly the pertussis vaccine, which protects children against whooping cough. Gellar, 36, has been married to actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. since 2002. Together, they have a daughter, Charlotte Grace […]

Teen lands in ER after soy sauce overdose

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A 19-year-old Virginia man almost died after drinking 3/4 of a bottle of soy sauce, on a dare. Doctors submitted the case for publication in early June, as a way to inform medical staff around the world that excess salt consumption can be lethal, along with recommendations about successful treatment methods. Drinking excessive amounts of soy […]

Parents sue hospital for 'medically unnecessary' sex assignment of infant

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The adoptive parents of an 8-year-old South Carolina boy are suing the Medical University of South Carolina, Greenville Hospital System and the South Carolina Department of Social Services because they say the hospital and DSS acted irresponsibly and inhumanely when they chose the sex assignment of their adopted son and surgically removed his male reproductive […]

Plan B pill offered to teens as young as 15

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The morning after pill, or Plan B pill, which helps to prevent pregnancy if taken shortly after having having sexual intercourse, has been granted new FDA approval to be offered to teenagers as young as 15. Prior to the new FDA ruling, consumers had to prove they were at least 17-years-old or older to buy […]

AAP issues home-birthing guidelines

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued new guidelines for mothers who want to give birth at home, in a controversial effort to make sure those who opt for home birth, do it in the safest way possible. The AAP claims they had no choice but to issue recommendation on standards as the rise […]

Is whooping cough rise result of anti-vaccination movement?

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Dr. LaMar Habrouck, Illinois State Health Director, has taken to getting his message about vaccination safety by using the media to educate parents on the American Academy of Pediatric’s vaccination schedule. Habrouck spoke to WBBM Radio on Friday, saying that the rise in whooping cough (pertussis) cases in Illinois is largely due to misconceptions and […]

8-year-old continually suspended from school for smelling bad

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A young Tenn., girl has missed an extraordinary amount of school this year because her elementary school principal keeps sending her home based on allegations that the girl is “emitting a foul odor.” Since the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, the second grader has been sent home a total of 24 times. The school claims they had no choice as […]

Survey: Autism diagnosis rates rise

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A new U.S. government survey released on Wednesday seeking to assess the rate in which Autism is currently being diagnosed, has revealed that current rates of diagnosis are increasing significantly. However, the study which finds that 1 in 50 U.S. children have Autism, as opposed to an earlier study which put Autism rates at 1 in 88 children, […]

Texas Rep. draws ire from breastfeeding moms over Facebook post

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A Republican Texas State Representative has angered many breastfeeding moms after she posted her opposition to a bill which would make it illegal to question or challenge a mother’s right to breastfeed in public or anywhere she chooses. State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) said in her Facebook page on Tuesday: “Legislative Update – House Bill […]

Tween dead after inhaling air conditioner fumes to get high

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A 12-year-old Hesperia, Calif. girl is dead after using her family’s air conditioning unit to get high in early March. The act of getting  high from an air conditioner is called “huffing” or “bagging”. The name comes from the process of putting a bag over the air conditioner and then breathing in the collected freon […]

Study: Babies are bigots

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A new study suggests that babies tend to gravitate towards those who like the same things they like and dislike those who are different from them or have different interests. According to Science Daily on Tuesday, a study conducted by Kiley Hamlin, a psychological scientist and professor at the University of British Columbia, had infants […]

Sorry Bloomberg, judge says soda ban — denied!

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Sorry Bloomberg, your argument is invalid — or so a New York State Supreme Court Judge said on Monday about the mayor’s ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces. NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who had the ban instituted last fall by his health board, an organization Bloomberg allegedly uses to push his health agendas. Although some […]

Naked mother holding baby, hammer restrained by police

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A 27-year-old naked woman who was holding her naked baby and a hammer, screaming outside her Kelso, Wash. home was restrained by police Monday morning after several neighbors called 911. The woman was apparently screaming out intelligible phrases and words when a neighbor tried to cover her with a blanket. The woman was thrashing around […]

Hopkins gynecologist commits suicide after hidden camera probe

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A Johns Hopkins gynecologist killed himself on Feb. 18 after hospital investigators were notified by a staff employee that the doctor may have been filming gynecological exams on a hidden camera. Dr. Nikita Levy, 54, was accused by an employee who became suspicious of a pen he used while examining patients. The pen was reportedly […]

Frozen baby wrongly pronounced dead

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A Toronto, Canada, newborn girl was pronounced dead early Sunday morning after her mother gave birth to her on a frozen sidewalk. The neonate was born with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The baby’s 20-year-old mother went into labor and tried to walk to a nearby hospital but wound up having the baby outside, […]

Mother dies from drinking too much Coca-Cola

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The results of a coroners report on the death of a 30-year-old New Zealand mother in 2010 are in and apparently the cause of death was death by over-consumption of coca-cola according to BBC News on Tuesday. Natasha Harris, mother of eight, died in 2010 from a condition called hypokalemia which is a lack of […]

Mother and baby die during late term abortion

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A 29-year-old New York mother and her eight-month-old unborn baby died in Maryland on Thursday after the woman underwent a late term abortion. The victim, Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, is believed to have undergone the abortion after she learned her unborn daughter suffered from birth defects, although the exact nature of the defects are not yet […]

TV watching linked to low sperm count

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Researchers from Harvard University have linked TV viewing and lack of exercise to a low sperm count, according to a study published n the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study found that while watching TV for 20 hours or more a week can lower sperm count, adding 15 hours or more of exercise a week […]

Sisters, ages 8 and 9, start weight loss group

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Inspired by the TV show “The Biggest Loser,” San Antonio sisters Alyssa, 8, and Makayla Esparza, 9, have started a weight loss and healthy living challenge group on Craigslist. The girls started the challenge group to try to get support from other kids their age who live in their neighborhood. They hope that the group will […]