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Monday, March 5, 2007

Is superhero syndrome epidemic?

Blog, MD raises public awareness about a new threat to children's health in a recent post. He highlights a study in the current Archives of Disease in Childhood that reports on serious injuries to five British children wearing superhero costumes.

"The children we saw have all had to contemplate on their way to hospital that they do not in fact possess superpowers," wrote the authors. Four of the children wore Spiderman costumes, and the fifth a Superman outfit. "They were injured after initiating flight without having planned for landing strategies."

"Brilliant. Only the British can make something like this so amusing," comments Blog, MD, who under his blogger disguise is Dr. Samuel Blackman, a Boston pediatric oncologist.

"The authors indicate that while they are strong advocates of adventurous play and while they also understand that risk-taking is an integral part of childhood, they caution that parents need to be aware that children may believe that their abilities 'have been given a super-boost' with an appropriate costume," Blackman writes.

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