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Marathons May Be for Kids, Too

It sounds crazy, but children may be able to run marathons as early on as first or second grade. Several weeks ago, The New York Times ran “Phys Ed: Should Children Run Marathons?” on their website. The author, Gretchen Reynolds, reported on two different studies: one about running injuries in children and the other about […]

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CT scans and children: tips for parents

You may have seen coverage recently on CNN Health about the increased number of CT, or computed tomography, scans being ordered by doctors for children. The number of these scans has risen five-fold over a 14-year period, according to the research. Radiation levels accumulate over time, so it’s important for parents to think about the […]

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Our experience with bulimia

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series offering an inside look into bulimia. This part was written by the father and stepmother of the author of “A thirty-something’s battle with bulimia.” The family’s names have been changed. The thing I remember most about that time was Jessica’s anger. Long before I realized […]

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A Real-life Ralphie

If you have ever seen “A Christmas Story,” you know the line “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Nearly every authority figure in the movie says it over and over again to the main character, a fourth-grade boy named Ralphie who wants a BB gun for Christmas. Ralphie ends up getting his wish and actually does […]

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Caffeine for kids: safe but not recommended

A study published yesterday in the Journal of Pediatrics said that as many as 75 percent of children are consuming caffeine daily. More specifically, it revealed that children between ages eight and 12 consume an average of 109 milligrams of caffeine a day – which is about the same as drinking three 12 ounce cans […]

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Concussion Resources

Texans regard sports more as a religion and less as a hobby. As soon as they’re potty trained, we sign our kids up for just about anything our local recreation centers offer. And while there are many benefits to playing sports at a young age, doing so doesn’t come without risks, as any parent who’s […]

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