Boys and Children Under One Most Frequently Rushed to ER for Choking
A study published today in the Pediatrics journal analyzes a parental nightmare: children's choking hazards. Researchers took a look at nonfatal, choking-related emergency room visits in the United States that involved food. The visits involved kids ages zero through 14 and spanned from years 2001 to 2009. In that time period, 111,914 children, or about 12,500 per year, were treated for choking in the ER. Children one year of age or younger accounted for about 38 percent of the visits, and males accounted for about 55 percent of cases.
Hard candy was most frequently the choking culprit, followed next by other types of candy. Meat and bone were the next most frequent causes of choking. Nearly 90 percent of the children who visited the ER were treated and released, while 10 percent was hospitalized, and roughly 3 percent left against medical advice. To help reduce these incidences, the researchers suggest, "[i]mproved surveillance, food labeling and redesign, and public education."
What Was Anthony Weiner Thinking?
Along with the X-rated images, texts and endless satire surrounding Anthony Weiner's erotic online exchange that emerged this week, came scrutiny over its timing. Whether the graphic texts took place before or after – and if after, how much after – Weiner's 2011 resignation from Congress due to similar behavior commanded the course of much media coverage. But the focus on those details obscures another question and one that's more difficult to answer: Why?
Why would someone repeatedly indulge in self-destructive behavior, especially when the stakes are so high? Why would Weiner dare to sacrifice his mayoral aspirations and marriage for steamy online interludes that have already cost him turmoil? Yes, we've wondered this countless times before – why President Clinton would risk his presidency for a fling with an intern, or why anyone, from a friend to a cousin to ourselves, has a compulsion for drugs, sex, food or alcohol.
In Weiner's case, we don't know if his behavior is born of entitlement or even narcissism, a level of self-absorption that crowds out concern for others. Maybe he subconsciously wants to sabotage his marriage, or maybe he doesn't know how to seek out his sexual desires within his marriage. Maybe he's just a really big jerk. [Read more: What Was Anthony Weiner Thinking?]
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Healthy Recipes With Tomatoes
To-may-toe, to-mah-toe – however you say it, there's nothing quite like a tomato picked at the height of summer, writes U.S. News blogger Keri Glassman. The "love apple," as it's sometimes known in France, is in full bloom after soaking up some sun, and it's ready for action on your plate. Tomatoes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, including red, pink, yellow, orange, green, purple, brown and even black. Another interesting tidbit: While most of us commonly associate this superfood with Italian cuisine, the tomato is originally native to South America.
In addition to its interesting history, bright colors and delicious taste, this seemingly humble salad ingredient is a nutritional all-star. While tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, K and potassium, it's the abundant lycopene that deserves special attention. Lycopene fights free radicals and protects tissue against damage from oxidation. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to prevent prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease and even bone deterioration. As a bonus for those watching their waistlines, tomatoes are naturally low in calories and high in fiber, so they help you feel fuller for longer.
If you're not sold on tomatoes yet, keep this next benefit in mind while sporting those summer tank tops: Tomatoes are great for your skin. By helping to maintain collagen (a structural component of skin), vitamin C makes your skin appear smooth and youthful and helps prevent skin from becoming dry. Plus, the dose of vitamin A in tomatoes helps moisturize and heal skin tissue, while the lycopene helps to protect your skin from sun damage. (But you still have to wear sunscreen no matter how many tomatoes you eat!) [Read more: Healthy Recipes With Tomatoes]