Editorial: Researchers and parents should view media as a public health issue

For those who thought the treatment of cigarette and liquor advertising as public health issues would never threaten freedom of speech, I present the following. What's next? Should we justify illegal wiretaps since terrorism is a "public health issue"?

As technology becomes more advanced and communications tools more widely available, parents and researchers must examine the effects of media use that has pervaded children's lives, according to an editorial in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a theme issue on children and the media.

(link) [EurekAlert!]

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Gov't data: 100 percent juice consumption linked to healthier diet, no link to obesity in kids

You know, I can believe this, despite the bad rap "juice" is getting among young parents these days. But I still wish I could see the actual study, because there could be other factors involved that may have an impact, like, say socio-economic status. Have you priced real juices lately? They're outrageously expensive - especially by comparison to the high fructose corn syrup varieties (with natural flavoring!) that are sold on the next shelf over. I'd rather give my grandson a latte with a double shot of espresso than a glass of one of those excuses to slug sugar...

A new database analysis finds that children who consume 100 percent juice had healthier overall diets than non-juice consumers. The juice consumers also had significantly lower intakes of total fat, saturated fat and sodium. According to the research being presented this week at Experimental Biology 2006, the group of 100 percent juice consumers also had equal or lower bodyweights and body mass indexes (BMI) than the non-juice consumers.

(link) [EurekAlert!]

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Researchers win money to develop breath test to detect breast cancer

Who writes these headlines? This image (from Buford Brothers) illustrates perfectly the first thing that went through my mind when I encountered this article.

Must be spring.

One of the biggest problems in fighting breast cancer is the lack of inexpensive, early detection diagnostic tools.

(link) [EurekAlert! - Breaking News]

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More Cultural Destruction

at the hands of rabid monotheists, of course. I wonder where the "Culture Warriors" are on this one? I wonder if we'll hear a loud cry of grief from the West if this fatwa has the desired effect? Or is fear relative?

A fatwa issued by Egypt's top religious authority which forbids the display of statues has art-lovers fearing it could be used by Islamic extremists as an excuse to destroy Egypt's historical heritage.

(link) [Middle East Online]

via Wildhunt Weblog

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Not Tonight

Lot's to say, but no time to say it! A line of severe storms are approaching from the west, so I'm going to pass on being personally windy tonight and let the weather do it for me. That'll also allow me to shut down my machines, which can be a Good Thing in Indiana in the spring time...

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