This week on Thrive June 14-18

This week on Thrive:

For four months, the halls, emergency rooms and operating tables of Children’s Hospital Boston were captured by videographers as they filmed hundreds of hours of footage for the upcoming ABC News documentary series, Boston Med, which airs Thursday June 24, at 10 pm on ABC. Stay tuned to Thrive for some exclusive content from the show as the series progresses.

Earlier in the week Family Advocacy Day was held in Washington DC, and Children’s families and staff were there to let legislators know how important public policy concerning pediatrics is. Check out their blog for first hand insight into this exciting event.

Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet— even Twilight’s Bella— all flirted with the concept. Throughout history (both real and fictional) many adolescents have felt so victimized by a world outside their control that they’ve harbored thoughts of self-harm. A new study shows cutting is prevalent among younger teens, but our expert weighs says this data is cause for concern, not wide spread panic.  

Thrive reporter Melissa Jeltsen spoke with Children’s Hospital Boston gastroenterologist Richard Grand, MD, about many of the misconceptions and half-truths surrounding lactose intolerance and kids.

Many New England teenagers, especially girls, use artificial tanning beds prior to beach season. While a preseason bronze may lessen beach anxiety for the self-conscious sunbather, it also makes the tanner 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma than non-tanning bed users. We talked to one of our experts about this risky behavior.  

According to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of boys who said they wouldn’t mind being a father if they were to get a girl pregnant has risen considerably since 2002, reflecting a possible shift in young men’s attitudes over the stigma of raising a child out-of-wedlock. Joanne Cox, MD, medical director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Young Parents Program comments.

In an effort to put a cap on young Bostonians’ soda drinking, the city is initiating the Soda-Free Summer Challenge, where participants pledge to abstain from drinking soda all summer. We re-linked to our extensive writing on the subject.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH , Children’s media expert addresses research published in the new issue of Pediatrics showing when parents set up and enforce strict screen-time limits for their kids, the children respect the boundaries and are often healthier for it.