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Monday, May 05, 2008

News of Interest for Late-in-Life Moms May 5, 2008

News to know:

1 in 3 parents lacks knowledge about babies
Nearly a third of U.S. parents know surprisingly little about typical infant development, according to researchers, and this lack of understanding can rob their babies of much-needed mental stimulation.
Researchers analyzed parenting know-how based on a national sample of parents representing more than 10,000 9-month-old babies.They found that 31.2 percent of the parents had a low level of knowledge about what to expect from their child, and this was strongly correlated with lower parental education level and income.

Breastfeeding rates hit new high in U.S.
The U.S. breast-feeding rate has hit its highest mark in at least 20 years with more than three-quarters of new moms nursing their infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Experts attributed the rise to education campaigns emphasizing that breast milk is better than formula at protecting babies against disease and childhood obesity. A changing culture that accommodates nursing mothers may also be a factor.

Quarter of kids don't meet vaccine schedule
More than a quarter of American children are not meeting the U.S. government’s recommendations for childhood vaccinations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Missed doses accounted for about two-thirds of those not in compliance. The rest got them at the wrong age or too soon after a previous dose to be considered completely effective.

Daycare may protect kids from leukemia
Sending children to day-care at an early age could protect them against leukemia, perhaps by exposing them to certain infections, U.S. researchers said. Children who attended daycare or playgroups have a 30 percent lower risk of developing the most common form of childhood leukemia compared to those who do not.

Expert sees peanut allergy solutin within 5 years
A U.S. food allergy expert believes a form of immunotherapy that could get rid of a person's allergy to peanuts is likely within five years--even as the condition appears to grow more and more common.
One possible approach is using engineered peanut proteins as immunotherapy. Other approaches are showing promise,including the use of Chinese herbal medicine in animal research.

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2 Comments:

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Happy Birthday Beth! :)

 
At 12:39 AM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Thank you, Heather!!
:O)

 

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