Sarah Kliff

Stories by Sarah Kliff

  • Greening Our Vices

    How much eco-friendly marketing will consumers swallow?
  • Celebrity Health Watch: Owen Wilson

    The popular actor is one of millions of Americans struggling with some form of depression. Watching the warning signs.
  • The Most Fattening Fall Foods

    As the temperature drops, we start yearning for comfort foods. But beware of their hefty caloric price. A few of autumn's least healthy offerings.
  • Why Lonely People Get Sick More Often

    New research suggests that social isolation alters the immune system at the genetic level, raising the risk of serious disease. Oh, and the definition of loneliness might surprise you.
  • Well-Rounded Docs

    One week into his premed classes at Washington University in St. Louis, Ryan Jacobson was rethinking his plan to become a doctor. His biology and chemistry classes were large, competitive and impersonal—not how he wanted to spend the next four years. “Sitting in a chemistry class, I knew it wasn’t the right place for me,” he says. Jacobson found the history department, with its focus on faculty interaction and discussion, a better fit. But he had no intention of leaving his medical aspirations behind. So Jacobson majored in history while also taking the science and math courses required for medical school. When he graduated last spring, he won the departmental prize for undergraduate thesis for his work on the history of race relations in Tulsa, Okla. He started medical school at the University of Illinois last month. “Historians are supposed to integrate information with the big picture,” he says, “which will hopefully be useful as a physician.”Even as breakthroughs in science and...
  • Study Links Bad Foods to Hyperactive Kids

    A new study links artificial food dyes and preservatives to an increase in hyperactivity in kids--but don't empty the pantry yet. An expert tells us what parents can learn from the new research.
  • A Sisterhood of Mothers

    Danielle Cooney was set on joining a sorority before she ever set foot on a college campus."When I was little, I knew it was something I wanted," says Cooney. "I was really excited about the sisterhood and the bonding. I had one sister already and I wanted more."But when Cooney arrived on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus with a two-year-old son, she found Greek life incompatible with her busy parenting schedule. Evening meetings and events, she says, "don't fit into a parent's work and school schedules."So Cooney created a way for mothers to share in the Greek life experience: a sorority designed to meet the needs of student parents. She began recruiting members in August 2005 and officially founded Mu Tau Rho in November 2006. The sorority now boasts 16 members after initiating its newest pledge class last month.With children in tow, Mu Tau Rho meets every Saturday morning. While moms discuss anything from daycare to dieting tips, the kids work on activities such as...
  • Childcare on Campus

    A year of childcare can cost more than $10,000, rivaling the cost of college tuition. Universities often play an important role in providing parent students with daycare facilities. Here's how a few universities across the nation are using childcare facilities to lend parents a helping hand:With an estimated 600 families at Stanford University on a waiting list for childcare, administrators decided to take action. Stanford's Board of Trustees recently approved a plan for a $3.5 million childcare facility that can accommodate 100 children. The proposed building includes 8,300 square feet of space, two floors, seven classrooms and outdoor play areas.One of the most extensive childcare networks may be on the University of Washington campus, which operates four sites open to faculty, staff and students. Two of those sites primarily serve student parents, who can receive heavy discounts when they are residents of the university's family housing.The residential life office at the...
  • Putting the B.A. in Baby

    College moms strive to balance school and parenting. Universities struggle to accommodate the book bag and diaper bag crowd.
  • Why I Hate Facebook

    The site nurses my worst self-indulgent instincts. Does anyone really care that I love penguins?
  • Sports Drinks: Fresh Sip Appeal

    The right fluids are essential for athletes, especially in summer. A new line of all-natural sports drinks provides much-needed electrolytes, energy and hydration but ditches the unhealthy high-fructose corn syrup found in most mainstream varieties. ...
  • Expert: NY Subways Need Investment

    For not the first time, flash floods shut down or delayed New York City's entire subway network on Wednesday. A transportation expert says it's just another sign of America's decaying infrasctructure.
  • Six of the Worst Workout Habits

    Some of the most common exercise routines could be turning your gym sessions into wasted time. Here's how to make every minute count.
  • Why Infertility Patients Are Donating Embryos

    After a successful series of infertility treatments, Kristen Cohen and her husband, Lee, had two sets of twin boys, now ages 6 and 2. They also had about a dozen embryos that they no longer needed but could not imagine going to waste. "We went through so much to create these embryos," says Kristen. "This was much more than blood, sweat and tears." The Cohens had also benefited firsthand from medical research; Lee, who has cystic fibrosis, has been helped by advanced treatments. So in 2006, when Kristen saw an article about the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, she contacted it and began the process of donating their embryos, which could be used to create new lines of embryonic stem cells. After five months of paperwork and counseling for the couple, the Cohen embryos were in the hands of researchers. "We know they might be destroyed without making a single stem-cell line," Kristen says. "I don't need to know that my embryo helped save patient X. It's the greater good."In the ongoing,...
  • The Seven Worst Ways To Eat

    It's not just what you eat that matters. How you dine can play a major role in your weight and digestive well-being.
  • Up Close & Edible: Coffee

    A weekly look at the nutritional value, or lack thereof, of some of our favorite foods.