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What goes on in the brain during a 3D movie?

Michael RichMedia expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, answers your questions about media use. Last week, he discussed if parents are legally responsible when their teens engage in sexting.

Here’s this week’s question:

Q: I took my sons to see Avatar over vacation, and while I sat there with giant 3D glasses on, I wondered if scientists know anything about whether 3D affects how children process the experience of a movie?
Thrilled by 3D in Wilmington, MA

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This week on Thrive: Nov. 2 – 6

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

Read why the days of jumping back into a game after a possible concussion are over. A new study shows that adult survivors of childhood cancer are much more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than their peers. Children’s expert Ellen Hanson, PhD, questions whether autism really is on the rise. An experimental heart valve saves a child with H1N1. Children’s has established and unprecedented partnership with the state’s largest health plans. The HealthMap team gives its weekly H1N1 update. Children’s Dennis Rosen, MD, questions whether sleeping late can keep your child slim and Joanne Cox, MD, answers parents’ questions about H1N1. Our resident mediatrician tackles the question of graphic violent and sexual images in the media and a teen guest blogger writes about teens and self-esteem.

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Health headlines: Music eases patient stress during surgery and teen “grows” new cheekbones

Other stories we’ve been reading:

stockphotopro_331401ebx_musicpinkastractA Cleveland Clinic study shows that using music during surgery can ease patient stress.

stockphotopro_70502lrc_a_chapple_chappleSurvival of extremely pre-term infants has led to more babies with vision problems.

stockphotopro_086826RCT_female_doctor__xPeople who are severely ill with H1N1 may get blood clots in the lungs that standard chest X-rays may not be able to spot.


Donor bone and stem cells were used to grow new cheekbones in a teen with a rare genetic disorder.


Giving babies Tylenol to prevent a fever when they get vaccinations may make the shots less effective.

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Health headlines: Premature babies, burn injuries and cherry flavored Tamiflu

Other stories we’ve been reading:

  • Nearly one in 10 of the world’s babies is born prematurely, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result, says a startling report.
  • Ear infections are especially common in children between 6 months and 3-years old. The Canadian Pediatric Society’s website, Caring for Kids, offers us some great information on how to know when your child has an ear infection and what to do when it actually happens.
  • Burn injuries among children dropped by 31 percent between 1990 and 2006. Even though the numbers are down, burn injuries are still disproportionately high among younger children.
  • Kitchens are a great place for families to gather. They are also a hotspot for injuries. Vicky McEvoy, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School tells us about common kitchen injuries that you should be aware of.
  • The liquid children’s version of the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu in short supply, so pharmacists are making their own children’s version by mixing cherry syrup with the contents of the Tamiflu capsules.
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