October 3, 2010

Who Ya Gonna Call?

1 A Survey of Preteen Babysitter Readiness

Are you comfortable leaving your child in the care of a preteen babysitter? A survey of 727 preteens who’ve babysat found the following: 98 percent of 11 to 13 year old sitters know who to call in the event of an intruder; 96 percent know who to call if a child is injured or sick and 85 percent know who to contact in case of poisoning. Yet, 40 percent said they left their charges unattended and 20 percent said they opened the door to strangers. Fifty-one percent of the young respondents said they’d taken a first-aid training class; 47 percent received CPR training and 19 percent had taken the American Red Cross Safe Sitter or other babysitting safety class. Researchers hope the study will identify unsafe behaviors to provide better educational programs for babysitters.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sleep Positioners Unsafe to Use

Tags: Child Safety, CPR, Infant Safety, American Red Cross Safe Sitter Class, Babysitting Safety Class

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Flu Worse Than Allergic Reaction

2 Flu Shots Safe for Kids with Allergies

It’s a dilemma for many parents. You don’t want your child to suffer from the flu but she’s allergic to eggs, and the flu vaccine is egg-based. What do you do? You can go ahead with that flu shot, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. While up to 3% of American kids have an egg allergy, the risk of catching the flu is greater than the risk of allergic reactions. According to Dr. R. Wood, director of Allergy & Immunology at Hopkins, kids with allergies can be safely immunized as long as they have a skin-prick test to check the severity of their allergy and to check for signs of antibodies against the gelatin and egg proteins that can be found in vaccines. Anti-allergy drugs can also be given before the vaccination to reduce the risk of a reaction.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: US Government Urges Flu Shots for All

Tags: Flu, Flu Shots, Allergic Reaction, Egg Allergy, Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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Teens Doing It Better

3 Condom Use Highest for Teens

Teenagers are doing better than adults when it comes to using condoms, say researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine. The study findings revealed that teens are more responsible about condom use, reports New York Times. Under half of adults involved with casual liaisons used condoms for their last sexual encounter, compared with 80 percent of teen boys and 69 percent of girls ages 14 to 17. Study participants totaled 5,865 individuals with some as old as 94 years. This is the first study on the subject to include such a wide range of ages. The study also found that 85 percent of men achieved orgasm the last time they had sex, compared with only two-thirds of women.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Condom with Teeth Fights Rape

Tags: Indiana University School of Medicine, Teens Using Condoms, Teens Better with Condoms, More Teens Use Condoms Than Adults, Teenagers Condom Use, Teen Boys Using Condoms, Dennis Fortenberry

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Chillin with Walnuts

4 Walnuts Improve Stress Reaction

Walnuts and walnut oil may assist the body in dealing better with stress, say Penn State researchers. The nut, which contains polyunsaturated fats, can influence resting blood pressure, as well as blood pressure during times of stress. "This is the first study to show that walnuts and walnut oil reduce blood pressure during stress," said Sheila G. West, associate professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State. Study findings showed that average diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) was significantly lowered when walnuts and walnut oil were included in the diet of study participants. The research findings are in agreement with other recent studies which have concluded that walnuts may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Diastolic Blood Pressure, Biobehavioral Health, Sheila G. West, Resting Blood Pressure, Bp During Stress, Blood Pressure During Stress, Polyunsaturated Fats, Helping Body Deal with Stress, Walnuts Lower Cholesterol, Walnuts Lower Blood Pressure, Benefits of Walnuts

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Embryo Development Measurable

5 Test Designed to Select Embryos for Implantation

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a test using a microscope and time-lapse photography to determine which embryos should be implanted. Many embryos created in a petri dish do not develop correctly so more than one is implanted in a mother’s womb. Babies from multiple pregnancies are often premature and have many health problems. It was found that the process of becoming a blastocyst could be measured and discovered that a small number of the cells had different sets of activated genes. The mother’s egg cell was the major determinant in whether an embryo would develop normally. Insight into how babies inherited genes from each parent was also gleaned from this study. A medical technology company has secured an exclusive license to develop products from this study.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Smoking May Damage Sperm in Men and Male Embryos

Tags: Embryo, Embryonic Development, Gene Expression in Embryos, Blastocyst

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