IU School of Public Health student creates self-examination curriculum for area schools

Samantha Ginther’s task started out simple: help the Olcott Center for Cancer Education update its breast and testicular cancer self-examination curriculum. A Master of Public Health student at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, Ginther originally set out to simply help the center — which taught a self-examination curriculum in area high schools — […]

Wake up — time for school!

A new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that encourages middle and high schools to push back start times for the benefit of the students has been receiving a lot of attention this week in social and traditional media. Part of me wonders if later start times would result in more before-school activities.

Gaming and kids: Fun and games and learning?

The Indianapolis Star ran an interesting article about video games recently. As a parent of kids who enjoy video games, I found some of the insights about the potential for “playful learning” reassuring. But as school approaches, I’m reminded of how video games can interfere with academic performance, including homework and wakefulness at school.

Everyone wants to matter: Insights into school shootings

Bernice Pescosolido, a highly regarded medical sociologist at Indiana University Bloomington, talks in this TEDxBloomington presentation about some surprising discoveries about the lives of some of the teens who committed murder during school rampages.

288,876 — That’s a lot of broken bones

“They’re probably jumping higher, with more force. And believe me, teenagers are risk takers,” Randall T. Loder, M.D., said about trampoline injuries research. “Younger kids may not understand potential outcomes of their actions, but they’re not so much risk takers. Teenagers, they’ll just push the limit.”

Men have biological clocks, too?

When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I recall my doctor mentioned my “advanced age” several times. A bit aggravated, I planned to assure her that I was aware of my “advanced age” — 37 — so she didn’t need to keep bringing it up, but she didn’t bring it up again (maybe I […]

Advice on talking with children about sex and consent

Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, offers parents and guardians some nuts-and-bolts tips in this New York Times article that discusses talking with children about sex and the important topic of giving and receiving consent. Think your kids are too young? (And don’t […]

If only over-the-hill trick-or-treaters were a myth

Looking through your children’s Halloween candy for potential hazards makes sense, but any underlying fear of poison or razor blades seems to be misplaced. Health mythbusters and Indiana University Medical School physicians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman say “no evidence of genuine Halloween poisoning can be located.” Carroll and Vreeman have written two books about […]

Help for children born preterm might need to extend to their sibs

An unprecedented study of preterm birth suggests that only some of the problems previously associated with preterm birth are actually caused by preterm birth itself. The study, for me, is an example of how ambitious, well-designed studies can shred conventional wisdom — ideas that otherwise would make sense and might even be supported by earlier […]

What’s wrong with Molly?

As a somewhat introverted person, I can see the appeal of the party drug “Molly,” with its purported feelings of emotional warmth, empathy. It’s often associated with dancing and fun. Who doesn’t want to have fun? And who doesn’t want to have hyperthermia, seizures, stroke, and kidney and liver failure while they’re at it? Uh, […]