Debunking Childhood Myths

Your parents said them to you, and now you may catch yourself saying them to your kids – childhood myths. “Gum will stay in your stomach for seven years.” “You’ll hurt your eyes if you read in the dark.” How about the five-second rule? Are these true or just old tales passed on from generation to generation?

To help us get to the bottom of many childhood myths, watch Dr. Neil Tyrrell in a two-part video series.

Part 1

Part 2

Building Healthier Burgers

healthy burgersGrilling for friends? Maybe you’re having a family barbecue this weekend? Or perhaps you just want a juicy burger fresh off the grill? The Food Network recently posted some recipes to help you build healthier burgers. Get the recipes.

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Ready or Not, Hospital Here We Come!

Guest Blogger: Melissa Luman, MS, CCLS, Manager, Child Life Program, healthy teddy bearUMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center

As a parent you might picture your child’s first hospital experience in your mind. Maybe you imagine your child calmly holding still, everything goes smoothly, life is grand, and you are eating ice cream on the way home. Or maybe you picture your child crying and hiding under the chair screaming words you thought they didn’t know, while you lovingly try to coax them out. Meanwhile, you want to pull your hair out and find yourself wondering if the doctor can medicate parents. Whether you feel ready or not, sometimes a hospital visit is necessary, and there are things you can do to help make it easier.

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