Jul

17

2017

Why Smoking in Films Harms Children

July 17, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. We want to believe we’re raising our kids to think for themselves, and not to do dumb or unhealthy things just because the cool kids are doing them. But research shows that when it comes to smoking, children are heavily influenced by some of the folks they consider the coolest of the cool: actors in movies….

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Jul

16

2017
‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

Enlarge this image Jack Gilbert, co-author of the book “Dirt Is Good,” says kids should be encouraged to get dirty, play with animals and eat colorful vegetables. Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty Images/RooM RF hide caption toggle caption Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty Images/RooM RF As a new parent, Jack Gilbert got a lot of different advice on how to properly look after his child: when to give him antibiotics or how often…

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Jul

14

2017

‘To the Bone’ Opens Frank Dialogue on Eating Disorders: ‘They Steal Your Voice’

By TALYA MINSBERG July 14, 2017 When Marti Noxon set out to make “To the Bone,” a film about a 20-year-old battling an eating disorder, she initially faced the question: Was the topic too niche? The answer came in the form of a rousing premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival, Netflix’s reported $8 million purchase of the film, a trailer that went viral with 54…

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Jul

14

2017

Learning to Bridge a Generation Gap in Philanthropy

July 14, 2017 Wealth Matters By JOANNE KAUFMAN A decade ago, shortly before their daughter, Caitlin Heising, started her freshman year at Brown University, Liz Simons, a former teacher, and her husband, Mark Heising, the founder of an investment firm, established the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family philanthropy focused initially on education, climate and the physical sciences. “I’ve always asked a lot of questions and have…

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Jul

14

2017
What Moms Need To Breast-Feed: Chicken Soup, Grandma’s Help, Facebook

What Moms Need To Breast-Feed: Chicken Soup, Grandma’s Help, Facebook

Enlarge this image Clara Sunderland was recently born in southern California. Her mom, Wendy, says a breast-feeding support group on Facebook has been crucial to learning how to breast-feed. Courtesy of Wendy Sunderland hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Wendy Sunderland There’s no question about it: Breast-feeding is hard. And we aren’t born knowing to do it. As we reported a few weeks ago, women…

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Jul

14

2017
Sons Without Fathers

Sons Without Fathers

Op-Ed Columnist July 14, 2017 Roger Cohen In her novel “The Bird’s Nest,” Shirley Jackson writes: “I was thinking what it must feel like to be a prisoner going to die; you stand there looking at the sun and the sky and the grass and the trees, and because it’s the last time you’re going to see them they’re wonderful, full of colors you never…

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Jul

13

2017
Who’s In, Who’s Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

Who’s In, Who’s Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

The GOP’s latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hews closely to the earlier bill that didn’t win enough support among lawmakers to bring to a vote. Perhaps the biggest change in the document released Thursday is that it leaves in place the Affordable Care Act taxes on wealthy individuals. It uses that money to reduce the number of people left without…

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Jul

13

2017

Living Another Day, Thanks to Grandparents Who Couldn’t Sleep

July 13, 2017 Trilobites By ANERI PATTANI You may not look forward to sleeping less as you get older. But maybe it wouldn’t seem as bad if you knew it once played an important role in human survival. A new study, published Tuesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that the way sleep patterns change with age may be an evolutionary adaptation that…

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Jul

13

2017
Moms who breastfeed may have reduced risk of MS

Moms who breastfeed may have reduced risk of MS

Mothers who breastfeed for a total of at least 15 months over one or more pregnancies may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) compared with those who don’t breastfeed at all or do so for up to four months, according to a study.



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