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If my parents told me once, they told me at least 100 times, “Don’t talk to anyone about their religious or political beliefs.” They meant, of course, that those topics are likely to generate tension and angry conflict. Today, a third caution should be added to the list: parenting.In other words, don’t talk to anyone about how they are raising their children.Numerous peopl…

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Health and wellnessparkinson’s Support: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. For Parkinson’s Disease patients and their family members, friends and caregivers. This month’s meeting will be a potluck luncheon. Call Lynda at 478-5569 for more details.project runway: A new program to prevent and reduce substance abuse among …

Your 16-year-old still wants an allowance. You say he should get a job. Who’s right? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors):It depends on the job market, and what’s going on academically. When school was in session, my wife and I had a “schoolwork is your job” attitude. The boys got a modest allowance that could be supplemented by weekend chores and side jobs…

A preliminary study conducted at the University at Buffalo has found that although trained athletes derive performance benefits from caffeine, most sedentary or lightly active adults do not like exercise more – or perceive their exertion to be less – when given caffeine.What caffeine does do, according to the study, is make them exercise for longer periods, which could inc…

Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda looks to help address the obesity issue this summer by offering a “Girls on the Go Wellness Camp.” The camp starts July 8 and runs through Aug. 16 at the coed school, 39 O’Hara Road, which sees its mission in part to teach a healthy perspective on nutrition and fitness.“Obesity is a major health risk factor and the underlying cause …

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By Karen AnselEatingWell.comIf you’re tired of hearing diet advice to eat less, we have news you’re going to love.“By picking foods that are naturally lower in calories but larger in volume, you can eat a lot more food without worrying about what it will do to your waistline,” says Barbara Rolls, author of “The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet” (William Morrow, 2012).In fact, we …

Q. My kids love summer camp, but last year they came home with lice. We tried three different lice shampoos and special rinses, with limited success. It took us months of treating and re-treating to get rid of the bugs.It is almost time for my children to go off to camp this summer, and I am dreading the possibility that they will come home with lice again. Is there anythi…

By Jill U. AdamsSpecial to Washington PostI woke up at 3:43 one morning. After an hour of lying awake in the dark, I moved to the sofa and read my book for an hour. Then I turned off the light and went back to sleep.Middle-of-the-night awakenings are common for many people, and how we deal with this habit is key to getting a good sleep, says sleep expert Michael Grandner, …

By Michelle AndrewsSpecial To Washington PostAs landmark dates approach in the health care overhaul, readers are trying to figure out how the new insurance exchanges will work. Some recent questions:After the exchanges go live in 2014, will consumers still be able to buy individual health insurance directly from carriers, without going through those state-based marketplace…

By Dr. Howard LeWineQ. I went to buy sunscreen. I spend a lot of time in the pool and wanted to buy a sunscreen that was waterproof. I couldn’t find any. Have the labels changed?A: Most sunscreen products have new labels.Mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the new rules should provide more useful information with fewer misleading terms.“Waterproof” is …

Lightning ROD. Bullet Proof. Zoom-Zooma-Zoom. Since 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings for these and 24 additional sexual enhancement supplements that are secretly laced with dangerous drugs.If you’re among the more than 33 million North American guys looking for an erectile dysfunction fix, don’t believe the hype that these pills are “all natu…

Higher intake of fruits, veggies boosts happinessConsumers reported feeling more positive, calmer and more energetic on days that they consumed a high intake of fruits and vegetables, compared with days that they had a lower intake, according to New Zealand researchers.Based on analysis of the food diaries of 281 young adults participating in the study for 21 days, researc…

The Road 2 Recovery 5K Mental Health Run and Wellness Walk – A Superhero Run! starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. George Catholic Church and Delaware Park.The only race/walk in Western New York dedicated to mental health awareness will be hosted by Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie County. The organizations, along with the mental health ass…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorJoanne E. Haefner is feeling pretty good these days.The Neighborhood Health Center executive director just oversaw a $1.5 million renovation of the nonprofit’s headquarters on Lawn Street in Riverside and has watched two other locations – the Mattina center on the West Side and the Southtowns OB/GYN center in Hamburg – help a growing number of…

Joanne Haefner, right, executive director of the Neighborhood Health Center, talks with Dr. Ferdinand Yates, center medical director, in their newly remodled digs on Lawn Street. New renovations have added clinical and staff space and included fresh coats of paint one staffer has described as "like being bathed in hot chocolate every day," (Sharon Cantillon/Buff…