May 3, 2012 |
Five people were shot to death, including a toddler, at a house in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert on Wednesday, and a white supremacist border militiaman apparently was among them. Authorities have not released the victims' identities, but the private militia group U.S. Border Guard reported that one of the dead was Jason "J.T. " Ready, its founder. Members of the organization say they arm themselves and patrol the border with Mexico to try to combat "narco-terrorists. " Ready also advocated putting a minefield on the border.
March 5, 2012 |
Angel Babcock, called Indiana's "miracle toddler," was buried Monday, ending one story of hope as Midwestern crews trying to clean up after last week's tornadoes battled worsening weather. The toddler's grieving grandmother told RTV.com on Sunday she had thought of the girl as her "guardian Angel. " With her granddaughter's death, Kathy Babcock said, she no longer had one guardian angel: "I have five. " Angel's mother, Moriah Babcok, her father, Joseph Babcock, an infant sister and a 3-year-old brother were killed Friday when a tornado destroyed their mobile home in New Pekin, Ind. Angel's survival had been called miraculous after she was found in a field near the home and was able to open her eyes. But her condition deteriorated and she died Sunday of extensive head and neck injuries, Reuters reported.
January 6, 2012 |
Some children who have sleep problems in infancy might still have trouble sleeping when they're older, a study finds. A study published online this week in the journal Pediatrics looked at the sleeping habits of children from infancy through age 3. Researchers surveyed 359 mothers about their children's sleeping habits when the kids were 6 months old and again when they were 12, 24 and 36 months old. Questions asked included how long it...
December 27, 2011 |
The quality of a mother's relationship with her toddler could affect that child's weight in adolescence, a study has found. The report was based on observing how mothers interacted with their children when they were 15, 24 and 36 months old, then following up with those kids when they turned 15 to check levels of obesity. Study participants included 977 children. Researchers concentrated on two aspects of the relationship: attachment security, or how aware children are that their mother is a base of security and a comforting presence in times of stress; and maternal sensitivity, or a mother's awareness of her child's emotional state and her ability to be comforting and warm.
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.
October 21, 2011 |
They are calling it the death that awakened the conscience of China. A 2-year-old girl crushed by two vans last week and then ignored by 18 passersby as she lay bleeding on the street died at 12:32 a.m. Friday of systematic organ failure at a hospital in the southern Guangdong province. By midday, there were 2 million condolence messages flooding the Internet for the girl, whose name was Wang Yue, or Yueyue for short. "Heaven's roads have no cars. Go in peace, little Yueyue," wrote one woman.
September 19, 2011 |
Annual flu vaccination was recommended for preschool-age children in the United States beginning in 2006. A new study shows the idea has produced the intended result by lowering flu complications in toddlers and in older children. The study, published Monday, compared the impact of the 2006 recommendation to flu complication rates in Canada, which did not make the recommendation to vaccinate preschoolers until last year. Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and McGill University looked at 114,657 emergency room visits for flu-like illness from 2000 through 2009.
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September 16, 2011 |
A teenage member of a Los Angeles-based street gang was arrested Wednesday on charges of firing a handgun at a porch full of family members in San Bernardino, killing a 3-year-old girl and seriously wounding a pregnant woman and her young daughter. Police say Monday's shooting appears to have been an act of revenge against a man who lived in the house who — an hour earlier — stopped the suspect from beating a woman on a sidewalk a few doors away. Investigators with the San Bernardino Police Department, aided by eyewitness accounts of the shooting, identified the suspect within 24 hours and the agency's gang unit tracked him down Wednesday evening, two blocks from the crime scene.
September 7, 2011 |
Seems we can't get rid of phthalates fast enough. Yet another study suggests that the chemicals, which are found in many plastic toys, household items and personal care products, may be detrimental to children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencylast year added phthalates to its list of "chemicals of concern" targeted for possible future regulation. California law prevents any product made for young children that contains more than one-tenth of one percent of phthalates from being made or sold in the state.
July 6, 2011 |
Parents often worry if their toddlers are slow to start speaking in sentences, but a new study has found that otherwise normal 2-year-olds late to learn words aren’t more likely than their peers to have behavioral or emotional problems in their childhood and teenage years. Scientists had suspected that some behavioral disorders could stem, at least in part, from frustration at not being able to use words to communicate -- think of a temper tantrum by a child struggling to name shapes or colors.