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Smartphone Apps Not So Smart at Helping Users Avoid or Achieve Pregnancy

You might not want to depend on your smartphone app alone to help you avoid or achieve pregnancy, say the authors of a new study. A review of nearly 100 fertility awareness apps finds that most don’t employ evidence-based methodology.

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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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Educating Parents on Healthy Infant Sleep Habits May Help Prevent Obesity

Teaching parents bedtime techniques to encourage healthy sleep habits in their infants may help prevent obesity, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Strong links exist between inadequate sleep and childhood obesity.

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Monkey Study Shows Zika Infection Prolonged in Pregnancy

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University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers studying monkeys have shown that one infection with Zika virus protects against future infection, though pregnancy may drastically prolong the time the virus stays in the body.

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Helicopter Parents: Hovering May Have Effect as Kids Transition to Adulthood

Parental involvement is crucial to a child’s development into an adult, but Florida State University researchers are finding that crossing the line between supportive and too involved could indirectly lead to issues such as depression and anxiety for young adults.

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Signs You’re a Helicopter or Pushy Parent and How to Find Balance

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Dr. Lori Warner, Parenting Expert at Beaumont Health, Discusses How Pushy Parents Can Harm Their Children

Beaumont Children's clinical psychologist, Lori Warner, ph.d., a board-certified behavior analyst, Dr. Warner is also the director of the Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center, and associate professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School, frequently speaks lectures on behavior management, toileting, feeding, autism diagnosis and treatment and parenting.

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Study Shows Women Lack Confidence in Maternity Care Providers

A new University of Michigan study shows that women are even more afraid of childbirth than previously thought—and are as concerned about their health care providers and their place of birth as they are about pain or complications.

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Substance User’s Social Connections: Family, Friends, and the Foresaken

It’s no secret that social environments can play a role in the development as well as recovery from substance-abuse problems. A new study, designed to uncover how individual relationships respond to substance use and social influences, has found that the links between substance use and social connections are bidirectional and strong.

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Health Tips for Traveling Abroad with Kids

Before your family heads to Mexico, Asia or beyond, do a little planning ahead of time to keep everyone healthy during their journey. Dr. Nava Yeganeh, an assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases and director of the Pediatric International Travel and Adoption Clinic at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, explains three important strategies.

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Parents, Especially Fathers, Play Key Role in Young Adults’ Health: Study

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A new University of Guelph study has found that parents, and especially fathers, play a vital role in developing healthy behaviours in young adults and helping to prevent obesity in their children. When it came to predicting whether a young male will become overweight or obese, the mother-son relationship mattered far less than the relationship between father and son.

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Alexandra Solomon, PhD, Available to Discuss Work/Family/Love Balance

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Smartphone App Helps Parents Be Better Prepared When Bringing Preemies Home, Study Suggests

A smartphone app designed to support parents of premature infants as they transition from neonatal intensive care unit to home

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United States Parents Not as Happy as Those Without Children, Baylor University Researcher Says

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Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Not only that, the U.S. has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to non-parents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a new report.

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Finding New Clues to a Sugar Suspect in Birth Defects

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Most pregnant women with well-controlled diabetes give birth to healthy children. But their babies run much higher risks of birth defects than babies born to women without diabetes, because very early in embryonic development, the babies are exposed to higher levels of glucose in maternal blood.

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Soaring Temperatures Pose Threat to Children, Elderly

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The searing, record-setting temperatures in the West and Southwest U.S. warn that extreme heat could be commonplace this summer with the initial heat waves being particularly perilous to children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions, according to Dr. Jennifer Caudle, of Rowan University.

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Early Behavior Problems Impact Long-Term Educational Attainment More for Boys Than Girls

A new study finds that behavioral problems in early childhood have a larger negative effect on high school and college completion rates for boys than girls, which partially explains the substantial gender gap in educational attainment that currently exists in the United States.

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Kids Coping with Disaster Need Guidance. UCLA App Helps Parents Give It

A new UCLA app helps families cope with the trauma of natural disasters, including wildfires and extreme weather events like heat waves.

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Harsh Parenting, Food Insecurity Predicts Obesity for Young Women

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The adolescent years can be full of changes. A new study by Iowa State University researchers suggests that when these years include prolonged periods of food insecurity coupled with harsh parenting practices, females are prone to obesity in early adulthood.

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Intrusive Parents May Lead Children to Be Overly Self-Critical

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In a five-year study on primary school children in Singapore, researchers from the National University of Singapore found that children with intrusive parents had a higher tendency to be overly critical of themselves, and this tendency increased over the years.