Oct

23

2019
The Lasting Trauma of Infertility

The Lasting Trauma of Infertility

I’m handing over the newsletter this week to Regina Townsend, the founder of The Broken Brown Egg, an infertility website and community centered on the experiences of women of color. She’s writing about the intersection of infertility and mental health. Here’s a link to our infertility section for more on I.V.F., I.U.I. and other treatments and issues. —Jessica Grose ImageCreditAntoine Maillard I recently came across…

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Oct

23

2019
Teen Vapers Who Want To Quit Look For Help Via Text

Teen Vapers Who Want To Quit Look For Help Via Text

Enlarge this image Though there are websites, hotlines, therapists and coaches to help teens manage nicotine cravings, there’s been little research to show what works best. Recently, some programs have turned to texting to help kids find resources specific to vaping cessation. Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images It all started at the mall when a friend offered her a puff…

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Oct

23

2019
How to Break Out of the Children’s Menu Trap

How to Break Out of the Children’s Menu Trap

In most restaurants in America, the children’s menu is where you’ll find the least nutritious foods: Chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, pizza and French fries are the standard “kid friendly” offerings. But that wasn’t always the case. In the 1920s and ’30s, restaurants offered their youngest patrons their healthiest meals. Back then children’s menus were designed to promote healthy eating habits: They featured meals like poached…

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Oct

23

2019
As Vaping Devices Have Evolved, So Have Potential Hazards, Researchers Say

As Vaping Devices Have Evolved, So Have Potential Hazards, Researchers Say

Enlarge this image Vaping devices now come in many shapes and sizes; these were confiscated from students by a high school principal in Massachusetts in 2018. Steven Senne/AP hide caption toggle caption Steven Senne/AP Some consumers credit vaping and electronic cigarette products with helping them kick their cigarette habit. But the technology behind the devices, as well as the e-liquids they use, has changed over…

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Oct

22

2019
More LOLs, Fewer Zzzs: Teens May Be Losing Sleep Over Social Media

More LOLs, Fewer Zzzs: Teens May Be Losing Sleep Over Social Media

Enlarge this image Girl texting on smartphone at home martin-dm/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption martin-dm/Getty Images Today’s teens have a lot on their plate. They strive for perfect grades, college-essay worthy volunteer gigs, trophies in multiple sports — and many of them still find hours a day to spend on social media. “This is an incredibly stressful time to be a teenager,” says pediatrician…

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Oct

22

2019
After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’

After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’

In the early days of last fall, my daughter was projecting confidence about the college application process. She’d make a spreadsheet, things would be checked off, it’ll all come together, Mom. But right around this point, with classes and sports in full swing, college mutated from something exciting to that-which-shall-not-be-named. To inquire about, say, a 150-word supplemental essay was to provoke a fit of unholy…

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Oct

22

2019
What Do I Owe My Free-Spending, Hard-Luck Parents?

What Do I Owe My Free-Spending, Hard-Luck Parents?

My parents are a few years away from retirement. They are entirely ill prepared financially for this life change and frankly have made — and continue to make — countless poor economic decisions. I am married and the mother of two young children. While I am not wealthy, my husband and I earn more than my parents do now, and far more than they will…

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Oct

21

2019
Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

Enlarge this image Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption BSIP/Getty Images October marks the start of a new flu season, with a rise in likely cases already showing up in Louisiana…

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Oct

21

2019
When Teen Drinking Becomes a Disorder

When Teen Drinking Becomes a Disorder

It’s a pretty safe bet that most of our children, in high school and in college, will be in social situations in which people drink in unwise and sometimes downright dangerous ways. Even if they don’t drink, they will at least be exposed to friends and classmates and roommates who do. What makes alcohol more problematic for some kids — and some adults? There’s been…

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