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Weekly Highlights (10/18/2011)

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:

Outrage in China After Toddler Run Over & Ignored - I can’t even watch the video included with the news story after the description I received from my husband. A small child was run over not once, but twice, by two separate vehicles in hit-and-runs and meanwhile passersby walked around her body. Fortunately for the child, a homeless woman comes to her aid, yet the child now lies in critical condition in the hospital. It’s absolutely horrifying, infuriating, and unfathomable.

Record Number of Booster Seats Earn Highest Rating from IIHS - A record 31 seats have been designated Best Bets this year, meaning that they position a seat belt on a typical 4 to 8 year old in just about any car. Notable this year – All five seats made by one manufacturer, Canadian-based Harmony Juvenile Products, made the Best Bet list as did an inflatable seat, the BubbleBum, marketed for vacations, car pools, and taxis.

Target commits to 100% sustainable, traceable fish by 2015 - Target is partnering with a nonprofit marine conservation group to identify and sell only sustainable, traceable fish by 2015. This will be no easy feat. I’m really excited to see them taking this step and hope it encourages other grocers to do the same.

Flame Retardant Added to California’s List of Cancer Causing Chemicals – The flame retardant, Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP), recently found to be present in many baby products, was added last week to California’s Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing chemicals. The listing will not ban the chemical but could result in labeling of products containing the chemical.

FDA Petitioned by American Chemistry Council to Ban BPA in Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups - The American Chemistry Council has petitioned the FDA to ban BPA in bottles and sippy cups, noting that in many cases manufacturers have phased out BPA due to consumer demand and that a nationwide ban would ensure consistency and allow states to focus their legislative energies elsewhere. The FDA has not confirmed it will issue a regulation yet but it will issue a notice for comment. The EWG, on the other hand, is asking the FDA to extend the ban to baby formula and other canned goods. Not holding my breath on that one just yet.

New Research:

Have Penn State Researchers Found the Cure for Breast Cancer?!
Incredibly promising news came from Penn State this week as scientists there discovered a virus that kills breast cancer cells. The researchers applied the virus to three different breast cancer cell groups, representing three different stages of development, and the virus managed to kill 100% of the cells. In a particularly aggressive type of cancer cell, it took three weeks to kill 100% of the cells, but in the others it took only 7. The virus has also been successful against other types of cancer cells, including prostate and skin cancer. It currently works in a culture dish and in mice, but further animal trials and then human trials are needed before it can be considered for human treatment. Penn State is now stepping up its efforts to find the money to fund further research. 

Environmental Chemicals May be an Obstacle for Infertile Couples
New research has turned up evidence of a link between endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment and poor IVF outcomes. These chemicals disrupt a woman’s estrogen, making it more difficult to get pregnant. Higher blood levels of pollutants such as bisphenol A (BPA), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) have been found in mothers with failed IVF attempts, according to a handful of recent studies. In the studies, high levels of PCBs and HCB were associated with failed implantation, and high levels of BPA were associated with low levels of a particular form of estrogen instrumental in the development of eggs. More research is needed to determine if the results could be generalized beyond couples undergoing IVF.

Good Reads (or vids):

Notes from a Dragon Mom from The NY Times Sunday Review - Absolutely heartbreaking, yet inspirational.

Bully-Proofing Your Kids from CNN Living - Things we can start now with our young children to help them navigate the later years.

20 Tips for Using Baking Soda Around Your House from The Huffington Post - I’ve used baking soda for stain and odor elimination with good results but was surprised by some of the others on the list.

Recalls, October 11 – October 18:

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 our way to jasmine@purebebe.com. We hope your week is off to a great start! XOXO, Jasmine & Heather

Weekly Highlights (10/11/11)

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:

Just Label It: We Have a Right to Know What’s In Our Food - A coalition of nearly 400 business and organizations has submitted a petition to the FDA calling for mandatory labeling of genetically-modified foods. Click here if you’d like to visit the coalition’s website and submit a comment on the petition to the FDA.

Woman Finishes Chicago Marathon, Gives Birth - Nearly 39 weeks pregnant with her second child, a woman completed the Chicago Marathon Sunday, grabbed a bite to eat, then headed for the hospital to deliver her baby. With the permission of her doctor, she ran half then walked half, finishing the marathon in 6 hours, 25 minutes and 50 seconds! Wow!

California Governor Signs The Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers ActGovernor Brown signed a bill into law banning BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups in California.

Fluoride Safety Debate Bubbles Up Again - While professionals say fluoride is safe in reasonable quantities, the EPA is reviewing its maximum allowable level in water supplies. Some communities are going ahead and removing fluoride from their water systems.

New Research:

Peanut Allergies – Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?
In a promising study, scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago were able to trick the immune system into tolerating nut proteins by attaching the proteins to white blood cells, causing the immune system to recognize the protein and become tolerant to it. The researchers also found that they were able to increase the number of regulatory T cells, the cells that recognize the nut protein, introducing balance into the immune system, and they were able to attach more than one protein to the cells indicating that other food allergies might be targeted.

Moms’ Hormone Use Linked to Cancer & Reproductive Health Problems
A study performed by the National Cancer Institute followed the daughters of women who took DES, the first synthetic form of estrogen prescribed to up to 10 million women between 1940 and 1971 to stave off miscarriage and other pregnancy complications. The researchers linked DES exposure in the womb to increased risks of 12 health conditions, including cancer, infertility, miscarriage, and preterm delivery to name a few. The drug was pulled in 1971 when the FDA found that it didn’t work and was causing cancer. Now it appears to be causing the symptoms it was intended to prevent, and this study further highlights concerns over hormone exposure in utero.

Pregnant Women Who Are Obese Put Their Children at Higher Risk of Asthma
A study of over 129,000 mothers in Sweden and their 189,000 children found that mothers who were very obese had a 61 percent increased likelihood of their children developing asthma by the time they were between 8 and 10 years old. Maternal obesity increases a child’s risk of obesity, which influences the infant’s immune system and its response to allergies.

Good Reads (or vids):

Lily’s Disneyland Surprise from YouTube - I guarantee this will make you cry.

10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science from Lifehacker - I was surprised by a few items on this list. Perhaps you will be too.

Recalls, October 4 – October 10:

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 our way to jasmine@purebebe.com. We hope your week is off to a great start! XOXO, Jasmine & Heather




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