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Forget Fast Food and Xbox: Common Cold May Cause Obesity in Kids

Do sniffles translate into pounds? Credit: Getty Images
Quarter Pounders, super-sized soft drinks and too many hours in front of the Xbox used to be blamed for the epidemic of childhood obesity. But the latest research points to a new...
Childhood obesity may be an infectious disease transmitted by a common cold virus, according to a new study reported on MSNBC.com.

10 Ways to Add More Ginger to Your Family's Diet

Remember when you were a child and your stomach was tossing and turning? Your parents probably brought you a tasty liquid cure - old fashioned ginger ale. Ginger planted its root in Asian and has long been used as a stomach aid and in other...

FLU: The sequel

I've been (noticeably?) absent on ParentDish for the past couple of weeks, thanks to a particularly nasty bug that cycled through everyone in this household. But wait! It didn't stop there, NO! It took out my parents, my sister and anyone else I...

Cold medicine doesn't work on kids

On the back of last week's news that infant cold medicines have been pulled from store shelves, today experts have revealed that are seemingly ineffective on children younger than 12. As such, pediatricians are recommending that the FDA immediately...

The sickest week of the year? It's true for our home.

This past week we have all been sick in our house. The big boy child has the sniffles, the middle girl child has a barking cough that sounds eerily like a performing seal, the smallest boy child has green goo coming out of his eyes and nose and the...

When old wives tales ring true

The house we live in is old and rickety. It's cute, but it's awfully drafty, and in the -30 degree weather we've been having, it's downright cold no matter how high the fireplace is turned on, nor how mightily we crank the heat. We stuff the door...

The never-ending runny nose

For a good portion of the beginning of 2006, my daughter, who was one at the time, had a constant stream of ear and sinus infections. We finally made the decision to have tubes put in her ears after a hearing test showed that the constant fluid...

Clean hands, the best protection agains germs

Now that we are entering the season when the colds and flu become more important, it is time to think of how we might help our families avoid such infections. Washing your hands is always important advice. However, Americans collectively have...

Pets are more than just good company

We have a menagerie of pets: dogs, cats, and a ferret. My children have always had them around since they were babies. Some may not think this a good thing, but an article in Epidemiology and Infection suggests otherwise. According to the research,...

Enough flu shots this year?

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 100 million doses of influenza vaccine, the largest number ever shipped, will be available for the U.S. market this flu season. It was noted on MedlinePlus.com that...

What would Jen do? Your baby is making me sick!

Here is our first question: "My friend offered to watch my sons for me the other day but when she showed up, her daughter was sick. Both of my kids got sick from the get-together. What do I say next time she offers to babysit to make sure she...

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