The dangers of smacking may not be true

first_imgYes, OK. Abuse is bad. But now I wanted to know: What about spanking? According to a 2011 study, more than half of all American parents spank their toddlers; some studies have put the number closer to 60 percent. But the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes it, and the practice is illegal in 32 countries, including Spain, Israel, and all of Scandinavia. So what’s the deal—are slaps on the tush OK if your children deserve it, or will it screw them up for life? Despite the Yahoo headline, and many others like it, the study, published in Pediatrics in early July, does not actually link spanking to mental illness. In fact, the study has nothing to do with spanking at all. Canadian researchers asked 34,000 adults how often they had been pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped, or hit by their parents or other adults when they were children. The authors explain that they were trying to assess the long-term effects of regular harsh physical punishment, which, they write, “some may consider more severe than ‘customary’ physical punishment (i.e., spanking).” Ultimately, the researchers reported that adults who have mental problems are more likely to say they were pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped, or hit by their parents than healthy adults are. 11 July 2013Last week, on Facebook, a friend of mine linked to a Yahoo blog post whose title caught my eye: “Spanking Linked to Mental Illness, Says Study.” My husband and I have a 14-month-old boy, whom we’ve never planned to spank. Still, we have years of discipline ahead of us, and I was curious about the findings.So I read the story. Then I read the study it was based on. Then I got mad.last_img read more

UPDATE: Gasoline spill in Napoleon causes evacuation

first_imgNapoleon, Ind.— UPDATE — At 10 p.m. U.S. 421 was opened and residents were allowed to return to their homes. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management does not know how large the gasoline leak was and expects cleanup operations to continue Friday.A press release from Ripley County EMA says drinking water in the town is not affected.******************At 6:53 emergency crews responded to a gasoline spill at the Youngman’s Marathon on U.S. 421 causing the evacuation of nearby homes. The evacuation was ordered after Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Ron Reynolds determined an unknown amount of gasoline leaked into a creek or the Napoleon sewer system.The drinking water supply in the town is not affected.The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Ripley County EMA assisted with the clean up.As of 9:50 p.m. Thursday residents were still under the evacuation order.last_img read more

Josh Beckett’s struggles continue in Dodgers’ loss to Chicago Cubs

first_img“That sounds great, but you’ve got to have a starter,” Don Mattingly said. “You can’t just all of a sudden have a bullpen day. It’s not spring training where you can go with 12 guys, 15 guys, and we’ll throw each of them an inning. You have to have a starter. And if you have a guy come up from the minor leagues, you have to have a roster spot.”Mattingly pointed out that the Dodgers will play another 50 games between now and the end of the regular season. “There’s a lot of baseball left,” he said. But there are only 28 days left in August. Any player not on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster (or the disabled list) by August 31 isn’t eligible for the postseason. Paul Maholm might be eligible, but he isn’t a realistic option to pitch for any team this season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament Friday.The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and the Dodgers’ farm system is not bursting with major-league ready choices. Zach Lee (6-10, 5.22 ERA at Triple-A) and Red Patterson (4-8, 5.96) have struggled in recent weeks. Top prospect Julio Urias is 17. Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela might be walking through that door — they’re still employed by the team — but they are 78 and 53, respectively.The Cubs, the last-place team in the National League Central, took two of three games from the Dodgers, who lead the San Francisco Giants by 2 1/2 games in the National League West.Matt Kemp hit a solo home run, his fifth in six games, but the Dodgers did next to nothing with runners on base. They loaded the bases in the first inning on a double by Justin Turner, an infield single by Yasiel Puig, and a long single to the gap in right-center by Adrian Gonzalez. Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball up the middle, which the Cubs turned into a double play as Turner scored from third base. Kemp grounded out to end the inning.The Dodgers had a runner on third base in the third and fourth innings, but neither scored.Kemp’s home run in the sixth inning closed the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. The Dodgers had a chance to tie the game in the seventh inning, when Drew Butera bounced a ground-rule double into the left field pavilion with one out. The next batter, Carl Crawford, hit a line drive over the head of first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo, who is listed at 6-foot-3, leaped and snagged the ball, then delivered a strike to second base to double up Butera.“Instead of it being tied, instead of Carl (being on) second or third with one out, they get out of the inning,” Mattingly said. “I think the game changed right there.”After squandering that opportunity, the Dodgers handed the Cubs a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the eighth inning as Brandon League walked three consecutive batters while throwing only one strike. All three scored. The Dodgers got a run back — but only one — after putting runners on first and third with none out in the bottom of the eighth inning. A ground-ball double play by Ramirez ended that rally.Chris Perez gave that run back in the ninth inning, allowing a solo home run to Luis Valbuena.The Angels will invade Dodger Stadium today holding baseball’s second-best record. The Cubs have baseball’s fourth-worst record. As much as anything, the Freeway Series will prove if the Dodgers are in a funk or simply playing to the level of their competition.“The Cubs are a tough team,” Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell said. “At least to us.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But the bigger problem for the Dodgers is that the 34-year-old Beckett and 33-year-old Dan Haren — two-fifths of their starting rotation — are 1-7 with an 8.34 earned-run average since July 1. Every pitcher reaches a point where his body no longer allows him to pitch in the major leagues. While Beckett and Haren could return to their early-season form, they might also have reached their physical tipping point.Beckett wouldn’t use any lingering pain in his hip as an excuse. The problem, he said, is mechanical.“It’s tough to repeat my delivery,” Beckett said. “It’s frustrating. That’s three starts in a row like that. It’s a pretty helpless feeling.”So what do you do if you’re the manager? Do you send Beckett and Haren to the bullpen to work out their issues?center_img If Josh Beckett is auditioning to be the Dodgers’ fourth starter in a potential playoff series, he won’t earn the role on merit.He might be the guy by default. He might even have time to rediscover the form that allowed him to throw a no-hitter in May. October is two months away.For now, it’s shaping up to be a long two months for Beckett. In the Dodgers’ 7-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, he failed to complete five innings for the third straight start since returning from the disabled list. Beckett (6-6) walked three batters and allowed three runs in four innings. The loss wasn’t entirely his fault. The Dodgers went 2 for 12 with no RBIs with runners in scoring position against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (6-11) and three relievers.last_img read more

Concern expressed over medication safety at Letterkenny hospital

first_imgConcerns have been raised over medication safety following an inspection at Letterkenny University Hospital.The inspection was carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority.It identified an immediate high risk relating to a relative lack of leadership, governance, and management of medication safety-related risks as a result of the suspension of the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee over a sustained period of time during an announced inspection. HIQA has now published the report of the inspection today which took place on August 3rd.Inspectors found that in the absence of the committee, the hospital had no formulary; no strategic medication safety plan; no clinical pharmacist assigned to the paediatric and midwifery services; lack of an up-to-date, locally approved intravenous monographs at the point of care on both the paediatric and adult wards visited; and a lack of governance with regard to medicines information resources at point of care.The hospital also acknowledged that medication-related incidents were likely to be significantly under-reported at the hospital.Notwithstanding these findings, clinical audit at the Letterkenny University Hospital was centrally coordinated and medication safety audit results were used as the basis for decision-making to support quality improvement medication initiatives which the hospital had implemented. HIQA then wrote to the hospital to raise concerns over medication safety not being sufficiently supported by senior management and clinicians. Subsequently, Letterkenny University Hospital management team reported to HIQA that a number of measures had been taken to mitigate the risks identified during this inspection.In its findings it said the hospital must focus its efforts on addressing the risks and findings identified in this report, and work to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to protect patients from the risk of medication-related harm.Concern expressed over medication safety at Letterkenny hospital was last modified: October 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhealthmedicationsafetylast_img read more