June 27, 2011 |
TV advertisements for sugary and fatty foods are playing a role in childhood obesity and ought to be taken off the air, a leading group of pediatricians says. In a policy statement released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Communications and Media rips "the media" for contributing to child and adolescent obesity, ticking off the many ways in which screen time is a negative influence. The group called on doctors to ask Congress and regulatory groups to ban advertisements for junk food and fast food during kids' programming, as well as advertisements targeted to children via cellphone and other media.
April 29, 2013 |
The nation's pediatricians have some advice for expectant parents who are considering giving birth to their child at home: Don't. Home birth is not very common in the United States - fewer than 1% of babies are born outside of a medical setting on purpose. But among a certain subset of white women, it's becoming a trendy thing to do. In 2009, 1 out of every 90 babies born to white mothers was born at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That rate was 36% higher than in 2004.
April 22, 2013 |
It seems harmless enough, swallowing a little spoonful of a lovely spice like cinnamon, but the so-called cinnamon challenge, as millions of YouTube viewers know, is not a pleasant gustatory experience. In clip after clip on the Internet, someone - often a teenager - ingests a tablespoon of the stuff, without drinking fluids, within 60 seconds. A burning sensation triggers the gag reflex. Coughing and sputtering ensues. A cloud of brown powder surges toward the camera. Most people who try it recover quickly.
August 8, 1991 |
Pediatrician Jeanette Wilkins says she has a "plausible" theory to show why the DPT vaccine can cause permanent brain damage. According to her theory, which she bases on a review of DPT studies, children respond differently to the vaccine and can become fully immunized against pertussis at different ages. At 2 months, she says, some infants have inherited enough pertussis antibodies from their mothers that the vaccine triggers an immune-system response to fight off the pertussis infection.
February 3, 2003 |
The nation's largest group of pediatricians wants lawmakers to maintain limits on the health care nonphysicians, such as nurse practitioners, can give to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging its doctors to work to block legislation allowing people who are not physicians to write prescriptions independently and permit parity in insurance reimbursement.
August 29, 2010
Parents, lawmakers and media executives are given plenty to think about in the American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement published Sunday. Kids today are bombarded with inappropriate sexual messages and images, the AAP committee said; everything from graphic sexual lyrics in songs to ubiquitous erectile dysfunction drug advertisements that air all hours of the day and night. "Television, film, music, and the Internet are all becoming increasingly sexually explicit, yet information on abstinence, sexual responsibility, and birth control remains rare," they write.