Tag: Journal of the American Medical Association

Scientists Confirm: Blood Test Can Tell A Fetus's Sex at Seven Weeks

By Valerie Ross | August 10, 2011 5:07 pm

What’s the News: A blood test can reliably tell a mother-to-be whether to expect a boy or girl as early as seven weeks into pregnancy, according to a new analysis published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The test can distinguish the sex of a fetus up to three months earlier than an ultrasound can, and doesn’t carry the slight risk of miscarriage that accompanies invasive tests such as amniocentesis.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine

Debate: Should the State Take Severely Obese Children From Their Families?

By Veronique Greenwood | July 14, 2011 4:10 pm

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What’s the News: Childhood obesity rates have escalated dramatically in recent years, in concert with nationwide explosion that has 34% of American adults falling into that category.

Now, scientists writing in the July 13 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association argue that much as feeding kids too little is considered child neglect, so should be feeding them too much. And if the former is grounds for removing them from their families, then the former may be as well.

As you can imagine, in the last 24 hours, numerous commentators have responded, and the ensuing debate touches on the causes of obesity and the difficulty of treating such a pervasive, devastating problem.

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