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The Benefits Of Writing With Good Old Fashioned Pen And Paper

(10) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Do students learn better by typing on a keyboard or writing with pen and paper?

In 2013 Patricia Ann Wade, a learning specialist with Indiana University's School of Medicine, found herself investigating this question, one she had been asked by time-crunched medical students again and again. The answer, she found,...

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Pilot Intervention Eliminates Autism Symptoms In Babies

(21) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:01 AM

A small new pilot study has found that parents can help significantly reduce symptoms of autism in babies who haven't even reached their first birthdays simply by changing how they play and interact with them.

By age 3, nearly all of the infants who participated in a 12-week, parent-led treatment...

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5 Tips To Stay Curious From People Who Do It For A Living

(10) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 8:17 AM

Employers tend to emphasize a lot of the same traits when considering potential employees. Experience is a big one, as are honesty, persistence, creativity and intelligence. But another, sometimes overlooked quality is curiosity -- and research has shown it is absolutely critical to on-the-job success.

A person's so-called "curiosity quotient"...

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How Babies' Eating Patterns Affect Kids' Diets Later On

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:30 AM

What infants eat could have a lasting influence on their weight and food preferences throughout childhood, according to a new collection of studies that suggest babies' eating patterns in their first 12 months of life affect their diet for years to come.

In a supplement published in the journal Pediatrics...

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Behind One Family's Extraordinary Commitment To Keep Their Daughter's Dream Alive

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Alex started with a simple stand. Her family has continued to honor her vision.

While most kids her age were out playing or sitting in bustling pre-K classrooms, Alexandra "Alex" Scott waited, for days, in an isolated, lead-lined hospital room in...

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The Pressure To Have A 'Perfect' Birth

(5) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Maggie Diamond had high expectations for how she wanted her birth to unfold. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Peterson Photography)

In the run-up to the birth of her son, Max, a year ago, Maggie Diamond did everything she could to prepare herself...

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How Doulas Have A Huge, Positive Impact On C-Section Rates

(18) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:01 AM

Doulas -- nonmedical professionals who help women cope with childbirth and the postpartum period -- do many things. They soothe. They massage. They cheer.

And, according to new research, they may also substantially lower women's odds of having a cesarean section that isn't medically necessary.

"The idea with this...

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The Problem With What Doctors Call Preterm Labor

(49) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:20 AM

First-time mom Jill Teeters did everything she was supposed to in order to have a healthy pregnancy. She ate well, took her vitamins and regularly saw her doctor. The weeks ticked by, and everything seemed to progress normally.

Then one fall day, Teeters, who was 37 at the time, woke...

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'I Want Them To Know They Were There': Parents And Their Kids At The Ferguson Protests

(26) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Kendra Pierson, 36, and her sons, ages 6 and 2, joined a crowd of men, women and families in their hometown of Atlanta on Thursday for a moment of silence to honor Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. earlier this month.

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Universidade desenvolve 'absorventes internos' que pretende proteger as mulheres do HIV (PESQUISA)

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 10:36 AM

Tradicionalmente, as opções para reduzir o risco de contrair o HIV disponíveis às mulheres eram bastante limitadas: usar preservativo ou simplesmente não fazer sexo. Não usar drogas injetáveis e fazer exames regularmente.

Mas se uma equipe de bioengenharia da Universidade de Washington tiver sucesso no desenvolvimento da sua nova pesquisa,...

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When Anger Is Good For You

(13) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Anger. Sadness. Self-delusion. These are emotions and characteristics we generally regard as inherently negative, and with good reason: Too much anger can lead to rage. Too much ego can lead to blind self-absorption.

But "bad" emotions and characteristics have positive aspects to them, as well -- aspects that tend to...

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New 'Tampons' Could Protect Women Against HIV

(23) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Traditionally, women's options for lowering their risk of contracting HIV have been relatively limited: Use condoms or don't have sex. Don't inject drugs. And get tested.

But if a team of bioengineers with the University of Washington succeeds at ushering its new research through clinical trials, women may soon be...

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7 maneiras surpreendentes e simples de viver o presente

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Ser uma pessoa consciente é uma das poucas coisas que está na moda (nós declaramos 2014 como o "ano para viver com consciência"),ao mesmo tempo em que é também uma técnica milenar, que ajuda desde reduzir o estresse até melhorar o desempenho profissional.

A essência dessa...

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6 Things That Will Actually Help You Get A More Flexible Work Schedule

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Flexibility at work is important to many employees, but perhaps to no group more so than parents. An arrangement that lets a commuting mother work from home so she can actually see her kids at night, or flexible hours that let a father scale back to four days a week...

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7 façons étonnamment simples de vivre dans le moment présent

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 9:17 AM

La méditation de pleine conscience est l'une des rares pratiques à la fois à la mode et vieille de plus de cent ans: elle peut aider pour beaucoup d'aspects d'une vie, d'une réduction du stress à une amélioration des performances professionnelles.

La méditation de pleine conscience est une...

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Why We Need More Research On Antidepressants During Pregnancy And Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Between 14 and 23 percent of women are estimated to experience depressive symptoms during pregnancy, and 8 to 19 percent say they experience frequent depressive symptoms during the postpartum period. Many turn to medication for help.

But a new review has found that research into the...

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This Woman Completely Reinvented Herself, And She Has Her Dog To Thank

(47) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 3:42 PM

On a muggy August morning in 2010, Jean Ellen Whatley's dog Libby unwittingly set in motion a chain of events that would alter the course of Whatley's life.

Whatley, then 56, sat on her front porch in St. Louis and watched as Libby, who had spotted the neighbor's cat...

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10 Breastfeeding Myths That Won't Go Away

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 11:38 AM

There is a lot of really good, really helpful information about breastfeeding out there. But between the Internet and the abundance of insights from well-meaning (but often woefully misinformed) friends and family, there is also a lot of misinformation.

We asked a team of breastfeeding experts for some of...

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Here's Why Family Leave Is A Huge Deal For New Parents

(6) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:46 AM

The average age at which working Americans now expect to retire is 66. Assuming many of them start working in their late teens or early 20s, that means men and women in this country are spending upwards of 40 years in the workforce, putting in thousands of hours,...

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This Cocktail Waitress Traded In Her 'Golden Handcuffs' To Live The Life She Really Wanted

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:24 PM

During the years she worked as a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas, Melissa Ritz lived a lifestyle many would envy. She earned six figures. She bought herself a three-bedroom, three-bathroom house and filled it with nice things. She drove a yellow, gently-used VW Beetle. She shopped for clothes without worrying...

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