Wake Up, Parents: Teens need their sleep

Originally published in Baltimorefishbowl.com, October 30, 2014 Waiting for a youth baseball game to begin, I whiled away the time talking with a guy whose kid seemed to have a lot in common with my son: Same age, shared interests, similar school curriculums. Before long, the conversation turned to homework. “He’s working his butt off,” the dad said. “Up ‘til 11 most nights, oftentimes up at 5:30 and back at it again.” As in 5:30 a.m. “Huh”, I responded, stifling a wordier retort. But my

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Age raises infertility risk in men

Originally published on Web MD On playgrounds across the country, it's getting harder to tell who's watching the children -- Dad or Granddad. Experts predict the trend of older fathers will continue creeping upwards. Why the rise and, more importantly, at what cost? "The women set the baby-making agenda," says fertility specialist Dr Harry Fisch. As more and more women wait to have children, their spouses are forced to postpone parenthood too. Figures from the Office for National

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Are you a mosquito magnet?

Originally published on Web MD, 2009 You're trying your best to enjoy an evening cookout, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you from grill to poolside. The threat? A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice that others seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over others? The short answer is yes. Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences,

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Workplace workouts: New ways to stay active

Originally published in the Baltimore Sun, April 26, 2006 Brett Martin walks about seven miles during the average workday, which isn't bad for a guy who rarely leaves his office. From behind his custom-designed vertical desk, which fits snugly atop his treadmill, the 39-year-old president of a background-checking company performs the usual office tasks: checking e-mails, typing on his computer, taking calls. Simultaneously, he maintains an easy pace of 1.8 mph at a slight incline.      

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