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Newborn Screenings Now Mandatory in U.S.

Across the country, it is now mandatory that newborns are screened a total of 29 disorders, including metabolic, genetic and hormonal disorders and specific conditions like congenital hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria. According to a recent HealthDay report, it was just four years ago that only one in three newborns were  screened for the various disorders, some of which can lead to serious complications and even death if not detected and treated. » Read more

Child Prostitutes Rescued in FBI Sweep

As part of their massive effort to rescue children caught up in the human trafficking, sex-trade business, the FBI arrested 571 suspects and rescued 48 suspected teen prostitutes across the country over the weekend. The FBI’s new initiative, Operation Cross Country, is looking to implement stiffer penalties for those working in the illegal sex trade business and has also gotten involved due to the amounts of underage children that become unwilling participants and victims. » Read more

Report: Most U.S. Fertility Clinics ‘Not’ Following Guidelines

The case of the Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman has not only put a spotlight on the new buzzword, “baby addiction,” but on fertility clinics as well. » Read more

Michelle Obama: First Dog on its Way for Malia and Sasha!

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are keeping their campaign promise to daughters Malia and Sasha – they will get their “first dog” this April. The AP reports that Michelle told People magazine that the plan is to have the dog join the family during their spring break trip in April. Michelle also told the mag, on stands Friday, that the girls have been deciding on possible names for the incoming pooch. Two already nixed from the potential monikers have been “Moose” and “Frank.” » Read more

New Report: Kids, TV and Asthma Risks

There is further evidence today that watching too much TV may be harmful for children’s health – specifically their respiratory systems. Healthday is reporting that a new study done in the U.K. shows that inactive children who watch more than two hours of TV a day double their risk of developing asthma. The study followed 3,000 kids from birth to 11.5 years of age. The reason? According to Healthday, researchers from Glasgow have found a link between sedentary children , their breathing patterns and the development of their lungs.
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Brushing Teeth Boosts Sperm Count?

Who knew that teeth brushing could boost sperm count?  According to a report found on, a British dentistry website, men who brush their teeth twice a day may see a boost in their sperm count. » Read more

TV Watching is Not Harmful or Beneficial for Babies

Some parents worry that TV watching may harm their baby’s development.  While other parents think encouraging babies to watch educational TV may make them smarter.   New research shows that neither is true. A report on Reuters says that TV may do no harm or good to babies.  According to a new study reported about in the journal Pediatrics, researchers did not find evidence that the amount of time spent watching television influenced the developmental progress – positively or negatively – of the children in the study. 
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Are Contact Lenses Better for a Childs’ Self Image?

A new study reveals that children who wore contact lenses over glasses had higher levels of self- perception and social acceptance. Children in the study, done by researchers at Ohio State University’s College of Optometry, were between 8 – 11 years old and were evaluated over a period of three years, according to HealthDay. » Read more

The Octuplets’ Mom Makes a Big Move

Nadya Suleman, her mother Angela Suleman and brood of 16 children will be leaving Whittier, CA for Orange County, CA. The octuplets mom has purchased a large house there, nearly twice the size of their previous residence, according to People magazine. Nadya’s mother Angela tells the mag that her daughter is excited about the move, and that the new house, which at 2583-feet, boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms and has a lot more space.  The house was purchased under Nadya’s father’s name. » Read more

Octo Mom, Angelina Jolie among 50 moms ‘We Love to Hate’

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