Texas family law judge William Adams was recently caught on video beating his then 16-year-old daughter. Some applaud Adams while others are horrified. Host Michel Martin hears from regular parenting contributors Leslie Morgan Steiner, Dani Tucker and Jolene Ivey, as well as SpareTheKids.com creator Stacey Patton. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)
Adele has totally dominated the pop charts in 2011, but she's cancelled concerts for the rest of the year to have an operation on her vocal cords. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on how singers get to the point where they need this kind of surgery, which singers from Julie Andrews to John Mayer have had in recent years.
An outbreak of botulism linked to organic Italian olives makes it clear that even food that sounds pristine can harbor deadly pathogens. Organic foods may be more vulnerable to some pathogens because of the way they are grown. Food processors fight botulism with heat, salt, and acid.
The idea that teenage girls might have sex is hard for many parents to accept, complicating the case for HPV immunization. For boys, sex is almost expected, so there may be less resistance to their vaccination.
Even though some popular heartburn medicines haven't been approved to treat babies, the medicines are being prescribed as a remedy for spitting up. Another option: modifying Mom's diet to make her breast milk more palatable.
Proposals to increase Medicare's eligibility age to 67 from 65 have been gaining traction in Congress, and there's little doubt that the shift in health insurance coverage would reduce federal spending. But some experts say the costs could shift to employers and state governments, and actually cause an increase in overall health spending.
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