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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2011 |
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.
August 2, 2011 |
Lamar Odom's voice on the phone frequently was barely above a whisper. The pain clearly registered in words that flowed in stops and starts as he delivered a soliloquy about death and the effect it has had on his psyche. The Lakers forward spoke deliberately and expressed how emotional it has been for him to deal with two recent deaths. Odom attended a funeral in New York on July 13 for his 24-year-old cousin, who Odom said was murdered. The next day, Odom was a passenger in an SUV in Queens when it collided with a motorcycle.
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.
July 11, 2011 |
Young children have no excuse not to exercise - even if they can't walk yet. That's the gist of the new exercise guidelines released Monday by the U.K. health department, which urge parents to make sure their 1- to 5-year-olds get at least three hours of physical activity per day. The report comes down hard on sedentary time too: Children age 2 through 5 should have only one hour of TV or computer screen time each day - and those younger...