There is a really outstanding piece I found yesterday about one man's experiences with IVF, fertility clinics and what it means for the guy who has to go through it. Intensely personal and incredibly well written, it's very much worth a read for any father or father-on-deck. Actually, it's worth a read for anyone.
In a recent Medscape article titled "Autism and the MMR Vaccine, Revisited" (taken from a lecture and reprinted here), Dr. Paul Offit lays down what really matters with Wakefield's fraudulent Lancet publication.
Thousands of parents in England chose to not vaccinate their children. Hundreds were hospitalized and 4 were killed. Three in Ireland and 1 in London died because their parents feared the MMR vaccine more than they feared the measles. You could argue that the Wakefield paper killed 4 children.
Nintendo says their new gaming system the 3DS might hurt the eyes of children under six, but eye doctors are saying that's not necessarily true. Aren't the big bad companies supposed to be putting our kids at risk (for a profit) while doctors are supposed to warn us against this kind of stuff?
It's an interesting swap of expectations, and the subject of my latest post on Man of the House.
Refusing to vaccinate a child is dangerous not just for that child but for entire communities. It's precisely this point a colleague of mine was considering when he had the idea that parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids should pay substantially higher health insurance premiums.
Check out this great op-ed piece on CNN.com (link above).
In 2008, one couple from San Diego who decided not to vaccinate their child for measles ended up exposing 839 people, creating 11 new cases of measles and costing their county and state $124,517 (not including private insurer costs).
Even if you set aside the health risks for everyone that children who aren't vaccinated create, reckless parental decisions have real economic consequences as well.
I was asked by Man of the House to write a piece in a series they're running called "Thanks Dad." And instead of writing something simple about how awesome my Dad is, I decided to write about something serious he's going through right now.
I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, but I'm more proud of my Dad.
I can't figure out if this is a good idea, or if it's something created to capitalize on hyper safety-conscious new parents. A South African company has recently developed the RespiSense - a small device that when put in a baby's diaper monitors breathing patterns. Then, if the monitor detects a 15 second pause in breathing, it will vibrate to stimulate the baby back into breathing. The claim is it will help to prevent "cot death" or as we call it, SIDS.
Their web site doesn't have any data on it's efficacy, or even a single testimonial from anyone in the medical field. Apparently they are beginning real testing now, but I'm surprised that they can sell it at all (I guess the rules in South Africa are different than here in the US). It will be interesting to see the results.
Eye color is one of those things that I never really gave much thought to, until I had a baby. Here's something cool I found that gives the probabilities of what your child's eye color will be. I'm sure a piece of paper and a high school biology text opened to the chapter on genetics could probably help you do the same thing, but now we have the web and Flash applets so why bother?
Yesterday was the first weekday I've missed making a post since I started this blog back in September, and fittingly I have Madame to blame thank for it. Somewhere between NYC and home she passed off her stomach virus to dad, and consequently I spent all of yesterday in the bathroom and on the couch with a low-grade fever. I guess I knew your kids could get you sick, but I never realized they could make you feel as sick as they felt. The second I think I've got this dad stuff down, I realize I'm still such a rookie. Hey, we're lucky we got through nine months before our first family illness, right?
Anyway, after 14 hours of sleep everyone (meaning me) is feeling better this morning. At least summer is almost here.
Um, what did my baby do with my baby? These last few days
Madame has just not been herself, and I'm blaming the new sprout of teeth she's suddenly developed. Her diet and sleep are pretty much the
same (even with the daylight savings time change), but for some reason she's
generally irritated and very quick to freak out.
The problem is, outside of teething rings, cold spoons and maybe a little baby Tylenol there isn't much I can do. I did a Google news search on "teething" and came up with this "Health Tip" on Forbes.com yesterday, which basically says the same thing. I don't expect there's any magic treatment, but it is kind of frustrating. Any teething tips out there?