Likelihood Ratio is a topical blog that Dr. Hill has created, bringing common sense and wit together about current state of Media & Pediatrics. Continuing from the roots of his book “Dad to Dad”, Dr. Hill writes from the unique perspective of Doctor/Dad to help readers navigate the sometimes murky and confusing waters of being a caregiver for a child.
- Charminder (12 combat points). This adorable little guy is a Fire creature with the power to make sure you move those steaks from the grill flame to the infrared zone before they burn. His evolved form, Charmaster (26 combat points) can baste ribs for up to three hours. He is most vulnerable to the memory-diminishing attack of the Beerbasaur (6, 12, or 24 combat points).
- Gyrtle (32 combat points). A creature from the Water weight environment, this Pokémon dwells discretely under the trainer’s clothing, where it makes unsightly bulges invisible. Given enough candy it evolves into a Spanx (260 combat points) with enhanced compression powers. Warning to would-be trainers: if you eat the candy yourself, your Gyrtle may explode.
- Ivylauyer (520 combat points). Really by far the most important Pokémon to have in any battle, this fearsome Grass/Poison creature hurls powerful Soots, Injunkshuns, and Moshuns, for enough stardust or candy, payable in advance. In the unlikely event that your Ivylauyer appears to be losing a battle, it can offer the attacker a Seddlement, saving you precious points. The evolved form, the Pardnersaur (1000 combat points), benefits from the victories of its allies and gains candy even when its trainer loses.
- Peakedachu (27 combat points). This worn-looking Pokémon saw his best days during high school, or maybe that one semester he played baseball in college. Looking at him gives the trainer a certain satisfaction that while he seemed pretty intimidating back then, he’s really downright average now, so how do you like them apples? His evolved form, the Hazzbin (3 combat points), can provide the trainer a transient mood boost through its powers of Shoddenfroyd.
Researchers using sophisticated microphones and computers reported in this month's Pediatrics that dads talk to their infants about 1/3 as much as moms between birth and age 7 months. Reaction from outraged fathers was swift. Dan Rogers of Akron, Ohio, father of 3, said, "Whoa." LaShawn Coleman of Memphis, Tennessee took to Twitter to proclaim, "#Hmmm." Dr. Johann Schlemmer, tenured professor of linguistics and child development at Harvard was quoted opining, "Well..." Clearly this research has opened a floodgate of paternal opinion, and we will continue to follow the debate until the groundswell of conversation finally ebbs.