Archive for July, 2008

New Cholesterol Screening Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its policy regarding cholesterol screening in kids in the July issue of Pediatrics. Unfortunately, many media outlets chose to highlight only the discussion of using lipid lowering medications for kids and basically missed the boat on what the new policy was really saying. Since we took the time to […]


Congress moves to ban phthalates

First, it was bisphenol. Now, it’s phthalates turn. The Washington Post reports today that the Congress has passed a ban on phthalates in children’s products. This follows a similar move by European safety regulators in 1999 and state bans in California, Vermont and Washington State. Phthalates make plastics softer—they are often found in teethers, rubber […]