November 20, 2008

Living Without A Heart

US teen lives 118 days without heart

An American teen-ager survived for nearly four months without a heart, kept alive by a custom-built artificial blood-pumping device, until she was able to have a heart transplant, doctors in Miami said on Wednesday.

The doctors said they knew of another case in which an adult had been kept alive in Germany for nine months without a heart but said they believed this was the first time a child had survived in this manner for so long.

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– Ravi Jayagopal
RavisRants.com

October 8, 2008

Annoy Your Teenager Without Being There

Ford has made parenting a little easier by introducing MyKey, a programmable ignition key for Ford automobiles that monitors teenage driving behavior. With MyKey in place, various driving habits that parents may consider unsafe, or merely obnoxious, can be curtailed.

It covers all the common parental complaints: The car’s speed cannot exceed 80mph. Radio volume is limited to 44 percent of maximum and, if seatbelts aren’t fastened, no sound will come from the speakers at all. Extra-careful and/or paranoid parents can place warning sounds at 45, 55, and 65mph, blasting a warning of potential reckless driving to the youthful driver.

Full story: MyKey Turns Your Ford Focus into Your Mom

February 7, 2008

What do you do if your teen is afraid of everything?

A Teenager Writes:

I have a major problem. I’m afraid of everything, and I do mean everything. I’m 16 and everyone else has their driver’s license but me because I am absolutely terrified of cars. I can’t eat in the lunchroom at school because I fear people more than anything else. I can’t help it. I want to move far away after college but I’m afraid of planes and the place I want to live is across the country. I also have separation anxiety, so I might not be able to move at all. I can’t enjoy being a teenager because I’m too scared to do anything. I can’t give a speech in class because I feel like I’m having a heart attack while up there in front of everyone. I can’t go swimming at a lake because I’m afraid of fish. I have a huge fear of gaining weight, so I’ll just not eat for a day. I have so many more fears not mentioned. Please tell me what to do to get over these fears so I can live my life.

What would you do as a parent?

Check out the full story: “I’m afraid of everything”

February 6, 2008

Your Drinking Habits Could Influence Your Kids

“There is little question that parental behaviors influence adolescent alcohol use,” added Michael Windle, Rollins Professor and chair of the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University….

Researchers examined data from 4,731 adolescents (2,402 males, 2,329 females) and their parents (87% with data from both parents, 13% with data from only one parent), gathered through an ongoing Finnish population-based, developmental twin study of health-related behaviors and correlated risk factors. Parents were asked about their frequencies of alcohol use and intoxication, as well as their lifetime prevalence of alcohol-related problems. Adolescents reported on perceptions of the parenting that they received, as well as their own prevalence of alcohol use and intoxication at 14 and 17.5 years of age.

Full story: Parental Drinking And Parenting Practices Influence Adolescent Drinking

Your Drinking Habits Could Influence Your Kids

“There is little question that parental behaviors influence adolescent alcohol use,” added Michael Windle, Rollins Professor and chair of the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University….

Researchers examined data from 4,731 adolescents (2,402 males, 2,329 females) and their parents (87% with data from both parents, 13% with data from only one parent), gathered through an ongoing Finnish population-based, developmental twin study of health-related behaviors and correlated risk factors. Parents were asked about their frequencies of alcohol use and intoxication, as well as their lifetime prevalence of alcohol-related problems. Adolescents reported on perceptions of the parenting that they received, as well as their own prevalence of alcohol use and intoxication at 14 and 17.5 years of age.

Full story: Parental Drinking And Parenting Practices Influence Adolescent Drinking