A History of Flu Outbreaks

flu

Influenza is not going anywhere, anytime soon. While we’ve been able to eradicate the measles, smallpox and the Black Plague, flu pandemics continue to occur over and over again throughout history. In fact, since 1918, there have been four major flu pandemics, each with completely different characteristics. The good news is that while the flu ... Read More...

How Does the Flu Change Over Time?

antigenic shift and drift

Every year, we talk about the flu as if it were a single, solitary thing.  However, the flu is not something that ever stays the same: flu outbreaks are never consistent because influenza viruses are always evolving. Epidemiologists expect slight changes with each outbreak, but sometimes they are caught off guard by such a radical change that we ... Read More...

Will We Ever Be Able to Forecast Flu Outbreaks?

Flu outbreak

Each year, the flu is responsible for the deaths of between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the U.S. alone. An accurate flu outbreak forecast could have a significant impact on the way society prepares for the flu. The Center for Disease Control, along with the rest of the world, is looking for a better way to forecast flu trends in order to predict ... Read More...

How birth order affects your child’s personality?

birth order affect on personality

I have five siblings and we all have very distinct personalities. As I have grown up, I have noticed there are definitely shared traits in people, depending on where they fall in the order of their family. In fact, some researchers believe birth order is as important as gender, and almost as important as genetics. The major influencer is ... Read More...

Weight loss mistakes everyone makes

portion control

As many serial dieters know, there are several diet mistakes that many of us make when we are in pursuit of weight loss. I know I am guilty. The problem is that we are lulled into a false sense of security by buzzwords like “low fat”, “fat-free” and “diet”.  The key to actually losing weight is eating healthy food, portion control and ... Read More...

4 Indoor Cold Weather Activities for Kids

cold weather activities

During the winter months, with cabin fever factored into the equation, there is a definite escalation in sibling rivalry amongst my two daughters. The equation is simple: Too much energy + not enough outlets = bickering and picking on one another. I’ve found that the best solution is what kids need anyways: activity – lots of it. Here ... Read More...

False sense of security? Federal food allergy guidelines

food allergy guidelines

The federal government recently issued its first official guidelines to schools on how to protect our children with food allergies. Personally, I don’t have a child with food allergies, but I know many children who are allergic to foods and how hard it is for these children to maneuver in a world that is not food-allergy friendly. It makes the ... Read More...

Freezing Your Eggs Doesn’t Freeze Your Biological Clock

freezing your eggs

Were any of us really ready for motherhood? Honestly, is there ever enough money? Is there a moment when it’s the perfect time to have a child? I don’t think so. Having a baby is a big deal. It is scary and quite frankly, not for everyone. If we all waited until we we were ready to have a child, the human race would die out. Many women today ... Read More...

Conventional vs. Organic Milk: Why My Choice Is Organic

conventional vs. organic milk

I have always taught my girls that they should never judge a person by what’s on the outside, because its what’s on the inside that counts. And now, apparently, that applies to milk, too. Who knew? Years ago, I began giving my daughters organic milk because of concerns over bovine growth hormone used to stimulate milk production on ... Read More...

Exercising While Pregnant May Boost Baby Brain Power

exercising while pregnant

When you’re pregnant, there are certain trimesters when you feel exhausted just walking up the stairs to your bedroom - never mind trying to get a good cardio workout in. But, you might want to try. According to researchers from the University of Montreal, just 20 minutes of exercise, three times a week, could improve a newborn baby’s ... Read More...