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Why It’s So Important to Keep Moving

posted 2012 Mar by Martha New

 February 29, 2012, 12:01 amBy GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Hoping to learn more about how inactivity affects disease risk, researchers at the University of Missouri recently persuaded a group of healthy, active young adults to stop moving around so much. Scientists have known for some time that sedentary people are at increased risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. But they haven’t fully understood why, in part because studying the effects of sedentary behavior isn’t easy. People who are inactive may also be obese, eat poorly or face other lifestyle or metabolic issues that make it impossible to tease out the specific role that inactivity, on its own, plays in ill health. click HERE to read more from the New York Times.

If You Feel O.K., Maybe You Are O.K.

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New

By H. GILBERT WELCH Published: February 27, 2012  Hanover, N.H.

Joe Mortis

EARLY diagnosis has become one of the most fundamental precepts of modern medicine. It goes something like this: The best way to keep people healthy is to find out if they have (pick one) heart disease, autism, glaucoma, diabetes, vascular problems, osteoporosis or, of course, cancer — early. And the way to find these conditions early is through screening. if you'd like to read more click HERE for the New York Times.

Mothers Talk Less to Young Daughters About Math

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New


February 24, 2012, 1:16 pm DELL'ANTONIA

Every parent knows that talking to our children is crucial to how they learn. There’s even a special style of one-way conversation — “baby talk,” or “infant-directed speech” — that seems to come naturally to adults speaking to babies, and to help babies learn to speak more quickly. With toddlers, we do the same, holding up far more than our share of the conversational burden with a sort of narration designed, however unconsciously, to instruct, entertain and repeat key concepts. If you would like to read more please click HERE for the New York Times.

It’s Not Too Late to Become a Yoga Believer

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New

  February 20, 2012, 12:47 pm By JANE E. BRODY

Yvetta Fedorova

One morning, a well-meaning swimming buddy called out for all in the Y locker room to hear: “I can’t believe Jane Brody doesn’t do yoga!”Click HERE to read more from the New York Times.

Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New


Advertise on By Published: February 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults. But a body of recently published scholarship suggests that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening, a development that threatens to dilute education’s leveling effects. Click HERE if you would like to read more from the New York Times.

Who Says American Parents Are Inferior?

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New


February 6, 2012, 2:24 pm

Enough already.

A year ago, The Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from Amy Chua’s book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” under the provocative headline “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Now, in an article adapted from Pamela Druckerman’s soon-to-be-published “Bringing Up Bébé,” the Journal sets out to tell us “Why French Parents Are Superior.”

Click HERE to read more at the New York Times

How Doctors Could Improve Childhood Vaccination Rates

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New


February 10, 2012, 11:37 am
By KJ DELL'ANTONIA How should pediatricians handle a parent who wants to refuse or delay a child’s vaccinations?

In November, the question of whether that pediatrician could ethically refuse to treat the child was debated on the Armchair Ethicist, and here as well. Putting the ethical question aside, Dr. Douglas Diekema has a simple answer for pediatricians who might want to turn away those patients (and in his experience, many routinely do so, some by screening them before an appointment is even made): 

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C-Sections Pose Respiratory Risks for Some Small Preemies

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New


February 9, 2012, 3:22 pm
Kevin P. Casey for The New York TimesSmall premature babies born by Caesarean section are at increased risk of respiratory distress syndrome, a new study has found.

Very small babies delivered prematurely by Caesarean section because they were not growing properly in the womb developed more respiratory problems than those who had induced vaginal deliveries, a new study found. The study adds to growing concern over the high rate of Caesarean section deliveries in the United States, which reached 32 percent, or nearly one in three deliveries, in 2007. Click HERE to read more at the New York Times.

The Census Bureau Counts Fathers as ‘Child Care’

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New

 February 8, 2012, 12:36 pm By KJ DELL'ANTONIA “It’s not baby-sitting when Daddy does it.”

It’s been seven years, but I’ve never forgotten those words. My neighbor across the street was heading out for work, tall, well-dressed and ready. Her child, a few years older than mine, had just wailed, “But I don’t want Daddy to baby-sit!” She squashed that plaint like a bug, and five minutes later (I was pushing my son on the swing in their front yard) I saw her car head down the driveway.

It’s not baby-sitting when Daddy does it. Who wouldn’t agree with that? The U.S. Census Bureau, apparently. When both parents are present in the household, the Census Bureau assumes for the purposes of its “Who’s Minding the Kids?” report, that the mother is the “designated parent.” And when the designated parent is working or at school, the bureau would like to know who’s providing child care.


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The Claim: Exercise More During the Day, and You Will Sleep Better at Night

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New


Published: November 30, 2009 
The relationship between exercise and sleep is a confusing one. Does exercise rev you up and keep you awake? Or does it relax you and help your sleep? 

How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

posted 2012 Feb by Martha New

   February 6, 2012, 12:01 am By NICHOLAS BAKALAR A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect. If you 


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Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

posted 2012 Jan by natalie sampila

 By DINA BAKS Op-Ed Contributor Published: January 30, 2012

FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after giving her supervisors a doctor’s note requesting she be allowed to refrain from heavy lifting and climbing ladders during the month and a half before her maternity leave: that’s what happened to Patricia Leahy. In 2008 a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled that her firing was fair because her employers were not obligated to accommodate her needs.If you would like to read more please click  HERE to go to the New York Times.

If Ritalin Has ‘Gone Wrong,’ What’s the Right Way to Cope?

posted 2012 Jan by natalie sampila

January 30, 2012, 11:38 am By KJ DELL’ANTONIA

Perhaps the most easily drawn conclusion about L. Alan Sroufe, who wrote Ritalin Gone Wrong for the Jan. 29 Week in Review, is that he does not have a child who suffers from what he calls “problems in focusing” — or what most call attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.) — and who has benefited from Ritalin or one of the many other drug therapies available.

 Click HERE to read more at the New York Times.

Ritalin Gone Wrong

posted 2012 Jan by natalie sampila

 By L. ALAN SROUFE Published: January 28, 2012  THREE million children in this country take drugs for problems in focusing. Toward the end of last year, many of their parents were deeply alarmed because there was a shortage of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall that they considered absolutely essential to their children’s functioning.Read more by clicking HERE to go to the New York Times.

The Gingrich Question: Cheating vs. Open Marria

posted 2012 Jan by natalie sampila

Updated January 20, 2012 7:40 PM  The Gingrich Question: Cheating vs. Open Marriage


Voters Accept Adultery, but Not Honesty Dan Savage, author, "The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family" 
Vows to Live By Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, economists, Princeton 
The Perils and Promise of Openness Ralph Richard Banks, author, "Is Marriage for White People?" 
High Risk to Women and Children W. Bradford Wilcox, National Marriage Project 
Are the Norms of Marriage Worth Saving? John Culhane, director, Health Law Institute 
Multiple Partners, but One at a Time Andrew Cherlin, sociologist, Johns Hopkins 
No One Approach Is IdealChristopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá , authors, "Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality"
The Right Way to Try Openess Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy, authors, "The Ethical Slut" 

    According to one of his ex-wives, Newt Gingrich advocated open marriage as an alternative to monogamy or illicit sex. Of course, this was after he had strayed. Still, if her account is true, was he onto something? If more people considered such openness an option, would marriage become a stronger institution — less susceptible to cheating and divorce, and more attractive than unmarried cohabitation?

    If you would like to read more please click HERE for the New York Times.

    Are the Dangers of Epidurals Overstated?

    posted 2012 Jan by Martha New

    January 18, 2012, 12:17 pm By KJ DELL’ANTONIA

    Does the question of whether or not a woman should have an epidural during the birth of her child really need to be a polarizing one? On Slate, Melinda Wenner Moyer considers the claims of both sides of the issue — all of which were impressed upon her during her pregnancy last year.

    On the one side are the natural birth opponents, armed with research supporting the idea that epidurals lengthen labor, make pushing difficult, increase the risk of a Caesarean section, and leave the newborn unable to properly latch on to the breast after birth.

    On the other are physicians and anesthesiologists with reassuring, possibly self-interested words: epidurals, most say, are perfectly safe. Ms. Moyer dug into the research.

    What I discovered is that there aren’t many clear answers — epidural research has been fraught with methodological problems — but in sum, the concerns voiced by natural birthers are exaggerated.

     If you would like to read more click HERE for the New York Times.

    Antidepressant Use Linked to Increased Pulmonary Hypertension Risk in Infants

    posted 2012 Jan by Martha New

      January 13, 2012, 4:27 pm By KJ DELL’ANTONIA A study published in the British Medical Journal this week provides stronger evidence that taking some antidepressants during pregnancy doubles the risk of a baby developing pulmonary hypertension. Researchers have long suspected a link between the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, and the condition, but previous studies have been small and inconclusive (with results ranging from there being no link to a six times greater risk). If you'd like to read more please click here for the New York Times.

    New Clues Revealed in Studies of Stillbirth

    posted 2012 Jan by natalie sampila

     By NICHOLAS BAKALARPublished: January 9, 2012In two new studies, researchers have pinpointed the most common causes of stillbirths and have found that known risk factors explain just a small minority of cases. If you would like to read more please click HERE for the New York Times.

    How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

    posted 2012 Jan by Martha New

    This was the situation I found myself in. In my 30s, I had somehow managed to rupture a disk in my lower back and found I could prevent bouts of pain with a selection of yoga postures and abdominal exercises. Then, in 2007, while doing the extended-side-angle pose, a posture hailed as a cure for many diseases, my back gave way. With it went my belief, naïve in retrospect, that yoga was a source only of healing and never harm. If you would like to read more please click here for the New York Times.

    Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate

    posted 2011 Nov by Martha New

    By Published: November 6, 2011 The white-bearded preacher, Michael Pearl, who delivered his sermon in stained work pants, and his wife, Debi, mixed warmly with the families drawn to their evangelical ministry, including some of their own grandchildren.

    The pastoral mood in the hills of Tennessee offered a stark contrast to the storm raging around the country over the Pearls’ teachings on child discipline, which advocate systematic use of “the rod” to teach toddlers to submit to authority. The methods, seen as common sense by some grateful parents and as horrific by others, are modeled, Mr. Pearl is fond of saying, on “the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules.” If you would like to read more please click HERE to go to the New York Times.