Pediatricians need to bolster their awareness of safe and effective insect repellent use to advise parents on how they can protect their children from prevalent insect-borne infections such as the Zika virus and chikungunya, writes Dr. Bernard Cohen, member of the AAP Section on Dermatology Executive Committee. "The ideal insect repellent should have demonstrated efficacy against a large number of arthropods and adequate duration of effect, should be nonirritating and nontoxic, cosmetically acceptable, cost-effective, chemically stable, and should not stain or damage clothing," Cohen writes.
Canadian researchers sent student volunteers into health stores and pharmacies and found the staff members were not always the most reliable sources of nutrition information. In nine out of 10 cases, information from health-store employees had little scientific backing, while information provided by pharmacists proved accurate or fairly accurate two-thirds of the time.
U.S. research showed children had a stronger immune-system sensitization to shrimp than adults with the allergy, suggesting people may build a tolerance as they age. Data showed blood levels of IgE antibodies against shrimp were four times higher in children compared with adults.
Home economics has evolved in schools around the country into family and consumer-science classes that offer nutrition and healthy-living education along with cooking skills. A recent editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association called for mandatory home-economics-style classes to help fight childhood obesity.