Mounting evidence TV shows bad for babies

first_imgStuff co.nz 13 July 2011Like many babies, 11-month-old Maya Rouse watches one to three hours of television each day – but there is mounting evidence that even so-called educational programmes may cause problems in later life.The Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Brainwave Trust have collated overseas research on the subject in response to the growing presence of television in babies’ lives. The full report will be issued by Brainwave in the next week.Mum Aleisha Franklin lets Maya watch the Disney channel in the mornings before daycare and about an hour of television when she comes home in the evenings. Maya also watches two or three hours a day in the weekends.“It is probably more than she should be watching and sometimes I get a bit worried. When she is watching Disney Junior it seems to be vaguely educational so I think in the long run it probably helps.”Ms Franklin said she often watched television with her daughter. “She loves anything with colours and movement. When we watch the rugby she watches it with us, and she also likes fishing shows.”Children’s Commissioner and paediatrician Russell Wills said there was no evidence that television had any positive value for a baby, but there was mounting evidence of the negative effects.http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/life-style/5268118/Mounting-evidence-TV-shows-bad-for-babieslast_img read more

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Johnson & Johnson fined $1.1bn in latest Risperdal case

first_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Johnson & Johnson fined $1.1bn in latest Risperdal case by: – April 11, 2012 Sharing is caring! Johnson & Johnson is appealing fines handed down by other US statesDrugs giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US judge to pay $1.1bn (£690m) for downplaying the risks involved in taking its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.The state of Arkansas sued J&J and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals over its marketing of the drug in 2007.A number of US states have already found the firms guilty of similar charges and fined them accordingly.Janssen said it was “disappointed” with the judge’s decision.The company added that if its motion for a retrial was denied, it would appeal the fine.“During the nearly three-week trial, Janssen presented abundant evidence showing the company acted responsibly and fully complied with all laws and regulations regarding Risperdal,” it said in a written statement.AppealIn January, J&J agreed to pay $158m to settle allegations of illegal marketing of Risperdal in Texas.Last year, a South Carolina judge ruled the company must pay a $327m penalty after a jury found it guilty of similar charges, while in 2010, a Louisiana jury found the company violated the state’s Medicaid fraud act.These two verdicts are currently under appeal.Medicaid is a government-backed US public heath programme for low-income citizens.BBC News 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Preparation status of Indian hockey teams for Olympics to be discussed on May 13

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hockey India will be on May 13 dwelling upon the preparation status of both men’s and women’s team for the Tokyo Olympics which has been postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Both the teams are currently at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility in Bengaluru, where they are carrying out their fitness drills and anaylsing their game. Tokyo Olympics was supposed to be held in July-August this year but had to to postponed due to coronavirus pandemic which has so far claimed more than 2.5 lakh lives across the world. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set the new dates as July 23 till August 8 next year. With the Hockey India Congress Meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, discussions on preparations for the Olympics is on the agenda. The status of conduct of National Championships 2021 will also be discussed. Hockey India had earlier postponed all its national championships indefinitely when the nation-wide lockdown in place to fight against the coronavirus pandemic was extended in April. Now, it has also invited expression of interest to host the 2021 National Championships as well as the inaugural Inter-Department National Championship and Academy National Championship. The agenda of the meeting, which will have an address from Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief Narinder Batra, also includes: status of hockey in India and abroad as on date; hockey activities in COVID-19 situation, State Championship plan of state member units with maximum districts participation in their respective states; and submission of pending reports of state championships. IANS Also Read: Pullela Gopichand explains importance of physical literacy in COVID-19 fightlast_img read more

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