Sitting in front of the TV puts kids in the obesity hotseat

The simple act of switching on the TV for some downtime could be making a bigger contribution to childhood obesity than we realise, according to new research from the University of South Australia. The study investigated the impact of different sitting behaviours — watching television, playing video games, playing computer, sitting down to eat, or travelling in a car — […]

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How bad will my postpartum depression be in 12 months? ‘Game-changing’ study uses four factors to accurately predict severity, longevity of postpartum depression

A new Northwestern Medicine study was able to successfully predict if a new mother would experience worsening depressive symptoms over the first year after giving birth by identifying four maternal characteristics that put her at risk. Identifying these factors early in the postpartum period will allow mothers to seek treatment earlier and improve their chance of a full recovery, the […]

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Exhausting, frustrating and rarely fun: Duncan Jones gives a reality check on parenting

Not many parents acknowledge how raising a child is tough and exhausting. And when Duncan Jones, the late David Bowie's son, took to social media to talk about it, he was called out for not being a good father. As much as we love to glorify parenthood, the reality is a lot different. Effective parenting is an endless, exhausting task, […]

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Women in the U.S. Are Having Fewer Babies, Says CDC

U.S. fertility rates are relatively low from coast to coast, according to new data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The report looked at total fertility rates, or the number of children that a group of 1,000 women could be expected to have over their lifetimes given current age-specific birth rates. As […]

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Happy birthday, Farah Khan: How her journey through IVF was all about persistence

Happy birthday, Farah Khan: The Happy New Year director has never shied away from talking about her journey into parenthood and has openly encouraged people to undergo IVF. She had said in a statement to IANS, "IVF is a blessing…being persistent, positive and patient towards the procedure paid off. Director and choreographer Farah Khan became a mother at 43. Not […]

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To the Stranger Who Offered to Help Me on a Flight: You Don't Know How Much It Mattered

It was the first trip we’d taken after losing our pregnancy, and I couldn’t handle much. Deep breaths in and out. A smile at my kids. Getting to Disney World and attempting to take in the sights and smells was my only goal. Just get there, I’d repeat to myself. I’d wanted this time away with my family so we […]

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Babies kicking in the womb are creating a map of their bodies

The kicks a mother feels from her unborn child may allow the baby to ‘map’ their own body and enable them to eventually explore their surroundings, suggests new research led by UCL in collaboration with UCLH. For the study, published today in Scientific Reports, researchers measured brainwaves produced when newborn babies kick their limbs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, […]

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Amy Schumer Has Been Hospitalised With Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Amy Schumer announced that she’s pregnant with her first child with husband Chris Fischer back in October, which is obviously wonderful news. The only not-so-wonderful thing? She’s been super-sick throughout her pregnancy—and now, she’s been hospitalised because of it. The 37-year-old Oscar winner posted to Instagram on Thursday, sharing that she’s currently in the hospital (and will have to miss an […]

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Family, school support makes kids more likely to stand up to bullying

A recent study from North Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina finds that young people with good family relationships are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying or other aggressive behavior at school — and to step in if they see victims planning to retaliate. The study found that kids who were already excluded, or discriminated […]

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