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Briefs: Safety vest used for plane rides

| Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

The Baby B'Air, an in-flight safety vest, allows parents to seat their babies and toddlers on their laps comfortably during an airplane flight. Parents attach the Baby B'Air to themselves using their seat belts. The device is made of 100 percent cotton and sells for $34.95. Details: www.babybair.com .

One in 10 U.S. kids has alcoholic parent

More than one in 10 U.S. children lives with an alcoholic parent and are at increased risk of developing a host of health problems of their own, according to a new government study released on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration analyzed national survey data from 2005 through 2010 and found that, on average, 7.5 million children -- about 10.5 percent of the country's younger-than-18 population -- lived with a parent abusing alcohol during any given year.

Nonprofit aims to help families thrive

Family ROI -- a nonprofit organization that uses business techniques to help families thrive, and hosts weekend retreats -- offers a book called "The Family ROI Experience: A Step-by-Step Guide to Realizing Your Best Family," which aims to let families complete the program at home.

Authors Barbara Fagan-Smith and Lesli Gee structure their book like a "journey map," with stops including communication, culture, mission and practices. It is available at Amazon.com for $24.95.

Group program helps teen girls keep weight off

A series of group meetings focused on improving diet, increasing physical activity and addressing mood and body-image issues helped prevent heavy teen girls from gaining weight, a study reported by Reuters says. In the new study, weight differences in girls who did and didn't go through the program were small, but persisted for at least a few months after the sessions ended.

Kids' language issues tied to moms' low vitamin D

Mothers who had low vitamin D levels while they were pregnant are more likely to have a child with a language impairment than moms who had higher levels of the vitamin, according to a study from Australia, reported by Reuters health.

While the results do not prove that low vitamin D is to blame for later problems, "they point to a very plausible association that warrants more attention," said Lisa Bodnar, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, who was not involved in this study.

Kids' CT scans not on the rise: study

Contrary to previous research showing the number of CT scans done on children is increasing, a new study finds use of the technology has leveled off and might even be declining -- at least, in Georgia ERs, according to Reuters Health. The radiation from CT scans carries a small risk of cancer, which has fueled concerns about overuse, particularly in kids.

Insurance eligibility improves medical care

A new study reported in Reuters Health suggests young adults are more likely to get care and see a doctor when states extend the time they can stay on their parents' health insurance -- a measure also mandated by the 2010 federal health-care law. The laws are meant to help those older than 18, who typically outgrow their parents' plans but have trouble getting full-time jobs with health coverage after high school.

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