Lisa Applegate is a freelance writer and mom of one living in Chicago.
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Vaccines may open the door to other strains of illness
February 24, 2010
First, the good news: Vaccines prevent certain strains of illnesses. The bad news? Other strains not covered by the shots can now take center stage.
To circumcise or not to circumcise?
February 24, 2010 - Comments (3)
A new study backs up claims that circumcision has health benefits years down the road.
State's budget woes putting early intervention at risk
February 11, 2010 - Comments (1)
Early intervention is crucial in helping toddlers with special needs lead lives as normal as possible. But the state's money woes are causing delays in payments and, some worry, may drive some therapists out of the field.
New research may challenge recommendations on introducing solid foods to your baby
January 25, 2010
New research about when to introduce your baby to solid foods is turning conventional wisdom on its head.
How to tame the collectible clutter
January 4, 2010
From Dora to Barbie, from Playmobil to Pokemon, billions are spent every years marketing collectibles to kids. Here's how to manage the collecting habit -- and keep your closets in check.
National spotlight on handwashing
November 19, 2009 - Comments (1)
Here's the simplest piece of health advice out there: Washing hands regularly really does prevent people from getting sick.
A new strategy in the war on drugs
November 9, 2009
Three decades of government-analyzed data is providing a new tool in the campaign to keep our kids drug-free.
Interest in home births on the rise
November 6, 2009
A study found that women who gave birth at home were less likely to need interventions like electronic fetal monitoring. But the AMA and other doctors' groups remain opposed to the procedure. What gives?
Libraries hit hard by recession
October 21, 2009
It may be subtle now, but soon, libraries may have to balance their dwindling budgets by cutting services, jeopardizing everything from preschool story hour to buying new books.
Some risks still unknown with pregnancy and antidepressants
September 28, 2009
A new report about the risks versus benefits of taking antidepressants during pregnancy confirms what many women already know: the choice is rarely clear, or easy.