May

24

2017
Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

Mindfulness may be good for new moms. A study this month from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth can improve women’s childbirth experiences and reduce their depression symptoms during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. “Fear of the unknown affects us all, and perhaps none more so…

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May

24

2017
Can parents’ tech obsessions contribute to a child’s bad behavior?

Can parents’ tech obsessions contribute to a child’s bad behavior?

Fatigue. Hunger. Boredom. Those are often on the list of reasons parents mention if their child whines, has tantrums or acts out. Researchers are now asking if such negative behaviors could be related to something else: parents spending too much time on their smartphones or tablets. A small study from University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Illinois State University found that heavy digital…

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May

23

2017
Pediatricians can play a pivotal role in reducing pediatric firearm-related injuries

Pediatricians can play a pivotal role in reducing pediatric firearm-related injuries

A review led by Children’s National Health System researchers published May 23, 2017 in Hospital Pediatrics indicates that while firearms are present in 18 percent to 64 percent of U.S. homes, almost 40 percent of parents erroneously believe that their children are unaware where weapons are stored, and 22 percent of parents wrongly think that their children have never handled household firearms. For the many…

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May

23

2017
Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

Enlarge this image Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget at the White House on Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP The proposed budget unveiled Tuesday by the Trump administration doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, fighting infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention…

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May

23

2017
Parents’ reasons for not vaccinating children influence public attitudes toward them

Parents’ reasons for not vaccinating children influence public attitudes toward them

Mothers are viewed negatively if their child hasn’t been vaccinated, no matter the reason. But mothers who outright refuse to vaccinate their children are viewed in a harsher light compared to those who delay vaccines because of safety concerns or who aren’t up to date due to time constraints. That’s one finding of a new UBC study published this month in Social Science and Medicine…

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May

22

2017
Face-To-Face Sleep Education Plus ‘Baby Boxes’ Reduces Bed Sharing

Face-To-Face Sleep Education Plus ‘Baby Boxes’ Reduces Bed Sharing

Enlarge this image Keyshla Rivera smiles at her newborn son Jesus as registered nurse Christine Weick demonstrates a baby box before her discharge from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia in 2016. All mothers who deliver at the hospital receive a box, which functions as a bassinet, in an effort to reduce unsafe sleep practices. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Rourke/AP Giving new moms…

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May

22

2017
That Amazing Moment When 82 Chibok Girls And Families Reunited

That Amazing Moment When 82 Chibok Girls And Families Reunited

Awa Yirma (left) sobbed hysterically when her parents didn’t show up on time. She was afraid they had died. It turned out they were late because their vehicle had broken down. And there was an ecstatic mother-daughter reunion. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption toggle caption Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR Picture a kaleidoscope of color and a medley of vivid African print cloth surging forward amid screams and weeping…

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May

22

2017
Baby boxes, sleep education reduced bed-sharing in first week of infancy

Baby boxes, sleep education reduced bed-sharing in first week of infancy

Bed-sharing, the unsafe practice in which parents sleep in the same bed as their babies, is associated with sleep-related deaths in infants, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. However, a research team at Temple University Hospital (TUH) has now found that face-to-face postpartum education about safe infant sleep, combined with the distribution of a baby box, which is…

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May

22

2017
As GOP Tarries On Health Bill, Funding For Children’s Health Languishes

As GOP Tarries On Health Bill, Funding For Children’s Health Languishes

Enlarge this image The federal CHIP program funds health care for almost 9 million children. Terry Vine/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Terry Vine/Blend Images/Getty Images Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their…

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