This week on Thrive: April 10 – April 16

Missed a Thrive post? Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Thrive continues its coverage of Children’s Hospital Boston and Project Medishare staffers who worked in Haiti as part of the ongoing relief effort. In the past 5 days we heard from Grace Chan, MD, Maggie Pierre, RN, Sarah Wingerter, MD, Nancy Joseph, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C; staff nurse in CHPCC

Children’s media expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH discusses a recent study that links excessive TV use by toddlers to poorer school performance in later years

Did you hear? This week Children’s launched a brand new website focusing on its Stem Cell Research program and how stem cell research has already impacted the lives of sick children. Thrive featured a first-person account by a family recalling the challenges they faced in trying to help their son.

Claire McCarthy, MD, a primary care physician and the medical director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Martha Eliot Health Center wrote a post for Thrive about parental favoritism, either real or imagined, and how it could affect kids. She also provided tips to parents on how to avoid hurting the feelings of any of their children if they fear one child is being perceived as more loved.

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, which was formed to curtail the marketing of junk food at American kids, has said it will not advocate for government regulation to force the food industry to make/market food targeted at kids healthier. It did however state that it would ask the food industry to police itself better in terms of the foods made and aimed at children. Is this enough? Can an industry that has for years profited off “vitamin fortified” sugar cereals be trusted? Thrive opened the discussion with our readers.

In a a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA David Ludwig, MD, PhD, advocated for a return of home economics in American schools, teaching classes that advocate healthy cooking. Thrive posted some of his writing.

John Knight, MD, director at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Children’s sat down with Thrive to discuss a recent study that linked R-rated movies and underage drinking.