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Autism and Diet in the News

Are bread and milk factors in autism? Last week, the British medical journal that first published the study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism took it back, but its action has refocused attention on another component of the research: diet.

The Lancet retracted the 1998 study on the basis that the vaccine research was flawed and the researcher was unethical. (He reportedly had a financial interest in the alternative to the MMR vaccine.)  However, on Tuesday, The Washington Post ran an article looking at whether one of the discredited study's other findings, that diet could be an underlying factor in some autism symptoms, has more merit than the vaccine research did.

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Throw Me Some Beads!

This week is St. Louis’ annual Mardi Gras celebration in Historic Soulard.

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You’re Beautiful, Girlfriend

I’m not a huge reality TV fan, but when you’re doing some mind-numbing chore, it’s good background entertainment. One of my favorites has been Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. Until recently. One Sunday, I was folding laundry, watching the Bad Girls hit some random L.A. club. I didn’t notice my 3-year-old sneak in and catch up on the action herself, which was particularly lovely since there was some major cat fighting going on.

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Check Out Our Summer Camp Guide

You'll find summer learning and enrichment experiences for kids ages toddler to teen. Check out  our 2010 Summer Camp Guide for camp descriptions and contact information, and links to camp web sites. Get Started

 

 

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Parenting Teens: Ask the Expert

How Boys and Girls Bully Differently; When Teen Gambling Becomes an Addiction

By Russell Hyken, Ed.S., LPC, Columnist for St. Louis Kids Magazine
Q: Some of my daughter's friends seem to be teasing her a little more than they should. She seems hurt by this but tells me there is nothing wrong. Could she be hiding her feelings?

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Prepare Your Kids for Camp By Teaching Them to Handle Teasing

By Dr. Tim Jordan, Columnist for St. Louis Kids Magazine

Since this the time when many parents are making summer camp plans for their children, I thought I'd give parents a few ideas about how to prepare their children for the social challenges of going to camp.

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Wash U to Conduct Children's Weight Loss Study; Looks for Local Families to Participate

Washington University School of Medicine is looking for children ages 7 to 11 years old, who are heavy for their age, to participate in a weight loss and family health study. Parents and children will learn strategies for healthy eating and weight loss.

This research study, called COMPASS (Comprehensive Maintenance Program to Achieve Sustained Success), is supported by a grant through the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this study is to determine the best treatment for long-term weight management in overweight children and their families.

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Purina Farms Visitor Center Experience

Purina Farms has reopened its Visitor Center for 2021 where families can experience the popular Purina Incredible Dog Show, watch cow milking demonstrations, take a wagon ride around the rolling hills of the property and lots more.

 

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