Monday, July 7, 2008

Relevant News Flash (7:2)

Many health related stories have been cropping up lately. Here are a few to bring you current:
  • The New York Times writes about the controversial call to test children beginning at age 2 for issues with their cholesterol, as well as possibly using drug therapies beginning at age 8 depending on outcomes of other measures and family risk factors, which is heatedly debated in the medical community.
  • Reuters was absolutely packed this week with health news pertinent to parents! Proof that nutrition, and specifically early nutrition, matters, so much so as to account for an entire year of education in its developmental benefits. Probiotics use early on has also been shown in a study in Finland to help young children with respiratory ailments.
  • Issues with the brain chemical, serotonin, essential to regulating the body's temperature and respiration, has been somewhat accidentally linked as a possible clue in the effort to understand what causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Another reason to scrutinize our national cesarean delivery rate: a "moderately increased risk of developing asthma" has been found in a population study in Norway.
  • Modern medicine is providing astonishing new tools and possibilities for family planning, but the ethical arguments question how specific that planning should be. Should a fertility challenged couple, for example, actively plan on a multiple pregnancy in one shot to spare them fertility costs down the road when they want to add to their family?
  • Vitamin D, and the ill effects of our growing deficiency, has been widely covered. The Natural News highlights the especially dangerous implications for pregnant women.
  • And finally, in health news, Pringles lovers beware! We're not quite sure exactly what is in these tasty morsels, but it certainly isn't potatoes, according to a British court ruling.

In other news:

  • What will the classroom of the future look like? Will an actual classroom even exist? A pilot program in a middle school in Boston offers us an interesting glimpse into our possible future.
  • This falls under the heading "tragically trying to remain hip." So you are in the "know," read this little item about the Kidz Bop phenomenon. Seems kind of like "muszak" for the middle-schooler.

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