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2012-04-10 05:05:09

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- With an alarming number of obese individuals today, a study was conducted that focuses especially on obese mothers and the risks their children could face. Researchers have developed a link between maternal diabetes and obesity and the chance of giving birth to a child with autism or another disability caused during the developmental process. Researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute found that mothers who were obese were 1-2/3 times more likely to...

2012-03-24 04:31:01

Fatigue and unrealistic expectations of parenthood may help contribute to post-adoption depression in women, according to a Purdue University study. "Feeling tired was by far the largest predictor of depression in mothers who adopted," said Karen J. Foli, an assistant professor of nursing who studied factors that could predict depression in adoptive mothers. "We didn't expect to see this, and we aren't sure if the fatigue is a symptom of the depression or if it is the parenting experience...

Working Moms Are Looking For More Than A Paycheck
2012-01-25 04:23:22

A recent study of employed moms finds that most would work even if they didn't have to Working mothers may be busy, but they like it that way. A recent study of employed moms finds that most would work even if they didn't have to, but they're also looking for new ways to negotiate the demands of mothering and the pressures to be an "ideal" employee. Unlike earlier research, the study — published Jan 23 in the February issue of Gender & Society — finds that many employed...

2012-01-05 14:48:03

Normal everyday life for parents requires organization. Parents of children who require ventilators, oxygen, IVs and other tools to live, those day-to-day tasks can be time-consuming, difficult and stressful on the family. But researchers from Case Western Reserve University found that mothers who successfully integrate the care of the technology-dependent child into family life have families that function better. “It´s about the perception of the child´s illness,”...

2012-01-04 06:23:05

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — The quality of the relationship between a mother and her toddler could affect the potential for that child to become obese during adolescence, according to this study. Researchers analyzed national data detailing relationship characteristics between mothers and their children during their toddler years. The lower the quality of the relationship in terms of the child's emotional security and the mother's sensitivity, the higher the risk that a child would be obese...

Moms Who Work Feel Better
2011-12-13 12:02:44

Mothers with jobs report fewer symptoms of depression, better overall health Mothers with jobs tend to be healthier and happier than moms who stay at home during their children's infancy and pre-school years, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers analyzed National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development data, beginning in 1991 with interviews of 1,364 mothers shortly after their...

2011-12-01 13:44:37

Not only are working mothers multitasking more frequently than working fathers, but their multitasking experience is more negative as well, according to a new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. "Gender differences in multitasking are not only a matter of quantity but, more importantly, quality," said Shira Offer, the lead author of the study and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. "Our...

Mom's Mental Health Affects Fetus
2011-11-11 14:34:22

As a fetus grows, it´s constantly getting messages from its mother. It´s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother´s mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it´s born. In...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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