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Health & Safety
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 […]

Aug23

IM IN UR GUVMINT/ MESSIN UP UR KEDZ INSHURINZ.

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Way back in 1997, the Clinton administration approved a program called State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP. SCHIP is a partnership between federal and state governments that provides health insurance to children whose families make too much for Medicaid but too little for private insurance. The program was created to address the increasing numbers […]

Aug10

Baby Einstein no make smart? Uh oh.

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This week, researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute sensed that parents were starting to feel good about themselves again. Luckily they’re putting a stop to that, with the announcement that Baby Einstein HAS RUINED CHILDREN EVERYWHERE. Okay, not that. Actually, they published a study that showed that Baby Einstein […]

Jul18
Big Progress: Additional Food Cos. Limit Ads to Kids

Big Progress: Additional Food Cos. Limit Ads to Kids

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Last month I wrote about Kellogg’s limiting its advertising to kids under 12 to only foods that meet a new nutritional criteria. Well, more than a bunch of new companies have joined them: McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Mars, Hershey Foods, Unilever, Campbell, General Mills, Hershey, Kraft, and Pepsi. Instead these major food companies will shift their ad […]

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