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The Informed Parent

What’s Up, Doc?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Apr. 22, 2013


Here is a current review of three articles. This series will be a regular part of our Informed Parent internet publication. Please keep submitting your comments in order for us to make The Informed Parent relevant to your needs.


“Health Implications of Indoor Tanning” by Brundha Balaraman, M.D., Lauren K. Biesbroeck, M.D., Stephanie H. Lickerman, APRN, Lynn A. Cornelius, M.D., Donna B. Jeffe, Ph.D., PEDIATRICS, March 2013, p 415

This article emphasizes the danger of using tanning beds because of the increased risk of skin cancer. The World Health Organization recommends that persons under 18 years not use such devices.

The article also points out that tanning devices are associated with skin cancer, eye damage and premature photoaging. In addition, facilities that offer this service are often misinforming consumers of the risks. It is our job as parents to be sure our offspring are protected from these risks.


“Media Content for Preschool Children” by Dimitri A. Christakis, M.D., Michelle M. Garrison, Ph.D., Todd Herrenkohl, Ph.D., Kevin Haggerty, MSW, Fredrick P. Rivara, M.D., Chuan Zhou, Ph.D., Kimberly Liekweg, BA,  PEDIATRICS, March 2013, p 431

This article supports the concept that reducing exposure to video violence and increasing the exposure to pro-social programming can positively impact our preschool child behavior.          


“Childhood and Adolescent Television Viewing and Antisocial Behavior in Early Adulthood” by Lindsay A. Robertson, MPH, Helena M. McAnally, Ph.D., Robert J. Hancox, M.D., PEDIATRICS, March 2013, p 439

This study from New Zealand supports the concept that excessive video viewing of violent and antisocial conduct influences the viewer’s behavior in early adulthood. We must remember, it is the parents’ obligation to control video content that saturates their child’s brain. It may be unpopular but as parents, popularity is sometimes unimportant.

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