Kirsten Matthew

Sleeping the Flu Bug Away?

(Dec. 21, 2003) - Despite this season's unusually large flu vaccine supply — one that prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that anyone who wanted to get a flu shot should— the odds still may be in favor of the bug winning out for those who don't get enough sleep at night. Research now suggests that success in avoiding the viral disease may depend in part on how much sleep you get.

Gone Up In Smoke

(May. 21, 2003) - The bars on the zoos’ monkey cages are rattling, city unions are on the defensive as the threat of larger layoff cuts loom, and child advocacy groups are bracing themselves for the deep wounds that a $3.4 billion budget gap will impose on core services for the city’s children. Reality is blinding sometimes.

Amber Alert: Help Make It Happen!

(Apr. 21, 2003) - Even before the nation’s parents stopped to click their heels or wipe tears from the corners of their eyes last month in the utter jubilation they shared with Elizabeth Smart’s reunited family, legislators in Washington were hard at work on a package of child protection measures.

Permanent Birth Control Methods Take a Step ForwardMore convenient, less-invasive procedure now available

(Jan. 21, 2003) - American women who desire permanent birth control now have a less-invasive, less costly procedure available to them with the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Essure, the first alternative to tubal ligation.

Using a Camp Advisory Service

(Jan. 21, 2003) - With a seemingly endless litany of camps to choose from these days " from sleep-away and sports camps to academic and specialty camps " selecting the most appropriate summer facility for your child may seem like a daunting prospect, especially if it is a first-time camp experience. But parents need not be discouraged. Making a well-informed choice to suit your child's individual needs could be just a few keystrokes away " via an online camp advisory service.

Wander in Hershey's Winter and Bear Wonderlands

(Dec. 21, 2002) - As the search either begins or continues for "that special something" for "that special someone", the Sweetest Place on Earth comes alive and alight with the reopening of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane.

Go for the Gold! LAKE PLACID

(Dec. 21, 2002) - Some places are fondly remembered by the heart and engaged to the soul long after the bags are unpacked and the photos are stowed away. Lake Placid, with the gentle snow-topped summits of the Adirondack chain at its doorstep and nearly 2,500 cool clean lakes at its porch, is one of those special locales.

A Scary Reality

(Nov. 21, 2002) - One of the principal figures in classical American philosophy, George Santayana once said: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It would bode well for members of Congress to recall such phraseology when considering the steps it should take to expand vaccine stockpiles in order to ensure an adequate supply; after all, stockpiles have been used successfully to help mitigate supply disruptions in the past.

Women, Money, Politics and HRT

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Women, Money, Politics and HRT

(Aug. 21, 2002) - Bottom line: Last month’s medical snafu that left the well-being of the six million American women who take hormone replacement drugs hanging in the balance is yet another prime example of the disenfranchisement of women’s health — and women as a whole — by our government.

Go Rapid Transit - on the New River Gorge

(Aug. 21, 2002) - Frequently spitting its bubbling froth and white foam out over house-sized boulders before whipping its way through a myriad of narrow canyon rims, it’s no secret that West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River dishes up some of the best white water east of the Mississippi.

A Season of Change

(Apr. 21, 2002) - Morally, the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) new policy statement endorsing "coparent or second-parent adoption by same-sex parents" is nothing short of compelling. Intellectually, it is probably as moot a point as closing the stall door after the horse has already escaped from the barn.

Blooms-Day in Gotham

(Dec. 21, 2001) - 'Bloomberg Edges Green in Race for Mayor' the headlines blared the day after the self-made billionaire, media tycoon and political neophyte landed himself the now somewhat unenviable post as CEO of a Gotham on edge.

Pediatricians urge chickenpox shots for back-to-school

(Aug. 21, 2001) - Currently, New York is vaccinating 80 percent of its children against the major diseases, and state officials recently launched a new campaign to boost that number. But one of the greatest loopholes they may face is with vaccinating against the most commonly reported childhood disease - chickenpox.

SWAT Teams or Social Workers? ItÕs time to choose

(Apr. 21, 2001) - Despite the fact that America is still reeling with questions about how and why kid killers evolve, today's preteen populace harbors far fewer murderers than any generation since records were first instituted.

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