BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME It's

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME

It's the top of the week, and much recent news to review . . .


AS A PUBLIC SERVICE

New York parents should know that the West Nile virus has been detected in the city, earlier than in recent years. If you take the children out at dusk, remember: long pants, long sleeves, and socks.

In other mosquito news, the debate over DEET rages on, as does the clash over swatting vs. flicking. Researchers, don't you hate it when you go to all the trouble of constructing a scientific study to make your case, and then some smart-aleck from the CDC goes and ruins it with his accursed homespun wisdom:

Roger Nasci, a mosquito expert at a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention facility in Fort Collins, Colo., said there is no scientific basis for switching to flicking. He also pointed out that flicking the bugs off is not a permanent solution.

``Unfortunately, then the mosquito often goes on to bite another person, or bites you again,'' Nasci said.

QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

This groundbreaking study advocating that children watch less TV is the first to reach that conclusion in days. But it's making headlines with its conclusion that just two hours of TV a day will turn kids into obese adults.

We at FD.com, however, think there ought to be a sliding scale. If a child is to be allowed two hours of TV a day (we don't want him falling away to nothing, after all), one would have to take content into consideration. So, let's say he's allowed to watch two hours a day of BET Jazz - that'll be our baseline. Alternately, he could watch three hours of PBS Kids, or one hour of The Weather Channel. On the other hand, just 20 minutes of "Touching Evil" would require shutting the system down for the rest of the day.

July 19, 2004 | Permalink | Subscribe to RSS

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