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Dec
4

The sisters reached the top of Kilimanjaro

written by Tara Haelle

A little over a week ago I wrote about sisters Natalia Luis and Cidalia Luis-Akbar who were climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest peak on the African continent – to raise awareness about earlier and more accurate prenatal screening, particularly for high-risk pregnancies. Well, the women made it! They reached the 19,341-feet summit on Thanksgiving […]

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Jun
5

Housekeeping: New pages, comments policy and more

written by Tara Haelle

It’s taken way too long, but I have finally gotten around to adding a few pages to this blog, including updates to the About page, a new FAQ & Disclosures page that contains any potential disclosures and conflicts of interest, a New Parents page with some recommended posts, and a Comments Policy page. I still […]

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May
29

A new kids’ clothing line goes “beyond pink and blue”

written by Tara Haelle

Note: This post breaks my longstanding personal rule not to promote a particular business. I am writing this in support of a friend and former student who is starting a new business whose ethic is something I ascribe to as well. This is not an unbiased post. We don’t drive through the McDonald’s drive-through often, […]

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Sep
22

A quick message about the blog (back to normal soon!)

written by Tara Haelle

  I wanted to post a brief update to all blog readers about the recent lack of frequency of my posts. Our family has done a great deal of traveling over the summer, and the traveling has made it difficult to post as regularly.In addition, there have been a couple of developments in our lives […]

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Dec
10

Chest-compression-only CPR helps folks “Stay Alive”

written by Tara Haelle

Although I’m up to date on my CPR training, the last thing I ever want to have to do is use it. For one thing, I don’t want to be tested in real life on whether I’m doing it “right,” somewhat stemming from insecurity about doing the “rescue breathing.” Aside from wanting to be sure […]

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Nov
19

Good news for early little swimmers

written by Tara Haelle

Those who follow this blog know that I’m pretty passionate about a handful of very specific issues related to parenting, one of which is early swim lessons for children. Today I stumbled onto some cool news that supports swim lessons for unexpected reasons: it may help with development skills of all kinds, including cognitive, literacy […]

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Oct
16

Medicine in the Media course

written by Tara Haelle

This entry will be brief – our family is on a combination vacation/mom’s-work trip. We’ve driven out to Maryland from Illinois so that I can attend the four-day Medicine in the Media course sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. But since it’s just outside DC, where my husband has never been, we’ll be spending […]

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Feb
20

Returning from Unplanned Hiatus

written by Tara Haelle

Sorry about the silence over the past three weeks, folks. I had no intentions of dropping off the face of the planet. However, I was out of town for two weekends in a row – one for work and one for family – and the resulting backlog in my three paying jobs (teaching, health reporting, […]

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Jan
14

Your dog knows what’s up! (Duh)

written by Tara Haelle

This could be considered one of those duh studies – like the one I wrote about for dailyRx earlier this week regarding toddlers’ need for naps to avoid behavioral and cognitive development problems – but it’s still fun to read about. A study published in the journal Current Biology has shown that dogs understand a […]

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Jan
7

Is your preschooler’s playground too boring?

written by Tara Haelle

Some preschoolers may not be getting enough exercise because of two relatively modern social concerns: safety on the playground and an emphasis on early academic learning. That’s the conclusion of a recent study that researched the quality and time of physical activity at 34 childcare centers in Cincinnati, which the researchers said would likely apply […]

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