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Melamine, Girl Scouts, Cheating Teens and a Sports Test

While we were all off spending quality family time, a few talkers hit the news. Here's a rundown:

Melamine in Infant Formula

Small amounts of melamine and melamine-related compounds have now been found in two samples of infant formula manufactured and sold in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration says that the amounts of the contaminants in both cans of formula are considered safe. "FDA has concluded that levels of melamine alone or cyanuric acid alone, at or below 1 part per million (ppm) in infant formula do not raise public health concerns," wrote the FDA. The brands are Nestle's Good Start Supreme Infant Formula with Iron and a 12.9 ounce can of Enfamil Lipil with Iron Infant Formula Powder.

Girl Scouts Troop Rejects Autistic Girl

Eight-year-old Magi Klages is autistic and mostly non-verbal. She communicates mostly through sign language. And for two years, she has thrived in a Brownie troop, her mother told ABC News. But Magi's troop grew too large, so her parents decided to move her to a small Girl Scouts troop of special needs children. At her first scout meeting with the new troop, Magi threw a fit, biting herself and running out of the circle, said her mother, Michele Klages. "Michele and Kevin Klages of Oconomowoc, Wis., were told their daughter was a 'danger' to the new group's four other children who are all physically disabled," writes ABC. The Girl Scouts have contacted the Klages to work with them to find a new troop for Magi.

Those Lying, Stealing, Cheating Teens

No one's about to call today's generation of teens the "ethical generation." That according to a survey from the Josephson Institute. Nearly 30,000 high schoolers participated in the survey, which shows that 64 percent of teens admit that they cheated on a test in the past year. In addition, 28 percent say they stole from a store in the past year and 42 percent say they sometimes lie to save money. The Josephson Institute theorizes that even these numbers may be understated: "More than one in four (26 percent) confessed they lied on at least one or two questions on the survey. Experts agree that dishonesty on surveys usually is an attempt to conceal misconduct."

Does Your Kid Have the Sports Gene? Do You Want to Know?

Some parents start their kids on sports from the moment they can crawl. Others take on travel team after travel team. And now some may turn to a new genetic test to assess just which sports Junior might be good at. The cheek swab DNA test by Atlas Sports Genetics aims to assess a child's athletic abilities -- all for a mere $149. That way Mom and Dad can best focus their child on the sports that are in the genes. Some experts, such as Dr. Theodore Friedmann of the University of California-San Diego Medical Center, tell the New York Times that it's "an opportunity to sell new versions of snake oil."

Is a test that helps determine which sports in which your child may succeed or fail something that you'd want to try?

By Stacey Garfinkle |  December 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Babies , Newsmakers , Teens
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