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Plan your rainy weekend with these family events, Oct. 20-22

Plan your rainy weekend with these family events, Oct. 20-22

Brace for it. It’s going to rain this weekend, with an 80 percent chance on Friday and Sunday and a 50 percent change on Saturday. We know you want to head out to the pumpkin patches around Central Texas. Plan wisely, bring your rain gear, and hope that the weather forecasters get this one wrong. The good news: It won’t be hot. Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop has a...
Learn more about where we are in curing Alzheimer’s

Learn more about where we are in curing Alzheimer’s

Ever wonder if we’re making any progress in treatment for Alzheimer’s disease? We wrote about that a few weeks ago, but next week, you can hear a symposium of information on what progress we’ve made and what’s on the horizon.   Connie Andrews and Corrina Barrick dance together during The Gathering, an Alzheimer’s respite at Westlake Hills Presbyterian...
Need something to do with all that Halloween candy? Send it to a soldier

Need something to do with all that Halloween candy? Send it to a soldier

The Halloween candy is coming. Soon your house will be filled with it. Do your kids really need it all? Many dentists and orthodontists offices “buy” back their patient’s candy, but you also can donate candy to be sent to people serving in our armed forces. Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization based in San Antonio, has a program for businesses to collect leftover Halloween...
Skip these medical tests the next time you’re at the doctor’s

Skip these medical tests the next time you’re at the doctor’s

The Choosing Wisely campaign has folks thinking about which medical tests are necessary. Today the American Academy of Pediatrics talks about a few tests that have to do with kids who are short. Choosing Wisely has a list of tests you should question for different ages and specialities. photos.com  Here’s the list of five tests you should think twice about from the Academy and Choosing...
Explore fall festivals and more family fun in Austin, Oct. 15-21

Explore fall festivals and more family fun in Austin, Oct. 15-21

Events Child safety car seat check. 9 a.m. Wednesday, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. Register at 512-972-7233. austintexas.gov Father-Daughter Dance. $10 per family. 6 p.m. Thursday, Virginia Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave. austintexas.gov Monarch Appreciation Day. Activities including crafts that are all about the butterfly. Free with admission. 9 a...
How to talk to your kids about sexual harassment in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

How to talk to your kids about sexual harassment in wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal

Shame on you, Harvey Weinstein. That’s been the rallying cry for the last few weeks from a lot of people on social media, on TV news programs and beyond. The allegations of sexual assault and the possibility of the Weinstein Co. having a culture of looking the other way and possibly helping to arrange encounters, sickened us. Harvey Weinstein faces multiple allegations of sexual...
Keep teens safe while driving with these helpful tips

Keep teens safe while driving with these helpful tips

Insurance company USAA gives us a list of 10 things to keep teen safe while driving, but really these are good tips for any driver. Don’t try to multitask. Avoid these nine distractions while driving: Student driver Morgan Stewart takes her third test drive with driving...
How close are we to a cure or better treatment for Alzheimer’s?

How close are we to a cure or better treatment for Alzheimer’s?

Last month a report from 2015 stated these statistics: “Between 1998 and 2014, there were 123 unsuccessful attempts to develop drugs to treat Alzheimer’s – or as some call them “failures.” In that time frame, four new medicines were approved to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; for every research project that succeeded, about 30 failed to yield a new medicine...
New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

Seraiah Johnson-Joiner is so close to walking that her mother, Serenah Johnson, can’t stand it. In their home in Northwest Austin, Johnson watches Seraiah closely, just weeks before her first birthday. Nurse Renee Damron also watches after measuring Seraiah’s vitals, including her height and head size, and listening to her heartbeat. On this day last month, Damron is visiting Seraiah and...
Celebrate fall (even if it’s 90 degrees) with the kids this weekend in Austin, Oct. 13-15

Celebrate fall (even if it’s 90 degrees) with the kids this weekend in Austin, Oct. 13-15

We’re going to be close to 90 degrees this weekend, until we get to a possible rain shower on Sunday. Bring your sunscreen, your bug spray and head out for these family activities. Friday Thinkery.  Little Thinkers Club.  Get Into Shapes. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays through Oct. 27. $20 per class...
Will local girls become Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts?

Will local girls become Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts?

Wednesday’s announcement by Boy Scouts of America to allow girls into its Cub Scout program and create a separate program for girls similar to the Boy Scout program had us wondering what that means for boys and girls locally. Every February, Eagle Scouts gather for a reception at Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center in Austin. They each get...
Grow. Share. Prepare.: Get kids gardening at home, at school

Grow. Share. Prepare.: Get kids gardening at home, at school

Gardens are a great educational tool at home and school. The tactile and experiential learning experience children get from a garden wonderfully complements the classroom. The opportunity to get dirty, smell fresh herbs and compost, and taste new flavors teaches students to be active and inquisitive participants of the world in which they live. At schools and teaching centers, blending garden-based...
Cookie Monster getting a food truck in new “Sesame Street” season

Cookie Monster getting a food truck in new “Sesame Street” season

The next season of “Sesame Street” begins Nov. 11 on HBO, followed by a spring debut on PBS. What’s new for the season? Definitely more kindness episodes, more episodes talking about differences and recognizing that people can be different because of race, ethnicity, economics, abilities and more. Last season, “Sesame Street” introduced Julia,...
New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

New moms get one-on-one support with Nurse-Family Partnership program

Seraiah Johnson-Joiner is so close to walking her mother Serenah Johnson can’t stand it. In their home in Northwest Austin, Johnson watches Seraiah closely, just weeks before her first birthday. Nurse Renee Damron also watches after measuring Seraiah’s vitals including her height and head size and listening to her heartbeat. On this day...
Keep those energy drinks away from children

Keep those energy drinks away from children

A study that analyzed calls to the National Poison Data System  (that’s the database for poison control) tracked the number of calls of a toxic exposure from dietary supplements. From 2000-2012, the study found almost 275,000 exposure to these supplements; the most common and some of the most toxic came from energy products. About half of those dietary supplement...
Fall fun has begun and more things for families in Austin, Oct. 8-14

Fall fun has begun and more things for families in Austin, Oct. 8-14

Events Child safety car seat check. 9 a.m. Monday, CommUnity Care Clinic, 211 Comal St. Register at 512-972-7233. austintexas.gov Fall festivals Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Go through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Free, but pay for activities and pumpkins. 3780 White Owl Lane, Temple. the...
Join the Teal Pumpkin Project to give kids with food allergies Halloween treats

Join the Teal Pumpkin Project to give kids with food allergies Halloween treats

This orange plastic pumpkin filled with candy presents a problem for kids with food allergies. Thinkstock All kids love Halloween candy right? Well, not really. Some kids cannot have it because of medical conditions or food allergies. Austinite Marty Barnes started a program with  Mommies of Miracles, a support/advocacy group for families with children with complex medical issues...
Girl Scouts learn STEM skills while lending a hand

Girl Scouts learn STEM skills while lending a hand

The Girl Scouts attending the Helping Hands STEM Service Project workshop are carefully trying to string together plastic polymer pieces and tie knots at the end of each strand. A prosthetic hand begins to emerge as, one by one, each digit is connected to the base. The girls’ work will one day be worn by a child halfway around the world through the nonprofit group E-Nable. At the workshop held...
What are you doing the long weekend with the kids, Oct. 6-9

What are you doing the long weekend with the kids, Oct. 6-9

The long three-day Columbus Day weekend, and hey, the day before, too, are filled with many things to do with the kids. Just keep in mind it’s Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend. Give yourself a little extra time if you’re going anywhere near downtown. The weather every day will be the standard 90, 91 degrees, sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain. Don’t...
Think ahead to summer camp this Columbus Day when kids are out of school

Think ahead to summer camp this Columbus Day when kids are out of school

Many kids have Monday off for Columbus Day or parent-teacher conferences. Think of Monday and other school holidays as a dry-run for future summer camps. Many places that offer summer camps also have one-day camps on these days. Also check with your regular after-school care to see if they will be offering a full-day camp on Monday, how to register and what the activities will...
Dell Children’s names new president, chief nurse

Dell Children’s names new president, chief nurse

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has named two new people to key positions. Christopher Born has been named the president of the hospital and will take over on Monday. Born comes to Dell Children’s from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He was president of Texas Children’s Health Plan, which has more than 430,000 children enrolled...
Federal grant will give more University of Texas students mental health care training

Federal grant will give more University of Texas students mental health care training

An almost $1.8 million federal grant awarded to the University of Texas at Austin will help train more people how to provide mental health care in Travis County. The grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will give UT $440,000 a year for four years to the Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars program, which is a collaboration of Dell Medical School&rsquo...
Take in these Halloween family events around Austin

Take in these Halloween family events around Austin

We love Halloween! How are you going to celebrate it with your family? Here are some local events to take in this month before the big day: Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop has a corn maze and other activities for kids to enjoy. Photos: Barton Hill Farms   Fall festivals Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch.  Go through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin...
How do you explain Las Vegas shooting to kids?

How do you explain Las Vegas shooting to kids?

Parents, we might be glued to watching the news coverage of what happened late Sunday night in Las Vegas, but we need to be careful about who is watching with us and how we explain it. “It really depends on the developmental level of the kids,” said Dr. Jane Ripperger-Suhler, a child psychiatrist at Seton’s Texas Child Study Center. Consider how you think your children will take...
CDC study: Pregnant moms who get vaccine protect babies against whooping cough

CDC study: Pregnant moms who get vaccine protect babies against whooping cough

Moms-to-be add one more vaccine to your list. The CDC published a study in the “Clinical Infectious Diseases” journal last week. Women in their third trimester of pregnancy who got a Tdap vaccine were able to give their babies immunization against whooping cough during the first two months of life before their babies can be immunized themselves. The...
Family fests for books, music and fall this week in Austin, Oct. 1-7

Family fests for books, music and fall this week in Austin, Oct. 1-7

Events Lantern Festival. Release lanterns, dance, eat s’mores and more. $7-$60. Sunday. 3 p.m. to past dark. Cotton Bowl Speedway, 1175 County Road 202, Paige. th elanternfest.com Austin School Expo. See what different preschools, private schools and charter schools are available to you. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Pan Am Rec Center, 2100 E. Third St. and Austin Sports Complex, 1420 Grande...
Keep kids safe from injury that 20 percent of teens have had

Keep kids safe from injury that 20 percent of teens have had

A new study in the Journal of American Medical Association from the University of Michigan asked students in grades eighth, ninth, and 10th if they had ever had a concussion. Almost 20 percent said they had.  What’s going on with our teens? Is it all sports related? Football still has the highest incident of concussion, a 2017 study found. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL /...
Why haven’t we found the cure, better treatment for Alzheimer’s?

Why haven’t we found the cure, better treatment for Alzheimer’s?

This week a report from 2015 that stated these statistics:  “Between 1998 and 2014, there were 123 unsuccessful attempts to develop drugs to treat Alzheimer’s – or as some call them “failures.” In that time frame, four new medicines were approved to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; for every research project that succeeded...
Time to get your flu shot, even if you’re pregnant

Time to get your flu shot, even if you’re pregnant

Should you get a flu shot if you’re pregnant? The answer is a resounding “yes!” You might have seen stories about a study that was done in 2015 that looked at flu shots and incidents of miscarriages. The study actually didn’t find any link, says Dr. Sina Haeri, director of perinatal research and co-director of maternal-fetal medicine at St. David’s Women’s Center...
Find new books, meet favorite authors at Texas Teen Book Festival

Find new books, meet favorite authors at Texas Teen Book Festival

This year’s Texas Teen Book Festival keynote authors instill thrills in young readers, from creating an immersive world of online combat to crafting an armed standoff in verse. Best-selling authors Marie Lu and Jason Reynolds anchor a lineup that includes writers from nearly every genre along with signings, writing and educators’ workshops, a costume contest and the brand-new iTent. &ldquo...
Women, if you leak, Dell Medical School expanding pelvic floor disorders treatment program

Women, if you leak, Dell Medical School expanding pelvic floor disorders treatment program

Women of the world know, pee happens. You laugh, you pee. You cough, you pee. Does it have to be that way? A new program through Dell Medical School at the University of Texas is helping more women be seen by people who treat pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse, bladder pain, and urinary or fecal incontinence. It started as a pilot program this summer to add...
Meet a “My Little Pony” pony at Amy’s Ice Creams

Meet a “My Little Pony” pony at Amy’s Ice Creams

Are you a “My Little Pony” fan or do you live with one? Can you not wait for this movie to come out next Friday? Next week the pony Rarity will be at Amy’s Ice Creams on 3500 Guadalupe St. from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 5. Rarity will be serving ice cream and handing out free swag from the movie.   Rainbow Dash (Ashleigh Ball) and Captain Celaeno (Zoe Saldana) in MY LITTLE...
Why is access to diapers so important? Austin Diaper Bank reminds us

Why is access to diapers so important? Austin Diaper Bank reminds us

We’ve written a lot about the Austin Diaper Bank in the last month. When Hurricane Harvey hit, you rushed to do something, and one thing that Austin and folks from around the country did was donate diapers. Austin Diaper Bank has now sent more than 780,000 diapers for babies and adults to Hurricane Harvey-affected areas. Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center volunteer, Melinda...
Explore museums, nature and heritage this weekend in Austin, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Explore museums, nature and heritage this weekend in Austin, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

After some rain on Friday, it will be a beautiful weekend for getting out and seeing Austin with the family. Try these family events. Nan Blassingame performs the fancy shawl dance during American Indian Heritage Day performances at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in 2014. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN FRIDAY Bullock Museum.  ...
Plan your October with these Austin family events

Plan your October with these Austin family events

October is full of family-friendly events to try. Set your calendar for these events: Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop opened its corn maze for the season. You ll find a pumpkin patch, farm animals, face painting, a 2,000-square-foot jumping pillow, a train and food. Barton Hill Farms Events Lantern Festival. Release lanterns, dance, eat s’mores and more. $7-$60. Sept. 30-Oct...
Is playing on a sports team making your child sick?

Is playing on a sports team making your child sick?

We love when kids play sports. They are getting physical fitness, and they are learning important lessons about working with other people, perseverance and mental toughness. Sports teams can spread diseases if they aren’t careful. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN But coming in contact with so many other people on the field can help spread infectious disease, says a report...
Should you get a flu shot if you’re pregnant?

Should you get a flu shot if you’re pregnant?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” You might have seen stories about a study that was done in 2015 that looked at flu shots and incidents of miscarriages.  Kim Reyes, 38, cradles her newborn daughter, Jennifer, at their home in Southwest Austin in 2014. While she was pregnant, Reyes nearly died of the H1N1 flu. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman 2014) The study actually...
Celebrate culture, fall and more with the family, Sept. 24-30

Celebrate culture, fall and more with the family, Sept. 24-30

Events Lantern Festival. Release lanterns, dance, eat s’mores and more. $7-$60. Saturday-Oct. 1. 3 p.m. to past dark. Cotton Bowl Speedway, 1175 County Road 202, Paige. th elanternfest.com Fall festivals Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Go through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. Free...
Stronger Austin to help underserved neighborhoods be healthier

Stronger Austin to help underserved neighborhoods be healthier

Austin often gets put on “fittest cities” lists, but that’s not true for all of Austin, says Baker Harrell, lead of the Stronger Austin initiative and founder and CEO of It’s Time Texas, a nonprofit organization aimed at making Texas a healthier place to live. “The underserved neighborhoods are among the least healthy communities in...
Women entering menopause aren’t sleeping, which is bad for the heart

Women entering menopause aren’t sleeping, which is bad for the heart

Ladies, we’re not sleeping. A study that looked at 2015 data from the National Center for Health Statistics found that 56 percent of women ages 40 to 59 who were perimenopausal slept less than seven hours a day. Of their premenopausal  and postmenopausal counterparts, 32.5 percent and 40.5 percent were sleeping less than seven hours a day. Are you having trouble sleeping? Hormone...
Laughing gas through labor? Seton now joins Austin centers that offer it

Laughing gas through labor? Seton now joins Austin centers that offer it

Seton Medical Center has just added to a handful of its labor and delivery rooms something you might think of as only being used at the dentist’s office: nitrous oxide aka laughing gas. South County Hospital nurse midwife Cynthia Voytas demonstrates how to use the nitrous oxide mask. (Kristin Espeland Gourlay/RINPR/Kaiser Health News) Why? Moms in labor in Europe have...
Parents, tell your teens synthetic cannabis is no joke

Parents, tell your teens synthetic cannabis is no joke

We’ve done a lot of stories about K2, aka synthetic cannabis, and a rash of overdoses and deaths, especially among the homeless population in Austin. That seems like something that happens to other people, not our teens, right? John O’Neill knows that’s not true. He’s the clinical director and vice president of Phoenix House drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, which...
Dell Children’s expands its obesity program to include more experts

Dell Children’s expands its obesity program to include more experts

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has had a program that focused on nutrition and exercise for kids who are at risk for obesity or already obese. Now it is teaming up with experts at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas to use its experts as well as expand the obesity program to not just focus on nutrition and exercise but also diseases that often are seen in people who...
Pumpkin patches are back and more family fun this weekend, Sept. 22-24

Pumpkin patches are back and more family fun this weekend, Sept. 22-24

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend. Time to get out there and enjoy something new in the world of family events.   Friday Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop has a themed corn maze for the season. You ll find a pumpkin patch, farm animals, face painting, a 2,000-square-foot jumping pillow, a train and food. Photos: Barton Hill Farms Wildflower Center. Sprouts. ...
Parents, tell your teens synthetic marijuana is no joke

Parents, tell your teens synthetic marijuana is no joke

We’ve done a lot of stories about K2, aka synthetic marijuana, and a rash of overdoses and death, especially among the homeless population in Austin. That seems like something that happens to other people, not our teens, right? Austin police seized 400 packets of the synthetic drug K2 last year. The drugs come in fun, colorful packets, but you don’t really...
American Academy of Pediatrics reports: Kids are addicted to opioids, too

American Academy of Pediatrics reports: Kids are addicted to opioids, too

Last week I made a decision that could have altered the course of my child’s life. As my 13-year-old was waking up in the hospital recovery room from an outpatient procedure, I was offered the choice of giving her Tylenol or oxycodone for the pain. Really? Tylenol or oxycodone? The choice was obvious to me. Tylenol. I’ll risk the possible liver damage if she overused...
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