Stories about: song lyrics

This week on Thrive: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

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

Yoga is thought to have many healing powers, but is fighting eating disorders one of them? One patient tells her story of how brain stimulation helps keep her epileptic seizures at bay. Children’s professionalism and ethical practice expert talks about the changing mammography guidelines and gives insight into the health care reform. Children’s Dr. Sharon Levy discusses whether or not home-based drug kits are useful on the MSNBC show “Dr. Nancy.” The National Institute of Health announced 13 new government-approved embryonic stem cell lines, 11 of which were developed at Children’s. The HealthMap team gave us our weekly H1N1 update. Did you know that children with RSV are more likely to be hospitalized than those with seasonal flu? Our Mediatrician sings his praises of Guitar Hero but adds a warning about appropriate lyrics. Good Morning America features Children’s research on autism and facial recognition.

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My whole family enjoys Guitar Hero, but I’m concerned about the lyrics – what should I do?

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 whether or not children under 2-years old should watch television.

Here’s this week’s question:

Q: Several months ago, we purchased the Guitar Hero video game. I thought it was for my husband, but since then, we’ve added the drum set and a microphone to the collection. We’re now enjoying playing songs as a family with our 6-year-old daughter. We’re having a lot of fun playing the different instruments and trying new songs together, but I’m concerned about the suggestive or violent lyrics in many of the songs. Do you have any ideas for optimizing the benefits of playing together while minimizing the negatives?
Rocking Out in Marlboro, MA
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