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Healthy News to Use: August 2021

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Baby Sleep Product Changes

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to stop manufacturers from marketing infant sleepers and other products that do not align with medical recommendation for safe sleep. The new rule will take effect next year, and the products in question have been linked to more than 100 infant deaths. Sleepers meant for babies five months and younger must meet existing safety standards and products that will no longer be allowed to be marketed include inclined sleepers, in-bed sleepers, baby boxes, sleep hammocks, and bassinets without a stand. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep alone, on their backs, and on a firm flat and stable surface free of soft bedding or restraints. (

Tee it up!

Golfers can rest assured that their time on the course is as healthy as it is fun. A recent experiment from Dr. Steve Otto, director of research and testing at The R&A, found that the average distance golfers walked during a round of 18 holes at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland was 6.6 miles or 10.62 km.

That’s great news, as walking has been linked to a host of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness.

New Ways To Find Kids Podcasts

An alternative to screen time while still enjoying technology is to listen to audio books or podcasts. But finding a good, engaging podcast can depend on recommendations. Common Sense Media and Apple Podcasts have partnered to bring families a new feature, Kids & Family collection, which brings podcasts geared for children together in one click. The curated collection of themed sets of new and popular shows organized by age group, and all shows are researched by Common Sense Media. The Content will be regularly updated to keep things fresh for young listeners and peace of mind for their parents. (

Does my teenager need vaccines?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says preteens and teenagers need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases: meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections; HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus; Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough; and a yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.


200,000 sports-related eye injuries occur in children each year*

Concerned parents should know that estimates from Boston Children’s Hospital suggest that as much as 90 percent of sports eye injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear.

Do you know the (monetary) cost of a first-offense DUI?

A survey from asked readers in various parts of the country who had been arrested for a first-offense DUI how much they paid to resolve their case. The survey found that the average cost was $6,500. However, that figure does not include lost wages, which survey respondents reported totaling $4,400 on average.

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