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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 3, 2017

A Check-Up on Home Remedies for a Cold
If you are dealing with a cold, you'll probably try some home remedies to relieve symptoms as you wait out the virus.Here's a brief update on recent research on home remedies-which ones to rely on and which ones are ineffective.n Chicken soup. Yes, try...
Building Rapport with New Teenage Stepchildren
Today, more than four in 10 Americans have at least one step relative in their family- either a stepparent, a step or half sibling or a stepchild, according to a nationwide Pew Research Center survey. About half of U.S. teens are part of a stepfamily.Because...
Is It Hoarding or Clutter? How to Launch a Clean-Up
Many older people live amid clutter that can start to look like hoarding. But there is a difference.Clutter is characterized by piles of papers, clothing and collectibles that take up most or all of the surface space in a person's home. Hoarding is typically...
Making the Most of Your Child's First Three Years
Making the most of your child's first three yearsWomen are told that we can do it all-at the same time-and this has become the standard to which we hold ourselves, even after all these years.And to which Erica Komisar, the author of this interesting...
Need-to-Know Information about Taxes and the IRS
You receive an email from the Internal Revenue Service that says: "We need you to clarify information that was filed as part of your tax return."You worry that you may have done something incorrectly when you filed your taxes, and you want to correct...
Right (and Wrong) Ways to Say 'I'm Sorry'
Q I was not told about a meeting I should have attended.When I pointed this out to our team leader, he said, "Oh, I'm sorry, but...," then went on to make me feel like I was being overly sensitive. There's gotta be a better was to apologize.-E.D., Los...
Running Changes the Brain in Surprising Ways
We don't think of running as a cerebral act. After all, we learned to run as kids, at first falteringly, with some occasional spills. And, since then, we've probably not given much (or any) conscious thought to how to run.A recent study published in...
The Ups and Downs of Sibling Relationships
When a group of parents was asked recently, "How would like your kids to feel about each other?" their answers were "loving," "protective," "understanding," "sharing," "caring" and "supportive." But when they were asked how they themselves had felt as...
White Is the New Color in Food's Rainbow
We got the message to "eat a rainbow of foods" and fill our plates with color." But we may need to dial that back a notch.The advice to limit white foods in our diet is mainly directed at refined foods that have had their nutrients removed during processing:...
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