Why does TV viewing lead to obesity in children? Turns out there are several reasons

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Obesity experts have been saying for over a decade that children who sit in front of the TV screen day in and day out tend to be heavier. However, experts are finding it's not only the couch potato effect, but the television ads children are watching, along with other factors that can add inches to their waistlines. (more…)
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Pediatrics group urges lawmakers to ban childhood obesity “media diet”

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America – with 17 percent of children aged 2 to 19 obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics "has a new suggestion: ban companies from advertising junk food during children's television programs." (more…)
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Ever heard of anal angina? FDA approves nitroglycerin for chronic anal fissures.

General Health
When I first started practice, I had the privilege to serve in the small town of Bryson City, North Carolina, the southern wilderness entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While there, one of the older surgeons taught me about using topic nitroglycerin ointment to cure chronic anal fissures. Now, thirty years later, it's an officially approved medication. (more…)
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Life expectancy has fallen in hundreds of US counties

Children's Health, Obesity, Parenting
In my 2005 book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I published this the then shocking statement, "If we don’t get a handle on (childhood obesity), this generation of kids coming up will have a shorter life span than their parents. That’s scandalous!” Now, we're seeing some data indicating this unfortunate prediction may indeed be happening. (more…)
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New guidelines for sunscreen

Cancer, Skin Health
The Food and Drug Administration’s long-awaited announcement of significant changes to sunscreen labeling was widely reported both by television and print media. The changes will empower us, as consumers, to make better decisions in choosing a product to prevent sun damage as well as reduce overall confusion about sunscreens. From now on, the gold standard is broad-spectrum protection. (more…)
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