March 8, 2008

Keep Your Children Healthy – Ban The Bedroom TV

Here’s one simple way to keep your children healthy: Ban the bedroom TV.

By some estimates, half of American children have a television in their bedroom; one study of third graders put the number at 70 percent. And a growing body of research shows strong associations between TV in the bedroom and numerous health and educational problems.

Children with bedroom TVs score lower on school tests and are more likely to have sleep problems. Having a television in the bedroom is strongly associated with being overweight and a higher risk for smoking.

Full story: A One-Eyed Invader in the Bedroom

January 28, 2008

Many Parents Fail to See Obesity in Children

Do we love our kids so much that we can’t even imagine that they’ve become obese?

Full story: Many Parents Fail to See Obesity in Children

January 8, 2008

8 reasons why your house is unsellable

Plus, trends that are on the way out and tips to keep your house current…

A well written article that points out the simple drawbacks and disadvantages of many houses.

The only one from the article that my house is guilty of, is the washer/dryer in the basement. But it doesn’t bother me much, as my basement is fully finished, with carpeting. So, it’s not like I have to walk into a cold, damp, dark basement. Instead, it is a bright, warm, and lovely basement!

Here’s the full story: 8 reasons why your house is unsellable

January 3, 2008

Medical Myths – like ‘Dim light ruins eyesight’

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine made a list of common medical beliefs espoused by physicians and the general public. They included statements they had heard endorsed by doctors on multiple occasions. The result is a seven-item list of medical and health myths that are widely repeated by doctors and in the media, all of which either aren’t true or lack scientific evidence to support them.

Here’s the summary:

  1. People should drink at least eight glasses of water a day
  2. We use only 10 percent of our brains
  3. Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
  4. Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster, darker or coarser
  5. Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight
  6. Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy
  7. Cell phones create considerable electromagnetic interference in hospitals

See the full story here: ‘Dim light ruins eyesight’ and other medical myths

June 28, 2007

‘Momblocked’ mothers feel edged out by dads

“While I never thought that I would end up staying home with Sarah, I knew that I was fully capable of doing so,” says Brian Metz, McClure-Metz’s husband.

But almost four years into it, McClure-Metz began to feel her husband was maybe too capable. He had become more competent and assertive in the child-care arena and it showed in small ways. Metz took over when his wife struggled with the car seat, or put the kibosh on plans when he thought their daughter needed down time.

Full story: ‘Momblocked’ mothers feel edged out by dads