Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Back to School in Libya, and Struggling to Adjust
Weeks after rebels took over Libya’s capital, schools there are struggling with politically divided student bodies, attendance problems and outdated textbooks.
Schools Dangle Carrot Snacks, but It’s a Tough Sale
Many schools have started offering healthier fare in some vending machines, but most students bypass the sliced apples and celery for potato chips and other junk food.
When Kids Become Overweight, Blood Pressure May Spike
Children are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) — simple ratio of height to weight — is in the 85th percentile or above for their age. That imaginary line may seem arbitrary to some, but a child’s risk of having high blood pressure nearly triples if he or she crosses it, a new study has found.
Pinkeye Treatment May Be on the Horizon
Early research from Sweden suggests that an experimental eye drop might stop viral pinkeye in its tracks and keep family members, schoolmates, coworkers, and other close contacts of patients from becoming infected.
Docs: Most Vulnerable Hurt if Circumcision Funding Cut
State governments looking to save a little money should not reduce funding for circumcisions, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Top 10 Worst Kids’ Meals Revealed
Not all kids’ meals are created equal — many are much worse. The Cheesecake Factory’s children’s menu has been singled out for being among the most unhealthy and calorific, according to the writers of a new food guide.