Marriage is Positive for Kids

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting Having a married mom and dad has an impact on a child's future, according to data from The Heritage Foundation. The group used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to look at marriage and the role it plays in raising healthy children. Christine Kim, policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation, said healthy marriage role models affect kids' future married life and family formation. "If they come from a family with divorced parents," she said, "that might impact their likelihood of getting divorced in the future as well." The study, called "A Portrait of Family and Religion in America," found families with a high level of conflict had an impact on children later in life. "Their marriage may be less functional" Kim said.  "There might be…
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Experts Urge School Screening of Athletes’ Hearts with EKGs

Children's Health, Parenting
A very interesting new study may change my practice. I've been doing sports medicine for nearly 30 years, 10 of those as a volunteer physician with the US Olympic Committee and as a subspecialist with a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine. So, I've always tried to keep up with the data in this arena and nothing in recent history has surprised me as much as a study showing that an inexpensive EKG has the potential to reduce the risk of sudden death among high school athletes. According to a news report, U.S. researchers are saying "this new, inexpensive screening method could help reduce the risk for sudden cardiac death among high school athletes." No, EKGs are not "new," but using them for preparticipation sports exams would be new.…
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New mammogram guidelines are spurring huge controversy

Woman's Health
This controversy is receiving massive media coverage for the second consecutive day, and being covered on every major network -- the controversy is swirling around the new breast cancer screening guidelines from the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). The news is sparking a surprising amount of anger, skepticism, and confusion among women and those who love them, as well as healthcare professionals and and public health experts. The CBS Evening News (11/17, story 3, Couric) reported that "new government guidelines for breast cancer screening" that "say routine mammograms are not necessary for most women in their 40s" are "upsetting many patients and their doctors." The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that "women at low risk should not get screened until they're in their 50s and then every other…
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