Yes, in case you're keeping score at home, you've already noticed there was no Friday Freakout last week; because we freakin' went out of town for the weekend. So refreshing. But enough of that, let's get on with the overly alarming reporting of child and parenting-related science, easiest one first, CANCER!:
- Ingredients in baby bath products cause cancer, say some activists who tested products for the unregulated formaldehyde that everyone's always known was there. [usatoday via dt reader melissa]
- Bonus alarming quote from Stacy Malkan of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: "Our intention is not to alarm parents, but to inform parents that products that claim to be gentle and pure are contaminated with carcinogens, which is completely unnecessary."
- Kids with older dads performed worse on cognitive tests. The results of an Autralian analysis of a giant store of US historical data are "significant" statistically, but "subtle," i.e., so minor you really shouldn't feel bad about not having a kid in your twenties. [bbc via dt reader dt; read the whole paper online at PLoS]
- While there's a whole sidebar paper on it in PLoS, I wonder if I'm the only one who gets the sense that while dad-related effects are theorized to be genetically based, mom-related effects are theorized to be related to the nurturing/family environment? Just sayin'. [PLoS]
- Also, whilst they have your attention, the BBC helpfully point out that older fathers are also linked to bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia. Damn you, increasingly mutant sperm! [bbc]
- It's been in my browser tab all week, but I can't bring myself to read the massive Washington Post article about the dad on trial for forgetting his kid was in the back seat that hot summer day. [washpost]
- In other unbearable car-related news, an employee at an Arkansas day care center thought that windshield wiper fluid in the fridge was Kool-Aid, and fed it to the kids. There are so many WTF's here, I can't begin to bullet them out. [sfgate via dt reader amy]