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Showing posts from: March 2016

Allergy: Spring Hay Fever and Otherwise

However you spell it: Hay Fever or Hayfever, it’s miserable; and the name has become, like “Kleenex”, the “generic” moniker for any scratchy, itchy, watery red eyes with runny nose – even though the true disease occurs in the fall during the farmer’s haying season.
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Happy Easter!

Here’s hoping the holiday finds you all well and happy!

And all the Easter Eggs** a bunny can handle.

** These are white chocolate Easter eggs – unless you are diabetic when you can consider them chicken eggs – unless your cholesterol is high where upon you can just consider them shaved carrot sticks (the yellow kind)!

Raising Boys Who Like To Read 

Eighty percent of families in the US have not read a story together in the past year – 42% of high school graduates will never read another book for the rest of their lives. Heartbreaking, but take girls out of the statistics and the numbers drop even further. Don’t let your son become someone who thinks reading is “geeky.” Here is how one mother has (is) preventing it – with examples.

Parenting: Good Night’s Sleep

I’m afraid that all the things I know about the topic “sleep problems in infants” rattle around in my brain in a fairly “jumbled” manner. Frankly, the topic of infant sleep is probably the most frequently asked group of questions from new parents and in the “top 3” for all parents; but still….

The reason it’s so “jumbled” is FIRST Read more→

Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?

Maryn McKenna is a journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy – including lately antibiotics and what we do when they don’t work anymore. She is a Senior Fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, a research affiliate at MIT, a frequent radio and TV guest, and a TED speaker.

Her harrowing stories of hunting down anthrax with the CDC and chronicle of antibiotic-resistant staph infections in “Superbugs” earned her nicknames among her colleagues; but she continues to blog and write about the history of epidemics and the public health challenges posed by factory farming.

In this TED talk McKenna discusses how antibiotics we have long counted upon to kill deadly bacteria are no longer effective and what we have done (are doing) to make that so. She discloses her warnings about what we need to do now to mitigate the damage already done and how to use our “antibiotics” in the future.