Things We’ve Read: Week of Sep. 15th, 2014

Sen. Charles Schumer Proposes Ban On 10 Flame Retardants In Kids Products (CBS New York): These chemicals in upholstered furniture and children’s products have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.

Motherhood Penalty, Begone: What Being a Mother Should Say to Bosses, According to Mega-Successful Working Moms (Glamour): What motherhood should say to employers.

Crest Will Eliminate Microbeads From Its Toothpastes (Yahoo! Health): Citing public concern about the beads’ effects on marine and human health, Crest has pledged to eliminate microbeads from its toothpastes by March 2016.

Dramatic British PSA Will Make You Want To Go Home And Read To Your Child (HuffPost): The things that could happen if you don’t read to your child…

Part I: When Mad Men Met a Sedative — How U.S. Doctors Were Duped Into Doling Out a Toxic Drug (HuffPost): The background behind the introduction of thalidomide to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s.

Text4Baby expands on SMS success with app, numbers show public health impact (iMedical Apps): The app, Text4Baby, is improving awareness about pregnancy healthcare and improving communication between patients and their doctors.

Glycated Hemaglobin Can Identify Diabetes in Early Pregnancy (HCP Live): Early glucose tolerance tests can identify diabetes in early pregnancy if HbA levels are above 5.9%.

Kids exposed in the womb to plasticizers more likely to have asthma (Environmental Health News):  A new study showed that NYC children exposed in the womb to plasticizers, or phthalates, have a 72% higher chance of developing asthma.

8 Components of the Perfect Dad Brain (HuffPost): The perfect dad brain is a blend of traits from eight awesome movie dads.

10 ‘Mom Activities’ That Are Harder Than Running a Marathon (theStir): Parenting activities that are harder than they seem.