June 15, 2012

Not So "Clean" After All

1 Baby-Washed Newborns Fail Marijuana Tests

Family health-care providers and urine-testing facilities are being alerted that five widely used baby washes can cause newborn babies' urine to test positive for marijuana: Johnson & Johnson's Head-to-Toe, Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, Aveeno Wash Shampoo and CVS Nighttime Baby Bath. Researchers can't yet explain why this is, but the washes are quite safe and there is no risk to the baby’s health. Those in the science and health communities are being urged to spread the word because such false positives both compromise and complicate testing laboratories' ability to identify actual, unhealthy exposure to illicit substances among infants. The discovery of the false positive pattern was detected by doctors at University of North Carolina hospitals.

More at Wthr.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Babies Innately Love to Dance

Tags: Babies and Drugs, Urine Testing, Testing for Marijuana, Urine Testing Newborns, Newborn Babies, Babies and Marijuana, Baby Wash, Baby Wash and Marijuana

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Body Fat Conquers Math Abilities

2 Obesity May Affect School Performance

Obese children scored lower on math tests than non-obese children in a new study. Published in Child Development, the research involved 6,250 kids who were followed from kindergarten through fifth grade. Researchers found that the pattern of obese children scoring lower on math tests held even after they accounted for factors like mother's education level and job status, race, family income and the parents' expectations for their children's school performance. Findings reveal that kids who were obese for the entire study period tended to score lower on math tests, but the link was weaker or nonexistent if boys became obese in the third grade or fifth grade instead of kindergarten. CNN reports that previous studies found obese girls are prone to having lower test scores than slimmer peers.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal Child Development, Fat Kids, Obesity Affects Grades, Obesity Affects School Performance, Health Effects Childhood Obesity

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