Family Health

Macular degeneration: What it is and who’s at risk

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in individuals age 60 and older. I first heard about it in the late 1980s when I learned my grandmother had been diagnosed with it. At first, Grandma could still read with the help of a magnifying glass, and for many years she continued to enjoy watching “Jeopardy!” and other TV shows. But as time passed, her vision slipped away, and by the time she died in 1996 she was blind.

Overcoming childhood depression and suicidal thoughts

Artistic expression can open up communication with children

Each year in the United States, suicide claims three times more lives than homicide. It is one of the most devastating occurrences a family can experience, and it is happening in younger children. In youth ages 10 to 14, suicide is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and among the most preventable.

Enterovirus: what’s all the fuss?

The news is full of stories about enterovirus D68. This virus falls into a class of very common viruses that cause 10 to 15 million infections each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people infected by enteroviruses do not even get sick. If they do, they may think they just have a cold. But sometimes, the virus causes respiratory illness that can become quite severe, especially in infants, children and teenagers.

Ten ways to be active as a family

Every family knows the importance of being active. Exercise helps keep the heart, bones and muscles healthy and also helps with children’s brain development. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children and adolescents have at least one hour of physical activity each day. It can be hard to think of new, interesting activities to do as a family. Here are 10 fun ways for your family to be active together to help burn calories and stay in shape: