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Teens teach other teens healthy habits in Waltham

Teens from the Waltham Boys and Girls Club meet with John Riordan, director of community relations and partnerships and Jane Venti, senior director for Boston Children’s at Waltham

Learning how to eat healthier. Finding more time for physical activity. Coping with challenges and setbacks. These are all skills that teens need to learn … but from whom?

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A world of difference: Postsurgical pain relief for Will

Will poses with a Curious George doll after receiving pain relief for surgery
PHOTOS: MICHAEL GODERRE/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Will is a good-natured, active boy who loves riding his bike, playing with LEGOs and caring for his family’s two cats. So when he emerged from anesthesia following surgery to release a tethered spinal cord last August, it was clear he wasn’t feeling like himself. “He would be very combative and then very sleepy, explains Kathleen. “I just kept saying, ‘That’s not him.’” Kathleen and her husband, Eric, later learned that Will’s behavior was a consequence of the morphine he was being given to treat his postsurgical pain.

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Winter travel guide for parents

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: SEBASTIAN STANKIEWICZ/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Winter can be a stressful time for traveling. Whether you’re headed to a tropical destination for school vacation or driving to the slopes, here are some quick tips to keep your children healthy — and family stress to a minimum — during your travels.

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Five things to know about the flu

IMAGE: ADOBE STOCK

It’s flu season again. In fact, about half of every year, from September to March, is “flu season.” Despite the fact that we spend half of our lives in flu season, there are lots of misconceptions about this common and sometimes deadly virus. Here are five important facts about the flu that not everyone knows:

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