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  • CPR A Parent’s Responsibility

    CPR A Parent’s Responsibility

    On August 3, 2003 James Safar, a man whose work saved many, many lives, died quietly at his home in Pennsylvania. He was 79 years old. He started the nation’s first physician – staffed ICU, but it was another innovation that was his biggest legacy. Dr. Safar pioneered a life-saving technique that can be used […]

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  • Smoking Outside

    Smoking Outside

    What happens when parents go outside to smoke? If parents completely ban smoking within the home, the nicotine byproducts in their baby’s urine are clearly reduced, according to a study in the August 2, 2003 British Medical Journal.

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  • Summer Is Heating Up!

    Summer Is Heating Up!

    It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere – and hot, really hot, in many areas.  We are warm-blooded. Our bodies produce heat. When a muscle contracts, only about 25 percent of the energy is used for the muscle work. A surprising 75 percent of the energy is turned into heat to keep our temperature up. If […]

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  • Thank You from the PEW Internet Project

    Thank You from the PEW Internet Project

    Many of you participated in the Pew Internet & American Life Report by filling out a survey at  The results are now in! 

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  • Our Summer 2003 Report Card

    Our Summer 2003 Report Card

    How are we doing? The latest edition of America’s Children:Key National Indicators of Well-Being was released on July 18, 2003. This is an annual government report card produced by the Fed-eral Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics to make sure we know what is going on with our children.

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  • A True Lifesaver

    A True Lifesaver

    A major change in lifesaving recommendations was made in July 2003. Amazing machines called automated external defibrillators or AEDs can be found in an increasing number of public places. These machines have pads or paddles that can be placed on the chest during a life threatening emergency. They use sophisticated computer algorithms to automatically determine […]

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  • Owwies and Boo-boos: Kids’ Pain

    Owwies and Boo-boos: Kids’ Pain

    Sometimes children tumble, skin their knees, and keep right on playing happily. Other times, the slightest ‘owwie’ can cause children to dissolve in tears. Research published in the June 23, 2003 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the pain people feel is real, that the amount of pain […]

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  • Election 2004

    Election 2004

    My oldest son will turn 18 a few days after the next U.S. presidential election. He won’t be able to vote. None of my children will be able to vote. When I vote it will not only be my voice in the political process, but also an action on behalf of my children.

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  • Heroin, Crack, and Tobacco

    Heroin, Crack, and Tobacco

    Quitting smoking can be miserable – especially for a newborn baby whose developing brain has been damaged by the tobacco. Smoking regular cigarettes during pregnancy can have the same neurotoxic effects on the baby’s brain as using heroin or cocaine according to a Brown University study published in the June 2003 issue of Pediatrics. Nobody […]

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  • Vote


    While much of America is voting for the America Idol, I’m reminded of something I learned from Gary Hirshberg, the CEO of Stonyfield Farm Yogurt (one of my heroes of responsible business). Gary teaches that the cash register is one of our most important voting booths. What we vote for at the check-out counter changes […]

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