This week on Thrive: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2

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

Lots of readers voiced concerns about exactly what is in the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine. Ken McIntosh, MD, addresses those questions head-on in a post about everything from thimerosal and squalene to Guillain-Barre. In other flu news, Marvin Harper, MD, lets us know how to tell the difference between the common cold, seasonal flu and H1N1, and Claire McCarthy, MD, offers advice on how to protect your child from H1N1. New research gives another reason why you shouldn’t spank your child. In Part 6 of our milk allergy series, Brett Nasuti organizes Food Allergy Awareness Week at his school. There are new guidelines for physicians on how to give a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Doctors can now use medical records to spot early signs of domestic violence. New funding has allowed Children’s to start a project that hopes to crack autism’s genetics. We learned that drinking early in life may trigger alcohol dependency, and Michael Rich, MD, MPH, our  Mediatrician, weighed in on whether American Girl dolls are a better option than Bratz or Barbies.

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