Newswise: Prenatal pet exposure, delivery mode, race are key factors in early allergy risk
Prenatal pet exposure, a mother’s delivery mode and race are influential factors in a child’s risk of developing allergies by age 2, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

The Washington Post: The debt ‘super committee’: Who will serve on it?
A 12-person committee will be tasked to come up with at least $1.2 trillion more in spending cuts by Nov. 23, and it’s going to be hard to get that without dipping into the big health care entitlement programs — Medicare and Medicaid.

The Science Blog
: Math ability is inborn
According to the results of a study by a team of Johns Hopkins University psychologists. math ability in preschool children is strongly linked to their inborn and primitive “number sense,” called an “Approximate Number System” or ANS.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Nighttime breathing machine is effective treatment for sleep apnea
Among the treatments for obstructive sleep apnea, the effectiveness of a nighttime-breathing machine called a “CPAP” was backed by the strongest evidence.

The LA Times: Scientists study surge in heat-related football deaths
The risk of heat-related illnesses for high school football players is higher than ever due to record temperatures around the country and the fact that football players these days are bigger than ever.

The Huffington Post: How Facebook and social media affect the minds of Generation Next
When it comes to teens and their social media habits, there’s some great news and some not-so-great news. It can make your child a fast learner, but it is also associated with a host of psychological disorders.