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  • Top of the Morning: Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Welcome First Child

    The new addition came just before New Year, plus, why you should treat newborn jaundice immediately
  • 1. Blake and Ryan welcome child



























    Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds welcomed their first child over the holidays, just before the New Year, pagesix.com reports. Blake gave birth near the couple’s home in Bedford, New York. Although the baby's gender is still unknown, reports say both mom and child are doing well and healthy. The couple has already prepared their home for the arrival of their newborn months before. (people.com)

    2. U.S. airlines apologized to mom with special-needs child
    United Airlines had apologized to mom-of-four Elit Kirschenbaum from New Jersey, who with her family suffered humiliation when they boarded the flight from a vacation in the Dominican Republic last December 30. The incident started when, before take off, Kirschenbaum seated three-year-old daughter Ivy, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, on her lap, and a United Airlines flight attendant did not allow the family’s seating arrangement. Because of her condition, Ivy could not sit up on her own, but the FA still insisted that the girl take her own seat even after this was explained to her. (huffingtonpost.com)

    3. "Hamog" may be true
    What our elders always referred to as "hamog" (dew) may have scientific basis after all. Researchers from Yale University found that the common cold virus can reproduce more efficiently in cooler temperatures found inside your nose than at your core body temperature such as in the lungs or the rest of your body. So when grandma says to cover up or else “baka mahamogan ka,” heed her advice. The more you let yourself get chilled, the body is less able to fight the cold, as our immune systems work better in normal, warm body conditions. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of National Academy. (yahoo.com)

    4. Treat newborn jaundice to avoid brain damage
    A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that newborns with significant jaundice are not likely to develop a rare and life-threatening type of cerebral palsy if treatment guidelines are followed. Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin due to high levels of the pigment bilirubin, which a newborn’s liver, being underdeveloped, is unable to break down. Some babies are treated with phototheraphy, exposure to which transforms bilirubin into a compound that can be excreted from the body. (usnews.com)

    5. Even small screens affect kids’ sleep
    According to a new study published in Pediatrics, children who have small screens such as tablets or smartphones in their bedrooms get less sleep than children who do not have the devices with them at night. The study showed that small screens are slightly worse than having a television in the room. Kids with a TV in their bedroom got clocked in a few more sleep minutes than those kids who go to bed with their smartphones. (abs-cbnnews.com)

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