Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Science Behind Old Wives' Tales: Facts versus Fictions

This is kind of cool - a talk given at UC San Francisco on New Approaches to Keeping Children Healthy: The Science Behind Old Wives' Tales (Facts versus Fictions), with UCSF pediatrician Dr. Lee Atkinson-McEvoy. This is the fourth of six talks in the series (the first three are linked to below).

Keeping Kids Healthy

Are children today sicker or healthier than we were?
Increasingly, things that were thought to be a normal part of childhood are being recognized and treated as chronic medical conditions. Where do we draw the line between these “normal things that kids get” and “medical conditions?”
In the face of a seemingly rapid increase in the number of children with acute and chronic illnesses, the new UCSF Mini Medical School series, “New Approaches to Keeping Kids Healthy,” explores what we know and what remains a mystery (or a simple myth) and challenges you to think in new ways about old concepts in pediatric medicine.

The six-part series runs through the first week of November. You can find all program listings at the series page, with more coming online each week. Here’s what’s available now:
  1. Food Allergies: Past, Present and Future
  2. Is Fast Food Addictive?
  3. The Science Behind Old Wives’ Tales: Fact vs. Fiction

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