Archive | October, 2014

Understanding Neurofibromatosis

30 Oct

By Jake Burke When I was growing up in Medford, MA I had never heard of Neurofibromatosis (NF).  There were other diseases and disorders that I do remember.  Cystic Fibrosis and Muscular Dystrophy are two that come to mind. Fast-forward some 35 years later, and I learn my son was born with this genetic disorder Continue Reading

How To Use an EpiPen

27 Oct

Autism May Be Detected Earlier

23 Oct

By Mary Alice Cookson Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)  are generally diagnosed in kids at about age 2. That’s when a diagnosis can be reliable, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. But new research indicates it might be possible to detect ASD earlier. A recent study published online in the journal Nature by Warren R. Continue Reading

There Oughta be a Law

19 Oct

By Mary Alice Cookson It may not be illegal to pat a pregnant woman’s stomach just because it’s cute and sticking out, but it’s clearly annoying. It also falls under some states’ harassment laws – if the woman decides to press charges, that is. Such was the case of a pregnant woman in Pennsylvania who’d Continue Reading

Flu Shot vs. FluMist

17 Oct

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children ages 2 through 8 receive the nasal spray flu vaccine, FluMist, provided that each child has no contraindications or precautions to the flu vaccine. We asked Benjamin A. Kruskal, MD, PhD, FAAP, FIDSA, chief of infectious disease at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, to Continue Reading

Homemade “Play Dough”

16 Oct

Ingredients 1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup salt 1 tablespoon cream of tartar Food coloring 1 cup flour Directions Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir with a wooden spoon, then knead the dough until Continue Reading

Lessons Learned in Spinning Class

13 Oct

By Mary Alice Cookson Not all of us are cut out to be regular exercisers. While I admire the discipline of it, the minute I commit to a gym membership – the very second I supply my bank’s routing number for the automatic withdrawals – I find I’m no longer getting to the class. I Continue Reading

Curious about “STEM?”

10 Oct

STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. And, if you want your children to succeed in our innovation-driven, technical world, they will need STEM skills, especially engineering. Government and industry leaders are concerned that employers can’t find workers with the STEM competencies necessary in a global, 21st century economy. Happily, core elements Continue Reading

12 Best Towns for Fall Foliage in New England

8 Oct

By Jennifer Hanrahan When summer starts to disappear, autumn starts to creep its way in. The leaves start changing and for a little while, New England streets are lined with color. If you want to take full advantage of seeing the changing colors of the leaves, take a drive to or through one of these Continue Reading

Will It Cost $80K or $460K for College? (It Depends on When You Pay for It!)

7 Oct

By D. Abraham Ringer, CFP Wondering how much it will cost to send your kids to college some day? The answer depends on a number of factors, including: the school your child chooses; the financial aid package awarded; scholarships; and inflation rates on tuition between now and then. These factors are typically beyond your control. Continue Reading