Jun

23

2017

‘Bizarre and Unusual’: Readers Respond to Helicopter Parenting

By KELLY COUTURIER June 22, 2017 This week, The New York Times wrote about LaVar Ball, the father of the U.C.L.A. basketball star Lonzo Ball, who has played a central role in his son’s dealings with professional teams and apparel companies and may epitomize a model that extends far beyond the basketball court: the helicopter parent of the workplace. As parents swoop in — showing up at…

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Jun

22

2017
Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome

Around one in five children with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, met criteria for autism in a study headed by UC San Francisco. But this prevalence may be more a reflection of similarity in symptoms than actual autism, according to the study’s researchers. Researchers tested 535 children and adults with Tourette’s for autism, using a self-reporting test called the…

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Jun

22

2017
Adulthood wellbeing lower for single-parent kids

Adulthood wellbeing lower for single-parent kids

People who grew up in single-parent families have lower levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction in adulthood, according to new research by the University of Warwick. Dr Sakari Lemola from Warwick’s Department of Psychology, and Dr David Richter from the German Institute for Economic Research, have discovered that individuals who were brought up by a single parent for their entire childhood earn on average 30%…

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Jun

22

2017
Republicans’ Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Republicans’ Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Enlarge this image Pemiscot Memorial, the public hospital in Missouri’s poorest county, depends on Medicaid funding to survive, its CEO says. Bram Sable-Smith/Side Effects Public Media hide caption toggle caption Bram Sable-Smith/Side Effects Public Media For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher. Since 2010, at…

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Jun

21

2017

When Helicopter Parents Hover Even at Work

By NOAM SCHEIBER June 21, 2017 When the cameras start rolling Thursday night at Barclays Center, scene of the National Basketball Association draft, one of the biggest stories won’t be a player, but a parent: LaVar Ball, father of the U.C.L.A. phenom Lonzo Ball, who is projected to be among the top five picks. As his son rocketed to fame, the elder Ball always seemed one step…

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Jun

21

2017

Jerry Seinfeld, on Fatherhood

Jerry Seinfeld writes that the cause for paternal estrangement from children is chronic, generational poverty.


Jun

21

2017
Perceptions about body image linked to increased alcohol, tobacco use for teens

Perceptions about body image linked to increased alcohol, tobacco use for teens

How teenagers perceive their appearance, including their body image, can have significant impacts on health and wellness. Prior body image research has shown that people with negative body image are more likely to develop eating disorders and are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem. Now, Virginia Ramseyer Winter, a body image expert and an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s School…

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Jun

21

2017
Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?

Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?

Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring. They did, however, find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness. This trend did…

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Jun

21

2017
Is there an alternative to disposable diapers?

Is there an alternative to disposable diapers?

You know that disposable diapers are ecologically questionable, but cloth diapers seem too messy for you and your child — is there an alternative? The answer is ‘yes’ according to Jeffrey M. Bender, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Rosemary C. She, MD, a pathologist and medical microbiologist at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern…

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