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  • Handling high school stress

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   A recent talk to high school parents at the American School in...

    • Posted February 1, 2011
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  • Cash makeover

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   Question: We are a young Japanese-American couple in our...

    • Posted February 1, 2011
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  • Stressed in the city

    Living in Japan can be both exhilarating and exhausting. No matter how long you...

    • Posted February 1, 2011
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  • Illness or personality issue?

    QUESTION My spouse has been told she has a depression but she is reluctant...

    • Posted December 27, 2010
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  • Resolutions

    How many times have you started off the new year with high hopes and...

    • Posted December 27, 2010
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  • Sensitive kids

    Photos © Elena Derevtsova   Three-year-old Emily stands at the top of the slide....

    • Posted November 29, 2010
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  • How to know when it’s time to go

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova Should I stay or should I go? Not only was...

    • Posted November 29, 2010
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  • Baby Genetics

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   QUESTION: My husband and I are trying to conceive...

    • Posted November 29, 2010
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  • Discovering the four passions

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   Last month’s article on reinventing yourself mentioned four key...

    • Posted October 24, 2010
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  • Pride and prejudice

    We are a Dutch/Irish family raising kids in Tokyo.  I would like to seek...

    • Posted October 24, 2010
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  • Flu proofing

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   Some years ago at the start of the seasonal...

    • Posted October 24, 2010
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  • Reinventing yourself

      Whether you arrived here to work, study, or simply have an adventure, your...

    • Posted September 28, 2010
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  • The pains of teen parenting

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   Parenting teens of today can be revolting to some...

    • Posted September 28, 2010
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  • Why people often don’t train their dogs and why they should

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova We dog lovers consider our canine companions part of our...

    • Posted September 28, 2010
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  • Baby questions

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   1. I didn’t know I was pregnant until my...

    • Posted August 30, 2010
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  • I don’t recall

    QUESTION My husband habitually forgets appointments, where he puts his keys, what he said,...

    • Posted August 30, 2010
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  • Fibromyalgia: another view

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   As a general practitioner, hardly a day goes by...

    • Posted June 28, 2010
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  • The ‘not enough’ and picky eater

      Parents often find it difficult to know if their child is eating enough...

    • Posted June 28, 2010
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  • Hooked on the ‘Book

    The sun is out, the heat is on, and the eager go surfing -...

    • Posted June 28, 2010
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  • What is Fibromyalgia?

    • Posted May 27, 2010
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  • Silent night?

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   QUESTION My wife  talks and gnashes her teeth in...

    • Posted April 29, 2010
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  • 20 tips for bonding with your family

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   The bonding period for you and your baby begins...

    • Posted March 30, 2010
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  • My baby won’t sleep!

    This is a common complaint, especially of first-time parents.  The reality of having a...

    • Posted March 30, 2010
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  • Emotional differences

    Question I come from a Latin family where being demonstrative is part of an...

    • Posted March 30, 2010
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  • The baby blues

    QUESTION: Four weeks ago, a good friend of mine delivered her first baby, a...

    • Posted February 27, 2010
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  • Too much of a good thing?

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   It is remarkable that a great deal of medical...

    • Posted February 27, 2010
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  • How to deal with stress

    Regularly, I see patients suffering from ‘stress’, by which they mean they feel knotted...

    • Posted January 30, 2010
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  • Are you SAD in the festive season?

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   One sometimes wonders if they think of the acronym...

    • Posted December 29, 2009
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  • Time out

    QUESTION I know it is common for couples to have disagreements, but it seems...

    • Posted December 29, 2009
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  • Man in crisis

    QUESTION I am a foreign dad in his early 50s, a science teacher by...

    • Posted November 28, 2009
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  • How not to stop smoking

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   If you are a smoker trying, i.e., failing, to...

    • Posted October 31, 2009
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  • Company health checks

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   If you are a salaried employee in Japan, you...

    • Posted October 1, 2009
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  • Moving to Japan

    QUESTION "We will be moving to Japan soon and have heard that there are...

    • Posted August 31, 2009
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  • The itch that rashes

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   Atopic dermatitis (eczema) was so described by a French...

    • Posted August 31, 2009
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  • Student’s self-esteem

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   QUESTION: My 12-year-old son is in his second year...

    • Posted July 26, 2009
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  • Your child and life’s reality

    QUESTION: I am a divorced mother of a 16-year-old daughter. I am very concerned...

    • Posted June 30, 2009
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  • What is Swine Flu?

    According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for short), it...

    • Posted June 30, 2009
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  • How to deal with depression

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   QUESTION: Since I moved to Tokyo, it seems that...

    • Posted May 31, 2009
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  • Water, water everywhere and too much to drink

    Photo © Elena Derevstova Have you noticed as the weather gets warmer, and even...

    • Posted May 31, 2009
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  • Culture clash

    There is no denying that coming to live in a country like Japan where...

    • Posted March 30, 2009
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  • Anger management

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   Chronic anger damanges your health and relationships. What can...

    • Posted March 30, 2009
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  • Frugal fun

    Photo © Elena Derevstova Living as we do in one of the world’s most...

    • Posted February 27, 2009
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  • On the move

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   Uprooting and relocating again? Having that talk with your...

    • Posted February 1, 2009
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  • Private investigations

      What problem areas do most patients see you about? When I meet with...

    • Posted December 25, 2008
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  • Raising achievers

    Parents have always been worried about their kids. Now more than ever, with the...

    • Posted December 25, 2008
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  • The way forward: prediction, karma, and happiness

    What brought you to Japan? Destiny brought me here.   Why should we pay...

    • Posted November 4, 2008
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  • At the crossroads

    They say life is a journey, and some TF readers may not have expected...

    • Posted August 28, 2008
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  • Nit busting!

    Head lice, or to be more precise, Pediculosis Humanus Capitis can strike at any...

    • Posted August 28, 2008
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  • The power of positive parenting

    Help children to improve their own behavior

    • Posted June 1, 2008
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  • Fever pitch

    The lowdown on a high temperature

    • Posted April 30, 2008
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