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Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Trends: A Life Course Analysis

Rates of childhood obesity are accelerating over time, with large increases in prevalence and magnitude of obesity. Despite this trend, population-based studies suggest that rates of T2D among children have not yet increased substantially, which may reflect the latency period between the onset of obesity and the development of T2D. The overarching objective of this study is to evaluate the epidemiologic link between childhood obesity and T2D incidence.


Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H
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Dr. Freed has over 25 years of experience in children's health services research and has been the principal investigator of numerous federal, state and foundation-funded grants, and the first NIH-funded pediatric health services research fellowship program. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles on child health policy and health economics, immunizations, physician behavior, the medical workforce and interspecialty variation in the provision of preventive services to children.


The circumcision decision: Parents want info, not directives, from docs

Parents cite a variety of reasons for or against circumcision, and many feel anxious about making the right choice. Most parents feel the healthcare provider should answer their questions and provide scientific information about circumcision; fewer parents believe the healthcare provider should recommend a specific decision. One in five parents strongly agree that circumcision is a family decision, and healthcare providers should stay out of it.