Friday, August 29, 2008

Risk Of SIDS Is Twice-Linked To Smoking During Pregnancy

In a first ever experimental study to compare breathing reflexes of preemies born to smokers with those born to non-smokers, researchers in Canada found that premature babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are likely to be at a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than premature infants whose mothers did not.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Disposable Diaper Breaks Fall, Saves Child's Life

A disposable diaper has saved the life of an 18-month-old boy, breaking his fall from a third-floor apartment window, officials said Thursday.

Caua Felipe Massaneiro survived a 30-foot (10-meter) fall because his diaper snagged on a security spike embedded in the concrete wall around his apartment building in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife.

The boy dangled from the spike for a moment, then "the diaper opened and the baby fell to the ground, but at a much slower speed," a police officer said. "The diaper obviously lessened the impact of the fall and saved the baby's life."

"It was a miracle," said the officer who declined to be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the press. "He could also have been killed by one of the spikes."

The child was treated for minor fractures at the Hospital Memorial Sao Jose, where spokesman Gilberto Tenorio said he was in stable condition.

Police have opened an investigation to determine how the toddler fell out the window and "if parental negligence was one of the causes," the police officer said.

The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper quoted Caua's father, 23-year-old Alexandre Cesar Massaneiro as saying that his son climbed onto a sofa underneath the window he fell from - "something he had never done before."

"It wasn't the diaper that saved him," Massaneiro told the newspaper. "It was God."


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Kids follow parents' lead on fruits and vegetables

Parents who want their preschoolers to eat their fruits and vegetables should probably practice what they preach, a new study suggests.

In a study of more than 1,300 families, researchers found that when parents boosted their own consumption of fruits and vegetables, so did their young children.

The findings, reported in the journal Preventive Medicine, point to the importance of parents "modeling" a healthy diet for their preschoolers. They also suggest that educating parents on nutrition early on could help address the problem of childhood obesity, the researchers say.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More Baby Photos for Cash

Photos of her newborn, Anja Louise, won't fetch $14 million (as did Brangelina's twins), but Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is trying to cut a deal with the celeb weeklies for photos of her little one.

Ambrosio and boyfriend Jamie Mazur welcomed their daughter on Sunday in Brazil, and her camp was already shopping the baby pictures yesterday. As is the custom these days, Ambrosio will donate some proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Children's Fund.


Monday, August 25, 2008

Jenna Jameson Confirms She's Pregnant

Adult film star Jenna Jameson is going to be a mommy.

“Yes, I can confirm I’m pregnant. It’s still early, so I’m being cautious. I’m resting as much as possible," she tells exclusively. "I'm so happy!"

She adds that she and boyfriend of two years, boxer Tito Ortiz, "are still in a state of shock.

"I'm just saying super healthy," she says. "I’ve moved down to the beach with Tito — I love being by the beach.”

In May, she told Us, "We're trying for a baby, so hopefully in the next couple of months!"

But the 34-year-old Jameson — who split from adult film studio owner Jay Grdina in 2006 and from porn star Brad Armstrong in 2001— said they have no plans to walk down the aisle.

"I think I'm gonna stay unmarried and just go for the babies!" she told the magazine. "I'm following in Angelina's footsteps!"

The pregnancy news is joyful for Jameson.

She previously told Us she discovered she was two months pregnant in November 2004 after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma. A day later, she miscarried due to the stress of cancer.

But the devout Catholic — who has tried in vitro — says, "It was all in God's plan."