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Pregnancy & PTSD: Surprising Findings Could Help Moms-to-Be at Risk

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For most women, expecting a baby brings intense joy --and a fair amount of worry. But what about women with post-traumatic stress disorder? Contrary to what researchers expected, a new study shows that pregnancy may actually reduce their PTSD symptoms. Or at the least, it won’t cause a flare-up.

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Persistent ADHD Associated with Overly Critical Parents

For many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, symptoms appear to decrease as they age, but for some they do not and one reason may be persistent parental criticism, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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UT Study Measures Impact of Removing Planned Parenthood From Texas Women’s Health Program

The public defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas may have led to a decrease in highly effective forms of contraceptive services and an increase in Medicaid-paid childbirths among women who previously used injectable contraception, according to a peer-reviewed study by University of Texas at Austin researchers.

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Reinforcing Parenting Through Cooking

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Roasted vegetables, fruit salads and spinach smoothies can form the basis for a healthy meal and provide a chance to connect as a family. These are insights that 9- and 10-year-olds and their caregivers in South Dakota gained through iCook, a multi-state U.S. Department of Agricultural project to increase culinary skills, family mealtime and physical activity as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

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Research Links Prenatal Stress to Babies’ Health in War Zones

Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study.

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Put Your Game Face On

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The dark, cold days of winter offer a great time for family or friends to bond over board games, which provide surprising benefits beyond the activity itself, according to Kansas State University's Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena.

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Life Expectancy Three Years Longer for Children Born Into Smaller Families in Developing World

Children born into smaller families in the world’s poorest nations will live an expected three years longer than those born into larger families, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

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Better Access to Contraception Means More Sex for Married Couples

Married couples in low- and middle-income countries around the world that use contraception are having more frequent sexual intercourse than those that do not, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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Community-Level Violence Linked to Teens’ Risky Sexual Behavior

Teens’ experiences with violence — either through fear of violence, observing violent events, or being victims of violence themselves — are associated with how likely they are to have sex and use condoms, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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College Students’ Internet Overuse Leads Families to Connect and Conflict, New Study Finds

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College students who are addicted to the Internet report positive and negative effects on their family relationships, according to new research from Georgia State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Depression of Either Parent During Pregnancy Linked to Premature Birth

Depression in both expectant mothers and fathers increases the risk of premature birth, finds a study published in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

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Parents Positive About Classes

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Mums and dads are likely to sign up for parenting classes – but only if there is adequate funding, according to new research. Academics at the University of Warwick have conducted a three year trial to evaluate the success of the classes proposed by the Government.

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Study: Controlling Parents Create Mean College Kids

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College students whose parents lay on the guilt or try to manipulate them may translate feelings of stress into similar mean behavior with their own friends, a new study by a University of Vermont psychologist has found. The students’ physical response to stress, which the researchers measured in a laboratory test, influenced the way they carry out that hostility – either immediately and impulsively or in a cold, calculated way.

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It’s Mom Who Sees Troubles for Teens with Food Allergies

Mothers of teens with food allergies are more likely than the kids themselves to report that the youth have emotional and behavioural problems.

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Most Parents Say They Set Limits on Teen Drivers – but Teens Don’t Always Think So

Parents may intend to set strong limits on their teen drivers but their kids may not always be getting the message, a new nationally-representative poll suggests.

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Interaction During Reading Is Key to Language Development

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A new University of Iowa study finds babies make more speech-like sounds during reading than when playing with puppets or toys—and mothers are more responsive to these types of sounds while reading to their child than during the other activities.

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Postnatal Depression Linked to Challenges in Parenting—Could Oxytocin Be Helpful?

Caring for an infant is challenging for any mother—but especially so for women with postnatal depression, which may lead to adverse effects on child outcomes. Current evidence on postnatal depression and parenting—including preliminary data on the role of the hormone oxytocin—is reviewed in the January/February issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Teens with Autism and Caregivers Should Plan Early for Adulthood

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As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to rise, medical professionals have emphasized early diagnosis, intervention and treatment. However, less attention has been given to children with autism once they reach their teen years and adulthood. Now, one University of Missouri researcher is working to find ways to support teens with autism and their caregivers so the teens can transition into adulthood successfully and independently.

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Ben Taub Hospital Earns Coveted International Baby-Friendly Designation

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Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital has earned the coveted international recognition of Baby-Friendly Hospital, joining a select number of such facilities in Houston and Texas. The designation means the hospital meets or exceeds rigorous guidelines that promote high levels of newborn breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding.

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Put the Cellphone Away! Fragmented Baby Care Can Affect Brain Development

Mothers, put down your smartphones when caring for your babies! That’s the message from University of California, Irvine researchers, who have found that fragmented and chaotic maternal care can disrupt proper brain development, which can lead to emotional disorders later in life.