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Scientists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California reported in the journal Nature that they have discovered the existence of a genetic pathway in roundworms (Caenorhabditis elegans) that appears to extend their lives when their caloric intake has been reduced.  This finding may have implications for human longevity.  It’s been known for some time...
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On a typical day in America, 68% of infants (aged 0-2) are watching television.  Up to 20% of American babies have a television in their bedrooms.  That’s what a survey in the journal Pediatrics reveals.  Pediatrics is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which recommends in its media guidelines to parents that children from...
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“Open the second shutter so that more light may come in.”  (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – 1749-1832) “Only one man understood me.  And he really didn’t understand me.”  (Georg Wilhelm Hegel – 1770-1831) “Go on, get out!  Last words are for fools that haven’t said enough.” (Karl Marx – 1818-1883) “Wait ’til I have finished...
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We’ve all played games produced by the Milton Bradley Company:  Battleship, Candyland, Jenga, Twister, Yahtzee, and many more.  But did you know that the first board game created by Milton Bradley himself back in 1860, was based on the stages of life?  It was called “The Checkered Game of Life.”   The gameboard was a modification of a...
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Although the population of aging America is going to skyrocket in the next two decades, the practice of geriatric medicine is actually decreasing.  The number of certified geriatricians fell by a third between 1998 and 2004.  The reasons for this are very similar to the reasons for the decline in the practice of adolescent medicine...
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A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates a big increase in the percentage of teenage suicides from 2003 to 2004.   For all young people between the ages of 10 and 24, the suicide rate rose 8 percent.  This is the biggest single year increase in fifteen years.  The largest increase was in...
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I was very glad to see the research report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), concluding that children labeled ADHD have normal brains that simply develop later than their peers.  This study compared brain scans over a period of years between a group of  223 children diagnosed as having ADHD and a...
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I was alarmed to read about a study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders suggested that eating disorders and other weight control methods such as dieting, diet product use, and vigorous exercise, rose among male adolescents between 1995 and 2005.   The Academy for Eating Disorders (which publishes the International Journal of Eating Disorders), writing about...
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A study that appeared in the the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reports that pediatric hypertension is increasing as a result of the obesity epidemic in the United States, and that in most cases, high blood pressure in children goes undiagnosed.  The study observed over time 14,000 children aged 3 to 18 at...
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