Or, what's in my browswer tabs: If You Give A Baby A Protein Shake... Thirty years ago, researchers in Guatemala wanted to test the impact of high nutrition and protein intake on preschool growth and development, so they gave fortified drinks [atole, btw] to two villages twice a day, and cool, refreshing, not-so-fortified drinks to two other villages. Then whoa, they went back in 2002-4 and surveyed the participants. Boys who got the protein between 0-3 were earning an average of 46% more than the others. Girls earn jack in Guatemala, but the protein girls did have an average of 1 year more of education. [Sci Dev has the summary of The Lancet's article., via dt reader dt]
It Puts The Phthalates On Its Baby's Skin A University of Washington study just published in Pediatrics finds a connection between increased phthalate levels in babies and the use of "baby cosmetics," i.e., lotions, shampoos, and oowders. It doesn't seem like a strong connection, though. And since phthalate-linked conditions like penile underdevelopment and undescended testicles only apply to half the population, I don't see what the big deal is. [LATimes via everyone and consumerist]
VW Routan, The Best-Looking Chrysler Minivan Ever Speaking of masculinity-impinging deformities... The badge-engineering project known as the VW Routan will be debuting at the Chicago Auto Show. It's Jetta business in the front, Touareg taillight party in the back, and Chrysler Town & Country everything else in the middle. Jalopnik has the leaked promotional photos. In the comments is a photo of the VW Sharan, the minivan VW hasn't bothered to bring to the US. Stay tuned for a DT correspondent's report from Chicago, by the way.
"Beer gets seatbelt. Child doesn't" Put'em together and what've you got? A guy who straps in a case of beer, but lets mom hold the 16-mo kid in the back--and then refuses a breathalyzer test when he's pulled over. Maybe he was just fed up with the unattractive car seats on the market. [ap/yahoo via dt reader sara]