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Many parents dread the day their kids get their first phone. Yes, devices are a vital and necessary link for social groups and school. But smartphones also open new worlds for preteens and teens, exposing them to territory that may make parents uncomfortable. The technology can leave kids vulnerable to bullying, harassment and other dangerous situations they might not otherwise experience. That includes sexting.
One New York mother learned firsthand the potentially devastating ramifications o...
When you bring your baby home, you also bring home a bundle of new questions. Everyone has different opinions on the best way to do everything when it comes to raising babies; even a simple question like, “How often should I bathe this kid?” can turn into a heated debate. To help you navigate the minefield of parenting advice, I spoke to a few experts to get the dirt on keeping baby clean.
How do I keep my new baby clean?
It may be tempting to follow the lead of commercials, slathering ...
The old adage “thinking with your stomach” may have more truth behind it than you realize. With that comes one of the buzziest words in the wellness sphere: microbiome.
That’s a fancy term for the vast variety of bacteria that live within your gut and body. Your intestines host more bacterial cells than human cells — some of them are good, while others can be harmful. The healthy bacteria are known as probiotics, which have been tied to a slew of health benefits.
That’s because your gut is a ...
'My Wife's Legacy Gives a Voice to the Voiceless': Charles Johnson's Loss Launched a Maternal Health Revolution
When Charles Johnson IV accompanied his wife, Kira, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on April 12, 2016, for the birth of their second child, he never expected to leave there without her. The couple had one son already, Charles V, and Kira’s second pregnancy had been textbook normal. The 39-year-old was in perfect health.
Kira lived quite an amazing life—she was fluent in five languages, had her pilot’s license, raced cars, ran marathons—and was loved beyond measure by her husband. "We had a gra...
Mitt Romney wants to send parents monthly cash to get through inflation. It's a welcome proposal, but there are a number of drawbacks.
Discover the optimal dosage of this non-essential amino acid, along with its science-backed benefits.
In our health-conscious and supplement-laden world, it’s not uncommon for people to swallow a handful of different capsules with their breakfast. Some of the most commonly taken supplements have been shown to have some real health benefits.
But a new study has called one of the most popular dietary supplements, and one many folks have been taking for years to lower cholesterol and boost heart health, into question.
The Inflation Reduction Act will almost certainly become law. Here’s what it will do for you — and what it won’t.
A recent study may have brought us closer to understanding how psilocybin impacts the brain.
Much of the hype surrounding cannabis strains these days is about concentration. Many people go for the higher THC strains. But there’s a growing trend of taking super low doses of cannabis at a time.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most common health conditions faced by Americans. It affects more than 100 million Americans, and is usually associated with older people. But recent findings to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual conference, March 28–March 30, 2020, show that hypertension doesn’t discriminate by age.
Data collected from a group of female athletes at the University of Georgia and the University of Florida show that, despite being oth...
This article originally appeared on VICE US.
My first therapy appointment was almost ten years ago, when I was in a particularly bad cycle of my depression and trying to self-medicate with drinking. I was lower than I’d ever been, so I made an appointment with a licensed clinical social worker, ready to get started on the work I needed to do to get better.
Over the course of my hour with the social worker, I told her everything I could about what was going on with me. I felt unburdened and co...
In a precedent-setting decision, Cleveland County Oklahoma district court judge Thad Balkman ruled against the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, ordering the company to pay $572 million to the state in compensation for its role in the statewide opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 4,000 lives over the past 20 years.
The judgment, which came down earlier this week, contends that with an aggressive marketing campaign for its opioid painkillers and a lack of transparency regarding their addicti...
A new anxiety treatment plan focuses on the parent instead of the child to help relieve childhood anxiety.
A study currently underway at Yale hopes to develop new treatment options for children with anxiety that focus on the parents, not the child.
Over the past seven seasons of Game of Thrones, fans watched Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) transform from a bartering chip in male-dominated power games into the Queen of Motherf—ing Dragons.