Spare the Rod? Is Spanking a Child Harmful or Helpful? – Part 10 – Does spanking lead a parent to use harmful forms of corporal punishment which lead to physical child abuse?

Children's Health, Parenting
Opposition to parents spanking their children has been growing significantly in elite circles over the past few years. And, my blogs on spanking are among the most read of those I publish. Therefore, I’ve decided to, with the help of the research of my friends Den Trumbull, MD, S. DuBose Ravenel, MD, look a the arguments used against spanking, to see if they hold any water. This is the eleventh of a 12 part series. Argument #10: Spanking leads a parent to use harmful forms of corporal punishment which lead to physical child abuse. Counterpoint: The abuse potential when loving parents use appropriate disciplinary spanking is very low. Since parents have a natural affection for their children, they are more prone to underutilize spanking than to overutilize it. Both empirical data and professional…
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How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 11 – Payment

Woman's Health
This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter and safer labor and birth. Although written primarily for professional birth attendants, I hope information will be helpful to lay women planning their birth. In this blog, we’ll look at the ninth “P” of my 10 “P’s” of keeping labor shorter and birth safer — payment. Interestingly, if operative deliveries and cesareans can identify labor or delivery processes that are not normal, then the medical literature lists several payment mechanisms that may be associated with keeping normal labor normal. First, is the capitation of maternity care services, as “…the probability for cesarean section is lower for an HMO delivery than for a fee-for-service delivery …”(79)…
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The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 10 – Switzerland

Bioethics, Medical Economics
In the midst of our national debate about healthcare reform, people on both sides of the debate seem to pick and choose among the facts and myths about the nationalized healthcare available in a number of other countries. The fact is that every nationalized health care system in the world is battling issues of rapidly rising costs and decreasing access to care. But, these systems also have some very attractive benefits. So, in this last blog of this 10-part series, let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s of the Swiss system. Michael Tanner, the director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, is the coauthor of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It and the author of this series: I have…
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New guidelines: Women can get Pap smears every two years

Woman's Health
The AP has a nice report on another set of guidelines just out that declare, "Most women in their 20s can have a Pap smear every two years instead of annually." The new guidelines conclude, and I agreed, that is more than frequent enough to catch the very slow-growing cervical cancer. The change by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists comes amid a completely separate debate over when regular mammograms to detect breast cancer should begin. The timing of the Pap guidelines is coincidence, said ACOG, which began reviewing its recommendations in late 2007 and published the update Friday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The guidelines also say: Routine Paps should start at age 21. Previously, ACOG had urged a first Pap either within three years of first…
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Deaths from H1N1 vaccine = ZERO. Deaths from H1N1 illness approaching 7000.

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
As of 15 November 2009, the World Health Association (WHO) is reporting that worldwide more than 206 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 6770 deaths. So, the outlandish predictions that the Swine flu vaccine would cause illness and deaths appear to be false. According to a Reuters report, The WHO is saying that the pandemic vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine used for more than 60 years. "No new safety issue has been identified from reports issued to date ... Reporting so far reconfirms that the pandemic flu vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine," Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO's top vaccine expert, told a telephone conference. Governments have so far reported that 65 million vaccine doses have…
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