Sep

01

2017

Tending to the Rituals of My Lost and Found Father

September 1, 2017 By ANDREA JARRELL He says it’s his lucky bottle and not to touch it. I’m peering into the bright glow of my father’s refrigerator. Each shelf reserved for one item. Boxes of peach muffins that the ladies at Vons bake for him special. An army of French-style Yoplait — vanilla with blue foil caps. A half-drawer harboring one package of thin-sliced deli…

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Aug

31

2017
Children’s sleep quality linked to mothers’ insomnia

Children’s sleep quality linked to mothers’ insomnia

Children sleep more poorly if their mothers suffer from insomnia symptoms – potentially affecting their mental wellbeing and development – according to new research. Nearly 200 school kids and their parents were studied, results indicating that children whose mothers have insomnia symptoms fall asleep later, get less sleep and spend less time in deep sleep. There appeared to be no link between fathers’ insomnia symptoms…

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Aug

31

2017
Fatherhood After 40? It’s Becoming A Lot More Common

Fatherhood After 40? It’s Becoming A Lot More Common

Enlarge this image College-educated new dads are more likely to be older, with an average age of 33. Brooke Fasani /Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brooke Fasani /Getty Images If you’ve put off starting a family, you’re not alone. In the U.S., the average age a woman gives birth to her first child has been rising. And, a study published Thursday in Human Reproduction…

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Aug

31

2017
Looking Into the Future for a Child With Autism

Looking Into the Future for a Child With Autism

Looking Into the Future for a Child With Autism By CAMMIE McGOVERN August 31, 2017 The author’s son Ethan Floquet, who has autism, at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst, Mass., in 2009. By CAMMIE McGOVERN August 31, 2017 How do you write about the happy life you hope for your child to have when you have a hard time picturing it yourself? For 18 years, I’ve dreaded the yearly ritual…

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Aug

30

2017
Why The Toxin Trouble With Tiny Turtles Continues

Why The Toxin Trouble With Tiny Turtles Continues

Enlarge this image Tiny turtles are cute, but they can spread Salmonella and make children very sick. susan.k./Getty Images hide caption toggle caption susan.k./Getty Images The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has been around for decades and has raked in millions of dollars in merchandise. Why? Because turtles are cool. Warnings about real, live turtles giving salmonella to the people who handle them has also…

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Aug

30

2017

New Fathers Are Older Than Ever

Take a Number By NICHOLAS BAKALAR August 30, 2017 New fathers in the United States are getting older. Researchers at Stanford University reviewed data on 168,867,480 live births from 1972 to 2015, making statistical adjustments for missing paternal records. The average age of the father of a newborn in the United States, the investigators found, has risen to 30.9 from 27.4 in 1972. Paternal age increased across…

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Aug

30

2017
FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Treatment For Cancer

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Treatment For Cancer

Enlarge this image T cells, shown in blue, can attack cancer cells, shown in red. Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday announced what the agency calls a “historic action” — the first approval of a gene therapy in the United States. The FDA approved Kymriah, which scientists refer to as a “living drug” because it…

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Aug

30

2017
Shared custody equals less stress for children

Shared custody equals less stress for children

Children who live full time with one parent are more likely to feel stressed than children in shared custody situations. The benefit holds regardless of the level of conflict between the parents or between parent and child.


Aug

30

2017

Parenting Lessons From a Partial Eclipse

By KATIE ARNOLD August 30, 2017 I didn’t know how badly I needed a supernatural event until I nearly missed it. Five days before the solar eclipse last week, I woke up to my grievous oversight: I had failed to plan a family trip to the Path of Totality. An eclipse was time on an incomprehensible scale, older than the rocks and the earth, beyond even time…

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