WELL, THIS EXPLAINS THE LEVEL OF DISCOURSE ON "THE KING OF QUEENS"

Children don't learn as quickly, and remember less, if they live near airports, according to a European study:

The authors said they were unsure of the reasons for their finding, but they suggested that in learning to ignore the irrelevant noise of the airplanes, students may simultaneously have learned to tune out relevant speech.

FINALLY, JANE BRODY APPROVES OF SOMETHING IN OUR DIET

Freelance Dad has had a tall glass of milk every morning since he was a Small Fellow, and now Dame Jane Brody of the New York Times reports that our daily drink of calcium may very well have prevented us from becoming obese. . .  OK, from becoming more obese.

Still, everyone should check out today's article. The studies it cites confirm what many people have suspected for a long time, and should be one more impetus for parents to do the right thing and give their kids a glass of 1% milk every day:

The evidence suggests that calcium, especially in dairy foods, can help people lose pounds, if they are on a reduced-calorie diet. There is also evidence that dairy foods can keep adolescents from gaining excessive weight and perhaps help adults control middle-age spread.

AND NOW, TODAY'S ENTRY IN THE CATEGORY OF QUESTIONS WE HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO FACE

Fascinating medical essay in the Times today about a 1970s-era debate over the treatment of infants with a rare and debilitating birth defect: Was it better to leave them untreated in the nursery to die, or to move aggressively to perform dozens of surgical procedures to keep them alive, even if the quality of life would not be ideal? Looking back 30 years, Dr. Barron Lerner finds the answer isn't that obvious.

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