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Speech Delay: Tips to Encourage Your Child to Talk

Speech Delay in Children

Speech delay is one the most common types of developmental delays in children. In fact, one out of five children will learn to talk or use words later than other children their age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Keep in mind there’s a wide range in what is considered normal speech development,” Debra Barra-Stevens, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula pediatrician, says. “Many kids are late bloomers but still end up with excellent speaking and communication skills.” Read More

Preparing for Pregnancy


While maintaining a healthy lifestyle offers benefits to anyone, regardless of age, it’s particularly important for women trying to get pregnant.

“Wellness before pregnancy is half the battle,” Jessica Verosko, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula obstetrician and gynecologist, says. “It can help prevent many health issues for both mother and child.”

If you’re trying to get pregnant, follow this advice to boost your health. Read More

Six Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online



Kids are growing up immersed in technology. While technology offers great ways to learn and stay connected, excessive and inappropriate use can cause problems, particularly for children and teens. Studies show too much media time can lead to attention problems, lower academic performance, family dysfunction, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity. Also, privacy dangers can lurk online. Read More

Mindfulness for Teens


Many teens live with “toxic stress” – a buildup of stress from social pressure, competition at school, anxiety about fitting in – that too often can lead to depression, substance abuse or even physical pain.

Mindfulness is a tool they can use.

“Mindfulness can be especially helpful for teens with anxiety,” Kimberly Erlich, CPNP, nurse practitioner and coordinator of the Adolescent Behavioral Health Project at Mills-Peninsula and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, says.

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The Digital Generation



Cell phones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs – it’s hard to imagine life without digital media. Most adults spend 11 hours a day using electronic media, including their computer at work. By 2015, some estimates predict the number will rise to 15 hours a day.

Like us, our kids are growing up immersed in technology. Is there a downside?

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Reduce Stress with Mindfulness


Are you ever aware – fully aware – of your thoughts, your feelings, the sensations on your body? Most of us aren’t. Yet if we could focus our attention on the moment, without judging or analyzing our thoughts, research shows we could use this mindfulness to boost our health in many ways.

“Mindfulness is portable. You can do it anywhere. You don’t need any physical tools, and it doesn’t cost any money,” says Kimberly Erlich, CPNP, nurse practitioner and coordinator of the Adolescent Behavioral Health Project at Mills-Peninsula and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a skill you have to learn, just like riding a bike. But it has great longevity and benefits.”

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Get a Vitamin Boost Through Food

Colorful fruits and vegetables

Instead of taking supplements, look to healthy foods to boost your vitamin intake. Start with these four simple tips from Debbie Kurzrock, a registered dietitian at Mills-Peninsula’s Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center in San Mateo. Read More