Wendy Marquez

Investing in a custom-made mouth guard

(Apr. 21, 2004) - High-impact sports like football and hockey have had a long association with concussions, broken jaws and knocked-out teeth. But they no longer lead the sports pack in facial trauma. "The sports with the most orafacial injuries are not football and hockey any more because mouth guards are mandatory,” says Robert Peracchia, D.D.S., assistant clinical professor at Columbia University's Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “The most injurious sports to the head, face and teeth are basketball and baseball."

IS THE WAY WE LEARN “PRE-WIRED”?How Understanding Your Child’s Learning StyleCan Help Improve Achievement

(Jan. 21, 2004) - Most parents would wholeheartedly agree: Optimal learning requires quiet concentration. The more distracting the environment, the more distracted the mind. Many learning experts, however, would beg to differ. They say it all depends on how your child’s brain is “pre-wired”, and that some kids do their best work in a relaxed setting, surrounded by movement and sound.

INTERFAITH FAMILIES:How Challenges and Choices Shape Children

(Dec. 21, 2003) - As the winter holidays usher in another season of the gift-getting ‘gimmes’, many parents may stop to reflect: Is raising a child who values integrity, tolerance and respect a greater challenge in today’s turbulent world than ever before? Most parents will more than likely respond with a resounding “yes”.

Parental Leave: Still low priority

(Nov. 21, 2003) - On the birth of her daughter, Simona Nielsen took a 26-week maternity leave from her job as a stock trader. Her firm footed half the bill, and the government kicked in the other half. Her husband, also a professional, opted for a two-week leave — at full salary. Both their employers were completely supportive; they considered parental leave a natural and necessary provision for the health of the entire family. How did the Nielsens manage to get such generous benefits when so many new parents can take a fraction of that time — without pay?

THE HOMEWORK LOAD:Is It Time For Reform?

(Sep. 21, 2003) - H-O-M-E-W-O-R-K. Most kids today can1t even pronounce the word without rolling their eyes and curling their lips. But that1s no surprise. After all, homework is 'work'; it1s not designed for entertainment purposes. But what is surprising is the reaction of many parents today regarding their children1s homework — specifically the quantity and the difficulty.

When You're Hoping to Conceive Again

(Sep. 21, 2003) - My OB/GYN patted me on the shoulder. "Your uterus and ovaries are normal, and your health is excellent," he said, smiling. "I'd say you've got at least a couple more years of baby-making in you." It was exactly the vote of confidence I needed. I was turning 40 and my fiancé and I planned to have a child together as soon as we got married. Since my two boys (then 6 and 8) had both been conceived on literally the first attempt, I had no reason to doubt my doctor's prognosis. There was just one problem. He was wrong.


(Jul. 21, 2003) - Is it Ticking Louder Than Previously Thought? Columbia Study First to Show Tie Between Father’s Age and Genetic Abnormalities

International Adoptive Parents Stoic in Face of SARSMany See China Trip as Essential

(May. 21, 2003) - Most parents will agree that the journey to becoming a family is a complex mosaic of uncertainties and possibilities. For those who build families through international adoption, the road to parenthood is a maze of passageways paved with risks. But the prospect of creating a family propels them forward — even when some of the risks make headline news.

Health Hazards on the School BusNew Report Shows Children Exposed to Dangerous Toxins Daily

(Jan. 21, 2003) - Last September, around the same time school bells across the nation began to ring in a new academic year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 10-year health assessment of diesel exhaust. Its findings? Diesel emissions contain toxic gases and minute particles that are easily inhaled deep into the lungs, especially small lungs. Children who ride buses to school are exposed to these toxins daily, placing them at higher risk of lung cancer, asthma and other respiratory ailments, the study found.

How Safe is Your Child’s Playground? Many city playgrounds fail safety test

(Nov. 21, 2002) - Playgrounds are children’s havens, where they can run and jump, howl and shout, and do what they do best — be children. But many of our nation’s playgrounds are unsafe and in need of repair, according to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG), in a national survey recently released.

'Fever Phobia': Doctors urge parents to stay calm, and get expert advice

(Feb. 21, 2002) - "Fever phobia," a phrase coined by prominent pediatrician, Barton Schmitt, M.D. in 1980, persists among parents today, according to a recent study presented to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Michael Crocetti, M.D., co-author of the study and director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, says misconceptions about fever lead overly-anxious parents to over-monitor and over-medicate their children - behaviors that cause many doctors more concern than the fever itself.

Can Kindergarten Wait?

(Aug. 21, 2001) - Many parents in today's fast-paced arena want their children to excel as early as possible. But, say parenting experts, for emotionally immature children, the fast track can cause permanent harm to their self-esteem.


(Aug. 21, 2001) - When Betty Holcomb began planning her first maternity leave, she searched for a book with answers to questions that sometimes seemed overwhelming. How long could she take? Would she get paid? What would happen when she returned to work? Could she breastfeed on the job? And most of all, would there be any time left to enjoy the baby?

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