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  • Top of the Morning: Pinoy Babies Named After Pope Francis during Philippine Visit

    The Pope leaves a mark among Filipinos, plus, why pregnant women should take folic acid
  • 1. At least six babies named Francis, Frances

    Pope Francis

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    Pope Francis' visit will certainly leave a mark long after his visit to the Philippines is over: Five baby boys were named Francis; one baby girl was named Frances in the country's Eastern Visayas region. The babies, who were born Monday to Wednesday before the Pope arrived January 15, were named such not only to honor him but also to remember his historic visit. His Holiness left for Rome today. (inquirer.net)

    Related: The 12 Trends in Baby Naming in 2015

    2. Any form of exercise can stretch your life
    Researchers claim that at the very least, a 20-minute daily walk or another exercise that burns 90 to 110 calories each day could reduce the risk of premature deaths. It suggests that lack of exercise is responsible for twice as many deaths than those linked to obesity. The new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proves that even a small amount of exercise has substantial health benefits. (time.com)

    3. Number of babies with neural tube defects declining
    Neural tube defects -- serious birth defects of the brain and spine -- have fallen 35 percent in the U.S. as mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998.  It means that 1,300 fewer babies are born with neural tube defects such a spina bifida, which can cause partial or complete paralysis of parts of the body below the waist. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women of child-bearing age to get 400 mg of folic acid daily from enriched food or supplements, even if they're not planning to have kids. (webmd.com)

    4. Wi-fi exposure more dangerous to kids
    A report published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure entitled "Why Children Absorb More Microwave Radiation Than Adults: The Consequences," suggest that parents may need to limit their children's exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF). The report explains that since children's bodies are smaller and their skulls thinner, their brain tissue is more absorbent of the radiation. (forbes.com)

    5. Giving toddler autonomy helps develop his brains
    A recent study published in the Journal of Child and Family suggests that there are great benefits to parents and kids alike if parents give children free reign whenever possible, especially when helping them solve problems. The study measured the extent of moms' helping their kids and found that interacting with toddlers at their level and not swooping in from above to solve their problems is a bit more brain stimulating. (nymag.com)

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