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New Weight Watchers Diet App Puts Kids at Risk for Eating Disorders and Body Shaming – NBC News

Read article – Quotes Marcia Herrin, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, in an article about how Weight Watchers recently started a new app aimed at helping kids lose weight, and has sparked an outcry from dietitians, therapists, and eating disorder experts. “Having an app tell you what to eat is dangerous (and stupid) when we know that food plans should be individualized,” says Herrin.

Caregivers Learn to Cope While Helping Loved Ones Who Have Alzheimer’s – Valley News

Read article – Quotes Robert Santulli, a geriatric psychiatrist who no longer practices but continues to teach at Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, about how depression is the most common symptom in caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. “The biggest (cause) of the stress is losing a partner,” says Santulli. “They’re there but they’re not there.”

FDA Panel Recommends Approving First Peanut Allergy Treatment – The Washington Post

Read article – Quotes Marcus Shaker, associate professor of pediatrics and associate professor of community and family medicine, in an article about how advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted Friday to recommend approval of a first-of-its-kind peanut allergy treatment. “For a family with high anxiety and a significant burden of anxiety and fear from living with [a] peanut allergy, this might give that extra buffer of safety,” says Shaker, who was not involved with the trial. “They’re still going to need to strictly avoid peanuts, but [this will help] to let go of some of the fear they may have.” (Picked up by PennLive.)

3 Questions to Ask Med Schools to Determine Fit – U.S. News & World Report

Read article – An opinion piece by Cassie Kosarek, Geisel ’20, in which she shares advice on how medical school applicants can gauge their fit for a program when visiting campuses for medical school interviews. “On your interview days, it is important to ask about the clinical experiences that set your prospective schools apart,” says Kosarek. “Does this medical school allow room for multiple away electives if it does not reach your areas of interest? Are there regional or ethnographic qualities in the clinical environment that are particularly attractive to you? And finally, are there any drawbacks to the clinical environment that limit the educational experience or the pursuit of your interests in any way?”

Teens With Illnesses Want Role in Decision-Making – Reuters Health

Read article – Quotes Glyn Elwyn, professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about a study that found that teens with chronic illnesses would like to have a say in decisions such as switching to a new medicine, but they often feel left out of the conversation. These findings “could help doctors understand that when they have teenagers who are becoming mature adults, they really need to talk to them as much, or maybe more than they talk to their parents,” said Elwyn, who wasn’t involved in the study. (Picked up by Mix 92.9, 103.5 WIMZ, and My 95.7.)