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 “There is a big unmet need,” says Dr. Tony Ortiz, a clinical investigator and the scientific director at NRC Research Institute in Orange. Over his 20-year career, he's aided in the investigation of schizophrenia, depression, ADHD and Alzheimer's disease. “The key to finding a treatment,” he explains, “is identifying a biomarker.”

New hope for children on the spectrum

Experimental treatment being tested in local clinical trial
TANYA WARD GOODMAN
 If you're a parent of multiples, plan ahead. The baby shower, baby moon, pregnancy photos and nursery should all be completed before the 28-week pregnancy mark.

Tips for parents with multiples

Are all of those babies making you crazy?
DAWN ANTIS
 Referrals are key when finding a reliable caregiver. One local option is UrbanSitter, a company that takes its referrals a step further by connecting with your community so you can find lists of top-rated babysitters and nannies hired and vetted by parents from your child's school, parenting groups or neighborhood.

Caregivers you can count on

BY DAWN ANTIS
 Gender selection for nonmedical reasons is seen as controversial by professional medical groups and the public, but it is the subject of an ongoing conversation.

The rise of designer babies

BY TANYA WARD GOODMAN
New classes and teachers, new classmates and new hormones are among the challenges middle school students face.

Muddled by middle school

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER

Columns

Kedric Francis holding his youngest child, Mae

Screen king

Our 6-year-old is obsessed with Mario Bros., and I don't care...much
KEDRIC FRANCIS
Chris and Brooke Staggs on their 2011 honeymoon to Sydney, Australia

The baby box

Where do the mementos go when you decide not to have kids?
BY BROOKE STAGGS

What do you remember from English class, and what still matters?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Malcolm and Lux Skyler at a pumpkin patch in Wisconsin (Photo by Heather Skyler)

Patience, other qualities I lack as a parent

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Applying and maintaining makeup is simply too much bother, says columnist Marla Jo Fisher. (File photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Marla Jo Fisher: I'm too lazy to wear makeup

BY MARLA JO FISHER