Quickies: Mammogram Recommendations, Magical Chocolate Milk, and Bill Cosby’s Enablers

  • Virginia GOP bill would require schools to verify children’s genitals before using restroom – “Cole’s legislation would also allow law enforcement to fine anyone who knowingly used a public restroom that did not correspond to their ‘anatomical sex.’ ” From Radium.
  • Federal Panel Finalizes Mammogram Advice That Stirred Controversy – “The task force also says there’s not enough evidence to say whether or not women 75 and older benefit from routine screening for breast cancer.”
  • Can chocolate milk speed concussion recovery? Experts cringe – “Fifth Quarter Fresh says one of its secrets is that the milk comes from ‘super’ cows and naturally contains more protein, calcium, and electrolytes than typical store-bought milk. It also contains a lot of sugar — 42 grams per serving. That’s considerably more than many brands of chocolate milk. And it’s almost the entire daily allowance of sugar recommended for adults eating a 2,000 calorie diet in new federal dietary guidelines released this week.”
  • Bill Cosby and His Enablers – “Even victims of discrimination can look away from—and thereby enable—other forms of violence.”
  • The Trouble With Talking Toys – “There’s simply no evidence that a young child can learn language directly from a toy. It isn’t responsive enough. It isn’t social. As for the other toys, traditional blocks and puzzles stimulated more conversation than the electronic toys, and books outscored them all. But don’t underestimate the humble block. While traditional toys fell short of books in interaction quantity, Sosa notes, they kept pace in terms of quality.”
  • The coming showdown: A year for reproductive rights – “For abortion opponents, it was the year when decades of incremental political and legal gains merged into something much bigger. Now 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent — perhaps the most momentous year for reproductive issues in a generation.”

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  1. January 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm —

    That Griffen and Wayans said those sorts of things isn’t really surprising. Comedians (and others) have long learned that you can get away with saying things about women you could never get away with if you said it about pretty much any other group of people. The fact that they suffered almost no repercussions for saying those things, pretty much backs that up.

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