February 16, 2010

Title IX Has a Big Impact

1 Sports Have Been a Boon for Girls

Now that Title IX, the law mandating equal access to sports for girls in schools, has been around for almost four decades, two studies are showing the lasting effects of taking part in school sports. An analysis by an economist at the Wharton School found that Title IX can account for 20 percent of the increase in women's education levels since it went into effect in 1972 and about 40 percent of the increase in employment among women ages 25 to 34. A study from the University of Illinois, Chicago, found that playing sports resulted in a 7 percent reduction in obesity risk 20 to 25 years later. About one in three girls in high school plays a sport, compared to about half of all boys, so there's still plenty of progress to be made when it comes to getting girls to be more active.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

Previously: Obesity May Delay Puberty in Boys

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Wait and See a Good Approach

2 Antibiotics Not Always Best for Ear Infections

More than three-quarters of kids will get at least one ear infection before the age of five, and most of the time when an infection is diagnosed, kids go home with antibiotics. In fact, doctors give the meds to 84 percent of the the kids they diagnose, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. But that's not always a good idea or even necessary, doctors say. One doctor said about 80 percent of ear infections will resolve themselves without meds, compared to 90 percent when antibiotics are given. The American Academy of Pediatrics is expected to revise its guidelines on antibiotic use later this year, but right now drugs are recommended for all kids under the age of 2 and who have a high fever or pain.

More at Wall Street Journal | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Not Just Access to Pasture

3 Organic Milk Gets More Natural

Cows whose milk is certified organic will have to actually be fed a partly pasture-based diet starting in June to keep the organic designation, according to new rules from the United States Department of Agriculture. The 2002 rules defining organic dairy products said that cows had to have access to pasture, but the new rules will require animals actually be put on the pasture and fed at least 30 percent of their diet from pasture for the grazing season of at least 120 days. That doesn't sound like much, but at least it's an improvement from the giant loophole of the old rules. (Though most of your smaller organic dairies were already doing this, it will just now be required of dairies big and small.)

More at Daily Green Blog | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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