New advocacy toolkit supports scale-up of essential commodities for women’s and children’s…

Today marked the launch of a new electronic advocacy toolkit, “Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for Women, Children, and Newborns.” The toolkit, developed by PATH and Global Health Visions, is a resource designed to support efforts to translate ten recommendations developed by the UN Commission on Lifesaving Commodities into the national action needed to expand access […]

Parents decide against posting their children’s pictures on Facebook

by Victoria Merkys posted in Mom Stories It’s almost impossible to avoid a picture of a newborn, the first day of school, or an afternoon at the zoo while perusing your newsfeed on Facebook. Are you a parent that shares your children’s lives on Facebook or not? My husband and I decided to not share… […]

Dermatologist cautions parents about misinformation on safety of children’s skin care products

Before the advent of Internet search engines, parents obtained much of their medical advice from their child’s doctor. Today, with a plethora of information available at their fingertips, parents have more sources to consult than ever before. Yet dermatologists warn parents that not everything they read on blogs and websites about the safety of skin […]

‘Where’s the Poop?’ Are these children’s books for real?

by Michelle Stein posted in Mom Stories I love reading books to my kids — what I love even more is reading books that amuse me, to my kids. Although I’ve never read it, I think many of us have heard of the children’s book, Everyone Poops. Well, I think I’ve found one that tops it. Last weekend,… […]

Closure of coal plant in China led to improvements in children’s health

Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental scores and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key protein for brain development, according to a study looking at the closure of a coal-burning power plant in China led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at […]

Coal plant closure in China led to improvements in children’s health

Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a key protein for brain development, according to a study of looking at the closure of coal-burning power plant in China. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Children’s diets contain ‘too much salt’

“Children eat too much salt,” reports The Daily Telegraph, one of several news outlets to report on new findings that have led researchers to call for further reductions in the salt content of processed food. The news is based on the results of a study assessing the salt intake of 340 children in south London by keeping […]

Parental smoking ‘ages’ children’s arteries

“Passive smoking causes lasting damage to children’s arteries, prematurely ageing their blood vessels by more than three years,” BBC News reports. The news is based on emerging evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke damages children’s arteries. This news is concerning, as the thickening of blood vessel walls (atherosclerosis) is known to increase the risk of heart […]

Belief in immortality hard-wired? Study examines development of children’s ‘prelife’ reasoning

By examining children’s ideas about “prelife,” the time before conception, researchers found results which suggest that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life. And the part of us that is eternal, we believe, is not our skills or ability to reason, but rather our hopes, desires […]