Book explains allergies, asthma; magazine rates teen TV shows for safe-sex info

Monday, February 14, 2011; 8:18 PM

Healthy Kids
Help for 'sneezers and wheezers' "Allergies and Asthma" (American Academy of Pediatrics, $14.95)

The second edition of "Allergies and Asthma" is an important resource for parents because of the authority of the publisher: the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 60,000 pediatricians. The paperback guide, which is dedicated to "the sneezers and wheezers … the scratchers and rashers," covers the basics of what allergies and asthma are, how to test for them and how to live with them. This edition includes new medications and the most up-to-date recommendations on topics such as environmental factors that can cause asthma symptoms. But it doesn't go into new research about how or when to introduce potentially allergenic foods to infants or whether avoiding certain foods during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of allergies in your child.

Safe sex on tv
Some teen shows neglect protection POZ, January/February issue

Teens having sex on TV shows isn't new, but in 2011 you might hope that the shows would at least encourage safe sex. POZ, the lifestyle magazine for people with HIV/AIDS, evaluated a variety of teen TV shows for how often characters took actions or talked about the need to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases or unwanted pregnancies. "Glee" got the lowest rating because Artie and cheerleader Brittany had no such discussion before hopping into the sack. "Gossip Girl" and "90210" were in the middle of the pack. The ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" earned the top rating for the safe-sex PSAs that follow each episode.

- Rachel Saslow

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