Mar

20

2017
Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of ‘Sesame Street’

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of ‘Sesame Street’

Enlarge this image Julia (center) first appeared online and in printed materials as a part of Sesame Street‘s See Amazing in all Children initiative. She’ll now appear on TV as well. From left, Elmo, Alan Muraoka, Julia, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop hide caption toggle caption Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop For the first time in a decade, the classic children’s television show Sesame…

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Mar

16

2017
A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies’ brains

A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies’ brains

Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants — including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term — show that a baby’s earliest experiences of touch have lasting effects on the way their young brains respond to gentle touch when they go home. The findings reported in Current Biology on March 16…

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Mar

16

2017

Starting Over With a New Foster Child

March 16, 2017 Foster Parent Diary By MEGHAN MORAVCIK WALBERT We stand in the bedroom together, side by side, clothes and toys piled up around us and empty boxes tossed into the hallway. “So, tell me,” I say. “What do you want to keep on the walls, and what should come down?” The colorful train decal on the wall of this bedroom looks babyish now…

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Mar

15

2017
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Blueprint for Feminism

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Blueprint for Feminism

By ZOE GREENBERG March 15, 2017 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of “Americanah” and “We Should All Be Feminists,” remembers the hushed tones that accompanied her first period. In a recent interview in New York, she leaned in to mimic her mother’s voice. “‘What are you doing with your menstrual pads?’” she whispers. “My mother taught me to go burn them in the backyard when nobody’s looking.” Ms….

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Mar

15

2017
Grandma knows best: New research explains how family members can impact an autism diagnosis

Grandma knows best: New research explains how family members can impact an autism diagnosis

Children who have older siblings or frequent interaction with grandparents are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) earlier than those who do not, according to new research conducted at The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai, and published in the journal Autism. This study is the first to ask not only parents, but also friends and family members who had contact…

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Mar

15

2017

‘BBC Dad’ Chats About Family Blooper

Robert E. Kelly, the professor whose BBC interview spread widely on the internet after being interrupted by his children, spoke on Wednesday at Pusan National University in South Korea.


Mar

14

2017
Planned Parenthood Would Lose $178 Million In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Planned Parenthood Would Lose $178 Million In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, says the health care provider takes in about $400 million per year in reimbursements under Medicaid and other federal programs. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mark Wilson/Getty Images The proposed American Health Insurance Act targets the health provider Planned Parenthood with a set of proposed limits on Medicaid payments to the organization. Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional…

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Mar

14

2017
Low levels of ‘anti-anxiety’ hormone linked to postpartum depression

Low levels of ‘anti-anxiety’ hormone linked to postpartum depression

In a small-scale study of women with previously diagnosed mood disorders, Johns Hopkins researchers report that lower levels of the hormone allopregnanolone in the second trimester of pregnancy were associated with an increased chance of developing postpartum depression in women already known to be at risk for the disorder. In a report on the study, published online on March 7 in Psychoneuroendocrinology, the researchers say…

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