March 11, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- A new U.N. report suggests that the Nov. 14 killing of an 11-month-old Gaza baby and two adult relatives during the eight-day clash between Israel and the militant group Hamas was likely caused by an errant Palestinian rocket and not an Israeli airstrike as widely reported. Photos of distraught father Jehad Misharawi holding the body of his son, Omar, became one of the symbols of the conflict's toll on civilians. A March 6 report from the U.N. Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights said the three were killed “by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.” It offered no details about how it reached the conclusion.
February 25, 2013 |
On March 1, 1957, a 7-month-old girl named Jeaneen Marie Klokow died at home. Sheboygan, Wisc., investigators ruled that she'd fallen off her mother's couch by accident. For decades, that was that. Except she'd been killed. And decades would separate the medical advances and nagging consciences that resulted in her mother's guilty plea to second-degree murder in Sheboygan on Monday morning. “It's really an incredible thing,” Sheboygan County District Atty. Joe DeCecco said by phone on Monday, and he would know: Prosecuting someone nearly 56 years after the fact required improvisation.
December 27, 2012 |
Four major national retailers - including Amazon.com, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and Diapers.com - are voluntarily recalling more than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners after reports of at least five infant deaths. At the request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a government agency, the companies said they are calling back Nap Nanny Generations One and Two as well as the Chill model of the recliner. The products, according to the agency, “contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.” Aside from the fatalities, the agency said it received nearly 100 of reports of children hanging out or nearly falling over the sides of the seats, despite usually being placed in a harness.
July 20, 2012 |
With the nation's attention focused on dire news about whooping cough, parents' inclination may be to hustle their children -- or themselves -- in for a booster shot. Will there be a run on the whooping cough vaccine? If there is, doctors should be able to handle the demand. The supply of whooping cough -- or pertussis -- vaccines is fine, according to a spokesman with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "The CDC is not aware of any supply issues as far as vaccines that protect against pertussis," said Thomas Skinner in an email to the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning.
July 21, 2011 |
For months, people have been trudging out of the desert, leaving their dead children behind and carrying those who have managed to survive. On Wednesday, the horror of hunger and death unfolding in the Horn of Africa officially got a name: famine. It's actually a very technical term, unless you're one of those walking for weeks in a last-ditch hope to save your family. For the United Nations to declare a famine, as it did at a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, the rate of child malnutrition must be at 30% or higher, daily deaths at two per 10,000 people and people not have access to food and other basic necessities.
February 16, 2011
Stimulus money, where did it all go? Some went to sending women to Weight Watchers and a local gym to help them get in shape before they start having children. The idea was to try to reduce Baltimore's infant mortality rate, which is almost twice that of the state. A Baltimore Sun story explains how the city used federal funds to develop the program for women in their teens through mid-30s. It says: "To make a true dent in the problem, officials realized, they needed to focus on women's health before conception.