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February 16, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Worrisome levels of arsenic have been found in two infant formulas that contain organic brown rice syrup as a main ingredient, researchers reported Thursday. Arsenic was also found in some cereal bars that contain organic brown rice syrup. The toxic element is a known contaminate found in rice because the crop absorbs arsenic from soil. According to the authors of the study, from Dartmouth College, the type found in the food products has been identified as a human carcinogen. Arsenic can also cause skin, lung and intestinal irritation as well as miscarriage and infertility.
December 22, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Wal-Mart is recalling a single batch of the powdered infant formula Enfamil Newborn, sold in 12.5-ounce cans, as a precaution after a Missouri infant died of a rare bacterial infection. The 10-day-old Lebanon, Mo., baby died Sunday of Cronobacter sakazakii, which can come from powdered infant formula. The source of the infant's infection is still unclear, but Wal-Mart choose to remove the batch with the lot number ZP1K7G from its 3,000 stores nationwide as a precaution. The baby's family purchased the formula at Wal-Mart.
December 12, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Two babies who rank among the smallest in the world are healthy and have normal motor and language development, researchers reported Monday. But the paper is not meant to celebrate the ability of high-tech neonatal medicine to save babies born midway through a normal pregnancy. Instead, the authors note, severe prematurity often leads to death or disability. The babies whose fates are reviewed in the piece are exceptions. Madeline Mann was born at Loyola University Medical Center in 1989 weighing 9.9 ounces.
November 16, 2011
At a time when government agencies are hard-pressed to find the money to serve all the genuine needs, First 5 LA has had its own peculiar problem: a nest egg of more than $800 million that it has hoarded instead of reaching out to more babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Funded by state cigarette taxes, First 5 LA is an independent county agency that provides various programs for children from birth to age 5, including preschool and health, safety and family literacy services.
November 7, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Infant weight and height are faithfully charted at each pediatrician's visit to make sure the child is growing properly. But nowadays doctors are more likely to see babies who are growing too fast rather than ones lagging behind. A new study shows that rapid growth on these charts foretells obesity in childhood. Researchers looked at the weight-for-length charts that show how a baby's weight compares to that of other babies of the same length. For example, babies on the 5th percentile growth line have a weight that puts them among the smallest 5% of all babies their length.
October 22, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
An Orange County man was charged Friday with attempting to murder his 2-month-old son after he was captured on videotape swinging the boy by the neck with a noose-like blanket and repeatedly punching and shaking the baby, prosecutors said. Joshua Robey, 24, is charged with attempted murder, torture and child abuse. He lived with his girlfriend and her mother in Anaheim until three weeks before the Oct. 18 incident, at which time he moved to a Costa Mesa motel. Prosecutors said Robey went to his girlfriend's home to baby-sit his son. Without Robey's knowledge, his girlfriend set up a hidden camera to record him because she believed that he was cheating.
September 16, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Bridget Moleboheng woke up at 5:45 a.m. in the hospital operating room. Gradually her senses returned. A splitting headache. An oxygen tube in her mouth and medical equipment attached to her body. But all of it was turned off. "A nurse came in and said it was a miracle I was still alive. " When Moleboheng arrived to give birth the day after Christmas last year, she says, the doctors and midwives at Sebokeng Hospital near Johannesburg told her she was behaving like an arrogant white "madam" by asking too many questions and refusing to have a caesarean section because they wouldn't let her read the consent form.
September 14, 2011 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
He killed her, Joshua Stepp admitted. He slammed the face of his 10-month-old stepdaughter into a carpeted floor, roughed her up as he changed her diaper, stuffed wet toilet paper down her throat, and soon she was dead. But Stepp, a 28-year-old former Army infantryman who saw combat in Iraq, insists that he is not guilty of first-degree murder. His post-traumatic stress disorder left him incapable of premeditating the killing of tiny Cheyenne Yarley in November 2009, he and his lawyers say. Because of his severe PTSD, Stepp was not able to "form the specific intent to kill," his attorney Thomas Manning said.
September 12, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Hormonally speaking, becoming a father may make you less of a man, according to new research that finds testosterone levels drop in men after they become parents. But fear not for manhood — the results show that men are evolutionarily wired to help raise their children and that testosterone may get in the way, scientists say. Testosterone is a hormone associated with perceived hallmarks of masculinity such as libido, aggression and musculature. Those can be useful qualities when competing for a mate, but less so when raising a child — an endeavor that requires calm, attentiveness and an even temper.
August 23, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Orange police were looking for leads Monday night after a baby was in critical condition from being thrown or dropped off a parking structure at Children's Hospital Orange County. "We want to get our hands on the suspects," Sgt. Dan Adams told The Times. He described the incident as a "horrific crime. " A passerby saw the baby, who is believed to be 1 to 3 months old, falling from the second story or higher of the parking structure and called 911, Adams said. He said investigators were at the hospital viewing surveillance video and interviewing people to develop leads.
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