Obviously, any freaking out you want to do over parenting and kid-related research pales in comparison to the seemingly thrown-together bailout of the global financial system. So let's cover that first, since our kids will still be paying for it 30 years from now: This weekend's episode of This American Life will have an in-depth look at the momentary near-collapse of the commercial paper market, the B2B overnight financing system that is one of the bedrocks of the economy; it was this shock that prompted the US government's dramatic proposal of a $700 billion [or whatever] intervention. I'll add that link when it's available, but the excerpt of the report they played on NPR this evening was plenty riveting and all too easy to follow. [npr.org]
Also, coming back from back to school night, I caught the last 20 or so minutes of a BBC special where global bankers, traders, and investment managers talked about details of the problems and possible solutions facing the world's financial systems. It was the most substantive discussion of this whole "crisis" I've heard all week, so different from the tone and content of politicians and US news commentators. The Goldman Asia guy in particular was sharp. The program was called, "BBC Debate: World Economy -- On the Brink." If you can, listen to the whole thing, do. [bbc.co.uk via wamu.org]
Everyone knows that vaccinations cause diabetes. If by "everyone," I mean some barely-a-doctor in Baltimore whose vaccine patent company is run out of his house and who publishes dubious-sounding research in "open" journals that draw inflammatory, over-reaching conclusions from correlative studies gleaned from other peoples' data. Seriously, you might as well use a BabyPlus to cure diabetes, people. Just sayin'. [thanks dt freakout correspondent sara]
A cohort study by researchers at NYU found that kids of women who were pregnant during the Six Day War in Israel had an increased likelihood of schizophrenia. Fortunately for kids born in the 21st century, the complete absence of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster, or financial collapse has eliminated all possible sources of prenatal stress, ushering in a blissful utopia. The study was published in the open journal [again with the open journal!] BMC Psychiatry [biomedcentral.com via cnn video and oneindia.in. so random]
Also, chlorinated swimming pools cause asthma. Especially with the young kids and their developing lungs. [abstract from May??: european respiratory journal; reuters/yahoo via sara]
A Catholic school in Manchester, England has banned its 12- and 13-year-old female students from receiving the NHS-sponsored HPV vaccine on campus. The school cites the vaccine's "possible side effects," like, I assume, lustful teenage whorishness. [telegraph uk via jj daddy-o]
I just have to stop there, I'm too freaked out.