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A new trend is emerging in pediatric mental health research that takes the father as its point of departure. Studies about how mothers' health impacts their unborn children are everywhere, and have been for decades. But studies concerning how fathers’ wellbeing influences their children are still few and far between.  This recent study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study illustrates how depression in fathers can cause behavioral ... Read More
The top 100 names that were all the rage in 1940 have dropped almost 700 spots, Find My Past reported recently. This is a harsh contrast to how far the most popular boys names dropped- hardly at all- by only 100 spots. This may point to the way in which we view ourselves and our daughters. As Gloria Steinem said, "We are becoming more like the men we wanted to marry. Taking their jobs, and in some cases, their first names."  An apt observation from the ... Read More
 You’ve undoubtedly heard that women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever produce—once they’re gone, you’re SOL if you want to have kids. (Unlike men, who can theoretically reproduce until, and possibly after, their last breath.) Well, you and I were misinformed. Back in 2004, scientists found egg-producing stem cells in the ovaries of adult mice. But new research from Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital has shown ... Read More
What do Jay Z and I have in common? We're both making a public vow to stop using the b-word.  In light of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter's birth, Shawn Carter (better known as Jay Z) announced in an open letter that he was going to stop using the word in his songs and life.  Fatherhood has made him realize the hateful implications of this particular word--one he has capitalized on throughout his career with hit songs such as "99 Problems" and "B----- and ... Read More
Have you seen Bristol Palin's new pro-abstinence-only commercial? Now, there's nothing wrong with encouraging kids to hold off on sex until they're ready to take all necessary precautions against pregnancy and disease, but there's something a little off about this ad. She could be making a valid point (that the resources she has available to her make her life as a teen mom easier than it is for most other teen moms), but something about it just smacks of elitism. ... Read More
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