Blog Posts (18)
September 24, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The Oxford American Dictionary defines the term “outrageous” as “shockingly bad or excessive.” Case in point, a recent publication in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports about a two-and-a-half year old boy in Saudi Arabia who two years ago underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG).…
September 15, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The National Institutes of Health wants to know the DNA of our babies. The government is not looking to diagnose babies and help them live better lives.…
June 6, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In case you have not heard, the big bioethics story this week comes out of Philadelphia where a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis is in need of a lung transplant to survive.…
April 15, 2013
Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D.
Faith Smith was born with Trisomy 18. She was also diagnosed with a hole in her heart. An initial consultation with Faith’s cardiologist determined that her heart problem could be fixed. But after learning that the Faith also had Trisomy 18, the cardiologist advised Faith’s parents that nothing should be done.…
April 8, 2013
[New York Times] Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers f...
March 28, 2012
A controversial diet guru in France, Dr. Pierre Dukan, has raised a lot of eyebrows and ire for proposing that all high-school students in France, in order to graduate, pass a weight exam.…
July 13, 2011
As Art Caplan states in his most recent MSNBC column, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Whether the result of the food industry, food marketing to children, or lifestyle choices, children (as well as their parents) are getting fat at an alarming rate.…
May 20, 2011
Public health advocates are waging a war, not against McDonald’s or the fast food industry per se, but against a much easier target: Ronald McDonald.…
December 8, 2010
In 1965, two twin boys were born, Brian and Bruce. At six months, one of them began to have trouble with urination and had a circumcision which was unfortunately incorrectly performed, leaving his genitalia non-functional.…
November 18, 2010
This week in the Huffington Post, Robert Klitzman discusses the thorny issue of when parents who conceive using assisted reproductive technologies should tell their children about their origins.…
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November 11, 2013 6:47 pm
For women who are pregnant, as little as 20 minutes of exercise three times per week can advance a newborn’s brain activity, according to a new study.
November 5, 2013 5:21 pm
Older adults who took music lessons during childhood seem to have a faster brain response to speech than those who never played an instrument, according to the results of a new, small study.
November 5, 2013 5:19 pm
A new report on fast food for kids and teens praises McDonald’s for reducing French fry portions and adding apple slices to all Happy Meals. But overall, the fast-food industry has a long way to go, researchers say.
October 28, 2013 7:31 pm
Exposure to poverty in early childhood was associated with smaller brain structures later in life, but nurturing seemed to offset poverty’s negative effect, researchers found.
October 28, 2013 7:29 pm
Concussed kids should take time off from schoolwork, easing back into academics with the help of a recovery team, according to new pediatric guidelines presented here.
October 25, 2013 2:51 pm
Infants and children can be more at risk than adults of developing some cancers when exposed to radiation, for example from nuclear accidents, a U.N. scientific report said on Friday.
October 21, 2013 3:24 pm
Smart people disagree about whether the SUPPORT study was ethical or safe. It turns out that a few more babies in the low-oxygen group died, and a few more babies in the high-oxygen group developed short-term eye disease.
August 16, 2013 4:21 pm
Gabby Williams has the facial features and skin of a newborn, and she is just as dependent. Her mother feeds, diapers and cradles her tiny frame as she did the day she was born.
August 13, 2013 5:08 pm
15-year-old Anthony Stokes has less than 6 months to live according to doctors. But despite the severity of this enlarged heart, which doctors say can only be treated by way of a transplant, he’s been denied the chance to get one.
July 16, 2013 2:18 pm
The incidence of elevated blood pressure in children has risen with increased salt intake over the past 20 years, researchers found.
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