January 2013Volume 48, Issue 3
The contents of this newsletter are intended for educational and informational purposes only and do not necessarily represent the opinion or position of the American College of Pediatricians.
Ballots for College ElectionsBallots for the College elections are in the mail. Voting members (Fellow, Specialty Fellows and Emeritus Fellows) please return your ballots as soon as possible but no later than February 6th. Thank you.
Food Allergies on the Rise
The last 20 years have shown an increase in food allergies. Most children with allergies to milk, egg, soy, and wheat will in time be able to tolerate these foods but the tree nut and peanut allergies tend to persist. Food allergies that initiate in adulthood are also likely to persist.
Food allergies often go hand-in-hand with asthma, atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, and exercise-induced asthma. Eliminating food allergens can improve symptoms of some of these comorbid conditions.
Medscape announced that the first food allergy guidelines have been issued by the National Institutes of Heath's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The guidelines recommend avoiding the ingestion of the allergens for managing the food allergies and no medications are recommended.
It is important that food allergies not be assumed but confirmed with appropriate allergy testing. The guidelines help physicians to know which tests have been scientifically evaluated to diagnose food allergy.
Future Bone Disease a Risk for Teen Girls Who Smoke
A new study found teen girls who smoke build up less bone during the critical growth period of their teen years putting them at greater risk for osteoporosis.
In osteoporosis, bones lose mineral density and become brittle. People with the condition -- which is much more common in women than men -- are susceptible to fractures.
See the full article at HealthDay.
The report, Broken Promises to Our Children warns that states are missing the opportunity to reduce tobacco-related health care costs, which total $96 billion every year in the United States. More than 18 percent of high school students still smoke, and you as a pediatrician have an opportunity to address this in the office.
Re-examining a controversial gay parenting studyThe journal Demography has published an article that reexamines Rosenfeld's 2010 study that was widely reported as showing that children raised by same-sex couples experienced no academic disadvantages.The article in Demography reexamined the study on the association between child outcomes and same-sex family structure. Using the same data set, the authors replicated and generalized Rosenfeld's findings and show that the implications of his study are different when using either alternative comparison groups or alternative sample restrictions. Compared with traditional married households, they found that children being raised by same-sex couples are 35% less likely to make normal progress through school; this difference is statistically significant.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate updateThere are now 40 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). The Becket Fund led the charge against the unconstitutional HHS mandate, and currently represents: Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, and Ave Maria University.On December 5th, in a landmark ruling in favor of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and against the HHS Mandate, a federal judge ruled against the government holding that the government's supposed "safe harbor" was inadequate to protect religious organizations from suffering imminent harm.Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said, "We are pleased the court recognized the significant harm that the mandate is causing right now. See the full release from the Becket Fund.
Please sign the Dublin Declaration!"As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion - the purposeful destruction of the unborn child - is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women."Please go to this link to sign the petition: http://www.dublindeclaration.com/.
The College wishes you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Heart Association Join Forces to Reverse Childhood Obesity EpidemicThe two foundations have announced an ambitious collaboration to reverse the nation's childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.Nearly one in three young people in the U.S. are overweight or obese putting them at greater risk for serious health issues.See the full story here.
What is Marriage?
In this academic report from Sherif Girgis, Robert George, and Ryan T. Anderson, the authors argue that as a moral reality, marriage is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other of the type that is naturally fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together, and renewed by acts that constitute the behavioral part of the process of reproduction. They further argue that there are decisive principled as well as prudential reasons for the state to enshrine this understanding of marriage in its positive law, and to resist the call to recognize as "marriages" the sexual unions of same-sex partners.
Besides making this positive argument for the position and raising several objections to the view that same-sex unions should be recognized, we address what we consider the strongest philosophical objections to our view of the nature of marriage, as well as more pragmatic concerns about the point or consequences of implementing it as a policy.
Shawn Murphy at Mercatornet.com comments on this academic report as follows, "Marriage, as it has been understood for centuries, is a unique and comprehensive institution that joins mothers and fathers to their children and to each other. The authors show that it is a rationally defensible cornerstone of Western civilisation and a bedrock of societal stability. In confronting the challenge currently facing marriage in parliaments, courtrooms and schools around the world Girgis, Anderson and George put forth a clear and formidable case for one of our most sacred traditions."
Pluripotent stem cell research may help to end stem cell controversy
The Wall Street Journal (12/8, Ridley, Subscription Publication) reported that it may be possible to use stem cells from adult patients to develop personalized treatments to treat their specific conditions. The article referred to the breakthrough research of Shinya Yamanaka, who was able to reprogram mature cells in mice to become pluripotent stem cells, which have the potential of developing into all types of cells in the body. Yamanaka's research has raised hopes that the cells of an adult person could be used to make stem cells. This could help end the controversy over stem cells, since a patient's own blood can be used, and cells from embryos would no longer need to be used.
One-on-One Time with Parents Very Important for TeensMercatornet.com reports on a study done by Pennsylvania State University and published in the journal Child Development.Director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, Susan McHale told CNN:"The stereotype that teenagers spend all their time holed up in their rooms or hanging out with friends is, indeed, just a stereotype. Our research shows that, well into the adolescent years, teens continue to spend time with their parents and that this shared time, especially shared time with fathers, has important implications for adolescents' psychological and social adjustment."Read the article here.
Abortion rate drops by 5%!The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control shows a 5% drop in abortions performed in the U.S.Another former Planned Parenthood affiliate severed ties with the national organization. The affiliate in the Binghamton, New York area does not do abortions -- and it refused to go along with a Planned Parenthood mandate requiring that all its affiliates perform abortions.
So some branches are breaking away from the Planned Parenthood abortion empire. Unfortunately, they will still refer women to other businesses for abortions -- but this trend does not bode well for the nation's largest abortion chain.
It reveals once again that Planned Parenthood, while it claims to be interested in "women's healthcare," is primarily interested in abortion -- and the huge money it brings in.
Win a trip to D.C. for the annual March for Life
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Thank you for all that you do to protect the unborn. And we hope to see you at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 25th.
Freedom of ConscienceThe Protection of Conscience Project has launched a new website: www.consciencelaws.org. This website gives user-friendly access to updated information on conscience laws and news impacting persons in the healthcare industry. It also offers a section specific to nursing and medical students helping them deal with the issues they may face while training and offers suggestions on how to handle those situations.
The State of Our Unions2012: THE PRESIDENT'S MARRIAGE AGENDA FOR THE FORGOTTEN SIXTY PERCENT - The State of Our Unions monitors the current health of marriage and family life in America. Produced annually, it is a joint publication of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.America has suffered a striking decline in marriage among "Middle America." Middle America is defined as Americans who have completed high school but who do not have a 4 year college degree. Middle America consists of 60% of the American population. Of that group, 44% of children are born outside of marriage - up sharply from 13% in the 1980's.See the press release here.Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post wrote the following "Perhaps most important, to ignore the marriage deficit among America's middle class is essentially to be complicit in perpetuating a society of winners and losers. Those born to be married, well-educated parents are more likely to prosper, while those born to fragmented families are more likely to repeat the patterns of their parents.Therein is a national tragedy worthy of our attention."
Life is Precious
Volunteers for United Nations Conferences in New York 2013
Family Watch International is once again preparing carefully selected teams of volunteers to attend United Nations conferences in 2013 in New York. Our organization relies heavily on volunteers to help us accomplish all that we do to protect and promote the family at the UN.
We are looking for people who are interested in advocating for life and the traditional family. Participants will be trained by Family Watch International to be effective advocates for the family at the United Nations. Volunteers will have opportunities to observe UN negotiations and events, to report on proceedings, and to present country delegates with materials pertaining to family issues.
The work is intense, involving long hours and hard work, yet many volunteers report that the experience was energizing, educational and very rewarding; some even describing their UN experience as "life-changing." We are looking for people who can commit to participating for at least five days. Our volunteers pay for their own travel costs and living expenses while at these conferences. (We make reservations at moderate hotels, and our volunteers have the option to share rooms with others if they wish to lower the cost.)
Below is a list of several upcoming UN conferences for which we are preparing teams.
If you have a serious interest in participating with Family Watch at one of these UN conferences, please click here for a UN volunteer application, and email us back the completed questionnaire. Filling out the application does not put you under any obligation to attend; it simply indicates that you have a serious interest. We will contact you to discuss your potential participation.
- Commission for Social Development -- February 6 to 15
The Fifty-First Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) will be convened from 6 to 15 February 2013 in Conference Room 4 at the United Nations North Lawn Building (NLB) in New York. Information on the session will be regularly up-dated at this link.
The priority theme of the fifty-first session is "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all."
In addition to the priority theme, the session will include, as usual, the review of relevant United Nations plans and programs of action pertaining to the situation of social groups-persons with disabilities, youth, ageing, and the family.
- Commission on the Status of Women -- March 4-15, 2013
The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013.
Priority theme: Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
Review theme: The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS (agreed conclusions) from the fifty-third session)
- Commission on Population and Development -- April 22-26, 2013
The commission on Population and Development will hold its forty-sixth session from 22-26 April, 2013 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Priority Theme: New trends in migration: demographic aspects
More information on the commission will be posted at this link.For more information, contact:
Court Blocks California Ban on Change Therapy
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the California ban on change therapy (SB 1172) and granted an injunction pending an appeal. The law, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013, would have prevented young clients from continuing counseling to diminish or eliminate unwanted same-sex sexual attractions, behavior or identity.
"The minors we represent and their families are thrilled about the injunction. They are eager to continue their counseling in the new year," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
An emergency injunction, putting a hold on a new state law pending a decision on its constitutionality, is only granted in extraordinary situations when the court believes an appeal has a likelihood of success.
CDC report claims chlamydia, gonorrhea cases increasing - among certain groups
Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrated that infections from sexually transmitted diseases are increasing among certain groups. Hillard Weinstock, one of the authors of the 2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance report, explained that young people, gay and bisexual men are "affected in particular." In 2011, the CDC reported an 8% increase in chlamydia infections and a 4% increase in gonorrhea infections.
Gay and bisexual men were responsible for 72% of all syphilis cases.
Why are so many rampage killers the sons of divorce?
Mercatornet.com brings us this story and a call for the end of tragedies like the one recently experienced in Connecticut. The author, Michael Cook draws our attention to the correlation between divorce and this sort of violence:
Let us remember those families and the entire community as they seek to recover from this recent atrocity.
Quote of the month
"The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are."
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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