Robyn Correll

I'm a writer and public health consultant based in Houston, Texas. 

Here’s what parents should tell kids before the school year begins

Preparing kids for school takes more than vaccines and backpacks. Bullying and technology look different than they did a few decades ago, and the Internet has ushered in a new age of misinformation and anxiety. From Head Start to high school and college, kids need help navigating complex social and safety issues — ideally, before they happen. Here are some things that experts say parents should be thinking about as their kids and teens head back to school.

What Vaccines Do Health Care Professionals Need?

People who work in health care settings are frequently exposed to germs while being with or around patients. Vaccinating healthcare personnel (HCP), like physicians and nurses, helps protect them from potentially dangerous diseases like flu and whooping cough, as well as protects the patients they care for. All adults should make sure they are up-to-date on all routinely recommended vaccines. But if you're an HCP or work in a health care setting, there are six shots in particular that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Why You Feel Lousy After a Long Flight

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt the long-haul hangover. You know the feeling — after spending several hours on the plane, you pull yourself onto the jetway tired and queasy, with a foggy head and slight headache. You feel gross and not just because you need a shower. While some might blame this general state of ickiness on jet lag, germs or recycled air, the reason we feel so lousy after a long flight actually has more to do with chemistry — specifically, how our bodies react to the change in chemistry that happens miles above the ground. Here’s a look at four key factors that play into this, and four tips for making it easier.

The Best Attractions in Houston

With hundreds of cultural institutions, historic sites, and entertainment venues, it’s hard to whittle Houston's best sites down to a list of just 20 attractions. These spots reflect the city's rich cultural diversity and history, and are a sampling of the countless sites and events to visit throughout the year. The following locations were selected based on its popularity among locals and connection to the city. While some are fairly predictable, others might surprise you—just like the city itself.

Why Are Some Diseases Making a Comeback?

In the past century or so, humans have fought—and won—their fair share of battles with disease. Vaccines defeated smallpox. Antibiotics conquered scarlet fever. And insecticide scaled back mosquito-borne illnesses. Despite these successes, some diseases appear to be making a comeback. Outbreaks of measles and mumps have made more than a few headlines of late, and once-lost pathogens like cholera are creeping back into medical histories. While the reasons behind the rise and fall of diseases are often complex and difficult to pin down, here are a few key reasons behind some of these resurgences.

48 Hours in Houston: The Perfect Itinerary

With roughly 6 million people living in and around the city, Houston isn't just one of the most populous places in the country — it's also one of the largest. The square mileage considered to fall inside Houston's metro area is bigger than the state of New Jersey. Given the sheer magnitude of things to see and do, it's impossible to fully experience all the Bayou City has to offer. But if all you have is 48 hours in the city, you can still see — and of course, taste — some of the highlights. Make the most of your stay by following this detailed itinerary.

The Top 10 Kid-Friendly Historic Sites Around Houston

Compared with Rome, Beijing, or even New York, Houston as a city is a bit of a spring chick. Founded in June of 1837, the city is known for its new construction and recent boom in population. But even while Houston’s story is still unfolding, the area is home to many historic sites that are well worth a visit. Parents, nannies, and babysitters looking for educational outings for the kids can’t go wrong with any of these pieces of local history.
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