Infant monitors: Not so smart

It’s not uncommon for new parents to use a baby monitor, so they can keep an ear or eye on their child. However, you should steer clear of a new type of monitor.

Free college tuition

When New York introduced its Excelsior Scholarship program in April 2017, it joined Oregon and Tennessee in providing free tuition for college. 

Credit score changes

Credit bureaus Equifax, Experian and TransUnion no longer include information about tax liens and civil judgments in their credit report unless it includes a person’s name, address and either the person’s Social Security number or birthdate.

The airline loyalty program for pets

Korean Air’s Skypets loyalty program for pet passengers has made some aviation experts wonder whether U.S. airlines will provide such a program of their own.

Effect of Dad’s Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels in would-be fathers can affect the genetic material that they pass along to their children, according to preliminary research that was described in a Time.com article.

Ford says, OK, cranky baby: Let’s go for a ‘ride’

It’s dangerous for an infant to fall asleep in a car seat unattended, because, until his/her neck is strong enough to hold up his/her head, a risk of injury exists from the head flopping forward and causing the airway to be blocked. 

Pregnancy & privacy

Social media are common places where expectant parents post digital timelines of their pregnancy.

Buying stocks for kids

A gift of stock to children can provide good lessons as well as profits—particularly if the stock is a company that children know and like, two experts tell Consumers Digest.

Student debt also for elders

Over the past decade, the number of U.S. consumers who are age 60 and older and have student-loan debt quadrupled—primarily because they financed their children’s and grandchildren’s education, according to a January 2017 report from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Tuning in older generations to tech

Senior citizens’ disinterest in technology, which often is prompted by their apprehension about it, prevents them from benefiting from advanced devices and services.

Pregnancy & anemia rising

Two experts believe that the findings of a December 2016 study that was published in the journal Blood in regard to increased rates of anemia in pregnant women are viable.

Yoga with pets

If your yoga instructor suggests that you bring your cat or dog to your next session, you should know that a clinical, sport and performance psychologist whom we interviewed believes that it’s possible that you can benefit from your pet’s presence when you exercise.

“Toddler milk” needs more regulation

An open letter that was published November 2016 in Healthcare urges government regulators to step up efforts against companies that produce liquid nutritional supplements that are commonly referred to as “toddler milks” because of what the authors say is companies’ misleading and potentially harmful marketing to the parents of children who are ages 6 months and older.

Pet foods under new FDA scrutiny

Food and Drug Administration is considering guidelines that call for its staff to look for and possibly take regulatory action against manufacturers of pet foods whose labels are deceptive regarding how their food is intended to treat or prevent diseases.

Drug disposal expanded

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) expanded its National Drug Take-Back Days program to make it easier for people to get rid of their unwanted prescription medications safely.

Boys’, girls’ brains differ after PTSD

A study that was published November 2016 in the journal Depression and Anxiety shows that the area of the brain that processes emotion differs between boys and girls, and, as a result, that girls are more likely than boys are to be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).