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Weekly Highlights (10/3/2011)

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:

Baby Death From Shopping Cart Accident Serves as Warning - Very tragic. Please, please, please don’t ever place your child in a car seat on top of a grocery cart.

Some Pediatricians Refuse to Treat Unvaccinated ChildrenSome pediatricians, mine included, are now dropping families from their practice whose children are not vaccinated over concerns that it puts other children at risk. The AAP’s stance, however, encourages educational efforts first.

Illness, Deaths From Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupes Expected to Rise - Recent illnesses and deaths have made the latest listeria outbreak the deadliest food outbreak in the U.S. in decades. The CDC expects more to come because the incubation period for listeria is up to a month or longer. Do not eat cantaloupe unless you know where it’s from. Be especially careful for those with compromised immune systems, including pregnant women.

Junk Food Really Cheaper? - Debunking the myth that junk food is cheaper than real food. Interesting research cited on how eating junk food leads to a craving for more.

New Research:

Babies Can Hear Your Voice & Emotions While They Sleep
In a study of babies, aged three to seven months, researchers monitored the brain patterns of the babies while they slept. When they heard human voices making happy, sad, or neutral sounds, their brains showed patterns similar to how adults respond to the same emotional input when awake.

Early To Sleep, Early To Rise Lowers Obesity Risk For Kids
A study of children’s sleep habits in Australia found that despite getting the same amount of sleep each night, those who stayed up later and slept in later were more likely to be obese. In the sleep study, those who woke up early exercised 27 minutes more and watched 48 minutes less of TV than their late rising counterparts. Good reason to start early in forming good habits with our little ones.

Pools, Play-in Fountains Spread Diarrheal Disease
The CDC reports 134 disease outbreaks associated with recreational water in 2007-2008, a 72% increase from the previous report and largest number ever reported in a 2-year period. Cryptosporidium was the most common culprit, a bacteria that is fairly resistant to chlorine, and the highest risk places for contracting this bacteria are public sprinklers and fountains which often use recirculated water.

How to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Foods
In a study aimed at making school lunchrooms healthier, Cornell University researchers found that putting fruit in a colorful bowl more than doubles fruit sales in schools. The researchers also suggest other changes including smaller cereal bowls, moving chocolate milk behind plain milk, and an express lane for those who choose healthy foods.

Good Reads:

A Beautiful Body from Our Regularly Scheduled Program - A tender, bedtime conversation that captures the essence of a message I plan to share often with my children.

The Perfect Play Haven from IHeartOrganizing - I am in LOVE with this play room. Fantastic ideas for organizing your kids’ toys!

Secrets of an Unflappable Working Mother from RealSimple - 10 surprisingly good tips from a working mom who’s been juggling work & family for years.

International Walk to School Day, Every Day from HuffingtonPost - One mother’s example why we should let go of our fears and take action, if necessary, to provide our children with a safe, positive school environment.

Recalls, September 28 – October 3:

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!


Jasmine & Heather

Death of a Hypothesis: No Link Found Between Autism and Vaccines

Baby Receiving Rotavirus Vaccine - Courtesy of Dr. Nixon, Flickr

On August 27th this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling that that there is no link between vaccines and autism. The ruling represented one of 5,000+ cases that have been filed under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 claiming “a link between childhood vaccines and autism.” The family that petitioned the court sought compensation on behalf of their 15 month old daughter named Michelle, whom they alleged suffered from various medical conditions, including autism, after receiving the MMR vaccine.

Earlier this year in February, the respected medical journal the Lancet, retracted a 1998 paper largely written by British gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who made the initial link between the measles, mumps and rubella (“MMR”) vaccine and autism. According to this article, “Wakefield had a case study of eight children who had received the MMR and then developed symptoms of autism.” The Lancet retracted the study because they found that Wakefield acted “dishonestly and irresponsibly.” Wakefield’s questionable research tactics included subjecting children in the study to invasive medical procedures including colonoscopies and MRI scans. He also paid children at his own son’s birthday party to draw their blood for “medical purposes.” Additionally, Wakefield neglected to disclose key facts, including that he had been paid as a consultant by two attorneys that represented parents who believed that their children had been harmed by the MMR vaccine. In May this year, Wakefield was banned from practicing medicine in the United Kingdom.

Since Wakefield’s claim, 18 controlled epidemiological studies have been conducted to investigate the possible connection between autism and vaccines. According to Alison Singer, founder of the Autism Science Foundation, “they have all come back showing the same thing…There is no link between vaccines and autism.”

Because of Wakefield’s autism-vaccine theory, thousands of parents have refused to vaccinate their children in England and across the Unites States. This has led to several outbreaks of disease. Unfortunately, victims of vaccine-preventable disease are in no short supply. You can read about several victims, from infants to teenagers here.

Amy Pisani, Executive Director of Every Child by Two, an advocacy group that’s dedicated to getting every child vaccinated by the age of two, nearly lost her 13 month old son when he came down with the flu. He ended up in the hospital on oxygen and required hourly nebulizer treatments. She says “Parents don’t understand how serious the flu can be. With my friends who have children, some of them do vaccinate; some of them don’t. Some of them think, ‘Well, you know, we’ve all gotten the flu before,’ and then I say, ‘But, 150 children die at least every year of the flu.’ I think many people think that those are children who are very ill to begin with. They don’t realize that they’re children who were perfectly healthy one day, and the next day they go into the hospital and it’s just too late.”

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CNN, Medical journal retracts study linking autism to vaccine
AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics, Immunizations
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Autism Science Foundation

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