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Top stories on Thrive: 2009


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.

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This week on Thrive: Nov. 23-27

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

An expert weighs in on whether New Moon, the latest Twilight movie, influences about how teens view romance. Minnie Ortiz, a patient at Children’s Optimal Weight for Life Program, is featured on a new PBS Web video series called Living with My Type 2. The federal government recalls 2.1 million cribs; find out how to protect your childThe Origin of Species was published 150 years ago, but it remains as relevant as ever, particularly when it comes to our health. Injury prevention specialists say it’s up to parents and other gift-givers to make sure the toys are safe and age-appropriate. NECN tells the happy story of a family’s Thanksgiving reunion. Is there anything wrong with letting an 18-month-old watch the episode of Sesame Street that he loves?

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Obsession and risk-taking: What New Moon tells us about how teens think romance should be

new-moonLast week the latest Twilight series movie, “New Moon,” smashed all records for opening day box-office sales, earning more than $70 million—$26 million from the midnight showings alone (beating out the Harry Potter midnight showings). Add that to the millions of Twilight series books sold, and there is absolutely no doubt that we are dealing with a true teen phenomenon.

If your child is a Twilight fan and you haven’t read the books yourself, there are some things you should know about them.

First, the books can be quite scary at parts, with a lot of real or threatened violence. And second, while there’s no sex before marriage between Bella and Edward, the relationship is full of sensuality and sexual tension. Hormones are raging big time.

What parents most need to know, though, is that the relationship between Edward and Bella is very obsessive.

For example:

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