Today is June 30, 2009. Which means, if I’m correct, that tomorrow is July 1st. And July 1st is the day that, all across the country, recent medical school graduates begin residencies in their assorted specialties. An amazing time, indeed! I remember it well. Standing around in a suit, listening to lectures, trying to figure out who was really smart and who was more like me. None of us knowing, by a long-shot, what we were embarking upon.
Welcome to the June 25, 2009 edition of Change of Shift. Many thanks to Kim at emergiblog for allowing me to host this edition.
'Tis the holiday season, so I thought I'd go for a holiday theme for this edition. So since I'm thinking holiday more in the sense of how our British friends and other folks around the world view holidays as Americans view vacation. Ah, relaxing and not being at work tops the list for me.
Dr Gwenn O’Keeffe, Pediatrics Now, has authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ expert-driven "social media and sexting tips" for parents: Talking to Kids and Teens about Social Media and Sexting. The “tip sheet” is full of good information and advice. Here’s a small example:
“Sexting” refers to sending a text message with pictures of children or teens that are inappropriate, naked or engaged in sex acts. According to a recent survey, about 20 percent of teen boys and girls have sent such messages. The emotional pain it causes can be enormous for the child in the picture as well as the sender and receiver--often with legal implications. Parents must begin the difficult conversation about sexting before there is a problem and introduce the issue as soon as a child is old enough to have a cell phone. Here are some tips for how to begin these conversations with your children:
H/T to Lakshmi for this tweet which links to a wonder article:
Nice story by NPR on the stigma nonsmokers with lung cancer experience.
Smoking is such a well-known cause of lung cancer that many don't realize thousands who never smoked get the diagnosis. The great majority are women. Recent research shows it's really a different disease than smoking-related lung cancer. But those with the diagnosis say they suffer the same stigma.