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This week on Thrive: Feb. 1-5

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, explores the term “Avatard.” A Children’s youth advisor calls for action to ban bullying. Children’s doctors recount time in Haiti to NPR’s All Things Condsidered and WGBH’s Greater Boston. Claire McCarthy, MD, warns parents about the choking game. Children’s doctors are closing in on the likely cause of SIDS. Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses the “R” word the “R” word on ABC World News. The Mediatrician looks into whether TV watching could be related to speech delays.

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The choking game—Parents, be aware!

Claire McCarthyHave you heard of the choking game?

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t—it was news to me when I read about it in this month’s issue of the journal, Pediatrics. But if you’re the parent of a teen (as I am), you need to know about it.

In this “game”, played in groups or alone, teens temporarily deprive their brains of oxygen.  This causes a “high”, and there is another pleasurable sensation when the blood and oxygen rush back into the brain.

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