More teachers are doing duties once reserved for school nurses, a result of cost-cutting efforts by school districts nationwide. Teachers, nurses and parents are concerned about the trend, especially as the number of children with complex medical conditions needing attention at school -- including asthma, allergy and diabetes care -- is increasing. U.S. guidelines call for one school nurse for every 750 students, but the national average is one for every 1,151 students.
Expectant mothers who eat nuts or peanut butter daily during pregnancy may raise the risk of their offspring developing asthma by nearly 50%. New research shows that moderate amounts of the product had no negative effects.
Information about park accessibility, interpreters and other National Park Service services for visitors with disabilities are now compiled on a single online site. The site is in the process of compiling information from individual parks as it becomes available.
European researchers found that a cholesterol-lowering drug failed to help children with a genetic disorder that involves learning disabilities despite showing promise in previous studies on mice. More studies are needed before the drug can be suggested for such use, the scientists said.
Less than 50% of the students that are classified as having visual impairments can read Braille. But after a decade on the decline as students with some vision were pressed to instead use large-print books, the format is being revived through technology advancements, including portable devices that allow students to type and read Braille as well as software capable of producing Braille materials.