May

13

2017
Here’s What Michelle Obama Thinks About Trump’s School Lunch Rules

Here’s What Michelle Obama Thinks About Trump’s School Lunch Rules

Enlarge this image Michelle Obama speaks at the Partnership for a Healthier America conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption toggle caption Allison Aubrey/NPR When it comes to feeding kids a healthy diet, “it’s not politics, it’s parenting,” Michelle Obama said Friday. And then she got a little fired up. Without ever naming President Trump, the former first lady took aim at…

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May

12

2017
Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Enlarge this image The soft, impermeable and uneven sleep surface of an air mattress can pose a danger to infants. The Sleep Judge/Flickr hide caption toggle caption The Sleep Judge/Flickr Inflatable beds can be cheap, which is good news for consumers who want an alternative to pricey traditional mattresses. But their uneven, soft, impermeable surfaces are dangerous for babies, and can increase the risk of…

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May

12

2017
Stress-mitigation interventions for parents did not lessen symptoms among kids with asthma

Stress-mitigation interventions for parents did not lessen symptoms among kids with asthma

The patient-centered study’s premise was straightforward: Since there is a definite link between parents’ psychosocial stress levels and asthma suffered by inner city kids, if you provide stressed-out parents effective coping skills, would kids take their medicines more regularly and would their health improve? A $2.2 million, first-of-its kind randomized study found no differences between kids with asthma who received standard care based on National…

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May

12

2017

Dance Mom

May 12, 2017 By ELIZABETH BASTOS There’s a barefoot middle-aged woman with a gray buzz-cut flailing around the living room to the melted cheese of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “What are you doing, Mom?” my kids ask. It is obvious — at least to me — that I am dancing. I swoon, “Isn’t the horn section divine?”…

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May

12

2017
Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

Enlarge this image Lauren Bloomstein holds her newborn daughter. Courtesy of the Bloomstein Family hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the Bloomstein Family As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people’s babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband Larry recalled recently—…

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May

11

2017

Mother’s Day

May 11, 2017 By ELIZABETH LO Mother’s Day is a celebration of motherhood and the influence that mothers have on society. But for too many American children — including those I filmed for this project — the holiday serves as a bitter reminder that their mothers are locked behind bars. This film follows an annual overnight bus program that takes some of those children to…

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May

11

2017
Athletes with ADHD more likely to choose team sports, could increase injury risk, study finds

Athletes with ADHD more likely to choose team sports, could increase injury risk, study finds

A new study from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center finds athletes with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to compete in team contact sports than individual sports, which could increase their risk of injury. The study, presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, analyzed more than 850 athletes who competed in a variety of sports over a five-year…

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May

11

2017
Positive father-child relationship can moderate negative effects of maternal depression

Positive father-child relationship can moderate negative effects of maternal depression

A new study has examined for the first time whether fathering can moderate the negative effects of maternal depression on family-level functioning. The results of the study are the first to describe the family process by using direct observations of mothering, fathering, and family patterns in homes where mothers suffer clinical depression during the child’s first years of life.


May

11

2017

Well Illustrated: Childbirth

By JESSICA ZUCKER and RYAN ALEXANDER-TANNER May 11, 2017 Jessica Zucker is a Los Angeles-based psychologist specializing in women’s health, who started the social media campaign #IHadAMiscarriage. Ryan Alexander-Tanner is a Portland-based cartoonist and educator. We’re interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think.


May

10

2017
Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed

Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children. Darlene Kertes and colleagues tested the commonly held belief that pet dogs provide social support for kids using a randomized controlled study — the gold standard in research. “Many people…

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