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Keep an eye on children's calories, researchers say
Most children overeat significantly when served large portions of calorie-dense popular foods, according to a Penn State study. The results suggest that manipulating calorie content and portion size can substantially reduce children's overall caloric consumption. (2016-03-17)

Blogging relieves stress on new mothers
New mothers who read and write blogs may feel less alone than mothers who do not participate in a blogging community, according to family studies researchers. (2012-06-19)

COVID-19 and labour constraints: Recalling former health care workers not enough
While the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in mass layoffs in several industries, other essential industries will instead face critical workforce shortages, according to a new report. (2020-04-02)

Parents' wartime deployment associated with children's behavior problems
Children ages 3 to 5 with a parent deployed to a war zone appear to exhibit more behavior problems than their peers whose parents are not deployed, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-11-03)

Women's burden increases in COVID-19 era
The triple burden endured by women -- in productive, reproductive and community roles -- has been exposed and intensified due to COVID-19-enforced lockdown and quarantine restrictions. (2020-07-21)

Study: Working moms multitask more and have worse time doing so than dads
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. (2011-12-01)

Social factors play a key role in missed well-child care visits
Despite the benefits of well-child care visits (WCV), up to half of WCVs are missed. A team of researchers and pediatricians at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Washington, and the University of Vermont sought to understand the challenges that prevent families from attending their child's scheduled appointment. (2020-02-18)

Mother nature and child development
A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children's play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children's physical, social and emotional development. (2020-02-14)

Preschoolers benefit from daycare program to prevent obesity
A preschool-based intervention program helped prevent early trends toward obesity and instilled healthy eating habits in multi-ethnic 2- to 5-year-olds, according to a report presented at the American Heart Association's Conference on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. (2008-03-12)

Being more like men does not help women in STEM careers
Even when women were more like men 20 to 40 years ago, it didn't help them get a job in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, says Sassler, professor of policy analysis and management. (2016-11-02)

To work or not to work: Moms' well being rests on what she wants
The center of a mother's life tends to be her children and her family, but if mom is unhappy about staying home with the kids or about working outside the home then she (and anyone close to her) may suffer, according to new research from Arizona State University. The research showed that the best adjusted mothers were the ones who pursued the lifestyle they wanted. (2017-06-20)

Family-friendly, flexible and far-reaching
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) today announced pioneering new eligibility criteria for its long-term and short-term fellowships. The new criteria cater for applicants with childcare commitments and scientists returning to work after a career break for childcare reasons. Further amendments aim to attract applicants from outside Europe and to encourage international mobility and collaboration. (2004-07-22)

Are parents doing enough to prepare 'substitute' babysitters over the holidays?
Parents may underestimate the importance of preparing new sitters for common scenarios like injuries or more serious emergencies. (2017-12-18)

Increase in head start funding 'a national priority'
Increased funding for Head Start -- the largest federally funded, early childhood development program in the United States -- is needed to support families during the COVID-19 recession and to ensure a more stable economic recovery. (2020-12-07)

Surrogate fathers act as paternal figures for many children in poor, urban settings
The image of the (2002-08-17)

Even with more free time, women feel no less rushed, study finds
While more free time sounds like a good thing for everyone, new research suggests it is a better deal for men than it is for women. A study found that men who have more free time feel less rushed than men with less leisure time. But even when women have more time free from paid work and household tasks, they don't feel less rushed. (2006-01-25)

Touch biographies reveal transgenerational nature of touch
The way we feel about being touched -- and the way we touch others -- are shaped by our personal and generational affective history. Touch inequalities, too, are often transmitted through generations, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Tampere shows. For the study, the researchers analysed a unique set of data, namely touch biographies. (2019-02-06)

Research: Many Latino kids struggle to reach a healthy weight by kindergarten
More Latino kids are obese by ages 2-5 than white kids, due to maternal obesity, less exclusive breastfeeding, and workplace and childcare issues that affect nutrition and physical activity levels, according to a new package of research from Salud America!, a national network for Latino childhood obesity prevention funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. (2016-01-26)

Parental leave policies best promote gender equity and well-being in women's health
Government policies that allow both parents to take time off after a child is born provide positive benefits for the physical and mental health of women, according to a literature review that looked at the influence of public policies on women's overall health. (2014-01-15)

Elsevier Foundation announces $500,000 in grants for nursing, libraries and diversity in academia
Elsevier Foundation has announced today that it has committed a total of $555,000 in grants to ten institutions from around the world in support of initiatives that promote the work of libraries and scholars in science, technology and medicine. (2009-01-26)

All dressed-up and nowhere to go
Parents who dress their children in inappropriate clothing could be inadvertently hampering their child's physical activity in childcare settings. The study, reported in BioMed Central's open access journal, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, suggests that inadequate or inappropriate clothing could restrict children's outdoor play. (2009-11-05)

Elsevier Foundation announces grants for innovative libraries and new scholars
The Elsevier Foundation has announced today that it has committed a total of $594,000 in grants to 13 institutions from around the world in support of initiatives that promote the work of libraries and scholars in science, technology and medicine. (2008-02-13)

Helping women progress in traditionally male dominated fields
Women are seriously under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions, which are currently and historically male dominated. Researchers have developed recommendations to improve female progression in STEM courses. (2017-03-06)

Farmers have less leisure time than hunter-gatherers, study suggests
Hunter-gatherers in the Philippines who adopt farming work around ten hours a week longer than their forager neighbours, a new study suggests, complicating the idea that agriculture represents progress. The research also shows that a shift to agriculture impacts most on the lives of women. (2019-05-20)

Brooding fishes take up nutrients from their own children
In the pipefish, the male cares for the offspring. Apart from the ones he sucks the life out of. The discovery of filial cannibalism in the pipefish is now creating a stir in the research world. (2009-12-08)

Current NHS appointment systems "are stale, at best"
More flexible appointment systems at NHS outpatient clinics and general practices are needed to reduce rates of non-attendance, particularly among deprived populations, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ. Non-attendance at outpatient clinics in the United Kingdom are thought to range from 5% to 34% and in general practices, figures of 3% and 6.5% have been reported. (2001-11-08)

Life challenges prevent those with lupus from keeping doctors' appointments
The first step towards successful medical care is to see a physician, but for some patients this isn't as simple or easy as it may sound. A study being presented by Hospital for Special Surgery rheumatologists at the 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology finds that many lupus patients with low socioeconomic status are unable to attend scheduled appointments with physicians due to daily obstacles. (2011-11-05)

Study: US takes 'low road' to growth with adverse impact on wellbeing, future prosperity
Some countries -- including the United States -- take the low road to economic growth, where growing numbers of women in the workforce may stimulate the economy, but inadequate child care overburdens them, compromises their economic contribution, and threatens the quality of the future labor force, once poorly socialized children reach adulthood. Gender egalitarian high road countries have higher welfare and better prospects for future growth. (2019-12-17)

Call for unis and others to consider women juggling research/childcare
Offering financial aid to cover childcare costs for female academics attending conferences is one of the suggestions offered by QUT researchers who surveyed Australian women on how caring for children has affected their careers. They also recommend institutions and funding bodies that use publication and citation benchmarks as a key criteria for appointment, promotion and the awarding of grants should adjust those to cater for women who have cared for children. (2019-03-29)

Government scheme to improve health and well-being of deprived families called into question
The Government's Sure Start program, set up in 1999 to improve the health and development of socially deprived families with young children, shows some benefit for most poor families but may also be adversely affecting the worst off to some extent, says a paper in this week's BMJ. (2006-06-15)

Family, research, funding
The compatibility of family and a career in science took center stage at the sixth annual meeting of young researchers who are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft as part of the Emmy Noether Program. (2007-07-27)

Dads are often having fun while moms work around the house
For the first time, researchers have evidence of exactly what dads are doing while moms are taking care of housework or tending to their child. The results will be disappointing for those who expected more gender equity in modern society. (2017-10-09)

Cost, fear, lack of information may limit CPR usage for urban minorities
Cost, fear and lack of information are barriers for minorities in urban communities to learn and perform CPR. Free CPR training or incentives such as transportation to courses could help. CPR courses need to be brought to the community and conducted in the neighborhoods. (2013-09-10)

Future of Welsh language depends on parents
As parents in Wales teach their children about the symbolism of daffodils and dragons on St. David's day, how many of them will do it speaking in Welsh? A recent study shows that the future of Welsh language is threatened by the fact that many parents are not speaking in their own language to their children. (2006-02-28)

Northwestern Memorial named one of '100 Best Places for Working Mothers'
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a premier academic medical center in Chicago, was named to Working Mother magazine's annual (2005-09-12)

The better educated a woman is, the better she sleeps at night
Women have higher rates of insomnia than men, but the better educated a woman is, the more likely she is to sleep through the night, finds a large study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2005-05-23)

Parent involvement continues to be important in elementary years
Research based on the Study of Early Childcare and Youth Development has found that children whose parents were more involved across elementary school had fewer problem behaviors and better social skills, but that children's academics weren't affected. The study followed 1,300 children from 10 US cities from birth to fifth grade. (2010-05-14)

Poor health of female flight attendants linked to sexual harassment
Female flight attendants who have been sexually harassed by passengers are almost three times as likely to rate their health as only fair or poor, reveals research in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2005-12-20)

Kids more active when playground has balls, jump ropes, UNC study shows
Children play harder and longer when their child care centers provide portable play equipment (like balls, hoola hoops, jump ropes and riding toys), more opportunities for active play and physical activity training and education for staff and students, according to a study published in the January 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health examined environmental factors that encourage children to be active with greater intensity and for longer periods of time. (2007-12-11)

Book argues for change in society's view of pregnancy
The public at large should take a greater interest in pregnancy and child care because society has a responsibility to ensure children begin their lives with as many advantages as possible, contends University of Toronto at Mississauga philosophy professor Amy Mullin. (2005-05-18)

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