Saturday, February 16, 2008

Health and Wellness Assorted

Science of the orgasm

School Popularity Affects Girls’ Weights

When Doctors Become Patients

Taking Play Seriously

The success of ‘‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’’ — which has been on the best-seller list for the last nine months — and its step-by-step instructions for activities like folding paper airplanes is testament to the generalized longing for play’s good old days. So were the questions after Stuart Brown’s library talk; one woman asked how her children will learn trust, empathy and social skills when their most frequent playing is done online. Brown told her that while video games do have some play value, a true sense of ‘‘interpersonal nuance’’ can be achieved only by a child who is engaging all five senses by playing in the three-dimensional world.

You Remind Me of Me

The Obamas’ Supercharged Juggle

Are Your Kids Lying? They Learned it From You

Do You Stay Home With a Sick Child, Even If It’s Unnecessary?

Coping With the Caveman in the Crib
If there is such a person as a “baby whisperer,” it is the pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, whose uncanny ability to quiet crying babies became the best-selling book “The Happiest Baby on the Block.”

Dr. Karp’s method, endorsed by child advocates and demonstrated in television appearances and a DVD version of his book, shows fussy babies who are quickly, almost eerily soothed by a combination of tight swaddling, loud shushing and swinging, which he says mimics the sensations of the womb.

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