Archive for August 14th, 2012
These days, a lot of parents are wondering about the spoiling question. A recent book review by Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker compared American children unfavorably with the self-reliant and competent children of a tribe in the Peruvian Amazon; she discussed “the notion that we may be raising a generation of kids who can’t, or at least won’t, tie their own shoes.” …
But many of the same parents (and grandparents) who are now worrying were members of the generation that Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accused Dr. Benjamin Spock of having spoiled.
When he was 16 years old, Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan found his father dead in bed of a heart attack The Republican vice presidential candidate's father was only 55 years old when he died, but this was not unusual because there is a strong family history of heart disease.
A study in the journal Optometry and Vision Science found that people who use statins have more than twice the risk of developing age-related cataracts than nonusers, while people with type 2 diabetes who use statins are at even greater risk.
Middle-age individuals who are physically active have lower levels of inflammatory markers sustained over time, researchers found.
Compared with individuals who rarely adhered to physical activity guidelines over a 10-year follow-up, those who consistently engaged in leisure activity had significantly lower levels of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (P≤0.07 for both), according to Mark Hamer, PhD, of University College London, and colleagues.
Those who increased their activity levels to meet recommendations of at least 2.5 hours of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week also had significantly lower levels of both biomarkers compared with those who had stable activity levels, the researchers reported online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.