Archive for December, 2005

Obesity Before Pregnancy Linked To Childhood Weight Problems - Pregnancy And Baby

Results of the study, which included more than 3,000 children, suggest that a child is far more likely to be overweight at a very young age — at 2 or 3 years old — if his mother was overweight or obese before she became pregnant. A child is also at greater risk of becoming overweight if he is born to a black or Hispanic mother, or to a mother who smoked during her pregnancy.

And there’s a good chance that an overweight child will stay overweight for the rest of his or her life.

(Full Story - Via Google Search: pregnancy.)

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Kill-A-WATT - Monitor Your Energy Output


Connect your appliances into the Kill A Watt™, and assess how efficient they are. A large LCD display counts consumption by the Kilowatt-hour just like utility companies. You can figure out your electrical expenses by the hour, day, week, month, even an entire year. Monitor the quality of your power by displaying Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor.

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Do Video Games Cause Violent Behavior?

According to Wired News, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman seems to think so, and is preaching that message to law enforcement officers and the FBI. Grossman, who claims to be one of the “world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime,” believes that “first-person shooters are “murder simulators” that not only desensitize players from the psychological ramifications of killing, but also teach the mechanics of killing.”

A Critic of Grossman, “Thomas J. Aveni, co-founder of The Police Policy Studies Council, a law-enforcement training and consulting company, said Grossman is misguided to draw a definitive link between media violence and real violence.”

Aveni said the real causes of violence are upbringing, poverty and other social factors, and that Grossman’s argument is “too simplistic” and “illogical.”

“The vast majority of violent felony crimes … are being committed by inner-city youths who don’t have an Xbox, meaning they haven’t been conditioned by violent video games,” he said.

Full Story: Cops Dig Anti-Game Crusader

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