FDA may scrutinize "health" food labels like drug labels, hearing helps and sweet shot baby!

Here are some pediatrics stories in the mainstream media we found interesting:

Are babies smarter than we thought? A new study shows that talking to your baby, even when they’re still in the womb, could help him/her develop early language skills.

Speaking of childhood hearing, how closely are hearing disorders linked to other types of development? Are new parents doing enough to check on their children’s hearing? The New York Times touched on the issue.

We’ve heard a spoonful of medicine helps the medicine go down. But can sweetness help shots hurt less? Healthday reports that giving babies a sugar solution prior to immunization shots seems to make the pain less acute.

Should FDA police food like they do drugs?The Boston Globe ran an article on a statement made by federal regulators that says food labels touting health benefits should be held under similar scrutiny to drug labeling.

First introduced 4 years ago, the Rotavirus vaccine has reduced hospitalization in kids, treating problems like gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. A team reported online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases that hospitalization rates for acute gastroenteritis dropped by 16% in 2007 and by 45% in 2008 compared with the earlier period.