Here’s what’s in the news:
- As some political pundits are speculating that Governor Chris Christie’s bid for the Presidency is in tatters, others are debating on whether or not murder charges will be brought up against those in charge of basically hijacking the Washington Bridge in an effort to take revenge on a New Jersey mayor who did not endorse Christie. A 91- year old widow was pronounced dead in her home after suffering from a heart attack — the delays caused by the fiasco are being blamed for her death. I agree with my son’s assessment: “This is further proof that politicians are completely out of touch with the reality of every day American lives; it’s all just a game to them.” Sure seems that way.
- An editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that the rest of the nation should follow the lead of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who signed into law a bill prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to those under 21, citing the positive results of similar legislation passed in Needham, Mass. Before the more stringent regulation, smokers at the high school in Needham numbered 12% of the student population. After the new law, this percentage plummeted to 6.2%
- Despite earlier admonitions by the CDC, a new report published by the agency attests that only 25% of high school students get engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day.
- A study of at risk middle school students shows a clear link between sexting, defined as sending sexual messages or explicit photos via cell phone, and risky sexual behavior.
- An article in JAMA Pediatrics is advising physicians to be on the alert for patients who exhibit non-gastrointestinal symptoms of celiac disease; the affliction, which is caused by an allergy to gluten, remains undiagnosed in 85% of those who have it.