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Improving the mother-daughter relationship

For many, motherhood is one of life's greatest joys, but getting along with your children, particularly daughters, isn't always a piece of cake. In “Side by Side: The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication,” author Dr. Charles Sophy examines this family dynamic and how moms and daughters can have an open, loving relationship. Read more

Kids’ birthdays being scaled back

DAVIE, Fla. - Ooopsy the Clown threw in a bubble machine for the monkey-themed party marking Nicholas Castillo's first birthday. She usually charges extra, but what's a clown to do in a recession that has some parents throwing less extravagant celebrations for their kids?

Ooopsy, aka Amy Tinoco, estimates the entertainment company she co-owns took in about $80,000 before taxes and expenses last year. That's about $46,000 less than in 2008. She used to do an average of 12 parties a weekend. Now it's down to three.

"I didn't realize how good it was," said Tinoco, who wore a red wig, multicolored skirt and blue clown shoes for Nicholas' bash. "It's a huge difference. I have a lot of people telling me they are having a party, they are just not having entertainment and catering." Read more

Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks

TUESDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have migraines during pregnancy are 15 times more likely than other women to suffer a stroke, twice as likely to have heart disease and three times more likely to have blood clots and other vascular problems during pregnancy, says a U.S. study.

"Good prenatal care is essential. Women with persistent and severe migraine during pregnancy should be aware of their risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, history of blood clots, heart disease and prior stroke," the study's lead investigator, Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a Wake Forest news release. "There also seems to be a relationship between migraines and preeclampsia, one of the most common and dangerous complications of pregnancy."

The researchers also found that women 35 years and older were more likely to have migraines during pregnancy. Women age 40 and older were 2.4 times more likely to have migraines than women younger than 20, and white women were more likely to have them than women of any other race or ethnicity. Read more

The Coming Crash of the "Helicopter Parents"

Last November, an elderly couple in the small Nova Scotia town of Waterside engaged in a dangerous, potentially criminal behavior. Their “offense” was this: When they drove past a child who was riding a bicycle, they extended their hands and waved hello.

An over-zealous parent immediately reported them to the authorities, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested them on suspicion that they had tried to abduct the child. The couple, both in their 70s, were questioned for more than two hours before being released.

While this is an extreme case of overprotective parenting, it’s becoming increasingly common for parents to try to safeguard their children from every type of harm, both real and imagined. Time magazine, CBS News, Oprah, CNN, and numerous others have recently weighed in on the phenomenon that’s been dubbed “helicopter parenting” — meaning parents who hover over their children and live in fear of every step they take.

Chris Meno, a psychologist at Indiana University, has studied the problem and counsels students who have become anxious or depressed as a result of overprotective parents.1 She said that parents who protect their children too much create people who lack confidence and are unable to achieve things on their own. Children need to struggle in order to become confident in their own abilities. They need to make mistakes and occasionally fail in order to learn. Read more

Pregnant women focus for car-safety research

RICHMOND, Va. - Shifting the focus from infants and children in safety seats, researchers and car manufacturers are looking to prevent fetal deaths by making automobile travel safer for expectant mothers.

Biomedical researchers are working with automakers to develop a computer-aided model of pregnant drivers and passengers so they can develop better crash-protection features in future vehicle designs.

Stefan Duma, head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences in Blacksburg, Va., said the school recently completed a three-year research project, partly funded by Ford, to gather data about the tissue composition and dimensions of pregnant women and their fetuses. Read more

Obesity treatment for kids works, panel says

CHICAGO - An influential advisory panel says school-aged youngsters and teens should be screened for obesity and sent to intensive behavior treatment if they need to lose weight — a move that could transform how doctors deal with overweight children.

Treating obese kids can help them lose weight, the panel of doctors said in issuing new guidelines Monday. But that's only if it involves rigorous diet, activity and behavior counseling.

Just five years ago, the same panel — the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — found few benefits from pediatric obesity programs. Since then, the task force said, studies have shown success. But that has only come with treatment that is costly, hard to find and hard to follow. Read more

Tylenol expands recall due to moldy smell

NEW YORK - Johnson & Johnson expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications Friday, the second time it has done so in less than a month because of a moldy smell that has made users sick.

The broadening recall now includes some batches of Tylenol caplets, geltabs, arthritis treatments, rapid release, and extended relief Tylenol, as well as Motrin IB, regular and extra strength Rolaids antacids, Benadryl allergy tablets, St. Joseph aspirin, and Simply Sleep caplets.

Almost three weeks ago, the company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products expanded its recall to include Tylenol Arthritis Caplets. Read more

Exercise makes your brain brighter at any age

If you’re trying to motivate yourself to get moving in the new year, here’s some added inspiration: Mounting research shows that exercise isn’t just good for the body, it’s also good for the brain — and not just the brains of older folks.

While much of the research on the effects of exercise on the mind has focused on countering dementia in seniors, recent studies show that kids and young to middle-aged adults can get a brain boost as well. Read more

Staying power: Older moms aim to live longer

When Stacey Bartlett-Knettler decided to get pregnant at 38, she didn’t worry much about her age. She felt young and healthy, and ready to start a family. But by the time she was 42 and had given birth to her second baby, the Columbus, Ohio, executive was starting to worry about her own mortality.

She wondered if she and her husband would be there for the babies’ important milestones. “We would talk about where we would be when they were 20 or 30 or 40,” Bartlett-Knettler, now 45, says. “Will we see them get married? Will we see our grandbabies? Will we be there to see what kind of contribution they make in the world?”

Bartlett-Knettler figured the only way she could extend her life span and be there for her kids’ landmark moments was to focus on her health. She got more regular about her exercise program and soon was in the best shape she’d ever been in. She pestered her husband, Chris, to get yearly physicals and to take better care of himself, too. “We’ve got children now,” she told him. “Don’t leave me with the children to raise all by myself.” Read more

Half of depressed Americans get no treatment

About half of Americans with major depression do not receive treatment for the condition, and in many cases the therapies are not consistent with the standard of care, according to a new study.

The study also showed that ethnicity and race were important factors in determining who received treatment, with Mexican Americans and African Americans the least likely to have depression care.

While many people can feel sad from time to time, a depressive disorder occurs when these feelings start to interfere with everyday life, preventing someone from functioning normally, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The condition can be debilitating, hindering a person's ability to work, sleep and eat. A combination of factors likely contributes to the disorder, including imbalances in brain chemicals, genetics, and stressful situations, the NIH says. Read more

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