"More women with breast cancer are choosing to have their healthy breast surgically removed along with their affected breast, a new study has found. Almost 5 percent of patients decided to have the radical procedure in 2003, up from just under 2 percent in 1998."The study's lead author? Dr. Todd Tuttle, the chief of surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, also known on this blog as Dr. T, who spent six hours removing my sarcoma six and a half weeks ago ... one of the few people who's ever seen the inside of my body!
Also in today's NYT, this article about co-sleeping — and it's not all negative, either! Here's part of it:
In most of the world, sleeping next to your child is a necessity: families of limited means live in cramped quarters. But in the affluent West, the practice is widely frowned on, not just by grandparents and friends, but by the medical community at large.I've never really felt judged negatively for sleeping with Daniel (though perhaps I choose to be deliberately oblivious to judgmental attitudes), nor do I see him (or us) as being needy. I see him as a normal, sensitive baby who prefers the security of snuggling with his parents to being alone at night, and whose parents don't believe in crying it out. I was glad to see an article that didn't simply present fear-mongering opinions about co-sleeping dangers or make co-sleeping parents out to be wierdo hippies!
Still, it is far more common than many people think. Nearly 13 percent of parents in the United States slept with their infants in 2000, up from 5.5 percent in 1993, according to a report last month in the journal Infant and Child Development. Countless children start the night in their own beds, only to wake up a few hours later and pad into their parents’ bedrooms, crawling into the bed or curling up nearby on the floor.
Ask parents if they sleep with their kids, and most will say no. But there is evidence that the prevalence of bed sharing is far greater than reported. Many parents are “closet co-sleepers,” fearful of disapproval if anyone finds out, notes James J. McKenna, professor of anthropology and director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame.
“They’re tired of being censured or criticized,” Dr. McKenna said. “It’s not just that their babies are being judged negatively for not being a good baby compared to the baby who sleeps by himself, but they’re being judged badly for having these babies and being needy.”