UK’s Independent breaks Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine embargo on kids and TV
SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to an embargo break by the Independent in London, the following study is being immediately released by the JAMA/Archives journals. Please note that only this paper is being released early. The embargo remains intact for 3 p.m. central time, May 3, 2010, for the other studies in the May issues of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Archives of General Psychiatry.
The JAMA/Archives Media Relations Department has investigated the circumstances of this embargo break and believes it to be inadvertent. We thank the reporters who abided by the embargo.
The study in question found that: “Children who are exposed to more television at 29 months of age appear to have more problems in school and poorer health behaviors in fourth grade,” according to a journal press release. Here’s the Independent’s story.
My inbox is used to Monday embargo lift notices from journals because of breaks by UK’s Sunday papers. Here’s one that involved the Independent on Sunday. But since JAMA/Archives called the break “inadvertent,” I’m guessing there won’t be any sanctions. Will update if I hear more.
Updated 3:50 p.m. Eastern, 5/3/10: JAMA/Archives media relations director Jann Ingmire said the office had nothing to add to their earlier announcement.