Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Vitamin D

I read that vitamin D helps absorb calcium in the body. Are there any negative effects if I do not recieve enough vitamin D or if I intake too much?

Keys to Mentoring

Carolyn Duff, author of “When Women Work Together: Using Our Strengths to Overcome Our Challenges” (Conari Press, 1993, $14.95), describes female mentoring relationships like this:

What do you recommend for mothers after just having babies?

What do you recommend for mothers who are “baggy” in belly and triceps after just having babies? I am 39 and used to run about 10 to 15 miles per week to keep fit. It has now been about two years — I had to quit exercising while pregnant.

Montessori’s Principles for Childhood Development

One of the key Montessori principles is that the 3- to 6-year-old child has an “absorbent mind” which is able to easily take in and process all aspects of the child’s environment.

The Lesson, Part 2

I don’t know what I would have done without my family and friends. It has always been hard for me to ask for help. Was I a burden? Did they pity me? I thought I was strong enough to take care of myself. I didn’t think I needed anybody, but I was wrong. I liked […]

The Lesson, Part 1

My OB-GYN doctor referred me to a surgeon because my annual mammogram showed some “changes” from the previous year. I will never forget the surgeon’s words, after he finished examining me. “It’s nothing to worry about.” I wanted to be relieved, but how could I feel relief when he said “Let’s just keep an eye […]

Is My 4-Year-Old’s Speech Underdeveloped?

There is a fair bit of normal developmental variation in the way children acquire language, especially in the way complex consonants in the English language are pronounced. It is common for preschoolers (before kindergarten) to make pronunciation errors with words like “star’” — they may say “tar” — or “school” — saying “cool” — or […]

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Part 3

Splinting is another cornerstone of JRA treatment. There are two types of splints. Resting splints: Hold inflamed joints in the correct position during sleep. Help prevent, and can gradually correct, deformity.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Part 2

Medication The choice of medications depends on the type and severity of the arthritis. The mainstay of initial therapy is usually nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These control pain and inflammation.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Part 1

Arthritis does not strike just older people. It’s one of the most common childhood disorders, afflicting nearly 300,000 children in the United States. Of these, an estimated 71,000 suffer from the type called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).