Parents and Kids

With the story of the elaborate rescue operation of the soccer team trapped in the Thai Cave captivating the world, reporters have just revealed a new detail that many find surprising. Initially, there were mistaken accounts of “tranquilizers” being given to calm the boys since many couldn’t swim, let alone dive - a scary ordeal for many first time divers even under ideal conditions. As per CBSN, the Thai Prime Minister denied the use of any “tranquilizers,” but revealed anti-anxiety meds were used.

Why does the distinction matter?

Tranquilizers are substantially sedating medications, ones that can significantly suppress breathing. (1) Obviously, this could pose more of a risk of drowning...

A multidisciplinary team from Texas just published their work in PLOS Medicine on U.S. vaccination rates in children, specifically focusing on nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) in states and counties. With 72.2% of those 19 to 35 months of age fully vaccinated nationwide, the researchers sought to determine the impact of parental concerns over safety and efficacy in opt out rates due to religious and philosophical beliefs. Their analysis of data was based on the 18 states that allow more nonspecific, philosophical-belief NMEs that can include religious objections.

What did they discover?

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The message of avoiding the perils of teenage parenthood is getting through loud and clear In Minnesota.

Continuing a positive trend that's in its third decade, pregnancy rates in the state for teens aged 15 to 19 have again fallen, dropping 5% from 2015 to 2016 to a level never before reached. And since 1990 the teen pregnancy rate has plummeted nearly 71%, according to a report released Thursday by the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Meanwhile, the teen birth rate for this age group also continues to fall, down 8% for this 12-...

In an ideal world, a government governs while a parent parents. This utopia, in my view, would involve a symbiotic relationship that, together, advances the best interest of a child. But, somehow in our cultural reality, this desired balance is demonstrably out of whack to the point the concept of a child walking to school requires its own legislation.

A few months ago, the Governor of Utah felt compelled to sign into law bill SB65 which somewhat modifies the definition of child neglect. According to the...

In a long overdue action, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing consumers about the hazards of benzocaine-containing over-the-counter (OTC) oral health products which are typically used by parents for infants and young children to manage teething discomfort. The announcement conveys the agency is warning companies if they continue to sell it or market it to this population, then they will be subject to regulatory measures.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. goes on to state:

“The FDA is committed to protecting the American public from products that pose serious safety...

Science, technology, engineering, and medicine have brought wonderful improvements in our lives. We have greater longevity and lower infant mortality thanks to plentiful food, clean water, affordable energy, antibiotics, vaccines, and more.

We've beaten back numerous infectious diseases. But in doing so we have created an environment much different than that which we evolved to survive. Genes that helped us survive in our evolutionary past, when lifespans were much shorter, may predispose us to chronic disease in old age. But it can go both ways, natural selection linked to modernization might also reduce the burden of some chronic diseases, according to a new paper.

We are programmed to live...

A cancer diagnosis is a firestorm that turns lives upside down. It may not be life-ending, but it almost always is life-changing. Few life experiences are crueler than childhood cancer, but this blatant unfairness motivates some of the best, kindest and most heartfelt medical care.

Clinicians in adult oncology can learn a lot from pediatric cancer practices.

Based on our service quality research in more than a dozen cancer centers and hospitals in three countries, here are three ways we found pediatric cancer care can improve service delivery in adult oncology. With more than 1.6 million people diagnosed with cancer in...

There are so many ways to impact society in a positive way. Whether it is in healthcare or in another industry entirely, you can change the world, help people and continuously enhance and alter your own career path. The time of terminal degrees or careers is over, so don’t let anyone put you in a box - especially you.

Practicing medicine after obtaining a medical degree is just one avenue to influence healthcare. Even that road can take many twists and turns given the fluid nature of a changing workplace and dynamic system.

Such was the topic of a recent guest lecture I was honored to give to a wonderful group of bright, engaged, & respectful undergraduates who aspire to be health professionals. You will note the picture accompanying this piece where I am featured ...

Our infant son is celebrating his half birthday! An entire six months has passed in the blink of an eye as we watched our little dude grow, practically overnight. A half birthday is a big deal in a baby's life — by six months, most babies have developed a set of social and language skills, have fine-tuned their motor skills, can sit up with little or no support, may roll in both directions, and start dabbling in the world of solid foods. And, perhaps most important of all, the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) drops significantly. Babies who are six months and older are thought to have a lower risk of SIDS, in part due to muscle strength that allows them to lift their heads should they roll over from back to belly while asleep, avoiding suffocation. 

SIDS is part of a...

Apparently, we are at a point where the Governor of Utah was compelled to sign into law bill SB65 which somewhat modifies the definition of child neglect. In an effort to make it more difficult to penalize parents who encourage self-reliance in our overly protective, often fear-driven culture, the newly amended legislation (which goes into effect May 8) permits a child “whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to engage in independent activities.”

These include, but are not limited to the following (as stated in the bill, link here): 

  • traveling to and from school,...