Tips and tricks for when kids need to put on weight
Despite an obesity epidemic in this country, many toddlers and children are underweight. Parents repeatedly ask me how to help a child gain weight in a healthful way. This is an important question because the age-old advice of milkshakes and ice cream (or in my opinion even the sugar-laden Pediasure) just doesn't cut it, and can spark a cycle of insulin resistance that can lead an underweight child down a path toward obesity and diabetes.
Producer of 'pink slime' beef sues ABC for defamation
Of all the media outlets that have taken shots at Beef Products and its "lean, finely textured beef," the South Dakota-based company apparently feels slimed by only one: ABC and its ABC News division.
Acupuncture can ease kids' pain
At age 17, Victoria Rust came down with pancreatitis, suffering waves of terrible pain that kept her hospitalized for much of last year. When the only medicine that was helping her caused stomach bleeding and had to be stopped, a doctor at Children's National Medical Center suggested an unconventional treatment: acupuncture.
Tooth fairy more generous in 2012
If economists want an accurate read on the economy, perhaps they should look under children's pillows. And according to the credit card company, the Tooth Fairy is leaving an average of $3.00 per tooth this year, an increase of 15 percent over the $2.60 left in 2011.
Slate: The right kind of tomato for your sauce
One of the consolations of these miserable dog days of summer is the abundance, in gardens and markets across the land, of ripe tomatoes; a season of suffering, sweating and involuntary naps seems to be the price nature exacts on us for perfection in her fruits.
Teens' 'designated texter' takes seat next to driver
After growing up during a campaign against drunken driving, many teenagers say they've embraced the notion of a designated driver. Coming of age amid condemnation of distracted driving, some say they use a "designated texter" when driving with friends.
Women fare better than men in new health law
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 greatly expanded women's access to free preventive services, particularly for sexual and reproductive health. Men didn't fare nearly as well.
Pot-smoking teens may become slower-thinking adults, study finds
Teens may lose IQ points later in life if they smoke marijuana before age 18, according to a study that comes on the heels of a survey showing that the drug's use has risen in this age group for four straight years.
Slate: The only recipe for ice cubes you'll ever need
In a glorious recipe posted to Food.com that has been making the rounds on Twitter, a frustrated cook offers a recipe for ice cubes, noting that it may come in handy for "families who have members who don't know how or have forgotten how to make ice when the ice tray is empty."
Advice from teachers on how to make happier students
Parents can learn a lesson or two from teachers about what their kids' instructors want in the upcoming year. Teachers in several school systems were asked what parents can do, beyond reading with their kids, to help their children be better students. Here's what they had to say.
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