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Oct22
No more cold medicine for you, young child!

No more cold medicine for you, young child!

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By now you have heard about the FDA panel’s review of cold medication for children. Probably, right unless you’ve been under a rock. But I don’t want to rule that out a possibility. If not, here’s the PSA. At the end of last week, an FDA panel reviewed whether the benefits of OTC children’s cold […]

Oct05

Bush decides children are expendable, also delicious

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Here’s one promise the president kept: on Wednesday President Bush vetoed the funding bill for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), just as he said he would. As a direct result of his actions, almost seven million children will lose insurance coverage in one month, and millions more won’t receive coverage to begin with. […]

Sep28
I am shameless: Britney Spears, Mother, Nude

I am shameless: Britney Spears, Mother, Nude

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Allegations from Britney Spear’s former bodyguard of her parental nudity has become a focus over the past two weeks. The first thing that popped into my mind was that of all her supposed and actual parenting faux pas, this is the one on which I would least focus. But our puritanical and finger-wagging society cannot […]

Sep28

Another mercurial finding from the CDC

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There’s a new study out this week on thimerosal, the controversial preservative once commonly used in vaccines. Whether or not thimerosal causes autism has been the cause of much debate, and this new study appears, at first, to reassure. I have to admit, it’s a little intimidating to cover this topic. I know there are […]

Sep07

Enough with the Crocs. Do you hear me? Enough!

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Maybe it’s end-of-summer fatigue, but I’ve had it with the sight of kids in Crocs. I was tired long ago of them on adults, but now my disgust has spilled over to the children. First of all, when they get encrusted with filth, as all children’s footwear do—especially by the end of summer—Crocs look especially […]

Aug31

In defense of Lauren Caitlin Upton.

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Oh, Lauren, Lauren, Lauren. I’m sorry, Lauren. The Internet can be so cruel. In case you haven’t seen this clip (And if you haven’t–really? You haven’t?) , during the Miss Teen USA pageant, Miss Teen South Carolina Lauren Caitlin Upton was asked the following question: “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate […]

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