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Newsletter: April 2007

Medical Tests and Your Child


BoyShot.jpgWe're all familiar with routine blood tests and other diagnostic testing a pediatrician may order for your child. But sometimes, more may be necessary. This directory and explanation of some procedures may better prepare you (and help you prepare your child) for a range of common medical tests.

BoyShot.jpgWe're all familiar with routine blood tests and other diagnostic testing a pediatrician may order for your child. But sometimes, more may be necessary. This directory and explanation of some procedures may better prepare you (and help you prepare your child) for a range of common medical tests.

Taking a medical history and performing a physical examination usually provide the information a doctor needs to evaluate a child's health or to understand what's causing an illness. But sometimes, doctors need t ... Continue reading Medical Tests and Your Child.


Appetizer Veggie Pizza Recipe


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by Amanda Formaro

Whether it's for a birthday party at the office, a barbecue at your brother-in-law's house, or you're just having a few friends over to watch television, this appetizer is the perfect snack. Topped with fresh vegetables and cheese, you just can't go wrong.


2 cans refrigerator crescent rolls
1 pkg dry Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Toppings:
chopped green onions (scallions)
broccoli, chopped into small flowerettes
red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
shredded carrot
shredded mozarella cheese
... Continue reading Appetizer Veggie Pizza Recipe.


How to Make the Most of Your Redecorating Budget


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With the slump in housing sales, more Americans are opting to spruce up their current homes rather than go in search of a new house. And while many housing markets across the country have seen flat or even declining real estate prices, people are spending more than ever to redecorate their homes.

In 2006, the average cost of a mid-range kitchen remodel topped $54,000, according to figures released by the National Association of Realtors. According to the National Retail Federation, furniture store sales increased throughout 2006, ending the year around 2.5 percent higher than for the same period in 2005. Top interior design firms ... Continue reading How to Make the Most of Your Redecorating Budget.


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month


marciacross.jpgEvery 65 minutes, someone in the United States dies of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Women aged 20 to 29 are particularly vulnerable, with melanoma ranking as the second most common form of cancer. Adopting a comprehensive sun protection program, monthly self-examinations and yearly screenings by a dermatologist can substantially lower skin cancer risk.

marciacross.jpg(ARA) – Every 65 minutes, someone in the United States dies of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Women aged 20 to 29 are particularly vulnerable, with melanoma ranking as the second most common form of cancer in the age group. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), adopting a comprehensive sun protection program that includes daily UV protection, monthly self-examinations and yearly screenings by a dermatologist can substantially lower skin cancer risk.

In ... Continue reading May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.


Throw a Grown-Up Birthday Bash


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By Pamela Stock

Considering how much fuss parents make over their kids birthdays (theme parties, special dinners, cupcakes at school, etc.), and how little fuss they make over their own ("oh, I don't want anything special this year, honey"), you'd think birthdays were something you outgrow. While turning 33 may not seem quite as momentous as turning 3, or 13, you never outgrow an excuse to celebrate.

Your birthday is the perfect opportunity for you and your spouse to plan a date, start a tradition and take a break from the grind to remember that you can still have fun. Here are some tips from parents on how to make t ... Continue reading Throw a Grown-Up Birthday Bash.


Mom or Martyr?


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by Shann Vander Leek

A whopping number of women are working full time jobs and raising families. We are professionals, employees, entrepreneurs, mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and friends. Some of us even do our best to be everything to everyone, but at what cost? We working moms must start to pay attention to the quality of our lives.

If you were to monitor one weekday in your life, what would it look like? Would this description sound familiar?

Wake up, take a shower, make breakfast, pack lunches, get dressed, get the kids out the door, and, if you're lucky, get yourself to work on time with matching shoes ... Continue reading Mom or Martyr?.


Focus on You


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By Julia Tolliver Maranan

If you feel swamped with stress, you're not alone. According to a National Women's Health Resource Center survey, more than 90 percent of the 681 respondents believed they faced moderate to high stress levels every day -- and fewer than half said they always felt capable of dealing with it. Left unresolved, chronic stress can lead to (or worsen) all kinds of health problems, including mood swings, sleep disturbances, PMS, inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis, dermatitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and even heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, says Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, stress expert and author o ... Continue reading Focus on You.