| May 3, 2010
Your life story depends upon a combination of the DNA you're stuck with plus your environment, including all the little choices and events that happen over that lifetime.
But in recent years, researchers have discovered that, while DNA lays out the...
| May 3, 2010
When little Danielle Dolgoff was just 3 years old, she looked up from her lunch and asked her mom how many calories were in her turkey sandwich.
"It's a 'green light' food," pediatrician Joanna Dolgoff told her daughter. "Don't worry about calories. Just...
| Dec 12, 2010
Along the Richardson Highway in the Alaskan interior, "towns" — and that's being generous — often spring up for a single purpose: to provide food, water and, of course, fuel to passing motorists.
Mosquito Junction was once such a wayside. But...
| Nov 8, 2010
| 11:13 AM
Some come for the camaraderie; it's like a Santa support group.
Some come to learn the basics.
Consider first-timer Jim Robinson, a retired and rotund band director from Alabama who now lives in Chicago.
A friend suggested Robinson consider landing...
| Dec 23, 2010
Getting my son to be motivated for school in the morning is always a challenge. (He's only 4, so I cringe at for my future.) But the other morning, he gave me so much trouble that I did what any mother would do when pressed for time and patience: I played...
| Dec 14, 2010
Don't panic. Those strange white spots you see on your daily planner are not cause for alarm. They're called "free time," and you should do everything in your power — especially this time of year — to preserve them as such.
With kids out of...
| Jan 5, 2011
Is it feed a cold, starve a fever? Or the other way around?
With cold season upon us, parents are reviewing their folk wisdom and trading elaborate — if unscientific — protocols for reintroducing solid foods to tender tummies. Have you...
| Nov 9, 2010
| 2:21 PM
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY LAUNCHES IN CHICAGO Families can help researchers by providing information that is expected to improve the health and development of children for generations to come
CHICAGO --- Why are so many babies born prematurely? Why do so...
| Oct 20, 2010
Colleges are back in session, high schools are getting ready for homecoming and the incidences of binge drinking continue to climb. Why put these topics in the same sentence? Underage and excessive drinking by high school and college students has been...
| Oct 13, 2010
Recently, I was reviewing an alarming study in an issue of Pediatrics. The statistics only corroborated what I've seen in my own pediatric practice, where I take care of many adolescents.
Despite our parental and societal "admonitions" not to have sex...
| Oct 5, 2010
MIAMI - When her parents told her that she had to eat her dinner, Holly Zimmerman burst into hysterical tears and screams. Then, after several hours, the once docile third-grader leaped from her seat and tried to stab them with a fork.
"This is a...