Daily Rounds: Radiation Rising; Dads Who Spank; Ditching The Treadmill For The Dog; More Romney Bashing

Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster As Radiation Levels Rise "Prime Minister Naoto Kan pleaded for calm, but warned that radiation had already spread from the crippled reactors and there was “a very high risk” of further leakage. The sudden turn of events, after an explosion Monday at one reactor and then an early-morning explosion Tuesday at yet another — the third in four days at the plant — already made the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl reactor disaster a quarter century ago." (New York Times)

Pediatricians Need To Help 'Sad Dads' : Shots - Health Blog : NPR "And a new study in the journal Pediatrics finds some trouble brewing. Fathers who are depressed are far more likely to spank their 1-year-olds than dads who aren't.
Researchers gathered data on the parenting habits of more than 1,700 fathers of 1-year-olds. They found that dads determined to have been depressed in the past year were four times more likely to spank their children." (

Forget the Treadmill. Get a Dog. - "Several studies now show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks, but new research shows that dog walkers are more active over all than people who don’t have dogs.
One study even found that older people are more likely to take regular walks if the walking companion is canine rather than human."( Know Your Source | Public Radio Kitchen "The supply chain of a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is more complicated than you might think.
Its 20 ingredients come from as far away as China, Switzerland and West Africa. Take one of them: the riboflavin (Vitamin B2). It hails from Hubei, China. Another? Whey. It comes from Illinois. The salt, on the other hand, from Silver Springs, N.Y. How can you, the consumer, trace the origin of each of the ingredients building that blue box of mac n’ cheese? The answer is, an open-source, supply chain mapping website based out of the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge."(

"Santorum, possible GOP presidential candidate, attacks Romney on health care - Newton - Your Town - The issues, unfortunately, don’t line up particularly well for Governor Romney this time, particularly with health care being front and center on the stage,” Santorum said in an interview, before speaking to a Roman Catholic group. “I feel we need someone who is a strong, principled conservative who believes not in government mandates, not in government control of the health care system, but in a patient-centered approach to health care,” Santorum said." (

This program aired on March 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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