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Diane York is a Richmond-based freelancer, mother, and grandmother and regular contributor to RFM. She writes about lifestyle and wellness issues.

    The Caffeine Machine

    Remember when Mountain Dew was considered the bad boy of the soft drink world? That harmless, albeit toxic-looking soda was first introduced in the forties as a mixer for cocktails and marketed with the slogan, “It'll tickle yore innards!” Mountain…

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    “Could I Be Depressed?”

    In 2011, a survey of children in grades nine through twelve, conducted by the Virginia Department of Health, reported that 25 percent of students in Virginia said they had experienced periods of depression, and 16.9 percent had seriously considered suicide.…

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    ADHD?

    You may have noticed that your child can’t sit still, seems to be in motion constantly, cannot pay attention, or moves quickly from one activity to the next without completing tasks. Organization may be a completely foreign concept. Then, at…

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    Baby’s Lifeline

    What if your baby were born with cerebral palsy or sickle cell anemia, what would it be worth to you to have stem cells that matched your child exactly? What if your child needed a bone marrow transplant and you…

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    Autism Report

    When Erin Redmond's daughter Olivia was born, she was a beautiful baby. But as she developed, her mom was troubled by her lack of speech. While most babies are forming sentences by age three, Olivia was not even using words.…

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    Tell Me More: Autism Report

    Resources Autism Society of Central Virginia Services: Monthly meeting, support group, legislative hearings and news, webinar and conference info, social activities for children and teens with autism/Asperger’s. Phone: (804) 257-0192, www.asacv.org   Schools: Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (St. Joseph's…

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    The Goods On Gluten

    Surely you’ve seen gluten-free foods at the grocery store. The words are on shelf signs and food labels, not to mention on the menus at many of your favorite restaurants. Is all this talk about gluten in the same category…

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    Underage Drinking

    Janie Williams of Richmond, mother of two boys, 14 and 17, says that growing up, her parents did not talk to her or her brother about alcohol. It was understood that you were just not supposed to drink. So she…

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    What Teachers Want Us To Know…

    With experience ranging from zilch to more than three decades, four Virginia teachers share some of their innermost thoughts and best advice on how to work with your child's teacher for a successful year in school. First, there's Bonnie. She…

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    When I Grow Up…

    My mother tried desperately - for my own good - to force me into a teaching career that the very thought of gave me migraines. That experience compelled me to say to my own two sons: Whatever you want, I'll…

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