CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 |
The mother of an infant, along with a man, have been arrested in connection with the death of the child in Inglewood. Authorities arrived in the 500 block of North Marlborough Avenue at about 6:47 a.m. Wednesday after reports of an infant who was not breathing, said Inglewood Police Sgt. Francisco Ruiz. The infant, whose age was not released, was taken to a hospital, but died there, Ruiz said. An investigation, he said, "revealed possible child abuse" at the home and the 23-year-old mother and a 28-year-old man were taken into custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County coroner Tuesday released the name of the 8-month-old infant who drowned in San Gabriel Valley after authorities say his mother left him unattended in a bathtub with his young siblings. Jedidiah Turner died Friday morning in the 1500 block of Pass and Covina Road in Valinda, according to authorities. The autopsy was still pending Tuesday, according to Lt. Larry Dietz. The infant's mother, who has not been identified, was bathing Jedidiah along with his 1-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother at around 8:50 a.m. Friday when she stepped away for 10 to 15 minutes.
August 27, 2013 |
The infants who get the rotavirus vaccine aren't the only ones who benefit. New research shows that older children and even adults were less likely to be hospitalized with the gastrointestinal virus after the vaccine was introduced in the U.S. in 2006. Rotavirus causes "severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before the RotaTeq and Rotarix vaccines came on the market, nearly all U.S. children became infected with rotavirus before their 5th birthday.
August 17, 2013 |
FUPING, CHINA - Dong Genlao, a 24-year-old new father, was giddy over the birth of his child, a robust 8-pounder, until the obstetrician beckoned him into the hallway and lowered her voice. The newborn had a serious genital deformity and could never lead a normal life, she explained. "He is not completely male, but not female. It will bring shame on the family," whispered the doctor, Zhang Shuxia, a trusted family friend whom they affectionately called "Auntie. " "Don't worry," Dong recalled Zhang telling him. "Auntie can help you. " She advised that Dong and his mother give up the baby, euphemistically, to let him be euthanized, a fate common in China for disabled newborns.
June 12, 2013 |
The human brain may be wired to sympathize with the underdog. Even if the underdog is a yellow square being chased by a blue circle, and the brain has been checking out the outside world for only 10 months. A Japanese research team found that 16 of 20 infants reached for the pursued yellow square rather than the aggressive blue ball as the ball bumped the square seven times, then smashed it. Twenty other infants observed the objects moving independently without touching, with nine of them reaching for the persecuted square, according to the study, published in the online journal PLOS ONE. The experiments hint at a very early cognitive ability to sense and respond to aggression with preference for the “victim,” a building block for sympathetic behavior that is a core element of social, cooperative animals.
May 28, 2013 |
A newborn boy was rescued from a narrow sewage pipe in China over the weekend. Video of doctors and firefighters carefully taking the pipe apart is shown above. (Warning: It may be disturbing to watch.) The section of pipe -- reportedly about 3 inches in diameter -- was sawed away and carried to a nearby hospital. Firefighters and hospital personnel used pliers and saws to free the baby. In footage, you can hear the snap of the pipe, and a section of it is pulled away to reveal the baby's face. He opens his mouth to cry. PHOTOS: Newborn rescued from pipe The baby weighed a little more than 6 pounds, according to the Associated Press, and at the time he was rescued still had placenta attached to his body. The AP, citing local media, said the infant had grazes on his head and limbs and a low heart rate but was otherwise unhurt.
May 11, 2013 |
Newborns arrive in this world somewhat half-baked or, in the more measured words of evolutionary anthropologist Wanda Trevathan of the University of New Mexico, "a little unfinished, if you will. " Parents declare them beautiful, these wailing bundles of wrinkles. But upon arrival, far more than their physical appearance needs work. Indeed, human newborns are the least neurologically developed primates on Earth, their brains a mere 25% developed, compared with about 50% among others in the animal kingdom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 |
Hoping to reduce the number of infant deaths, Los Angeles County officials unveiled a campaign Wednesday to educate parents about how to safely put their babies to bed. Over the last four years, 278 babies in the county have died from suffocating while they were sleeping - more than all other accidental deaths of children under age 14, officials said. The deaths are more common among Latino and black babies, officials said. "Accidental suffocation poses the greatest risk for babies from 1 day to the age of 1," said Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director of the county Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Why do kids grow up to cry “Mommy” more often than “Daddy”? The National Institutes of Health has an answer: The wailing of a hungry infant is less likely to bother a man than a woman. In an experiment, 18 men and women were encouraged to let their minds wander while researchers played recordings of white noise mixed with an infant's cries. Those cries abruptly raised attention levels for women, brain scans showed. But men's brains remained in a resting state, according to study results published in the journal Neuroreport.