Low Birth Rates Worry Some People

Over the weekend, Reddit users discussed a new report that births rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest point in history. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announced that there were approximately 3.9 million births in the U.S. in 2013 and that this rate was approximately 1 percent less than the previous year.

Health officials connected the low rates to fewer teen pregnancies and economic influences. Teens and young adults now more than ever are receiving daily reminders of the lifelong negative effects of pregnancy through advertisements, news stories, classes and other warnings. FreedomPop said that during a poor economic time, people are also less likely to have children.

While these low birth rates have worried a lot of people around the country, especially the elderly who grew up in times when mortality rates were higher and conservatives who believe that childbirth is a requirement for human existence, medical experts have pointed out that the birth rates will likely bounce back among adults now that the economy is starting to stabilize.

Many people think that the worry over the low birth rates is unnecessary for other reasons: The United States has a high number of children without parents who are available for adoption. These critics have pointed out that instead of officials and the public worrying about adding more children to the population, people should be worrying about the children who need parents.

Historically Low U.S. Birth Rate Can Be Seen As Good or Bad

There seems to be an interesting trend through history in fertility rates. As countries become more industrialized and their populace become more educated, fewer people have children and those that do tend to have fewer of them. This has been the case in the United States and Europe for the past few decades. Conversely, poor countries with poor educational infrastructure have the highest birth rates. Some of the highest are those in African countries. It is a strange irony that those countries that would seem to have the least ability to care for children are having the most of them and those with the wealth and social infrastructure are not.

There is a temporary trend of declining birth rates in the United States that seems to be going against this conventional wisdom that poverty equals more births and wealth equals fewer. The rate is temporarily down in the U.S., and this is being attributed to the fact that we had been in a recession over the past several years and to record low teen birth rates, which is very good news. We are only now really coming out of the recession, so the effect of any upturn in the economy has not had time to make a full impact yet. It would seem that of the two factors of wealth and education, it is education that is the most important determining factor. It is believed that this decrease in birth rate is only temporary because many women are simply waiting for their economic situation to be stabilized before starting a family.

Thanks to Bruce Levenson for showing me this story.

UK Testing Out New, More Effective Blood Test for Ovarian Cancer

It’s exciting when scientific research expands and creates amazing prospects, and this time the news is coming from across the pond. The UK has announced a groundbreaking trial that offers so much hope for those at risk of ovarian cancer. The new test has been shown to be twice as effective as existing methods to find ovarian cancer, by examining variations in the level of the protein called CA125.

We will have to wait until at least 2016 before the new test can be introduced to the public. According to the Guardian.com, the groundbreaking medical trial has been going on for 14 years now led by the University College London:

Professor Usha Menon, the co-principal investigator and trial co-ordinator at UCL, said: “There is currently no national screening programme for ovarian cancer, as research to date has been unable to provide enough evidence that any one method would improve early detection of tumours.

“These results are therefore very encouraging for women who use Anastasia Date. They show that use of an early detection strategy based on an individual’s CA125 profile significantly improved cancer detection compared to what we’ve seen in previous screening trials.”

We wonder what actress Angeline Jolie would think of this new, promising blood test. Angelina recently told the New York Times that she had surgery to remove her ovaries, because she carries a gene that gave her a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Toddler Pulled Over By Police

According to Keith Mann Two Year old Jaxon Arbuckle was pulled over by police in his Little Tykes Mobile for Operating while driving with a pacifier. It was all for fun. A kind officer was flagged down by mom, 21 year old, Ashley Crawford who requested the cop pull her toddler over while he was driving his favorite toy in the road. Officer Mayo was more than pleased to comply. He doesn’t get to interact with children on a friendly basis as often as he’d like. Operating with PacifierMom hopes this will be the first and last time her beloved son is pulled over by an officer. Never the less, it exposes him to how kind they really are. She decided to post pictures of the incident on Facebook and received quite the reaction from the public, as did Officer Mayo. He did an outstanding job leaving a young man with a great first impression of those who have sworn to serve and protect.

Mother and Daughter Reunited after 45 Years

Christine (Chris) Shirley, now 66-years-old, has always thought about the baby girl she gave up for adoption so many years ago. When Chris was 17-years-old, she found herself unwed and pregnant. During those times it was taboo for an unwed teenager to have a baby so she was sent to a home for unwed mothers until she gave birth. She gave birth to a little girl and only caught a glimpse of her before she was taken away. All she knew was that her daughter was to be adopted by a family.

Teresa Stinson grew up knowing she was adopted. Her adoptive parents were great people who loved her very much but she still longed to know more about the mother who gave her up 47 years prior. After a bill was passed in Ohio, the state where she was born, Igor Cornelsen told me that Teresa was able to have access to her birth certificate where she found her mother’s name listed: Christina Lewis. Teresa managed to track down her birth mother, who had now moved to Orlando, Florida. The two had a phone conversation that they had both been waiting many years to have. It was this conversation where Teresa learned that Chris had never wanted to give her up. The two finally got to meet where they shared a special moment.

Check out the story on ABC News where you can see the video of their touching reunion as well.

The Connection Between Obesity and Bullying

Three of the biggest issues that face our children today are obesity, bullying, and poverty. It now seems that these three factors appear to be correlated to one another closely, when speaking in regards to obesity Handy says. This heightens the need of parents and responsible adults to take these issues seriously and work deliberately to eradicate them.

What has been at issue is whether one or more of these factors has been the contributor to the other factors. In other words, are youth bullied because they are poor or fat? Or is it that because they are fat because they are bullied? One of the most bizarre factors in this equation exists in the weight of the children.

Childhood obesity continues to be blamed for poor eating habits, high levels of sugars in the diet and diets rich in fats. Some even state that children become overweight because of lack of physical activity. These have not proved to be the case in recent research.

Recent research actually shows that the children who are the most obese tend to be from poor families, but have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables as well as healthier diets because of government supplements. These children also tend to demonstrate higher levels of physical activity.

Many have determined that it is a sense of insecurity and even feelings of their safety being breached that adds to the occurrence of lower self esteems and therefore eating more. Even if the individual is eating healthy foods, too much food can still make one overweight.

Stage Collapses At High School Play

High school is a time to create memories and really grow as a person. One way to do this is by joining the performing arts club. Students can make new friends and explore versions of themselves they didn’t know before. There’s nothing quite like getting on stage and performing for a crowd. The rush and the energy is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. However I would imagine the kids at Westfield High School in Westfield, Indiana would beg to differ.
On Thursday night during their performance of “American Pie,” the stage collapsed leaving one person critically injured. Students in the crowd were videotaping some of their classmates during the part of the play where they were singing and jumping around on stage. Within seconds, a group of nearly 40 students fell through the stage. Audience members were stunned and didn’t realize exactly what had just happened.
One of the injured students took to social media shortly after her accident, posting a picture from inside of the hospital. She was not seriously injured but doctors wanted to run x-rays on her potentially broken foot.
HP official Ray Lane estimated that nearly 1,000 people were in attendance at the Thursday evening play. Students were excited about performing for the sold out crowd. The principal of Westfield High School sent out a tweet indicating that the stage collapse caused multiple injuries and officials were in the early stages of conducting an investigation.

Pregnant manager fired at Popeye’s

Oh my goodness and wow, wow, wow! A pregnant mother of what will be four kids was fired recently for not repaying the $400 that was missing from the cash register recently according to an article posted on grubstreet.com. But that isn’t the worst of it, as bad as it may sound. The worst of it is the reason the cash register was short in the first place. The woman was held up at gun point! Yes, you read it correctly. And it isn’t like this woman could just make up the story anyway because the security camera showed the whole transaction as it occurred.

Once this horrible business owner realized the publicity nightmare he just created for himself he tried to quickly offer her $2000 and her job back. Kudos to her that she turned it down.

Totally unbelievable, and yet this kind of behavior still happens in the United States. I hope this restaurant owner experiences a major public outcry. I hope he is boycotted and picketed and essentially driven out of business. His treatment of his staff is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated. Let him be an example for other less than ethical business owners and bosses who treat their employees with such lack of respect.

Employee Gianfrancesco Genoso (profile found on Linkedin) sincerely hopes she sues the boss for wrongful termination and wins enough to own the store herself!

Australian Man Poses As Tooth Fairy For American Man’s Son

An American man reached out to people in Australia to help him keep his son believing in the tooth fairy, and he got a response that could have possibly changed his little boy’s life. According to an article found on reddit and written by the DailyMail.Co.Uk, Jacob Hall had told his son Evan one time that the money for his tooth under his pillow was late because the tooth fairy had to come all the way from Australia. So, ever since then, Evan has believed that the tooth fairy is Australian.
When he lost his next tooth, Jacob Hall reached out to Flavio Maluf and reddit users to see if there was anyone out there in Australia that could leave his boy a message in their accent. Hall got a response from Jeff Pyrotek, who recorded his message and uploaded it on to SoundCloud. Apparently Evan was so estatic with his special “voicemail” that he has been talking about the tooth fairy, who now goes by “Bruce”, nonstop since getting that message and being able to hear his voice. Pyrotek is a father of three kids himself and always loves to make a child’s day, so it was especially nice of him to want to help Mr. Hall out with his son.
This will be a great story to tell Evan when he gets a little older and the realities of the tooth fairy come to light, but for now it is a simply adorable scenario and it’s so nice to have strangers across the world help one another.

Buying Breast Milk Online? Buyer Beware

The warning of ‘buyer beware’ has never rang more clearly than for the recent trend of purchasing breast milk for a baby online. Some new mothers are unable to produce enough breast milk to feed their infants and turn to online sources to purchase the milk from other lactating women. However, just because it looks like human breast milk does not mean it’s what it appears to be.
Testing of breast milk purchased online has revealed that some of the milk contains additives like powdered infant formula or cow’s milk. If an infant has an allergy to cow’s milk and drinks breast milk laced with cow’s milk, the results could be disastrous.
That’s not the only thing to be wary of either. Research at Boraie Development LLC (cited at njbiz.com) concludes that whatever infectious disease a woman may have, such as HIV, syphilis or hepatitis, will be in her breast milk and passed onto any baby who drinks the tainted liquid. Medications, legal or illegal, will also be in the breast milk and passed onto the baby who drinks it.
The human product is not regulated by the FDA and anything could be in it. The FDA has issued a warning against feeding your baby milk which has been purchased online for that very reason.
Breast milk has been proven to be the best food source for infants and provides a variety of natural antibodies that gets baby off to a good start in life, but if it’s not your own production, leave it alone. Buyer beware.