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  • Surrogacy, Foreigners and the U.S.

    By Stephanie Azzarone on July 8, 2014
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    From my view of Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, I see many Chinese daughters of non-Asian parents and in my apartment building I know of one family who adopted a daughter from South America. Other parents I know have traveled to Russia to bring home children and create their family. But in this era of globalization, where the desire […]
  • Helping Teens Deal with Social Media Stress

    By Stephanie Azzarone on March 21, 2014
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    There’s no doubt that it’s tough to be a teen. Between hormones, peer pressure and a multitude of other stressors, teens now have to deal with with cyberbullying, online predators and the added stress of their latest Instagram photo or the number of friends they have on Facebook. A recent Huffington Post Parents article even cites a study that identifies […]
  • Staying Focused Can Lead to Success

    By Stephanie Azzarone on November 20, 2013
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    What are you doing right now? Are you simultaneously sitting at your desk, scrolling through your phone, checking social media, thinking of getting a second cup of coffee, chatting with co-workers and pondering how you’ll ever finish the stack of work in front of you? Well, if you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably lacking focus, and that could […]
  • Could Our Tech Dependence Be Making Us Sick?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on October 10, 2013
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    If you’re like many Americans, your morning probably starts something like this: the alarm on your cell phone goes off. You reach over, silence the noise, and immediately begin scrolling through one of several social media apps. You scan your email, check the latest breaking news headlines and take a quick peek at the weather forecast for the day. You […]
  • There’s More to ‘Pinktober’ Than Just Marketing

    By Stephanie Azzarone on October 1, 2013
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    In the coming weeks, the color pink will wash over everything from clothing and food packaging to some of the gear worn by professional athletes in leagues such as the NFL. The movement – embraced by retailers as well as foundations dedicated to raising funds for cancer awareness – is part of the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program […]
  • Time to See Your Doctor – Or Just Google?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on February 21, 2013
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    Got a mole on your shoulder that looks a little fishy? Be honest – what’s your first inclination? Call your dermatologist’s office and make an appointment or search for health information online? If you answered the latter, you are not alone. According to a Pew Internet and American Life Project’s Health Online 2013 report, 59% of American adults have searched online […]
  • Fitness Survey Results

    By Stephanie Azzarone on February 6, 2013
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    Whether they’re working in or out of their homes, moms are busy – doing phone conferences, food shopping, carpooling, setting up playdates, cooking dinner, and returning e-mails. How do they manage to take care of themselves and stay fit? We recently conducted a survey (via social media) where we asked moms how fit they are and how much they exercise. […]
  • How to Get Your Teen to Talk to You

    By Stephanie Azzarone on February 3, 2012
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    Now here’s a way to persuade your teen to talk to you. When girls stressed by a test talked with their moms, stress hormones dropped and comfort hormones rose, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin. When they used IM, nothing happened. This research follows an earlier study by the University showing that both phone conversations with mom […]
  • iPad Helps Disabled Kids

    By Stephanie Azzarone on November 1, 2010
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     Last week I posted about iPhones as kids’ favorite toy.  Just this Sunday, there was an article about the IPad and kids, but from a very different perspective.  Apparently, the iPad has proven a godsend to children with disabilities. For children who don’t have the strength to maneuver  a computer mouse or are unable to communicate by using other devices,  the […]
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Called Unsafe

    By Stephanie Azzarone on December 7, 2009
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    Zhu Zhu Pets, the robotic hamster toys that have been getting much attention in social media, have now been found to be unsafe, according to GoodGuide,  an organization that, per its Web site, “provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home.” The group reported higher-than-acceptable levels of tin […]