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

Posted May 13th, 2015 by

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 […]

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Study reveals breakfast cereals lure kids with tricks

Posted April 7th, 2014 by

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 […]

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

Posted November 4th, 2013 by

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 […]

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Rare neurological disorder keeps boy asleep for days on end

Posted July 22nd, 2013 by

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 […]

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Sarah Michelle Gellar advocates for pertussis vaccine

Posted June 11th, 2013 by

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 […]

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Teen lands in ER after soy sauce overdose

Posted June 10th, 2013 by

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 […]

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Parents sue hospital for ‘medically unnecessary’ sex assignment of infant

Posted May 14th, 2013 by

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 […]

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Plan B pill offered to teens as young as 15

Posted May 1st, 2013 by

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 […]

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AAP issues home-birthing guidelines

Posted April 29th, 2013 by

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 […]

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Is whooping cough rise result of anti-vaccination movement?

Posted April 26th, 2013 by

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 […]

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

Posted April 3rd, 2013 by

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 […]

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Survey: Autism diagnosis rates rise

Posted March 20th, 2013 by

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, […]

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Texas Rep. draws ire from breastfeeding moms over Facebook post

Posted March 14th, 2013 by

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 […]

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Tween dead after inhaling air conditioner fumes to get high

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

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 […]

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Study: Babies are bigots

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

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 […]

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