Monday, December 31st, 2012
In lieu of a review of the past month, I’d like to pose a question: What will be the big topics on child health and development in the coming year? Kara Corridan and I have taken a stab at predicting what these will be. We selected 6 topics:
The Book That Will Change How Mental Disorders Are Diagnosed: Why you should know what the DSM-5 is and the hot-button issues it is raising
Kids And Play: New data and new thinking which suggests that kids are not getting enough of the right type of play
Pregnancy Health Risks: The emerging, and murky, data on potential prenatal risks and the complex decisions some pregnant women face
Injuries (The Downside Of Physical Activity): The realization that many youth are getting injured – some seriously – at an alarming rate
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The very real consequences to kids when they are exposed to a number of traumas
Obesity: New efforts to combat this epidemic in kids
Click here to read our take on these topics. Since we published this, we have all been affected, in lasting ways, by the Sandy Hook shooting. So in addition to the above, I also anticipate much more debate and discussion about the 4 public health issues raised by that tragedy.
The one thing we know for sure is that 2013 will be a very important year for continuing our collective conversation about child health and development. Wishing you all a peaceful and good New Year.