(CBS/AP) Three-year-old Amelia Rivera was denied a kidney transplant because she's "disabled," her parents said earlier this month. After the controversy led to a public outcry, Amelia is now being considered for the procedure, her father said Tuesday.
Joseph Rivera said he and his wife, Chrissy, met with doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday and were told they are now willing to consider a transplant for their 3-year-old daughter, Amelia. The Stratford, N.J., family said doctors initially told them their daughter wasn't eligible for a transplant because of a mental disability.Continue »
(CBS) Most parents make sure their child uses a booster seat in the car. But a new study found that many parents confess they don't insist on safety seats when their kids carpool.
The study - published online Jan. 30 in the journal Pediatrics - surveyed over 1,600 parents across the U.S., 681 who had kids between 4 and 8 years old. Of those parents, 76 percent reported their child used a safety seat when riding in the family car - but only 55 percent insist on the seats when driving other children. And among the 64 percent of parents who carpool, 21 percent do not ask other drivers to use a booster seat for their child.Continue »
Seventeen-year-old Stacey Irvine didn't think her nugget habit was a big deal - until she collapsed one day work, The Sun reported. When Stacey arrived at the hospital, doctors were horrified to find she had eaten chicken nuggets every single day and "never" ate fruits or vegetables.
(CBS) Big changes are coming to school lunches, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the announced today. Meals for more than 32 million children - who have school lunches subsidized by the government - will be much healthier, with less sodium, more whole grains and more fruits and veggies as sides.
Lunchtime staples such as potatoes and pizza will remain, after debate between Congress and the USDA about what foods constitute vegetables. These dishes will be made with more healthful ingredients, and kids might be more likely to see roasted potatoes (compared with greasy fries) as a side dish.
The announcement comes at a time when one third of America's youth between the ages 2 to 19 are obese.
Just how much healthier will these lunches be? High school students will have 6.5 more cups of vegetables per week than ever before, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said on a conference call.
Wondering what the new school lunches will look like compared to the old cafeteria fare? Keep clicking to see a sample before and after menu for a week at school, provided by the USDA.Continue »
(CBS/AP) "We haven't had a scene like this in years."
That's how one Taiwanese hospital official, Hung Tzu-chu, described the scene at the obstetrics department at Taiwan Adventist Hospital. Typically Taiwan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, but you wouldn't know that today.
What gives? This Monday marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. In Chinese culture, babies born this iteration of the 12-year Zodiac cycle - which alternates between other animals like rats, horses, and goats - are gifted with prodigious quantities of luck and strength. In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor, and it is considered to be an extremely auspicious sign.Continue »
One of the world's smallest surviving babies, Melinda has been growing steadily and gaining weight since she was born premature at 24 weeks in August at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. She is the world's third smallest baby and the second smallest in the U.S.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Did the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia deny a kidney transplant to 3-year-old Amelia Rivera because she has intellectual disabilities?
The New Jersey girl's parents now say their problems might lie with one doctor, rather than the entire CHOP hospital.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Before they can talk, are babies trying to figure out what people are saying to them? A new study suggests babies read people's lips when they learn to speak.
In that magical stage when a baby's babbling gradually changes from gibberish into syllables - and eventually into that first "mama" or "dada" - babies move their gaze from eyes to mouths, the study shows.Continue »
(CBS) Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away, on my way to where the...moms breastfeed?
Sesame Street, America's landmark children's television show, is being urged by parents to bring breastfeeding back on air.
Famous for its educational techniques, the show premiered in 1969. Back then, breastfeeding on-screen was not unusual. In one 1977 episode, guest star Buffy St. Marie breastfed her baby, explaining "I'm feeding the baby. See? He's drinking milk from my breast."Continue »
(CBS) The first grade girl who died from a peanut allergy at her elementary school was reportedly given a peanut by her friend.
Amarria Johnson, 7, died on Jan. 4 at Hopkins Elementary School in Chesterfield Country, Va, after emergency crews were unable to resuscitate her. ABC News reports that there will be no criminal negligence charges filed against the school, Johnson's mother, or the girl who shared the peanut.
(CBS/AP) When it comes to fertility treatment, women who get three or more embryos implanted have no better odds of conceiving than women who get just two, a new study shows. But those women have a greater chance of risky multiple births.
"Women who have gone through infertility treatment want the best chance of having a baby, but we need to explain that the data shows transferring more embryos doesn't actually do that," said study author Dr. Scott Nelson, head of reproductive and maternal medicine at the University of Glasgow.Continue »
(CBS) Rebecca Sypin and Jane Bingham were friends connected by cancer and hair loss. Sypin's daughter, Kin Inich, had been diagnosed with leukemia in Jan. 2011 and subsequently lost her tresses. Bingham's locks disappeared during her fight with lymphoma.
Though their experiences with cancer were different, both women realized that young kids fighting the disease or any disease that dealt with hair loss were missing a positive role model. The two women started the Facebook group, "Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let's see if we can get it made," in order to petition Mattel to make the famous doll an ambassador for this girl empowerment message.Continue »
(CBS) Some parents are criticized for spoiling their kids with overly expensive Christmas presents. But one mom who spent roughly $10,800 on a single present for her 7-year-old daughter is under fire for a different reason. The hefty price tag came with a voucher for liposuction, the Daily Mail reported.
Sarah Burge, the UK's self-proclaimed "Human Barbie," is notorious for her plastic surgery fixation. For her daughter's recent birthday, the 51-year-old woman of Cambridgeshire, England, gifted Poppy with a 6,000-pound voucher (roughly $9,252) for breast augmentation. It's no surprise then that for Christmas, Burge stuffed Poppy's stocking with a gift certificate valued at nearly $11,000 for liposuction.Continue »
(CBS) Do diets that claim to reduce symptoms of ADHD in kids actually work?
A new review of ADHD diets by pediatric researchers suggests healthy eating could actually help kids reduce their ADHD symptoms. But the researchers warn a diet probably shoud not be the first line of defense against ADHD, but merely a supplement to other proven therapies such as medication.