Baby Teethers May Leach Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals, Study Says

Fox News (12/7, Kwan) reports on a study conducted by researchers at the American Chemical Society and published in Environmental Science & Technology finding that baby teethers may contain “endocrine-disrupting chemicals.” The researchers found that every one of the 59 baby teethers they tested “contained bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol S (BPS) or bisphenol F (BPF), and most contained various parabens, as well as the antimicrobials triclosan and triclocarban.” The study authors estimated that a baby’s exposure to the chemicals would be at lower levels than “those of what European regulators consider safe.”

HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reports the teethers were mostly “labeled BPA-free or non-toxic, [yet] all of them contained BPA.”

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AAP releases updated sleep guidelines for infants

The AAP released an updated policy statement in Pediatrics recommending that parents consider their tiredness when feeding their baby to curb their risk of falling asleep in unsafe sleeping environments, such as a sofa or armchair. The statement also advises that infants sleep in their parents’ room until age 1 or at least age 6 months and that soft bedding is kept out of a baby’s crib or sleep area.

AAP News (10/24),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/24) 


AAP issues guidance on safe Martial arts participation among youths

AAP issues guidance on safe martial arts participation among youths

A clinical report in Pediatrics recommends children only participate in martial arts classes properly supervised by trained instructors, delay competition until they display adequate physical and emotional maturity, and learn proper defensive blocking. Children should also avoid participating in mixed martial arts, which has a high risk of asphyxia and concussion, according to the guidance.

AAP News (11/28),  Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (11/28) 


AAA Study: Drowsy Driving As Risky As Drunk Driving

The CBS Evening News (12/6, story 9, 1:50, Pelley) broadcast on a new AAA study released Tuesday suggesting “that getting behind the wheel on four or five hours’ sleep is just as dangerous as driving drunk.” According to the broadcast, a little over one in three drivers in the US does not get “the recommended seven hours of sleep daily,” and those who do get “just five or six hours” are “almost twice as likely to be involved in an accident.” As a driver’s hours of sleep decreased, the risk of an accident increased exponentially, with “teenagers, older adults, and people who have a sleep debt” at “the highest risk.”

        Reuters (12/6) reports the study used NHTSA crash data from July 2005 through December 2007. The Washington Post (12/6, Halsey) cites NHTSA’s statistics for traffic fatalities last year, when “35,092 people were killed…up 7.2 percent from 32,675 in 2014.” The executive director of AAA, David Yang, says “You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel.”