USA Today reports that according to a new study, many heavy-set moms and children think they are slimmer than they actually are – a trend that pediatricians and other doctors have been noticing. Children’s Claire McCarthy, MD, adds that that roughly half of her patients are overweight or obese.
American Medical News reports on a recent study that concluded many hospitals are not recognizing the full benefits of social networking through Facebook; though they may have a presence, they let their page sit idle. The report also stated that children’s hospitals are more likely than others to maintain an effective Facebook presence. Children’s Ryan Paul, social media specialist, provides comment on the Children’s Facebook page.
MedPage Today reports on recent findings from Children’s Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, Lynda Schneider, MD, and colleagues that show children who are allergic to milk may develop a tolerance by taking certain medication coupled with a gradual increase in their exposure to milk.
New England Sports Network (NESN) reports that they have teamed up with the Boston Bruins Foundation and Hess to donate $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital Brain Injury Program. Children’s David Mooney, MD, MPH, discussed the program at last night’s Bruins game.
USA Today reports on new research from Children’s Leonard Zon, MD, in which zebrafish serve as animal models of melanoma, developing a form of the disease genetically similar to human skin cancer tumors. The studies of zebrafish suggest that excessive activity of two genes, rather than mutation to them, are the keys to melanoma. The Boston Globe also reported on the findings.
Other stories we’ve been reading:
Advertising guilt doesn’t curb binge drinking. Teen alcohol and marijuana use is on the rise. [A recent teen drug survey predicted this.] Young people who smoke marijuana for long periods of time are more likely to risk psychosis. …
Other stories we’ve been reading:
What you eat during pregnancy can impact your baby’s chance of having certain allergies. Can peanut allergies be cured? [Watch Brett’s journey to overcome his milk allergy.] The lactose intolerant population might be smaller than we think.
Poverty in childhood can shape neurobiology. [Read about how more children than ever are relying on food stamps.] Twenty percent of children don’t see a dentist annually. [Did you know that February is Children’s Dental Health Month?]
H1N1 hasn’t peaked yet. [Have your questions answered about whether or not your child should get the H1N1 shot.] A new vaccine has been approved for child infections. [Read about the new immunization schedule.]
Does obesity rehab for kids work? [Read about the First Lady’s obesity initiative.] Physically fit students do better academically. Playing the Wii could help stroke rehabilitation. [What are the effects of “exergames” like the Wii?]
What a whirlwind of a year. Since launching this blog in July, we’ve had more than 230,000 visitors, many of whom have left thought-provoking comments on our posts.
We’ve enjoyed bringing you personal stories and expert insight about current pediatric health topics, and we hope you continue reading us in 2010.
What were our readers most interested in this year? Our most widely read stories range from a video series about defeating a milk allergy to a news report about the discredited Baby Einstein videos. Did you miss any of our most popular posts? We revisit them below. …