The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 6

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 4 Each Monday, I join each of you in anticipating our weekly update from from Craig and Tonya DeLisi about their unborn child Anastasha, who has been diagnosed, via ultrasound, with anencephaly. As readers of this series know, anencephaly has no cure or treatment. I hope you’ll join with me in keeping the DeLisis in your prayers. Here is this week's update from Craig: One thing that has surprised Tonya and I as we’ve walked through our grief during the last 2 months is how easily others are willing to share their own sorrows with us. Many people we know (friends, patients) and many total strangers seem very comfortable pouring out their pains to us in all kinds of settings (doctor's office, grocery…
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Stricter Rules Can Steer Kids Away From TV

Children's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
I've blogged on the facts that (1) "Too Many Tots Watching Too Much TV" and (2) most parents don’t when children under two years of age are exposed to watching television that his has potential harms. There is NO scientific evidence that shows that television and video viewing in children of this age has any educational benefit. Instead, there have been several studies that have shown that TV viewing at 2 years of age and younger can have negative impacts on learning, language and attention and it’s also linked to childhood obesity. And physically active kids watch less television, researchers are now reporting. So, who can make a difference? You know the answer ... it's the parent! Here's a report with the details from HealthDay News: -- Children whose parents set…
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Too Many Tots Watching Too Much TV: Study

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
This headline is no surprise to long-time readers of this blog. But, despite the recommendations that children (over age two) be exposed to no more than two hours of screen time a day, and the recommendation that children two years of age and younger be exposed to NO TV, a study from Oregon finds that about than 1 in 5 of these very young children are exposed to MORE than the recommended 2 hours a day. Here's a report from HealthDay News: A study of 2-year-olds in Oregon finds that almost 20 percent watch more than the recommended two hours of television a day. "The findings are pretty generalizable to the rest of the country," said study co-author Dr. John Oh, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the U.S. Centers…
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