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Getting it right is that much harder when patients don’t know the words to describe what they’re feeling.

One day, when I was driving home with my three-year-old son Brandon in the back seat of our car, I heard, “Mommy, my chest hurts.”

We had been well trained for this—as a toddler, Brandon had been diagnosed with severe asthma, a condition that didn’t seem to improve even with his daily doses of inhaled steroids and bronchodilators. I asked him quickly, “How bad is it? What kind of animal?”

“There’s a hippo on my chest.”


I slammed on the brakes, made an illegal U-turn towards the local emergency room, and parked half on, half off the sidewalk outside the hospital doors. Snatching Brandon from the back seat, I ran into the ER, shouting, “There’s a hippo on his chest. There’s a hippo on his chest.”

A Parent's Nightmare

What would you do if you found your basement filled with drunken teens? This in-depth article looks at the issues surrounding underage drinking and the law, from the point-of-view of the police, parents, parenting and legal experts and one respected couple whose New Year began in handcuffs.

Three new autism research surprises in a season of surprises

Fasten your seat-belts, parents of autistic individuals, 2013 is going to be a bumpy ride.

Medical researchers from both esteemed institutions and alternative approaches have announced study results that have in turn encouraged, confused and disappointed parents of children identified within the autism spectrum. Three new studies released this week exemplify the roller-coaster ride. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) rates and diagnoses have increased dramatically as has its share of research dollars. 

Who is a Social Host and how can you avoid becoming one? 

Once, being called a Social Host was a compliment on your party planning skills. Not anymore. Now, if you’re lucky, it means you’re only Monday’s gossip at the commuter train platform and the grocery check-out line. If you’re not lucky, it might mean battling a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

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