Daily Rounds: Radiation Fears For Kids; Jesus' Sonogram; Crib Recall; Bad Sex In Middle Age; The Virtual Therapist

Radiation Worries for Children in Dentists’ Chairs - "Not only do most dentists continue to use outmoded X-ray film requiring higher amounts of radiation, but orthodontists and other specialists are embracing a new scanning device that emits significantly more radiation than conventional methods, an examination by The New York Times has found." (The New York Times)

Christmas ad: Baby Jesus' 'sonogram' — halo and all - Faith & Reason "A British group is taking the novel approach of promoting a nativity scene like no other — turning a sonogram-like image into a icon-like poster by portraying Jesus as a fetus with a halo, in Mary's womb." (

Bassettbaby Recalls Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards "The cribs' drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to detach from the crib. When a drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler's body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child also can fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to incorrect assembly and age-related wear and tear." (

Middle-aged Americans unhappy about sex - "Faced with performance problems, menopause blues and an increased mismatch of expectations between the sexes, middle-aged Americans are the unhappiest people of all when it comes to making love, a new Associated poll shows. Only 7 percent of people between 45 and 65 describe themselves as extremely satisfied with their sex lives. And nearly a quarter of the middle-aged Americans say they are dissatisfied. Even among seniors, fewer are dissatisfied." (Boston Globe)

In Cybertherapy, Avatars Assist With Healing - "For more than a decade, a handful of therapists have been using virtual environments to help people to work through phobias, like a fear of heights or of public spaces. But now advances in artificial intelligence and computer modeling are allowing them to take on a wider array of complex social challenges and to gain insight into how people are affected by interactions with virtual humans — or by inhabiting avatars of themselves." (The New York Times)

This program aired on November 23, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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