Clinic helps children with fitness and muscular control


PARENTS CAN get help for their youngsters who have poor physical fitness, social-emotional problems and/or faulty neuromuscular control at the Children's Developmental Clinic at Essex Community College. Children, referred to the clinic by professionals, are supervised by trained volunteers, and their parents attend classes to learn more about specific problems. The fall session of the clinic begins Oct. 13 and continues through Dec. 8. The fee is $75. For more information, call Lois Shofer, director of the clinic, at 522-1287.

Best employers for mom

Working Mother magazine has listed its 10 Best Companies to work for: Apple Computer in Cupertino, Calif.; Beth Israel Hospital in Boston; Du Pont in Wilmington, Del.; Fel-Pro in Skokie, Ill.; HBO in New York; IBM in Purchase, N.Y.; Merck & Co. in Rahway, N.J.; Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco; Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati; and SAS Institute in Cary, N.C. These companies are the most innovative and advanced in child care, family-friendly benefits and the pay and advancement of women.

Separation and divorce

Separated, widowed and divorced people are invited to a day-long conference that will explore various aspects of their lifestyles. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the meeting will include workshops on helping children cope with separation, dating again, making financial ends meet and communicating effectively. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 6 at Seton Keough High School. The conference fee is $20 for those who preregister by Friday, $23 for those who register at the door. For more information, phone 433-8800, Ext. 23.

Hot tubs and pregnancy

Women lounging in hot tubs can't tell when their body temperatures are rising dangerously, says a study suggesting pregnant women shouldn't spend more than 10 minutes relaxing in a 104-degree tub. Two scientists issued the warning in the New England Journal of Medicine because pregnant women whose body temperatures rise too high risk giving birth to a malformed baby. To find a safe time limit, and to determine if women could sense when they had spent too much time in a hot tub, the researchers wired 24 healthy, non-pregnant women with temperature sensors and asked them to remain in the water until they felt too warm. None of the women left the tub before her body temperature reached 102 degrees "and even at that temperature, 54 percent of them were not uncomfortably hot," they reported.

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