Monthly Archives: May 2015

Parents Beware: Nearly one-third of teens still text while driving

Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, MD, wrote that although “state laws banning texting while driving have significantly reduced the number of teens using their smart phones behind the wheel,” research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting suggests that “nearly … Continue reading

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Study: Over a third of kids under the age of one have used a smartphone or tablet

TIME reported that research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting indicated that “over a third of children under the age of 1 have used a device like a smartphone or tablet.”

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Study: Parents and caregivers using smartphones during supervised time at playgrounds place kids at risk for injuries

Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, MD, wrote that “according to” research “presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting … parents and caregivers using smartphones during supervised time at playgrounds place their children at risk for injuries.”

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Illnesses and hospitalizations linked to synthetic marijuana use on the rise

USA Today reports that “poison-control experts and public health officials are warning about a new spike in illnesses and hospitalizations caused by people using the drug ‘spice,’ a catch-all name for a type of synthetic marijuana.”

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Synthetic marijuana overdoses spiking over past few months

The CBS Evening News reported that US hospitals have seen a “severe spike in synthetic marijuana overdoses” in the past few months.

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New York attorney general files lawsuits against two tanning chains

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, filed lawsuits against two popular indoor tanning salon chains,” Portofino Spas and Total Tan, “accusing them of playing down the hazards associated with indoor tanning and … Continue reading

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Study: Heavy Facebook use tied to increased depressive symptoms

USA Today reports that research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology suggests that “liking other people’s status updates and photos on Facebook could make you like yourself less.”

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On Mother’s Day, would you consider supporting our “Walk for Life”?

This Mother’s Day would you consider a gift (possibly even in honor of your mom) to support our upcoming “Walk for Life” for Life Network? You can donate here.

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Unconsciounable silence on religious persecution and killings

In a article in USA Today, titled “Christians thrown overboard left to drown by Obama,” Kirsten Powers made a powerful argument that the Italian Prime Minister Renzi and President Obama were between stunningly dismissive and silent about this dramatic religious … Continue reading

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Research: Some dietary supplements increase risk of cancer

CBS News reports on its website that a meta-analysis “of two decades worth of research – 12 trials that involved more than 300,000 people –” showed that “a number of supplements actually made a person much more likely to develop certain … Continue reading

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MIND diet reduces Alzheimer’s risk — and it’s heart healthy!

The Wall Street Journal reports that a 923-participant study recently published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia suggests that the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet, which combines aspects of the Mediterranean and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet, … Continue reading

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FDA to consider might be cracking down on homeopathy

Bloomberg News reports on the FDA’s recent hearing in which the agency considered “whether its current approach” to homeopathic products is “appropriate to protect and promote public health in light of the tremendous growth of the” market.

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USPSTF releases new mammography recommendations

Mammography draft recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) were covered by many media outlets. Much of the coverage focuses on the “controversy” surrounding the recommendations.

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“Shopping tools” help consumers compare prices for certain medical procedures

The Los Angeles Times reports that “with rising out-of-pocket expenses, patients are increasingly demanding information about price and quality that historically has been unavailable.”

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Regular aspirin use reduces cancers of the gastrointestinal tract

The CBS Evening News reported that “a new study says long-term, regular aspirin use can substantially cut the risk of some kinds of cancer.”

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Federal data: E-cigarette use triples among teenagers

Based on Federal data published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, use of e-cigarettes “tripled from 2013 to 2014” among US middle and high school students, reaching 13 percent and exceeding the percentage of those that smoke traditional … Continue reading

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People with sleep-disordered breathing develop earlier memory problems and Alzeheimer’s

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in Neurology suggests that “breathing problems during sleep may be linked to early mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Research suggests link between muscle-building supplements and testicular cancer risk

The Washington Post reports that research published in the British Journal of Cancer has “found evidence of a troubling connection between men who took muscle-building supplements and their risk of developing testicular cancer.”

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Study: Keeping reptiles as pets carries risk of serious childhood infections

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a study in this month’s issue of Archives of Disease in Childhood, ownership of certain exotic reptiles as pets can increase young children’s risk for serious salmonella infections.

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Study: Marijuana extract “showing great promise” as epilepsy treatment

A new study reports a marijuana liquid extract was helpful in treating “hard-to-treat” children and some adults with epilepsy.

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Study: We finally know what causes knuckles to crack

The Washington Post “Speaking of Science” blog reports that researchers “believe the sound that we hear when cracking knuckle joints is caused by the formation of a bubble in joint fluid.”

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Would you consider supporting our “Walk for Life”?

Each year Barb and I “Walk for Life” to support the ministry of Life Network in Colorado Springs. If you’d be interested in supporting our walk, even if only for a few dollars, we’d LOVE to have you on our … Continue reading

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A new national religion?

In a Breakpoint commentary, “The Shifting Definition of Religious Freedom,” Eric Metaxas writes, “Just this month, we watched a family-owned pizzeria close its doors after its owners received hate mail and death threats from around the country. Their offense? Giving … Continue reading

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At-home exposure to tobacco smoke increases likelihood of ADHD in kids

Reuters reported that a 2,300-child study published in the journal Tobacco Control suggests that youngsters with at-home exposure to tobacco smoke appear to have triple the likelihood of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).

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Study finds NO association between MMR vaccine and autism or ASD

Major domestic and British newspapers, wire sources, and Internet medical outlets covered a study demonstrating no association between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, not even in children at high risk for autism.

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Family disruption and financial stress linked to overweight or obesity in adolescent girls

TIME reports that research published in Preventive Medicine suggests that “in adolescent girls, experiencing family disruption and financial stress repeatedly” may be “linked to overweight or obesity by age 18.”

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Monthly Family Update – May 2015

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Family Update Publication Update Events of the Last Month Upcoming ­Events

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