Turn video games into family time

March 14th, 2017

If you have children who love video games– and an estimated 95 percent of them do– or are interested yourself in video gaming, consider the positive aspects of how playing video games can benefit your family, and others:
* Educational components – Video games have plenty of educational opportunities designed for the youngest to oldest members [...]

Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision

March 8th, 2017

Move over carrots and beta-carotene, there are other foods and nutrients that appeal to eye health. Dr. Michael Roizen, author and co-founder of RealAge.com, provides a brief tutorial on the best nutrients for eye health.
Lutein and zeaxanthin – The same survey found that less than half of Americans (41 percent) are familiar with lutein and [...]

To reduce Lyme disease risks, keep tick-carrying deer out of your yard

February 28th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated about 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed each year. Only about 30,000 of those actually get reported to the CDC. Many more likely go undiagnosed since Lyme symptoms can mimic other ailments and even disappear altogether for a time. Lyme disease is now the most [...]

Taking Steps to Manage Acid Reflux Disease

February 28th, 2017

Acid reflux disease (ARD), also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), affects nearly 19 million Americans, and is characterized by heartburn occurring two or more days a week despite treatment and diet changes. Susan had lived with the symptoms of ARD for years until she went to her doctor and was diagnosed.
“I was busy and [...]

Five ways to help kids boost their brain power

February 22nd, 2017

Everyone is born with about 100 billion brain cells. We form new connections between these cells throughout life, but the rate is particularly high when we’re young. Since those connections facilitate thinking and learning, parents who want to help give their children an intellectual edge should consider the brain-healthy choices they make each day.

“Making the [...]

Collaborative online children’s storybook starts conversations about little-understood disease

February 14th, 2017

For many families with children living with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a serious genetic disorder, this scene may be all too familiar. Scott’s story is a part of an online children’s storybook about a young boy with TSC as seen through the eyes of his favorite toy, a stuffed dog named Turbo.
This eBook, called “Turbo [...]

New Resource Introduced for Families Living with ADHD

February 14th, 2017

ADHD affects nearly 1 in 10 children in the U.S. between the ages of 4 and 17. While the specific causes of ADHD are unknown, there is evidence that it may have its basis in genetics. Children with ADHD may exhibit hyperactivity, impulsivity and have problems paying attention to tasks at hand. These symptoms often [...]

Smart solutions for managing hectic family schedules during the school year

February 8th, 2017

The increased demands of school time are even more complex for members of the sandwich generation – people who care for their own children while also caring for their aging parents. If you care for your kids and other loved ones, it’s easy to quickly become overwhelmed and confused.
No one knows this better than Julie [...]

How to know if your child could benefit from a tutor

February 1st, 2017

For many parents, slipping grades and missed assignments can be sure signs that their child is in need of help academically. And whether your child needs assistance to get up to speed with the rest of the class or is looking for help to get ahead on their SAT’s, there are a variety of tutoring [...]

Breakfast is more than the first meal of the day for kids

January 24th, 2017

A significant percentage of elementary and an even greater percentage of middle and high school students skip breakfast daily or a few times a week. On a given day, up to 30 percent of teens in the U.S. skip breakfast. As they get older, homework, jobs, sports teams, the arts and the Internet result in [...]