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Long-term Effects of Bacterial Meningitis

Q: What is bacterial meningitis, and are there any long-term effects like hearing or immune system issues? — Joanie Otis A: With bacterial meningitis, a lifethreatening infection, bacteria enter the central nervous system. It has rather nonspecific symptoms, such as headache and fever, so parents can confuse it with the flu in the early stages. […]

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Secret Life of Girls

The Secret Life of Girls

I can’t imagine being in middle school today. When I was in seventh grade the first online instant messenger was launched, the likes of Cindy Crawford graced magazines, and the only phone I had was connected to a wall. But today, girls in middle school now send hundreds of text messages each day, are connected […]

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Some Solutions for "Lifestyle Change"

Some solutions for "lifestyle change"

So, we bogged you down with the dilemma of the pediatric obesity epidemic yesterday. Then we told you that you shouldn’t have your child diet if he or she is obese. And, to top it all off, we gave you the vague solution of “lifestyle change” as an alternative to dieting. We’re aware of how […]

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The flu frenzy

The flu frenzy

My first child, the darling Emerson Lee Foster, was born at the end of November. The first six weeks of her life have been full of love, joy, celebration and… a lot, lot of paranoia. Seems like all I can think about sometimes are bad drivers, BPA, blocked airways, falling picture frames and contagious diseases. […]

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