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Weekly Highlights (2/29/2012)

Happy Leap Day! Sorry for the delay this week, as I managed to land myself with crutches after a rough spill and a badly sprained ankle. Nevertheless, welcome to this week’s highlights, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great finds we’ve come across in our internet travels. Enjoy!

- Jasmine

In the News:

Baby Born with Cancer is a Medical Mystery - In the rarest of medical occurrences, a baby was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma shortly after her birth. Earlier this month, her mother lost the battle with the same cancer that they believe she passed on to her baby in utero. Now baby Addison is fighting the cancer and being treated with an experimental FDA-approved medication approved only for her and not covered by insurance. To help the family with the cost of care, donations can be made to the “Cox Family” donation account at Arizona Federal Credit Union.  Account #826604.

Recall: Birth control pills Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol—Tablets out of order - We wanted to bring to your attention another birth control pill recall - Generic birth control pills Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol sold between September 21 and December 30, 2011.

California Bill Would End Use of Toxic Flame Retardants - A new bill was introduced Friday seeking to change the state’s outdated flame retardant standard. While the new bill doesn’t require the phasing out of toxic flame retardants, it does set a standard that most furniture items could pass without the use of toxic chemicals, and that is a step in the right direction.

I’ll Take a Sperm Test to Go: First DIY Male Fertility Test Now Available - Very few men get tested early on or at all in struggling couples, but now a new screening test approved by the FDA, SpermCheck, can assess sperm count with 98% accuracy in 10 minutes in the privacy of your own home.

CPSC Adopts New Federal Standard for Portable Bed Rails - Bed rails intended to keep children from rolling out of an adult bed have entrapped young children and killed infants. The CPSC has adopted a new standard requiring testing and improved warnings stating that rails should never be used with children under 2. Portable bed rails must also not create a dangerous gap with the mattress or contain hazardous edges or small parts.

New Research:

That New Car Smell is Toxic
That new car smell is actually the smell of chemicals off-gassing from interior auto parts like the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, and trim. It’s amazing how the smells we’ve been conditioned to associate with new and clean can be so toxic to our health. Over 275 different chemicals have been identified in vehicles interiors, including bromine (associated with brominated flame retardants); chlorine (indicating the presence of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC and plasticizers); lead; and heavy metals. These chemicals have been linked to a variety of health problems such as allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.

Healthystuff.org has tested over 900 vehicles since 2006 for these chemicals, and in its latest release the 2012 Honda Civic topped its list as the least toxic whereas the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander was the organization’s worst pick. Some general observations to note: Honda has virtually eliminated PVC from its fleet, with 83% of 2011/12 models free of PVC. North American-produced vehicles lag behind Europe- and Asia-produced vehicles in PVC and brominated flame retardant use, as the U.S. has the weakest regulatory system for chemicals in consumer products and provides the fewest incentives. How does your car stack up?

Memo to Pediatricians: Screen All Kids for Vitamin D Deficiency, Test Those at High Risk
As numerous studies have shown the fundamental role of Vitamin D on health and disease, which often develop in childhood, pediatricians are recommending that children be screened for risk factors and tested when at high risk. The AAP recommends 400 IU daily for breastfed infants under one and 600 IU daily for toddlers. I give my girls, one of whom refuses to drink milk,  Carlson Labs Vitamin D supplement which comes in the form of liquid drops of vitamin D3 in fractionated coconut oil. It’s tasteless, so they don’t notice a few drops added to their water.

Kids Get More Added Sugar From Foods Than From Drinks
While soda is still the single largest source of added sugar in children’s diets, new government data shows that processed and packaged foods are the leading source in their diets with 63% of calories from added sugars consumed at home. “Soda consumption is high, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the added sugars in foods such as muffins, cookies, sugar-sweetened cereals and pasta sauces,” says Cynthia Ogden, senior author on the report and an epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics.

Getting Kids to Eat Veggies Can Be Sticky Business
A recent study found that rewarding children with stickers increased their affinity for a previously disliked vegetable. In the study, 173 families were assigned to three different groups: one that rewarded tiny tastes with stickers, another that rewarded with praise, and a control group that used no special tactics. Over the course of 12 days, the researchers found that the children rewarded with stickers gave higher yum factor ratings to vegetables they’d previously disliked and the results seemed to last, whereas praise seemed to have little effect. While rewards can be controversial as may lead to an expectation of reward, the researchers suggest that it about 10 days was enough to change a child’s attitude toward the vegetable.

Fantastic Finds:

Solutions for Siblings from Positive Parenting - I’m fortunate that my children get along most days, but sometimes they and I need a little help diffusing a situation. This article provides some great ideas for minimizing sibling rivalry and creating an environment where children can feel safe, loved, and valued.

How to Delete Your Google Browsing History Before New Privacy Policy - Apparently, once Google’s new policy takes effect tomorrow, all data it has previously collected about you across Google, Gmail, YouTube, etc. will be unified and associated with your online identity including search data which can reveal particularly sensitive information. The EEF, a nonprofit org for online privacy, recommends that all Google users take steps to delete their web history.

Porn for Pregnant Ladies from Pregnant Chicken - Don’t worry, ladies. It’s safe for work. My personal favorite? Hugh Jackman on Pinterest. :)

Get Closer from YouTube -  An inspiring human message.

Recalls, February 22 – February 29:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls

No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it to jasmine@purebebe.com.

Weekly Highlights (2/6/2012)

We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Welcome to this week’s highlights, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great finds we’ve come across in our internet travels. Enjoy! - Jasmine & Heather

In the News:

Pfizer Recalls 1 Million Birth Control Pills - In case you missed our notice on Facebook earlier this week, Pfizer recalled 1 million pills due to a packaging mishap. Check the article to see if your pill was affected.

Home Birth Advocate Dies in Child Birth - A home birth advocate passed away after going into cardiac arrest during childbirth bringing into question the safety of home births as their popularity rises. I found this article a really refreshing take on home vs hospital births.

Qantas Flight Grounded by Dirty DiaperYes, you read that right. A plane was forced to land and passengers removed by forklift 5 at a time due to a foul odor coming from a dirty diaper stuffed in the airplane toilet.

Senator Wants More Done to Warn of Mercury Hazard in New Light Bulbs - Nebraskan Senator Hulton is concerned that most people aren’t aware of the hazards of compact fluorescent light bulbs in the home. Read the article for info on how to properly handle and dispose of these mercury-containing light bulbs.

New Research:

Why Spanking Doesn’t Work
A new analysis of two decades of research on the long-term effects of physical punishment finds that it doesn’t work and can have serious long-term effects.  While it may work in the moment, it leads to increased aggression in children in the longer term and can harm the relationship between parent and child as well as affect a child’s sense of self-worth. Later in life, it’s associated with mental health problems as neurological analysis has found that it can affect brain chemistry.

Parents Cheat on Booster Seats, Despite Safety Risks
A new survey in this week’s Pediatrics found that more than half of parents carpool children other than their own, but they don’t always use booster seats for children who should be in one. Only about half of parents who carpool require their own child to ride in a booster, even when their friends are not. And 21 percent would allow their child to ride boosterless in someone else’s car.

Breastfeeding Tied to Stronger Lungs, Less Asthma
Two new studies out this week on the effect of breastfeeding on lung function: The first followed 1500 UK children from their birth in the mid-1990s and tested for lung function and allergies between the ages of 8 and 14. Two out of the three tests showed that babies who were breastfed by asthmatic moms for at least four months may get more benefit from breastfeeding than babies of asthma-free moms, countering previous studies which suggested asthmatic moms may put their babies at risk with breastfeeding. The second study followed 1000 children in New Zealand and concluded that each month of exclusive breastfeeding was tied to a 9% drop in asthma risk.

Good Reads:

Medical Mysteries: It Wasn’t the Vaccine – So Why Did Baby Have Seizures? from The Washington Post - A fascinating read on one family’s search for an explanation after her baby developed seizures following vaccination.

After Recess: Change the World from The New York TimesAn inspirational column on how change.org has changed the landscape for effecting change.

Word! from An Inch of GrayTouching words on coping with grief and what almost was before the tragic loss of her child in the floods of VA last year. Pray for those who have loved and lost that they will be comforted through such grief and pain.

Recalls, January 31 – February 6:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls

No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

A number of recalls below are driven by the recall of hard-cooked eggs produced by Michael Foods which have been sold to retail/institutional establishments and may be contaminated with listeria. Be cautious purchasing products containing hard-cooked eggs.

If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it to jasmine@purebebe.com.

Weekly Highlights (9/19/11)

Welcome to “Weekly Highlights”, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great reads we’ve come across in our internet travels.

In the News:

In Pittsburgh, Public Art Doubles as a Sanctuary for Breast-Feeding Moms - The “milk truck”, a converted ice cream truck complete with a 3 ft fiberglass boob on top created as part of an art exhibition, will make its rounds in Pittsburgh providing a place for women to breastfeed and pump.

Remote Controls Aren’t Toys: Lithium Batteries Prove Deadly to Kids - Kids love adult electronic devices, but unfortunately, most do not have child-resistant battery compartments. In 2010, 3,400 children swallowed lithium batteries, and the number of critical injuries has quadrupled in the past five years. One mom shares her story.

One Sperm Donor, 150 Offspring - Websites connecting donor siblings are highlighting concerns about ethics and regulation in the fertility industry. There is no limit on how many children a donor can father in the U.S., and some are finding they have 50, 70, or 100+ raising concerns over incomplete health history, spread of genetic diseases, accidental incest between donor siblings, to name a few.

Judge Blocks Florida Law Curbing Doctors’ Questions About Guns - A federal judge in Florida blocked a state law that would have prevented doctors from asking about guns in the home and discussing the risks with their patients.

New Research:

BPA, Methylparaben Block Breast Cancer Drugs
In a study performed by researchers in California, BPA and methylparaben not only caused noncancerous breast cancer cells to start behaving like cancer cells, but they also interfered with the treatment. When tamoxifen, a drug designed to prevent or treat cancer, was introduced to cells exposed to the two chemicals, they continued to grow.

IUDs Lower Cervical Cancer Risk
For reasons that aren’t fully understood, IUDs have been associated with a lower risk of cervical cancer. In a study funded by the WHO and several other government and philanthropic organizations, an analysis of data from 20,000 women from around the world found that women who use IUDs are roughly half as likely to develop cervical cancer as women who have never used one.  An editorial accompanying the study notes, however, that HPV testing and Pap smears already reduce risk by 80 to 90%.

Antidepressants Associated with Autism
Mothers who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – the most commonly prescribed antidepressants – during the year before delivery or during the first trimester of pregnancy were at increased risk to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The risk of autism doubled in those whose mothers took SSRIs during the year before pregnancy and quadrupled for those who took them during the first trimester of pregnancy. This study provides the first look at the relationship between SSRI use and autism risk.

More Accidental Drug Poisonings in Children
The growing use of prescription drugs by adults has led to more accidental drug poisonings in children. A review of national poison control data on children under 5 who visited the ER between 2001 and 2008 for accidental drug poisoning found that the number of poisonings increased 22 percent over the time period. The authors of the study said the best solution would be to design new packages for both adult and pediatric drugs that would not only be difficult to open but also make it more difficult for a young child to ingest large quantities.

Back Off, Mom. Parents Who Hover Impede Kids’ Activity
Researchers observing how children play in parks found that children whose parents hung around monitoring them closely were only about half as likely to engage in high levels of physical activity as kids whose parents granted more freedom. The study was intended to help park designers create parks that better entice kids to run around and play, but the researchers found some interesting things along the way.

Good Reads:

A Very Personal and Important Message from Confessions of a Dr. Mom - A personal plea to drivers everywhere to put down your cell phones.

The 5 Saltiest Meals of 2011 at FoodFacts.com - The sodium equivalents are mind-boggling. Makes you think twice about what might be on your restaurant plate.

Recalls, September 13 – September 19:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

We’d love your feedback! If there is anything you’d like us to add or change, we’d love to hear it! If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it our way to purebebeblog@gmail.com. We hope your week is off to a great start!

XOXO,

Jasmine & Heather

Weekly Highlights (9/13/2011)

 

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“Nothing is worth more than this day” - Goethe

May we treasure each moment as we remember those who were lost.

Welcome to “Weekly Highlights”, our weekly post that recaps important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the previous week and other great reads we’ve come across in our internet travels.

In the News:

Hug Your Children While You Can - The most important lesson we can take away from 9/11.

Parenting While Grieving - About 3,000 children lost a loved one on 9/11. A look at grief support and how families cope. As a friend or family member supporting someone who has lost, the best thing we can do is be there and be understanding.

In Manhattan, Children Still Battle 9/11-Related Illnesses - 10 years after 9/11, children are battling respiratory illnesses as well as acid reflux disease and a variety of behavioral, learning and mental health issues. Families struggle to admit their children are sick and cope with the fact that 9/11 may still be with them.

Head Lice Treatments Worse Than the Pest Itself? - Questioning the safety of pesticide-based treatments for head lice in young children, particularly when misused.

FDA Creating New Nutrition Label - In an attempt to improve the way Americans eat, the FDA is working on a redesign the nutrition label on foods to provide more useful information, such as more accurate serving sizes and a greater emphasis on calories.

Council Bans Sale of Crib Bumper Pads in Chicago - Sending a message to federal regulators, Chicago becomes the first city in the nation to ban the sale of crib bumper pads due to concerns over suffocation risk to babies.

New Research:

Birth Control Pills Affect Memory
A study of women on birth control pills found that it changed the type of information that women were able to recall. Women on the pill were able to recall more clearly the gist of an emotional event while those not on the pill recalled more details. The idea is that contraceptives suppress hormones such as estrogen and progesterone which have been previously linked to a woman’s left brain strong memory.

Fatherhood Lowers Testosterone Levels
A new Northwestern University study provides compelling evidence that men are wired to respond biologically to fatherhood. The study followed a large group of Filipino men who were not fathers and observed whether their hormones changed after becoming fathers. The study found that the men who started with high testosterone were more likely to become fathers, and once they did, their testosterone levels decreased consistent with the level of involvement that they took on in child-rearing.

Phthalates Affect Child Development
A study of pregnant mothers and their children that began in 1998 finds a significant link between a pregnant woman’s exposure to phthalates and negative impacts on their child’s development. After controlling for a long list of factors, levels of phthalates in the mothers’ urine were compared to several development tests on their children. As the levels went up, the child’s motor development went down significantly.

Mother’s Diet Influences Baby’s Allergies
A possible link between what a mother eats during pregnancy and the risk of her child developing allergies has been identified. The research found that if a mother’s diet contains a certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) — such as those found in fish, walnut oil or flaxseed — the baby’s gut develops differently. The PUFAs are thought to improve how gut immune cells respond to bacteria and foreign substances, making the baby less likely to suffer from allergies. The findings were performed using porcine intestine which is thought to be a good model for the human intestine, but research will continue to see if the results translate to humans.

Kids Who Live With Smokers Have More Ear Infections
A new research paper, which reviewed 61 prior studies, concludes that kids whose parents smoke are more likely to get ear infections and have hearing problems.

Roundup Chemical Found in Water & Air in Two U.S. Farm States
Significant levels of the world’s most-used herbicide have been detected in air and water samples in Mississippi and Iowa. “This is one of the first studies to document the consistent occurrence of the chemical in streams, rain, and air throughout the growing season,” according to one of the researchers on the study, from the U.S. Geological Survey. It was found in every stream sample examined in Mississippi in a two-year period and in most air samples taken. Recent studies have already raised concerns about toxicity to humans and animals, but further research is needed.

Good Reads:

Talking to Your Kids about Tough Topics from Mamapedia Voices - In light of 9/11, a mother who started a news website for children shares tips on discussing tough topics with them.

Mr Printables - Fun resource with free printables for kids crafts and activities

Recalls, September 5 – September 12:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

We’d love your feedback! If there is anything you’d like us to add or change, we’d love to hear it! If there’s anything you see and think we should feature, please send it our way to purebebeblog@gmail.com. We hope your week is off to a great start!

XOXO,

Jasmine & Heather

Weekly Highlights (8/7/11)

Welcome to “Weekly Highlights”, a weekend post that will recap important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the week but also give us an avenue to share some of the other great reads we’ve come across in our internet travels. Happy weekend reading!

In the News:

Insurance Coverage for Contraception is Required - New standards issued this week require insurance coverage for contraception and other preventative services for women.

China Arrests 2,000 in Food Safety Crackdown - Serious punishment coming to those who mess with China’s food system as the country tries to overcome numerous contamination scares.

How Safe is Your Soil? - Lead and other heavy metals may exist in your soil. Consider soil testing, remediation and/or raised beds before growing fruits and vegetables at home.

New Research:

Flame retardants and other chemical additives found in children’s car seats
A review of over 150, 2011-model car seats found that more than half contained one or more “chemicals of concern”, including brominated flame retardants, chlorine (indicating the presence of PVC), arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. However, the 2011 results show a 64% improvement over 2008 test results, indicating improvement in manufacturing. Click through the link above to see healthystuff.org’s list of the best and worst car seats based on level of contaminants.

Favorite flavors may be programmed in early infancy
Recent research shows that flavors consumed in early infancy impact later food choices. Other research noted in the article indicates that many processed baby and toddler foods are loaded with excessive calories from simple sugars and too much sodium. Introducing healthy, unprocessed foods in infancy could promote healthier eating habits later in life.

Good Reads:

For Three Years, Every Bite Organic from The New York Times - For three years, Dr. Greene, a pediatrician, embarked on a 100% organic diet and learned a few things…

I Love Giving Birth from Hello Giggles: The best birth advice – “There is no one perfect way to have a baby…Do whatever feels right to you in that moment”

How to Win Over Stubborn Children from Parenting.com - Excellent tips for “negotiating” with your young child.

Recalls, July 30 – August 6:

CPSC Child Product Recalls

Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.

USDA/FDA Recalls

We’d love your feedback! What did you like? If there is anything you’d like us to add or change, we’d love to hear it! We hope you’re having a lovely weekend! XOXO, Jasmine & Heather




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