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2009-08-26 09:09:07

The sight of their infants' smiles and tears lights up the brain reward centers of mothers who have a secure attachment to their own parent(s), said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Attachment is based on the mother's perception of her own childhood experience, said Dr. Lane Strathearn, lead author of the paper and an assistant professor of pediatrics "“ developmental at BCM...

2009-08-24 00:48:24

Australian researchers have linked motherhood, widowhood and other life events to exercise. The study, part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health involving more than 40,000 participants, surveyed women at three life phases -- young womanhood, middle age and older age. The younger women were ages 18-23; middle-aged women ages 45-50 and older women ages 70-75. Decreases in physical activity were associated with marriage and childbirth in young women and declining health in...

2009-08-12 19:36:59

U.S. women are delaying motherhood -- from 1970-2006 first births to women age 35 years and older increased nearly eight times, U.S. health officials said. A study by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said from 1970-2006, the age of U.S. first-time births rose from age 21.4 to age 25. The report said that in 2006, about 1 out of 12 first births were to women age 35 and older compared with 1 out of 100 in 1970. Since 1970, the...

2009-08-11 07:40:43

When it comes to raising their children, today's parents are much more likely to show affection and to read to their children than their own parents were, according to researchers at Ohio State University who conducted a study of parenting practices across two generations. The study found that mothers tend to follow the same practices their own mothers did, while fathers were less likely to use their own mothers as parenting role models. The researchers looked at how often parents in the...

2009-08-10 17:04:31

Mothers tend to parent as their mothers did but fathers don't seem to use their moms as parental role models, U.S. researchers said. Ohio State University researchers tracked parents in the 1990s on how often parents spanked, read to and showed affection to their children. They compared the results to how the parents were treated by their own mothers. Study co-author Jonathan Vespa, a doctoral student in sociology at Ohio State University, said the researchers used data from the National...

2009-07-30 09:27:32

A systematic literature review of mothers' experiences with bottle-feeding found that while mothers recognize the benefits of breastfeeding, those who bottle-feed with infant formula do not receive adequate information and support from their healthcare providers and thus, ultimately put their baby's health at risk. "While it is important to promote breastfeeding," the authors conclude, "it is also necessary to ensure that the needs of bottle-feeding mothers are not overlooked."To help meet...

2009-07-09 08:08:50

There is no evidence that children next-born after stillbirth are clinically at risk compared to children of non-bereaved mothers, according to a study published today in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. However, the study did find evidence of less optimal mother-child interaction.Stillbirth can be a major psychological trauma to parents. Anecdotal accounts have suggested that children born subsequent to stillbirth of a sibling may be psychologically vulnerable. This study is...

2009-07-08 23:06:21

In the wake of Michael Jackson's death, speculation is percolating again about his youngest son's birth, Inside Edition reported Wednesday. The birth certificate of Prince Michael Jackson II, called Blanket, lists Michael Joseph Jackson as the father, but does not list a mother. Jackson has been quoted as saying he had a relationship with Blanket's mother but also that he used a surrogate whom he didn't know. He said she was African-American, but other reports say she is German or biracial....

2009-07-04 12:34:33

Canadian actress Cobie Smulders, co-star of the U.S. TV series How I Met Your Mother, is a mother, People.com reports. People.com said Friday the 27-year-old actress, who plays Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS comedy, gave birth to daughter Shaelyn Cado Killam on May 16. Smulders and her fiance, actor Taran Killam, announced the actress was pregnant with the couple's first child in November. Smulders said during a January event the fact her Mother co-star Alyson Hannigan was also pregnant meant...

2009-06-22 14:35:25

When a dad changes diapers and makes pediatrician's appointments, he's more likely to stay interested and involved when his child makes the transition to school, said a new University of Illinois study that explores the role of parent involvement on student achievement."If we want fathers to be involved in school, we need to focus on men building close, loving relationships with their children in the preschool years. When fathers do this, they're writing a script that says they're involved in...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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