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  • Top of the Morning: DOH Takes Down Controversial Anti-Teen Pregnancy Video

    The campaign draws criticism from netizens, plus news on detecting autism
  • 1. DOH takes down controversial anti-teen pregnancy  video
    After drawing flak online for its public service announcement against teen pregnancy, the Department of Health (DOH) has taken down the three-minute video from its Facebook page. The video features a cheering squad of boys and girls doing a routine, while a song, which uses derogatory words such as “gaga” and “bobo”, plays. (abs-cbnnews.com)

    Watch the contoversial campaign:

    2. Actress Haylie Duff is pregnant
    The Real Girls Kitchen blogger Haylie Duff recently announced on her blog that she and fiancé Matt Rosenberg, New York Times journalist, are expecting their first child. The actress/producer/singer-songwriter is ecstatic to share the news. Even her sister, Lizzie McGuire actress Hilary Duff, shared the excitement by posting on Twitter that she’s going to be an auntie! Congratulations, Haylie! (people.com)

    3. Mom re-announces transgender child’s birth



























    Aussie mom Yolanda Bogert put out an ad in the birth section of a local newspaper Courier-Mail that retracted her daughter’s birth -- and presented her son Kai, now 19. Yolanda shared that her daughter just came out to her a few days ago, saying "He informs us that we were mistaken". The ad, which was tweeted by a Queensland resident, has been re-tweeted thousands of times. (huffingtonpost.com)

    4. Circumcision is best for boys
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the first-ever set of guidelines on circumcision, saying, “The scientific evidence [on circumcision] is clear that the benefits outweigh the risks.” The guidelines also say that circumcision is safer for newborns and infants than for older males. The CDC, however, did not require parents to have their newborn sons circumcised, but recommended doctors to help parents make an informed decision. (huffingtonpost.com)

    5. New way to diagnose autism
    Carnegie Mellow University researchers have created a potentially decisive way to diagnose autism and other psychiatric disorders -— by examining how our brains respond to the thought of a hug. Lead researcher Marcel Just, D.O. Hebb professor of Psychology at the university explains his team discovered the exact part of the brain in which those with autism process information, such as a hug, differently. The difference can be seen in a simple brain scan, and showed 97% accuracy during the study, which was published in the journal Plos One. (yahoo.com)

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