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Antidepressants don’t increase pregnancy risks

Antidepressants don’t increase pregnancy risks

THE use of antidepressants during pregnancy is not linked to a higher overall risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, a study said Tuesday, confounding a long-held opposing view of such drugs.

The Swedish study of more than 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries included nearly 30,000 women who had filled in a prescription for an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) during pregnancy.

The researchers found that the 1.79 percent of mothers exposed to an SSRI had higher rates of stillbirth (4.62 versus 3.69 per 1,000) and postneonatal death (1.38 versus 0...

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The key to happier kids? Acts of kindness, study says

The key to happier kids? Acts of kindness, study says

Virtue may be its own reward, but it turns out it’s also got an added bonus for preadolescents. A new study of Canadian kids has found that performing acts of kindness not only boosts their happiness and well-being, it also makes them more popular.

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, a professor in the University of British Columbia’s faculty of education, and co-author Kristin Layous of the University of California, Riverside, examined whether or not committing kind acts would increase kids’ well-being...

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Ban on Adoptions of Russian Children by American Parents IS a ‘Tragedy’

Ban on Adoptions of Russian Children by American Parents IS a ‘Tragedy’

Russian president Vladimir V. Putin made headlines around the world today when he said he will sign a law banning the adoptions of Russian children by American citizens. He made headlines for a number of reasons, mostly political (the ban is said to be Putin’s retaliation against an American law punishing Russians accused of violating human rights). But as a mom, I find the personal implications of this ban to be the most devastating...

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Parents naming kids after Disney characters Tinkerbell and Nemo

Parents naming kids after Disney characters Tinkerbell and Nemo

Disney character names Tinkerbell, Nemo and Buzzbee are among the unusual names that parents have chosen for their newborns this year.

Sailor, Storm, River, Wade and Zed were the other unusual monikers given to babies.

Bounty.com compiled the list of names given to 430,000 of the 724,000 babies born this year.

Monikers associated with football, music and motoring also featured in the list of the most popular choices, with Hendrix, Keegan, Zico, Bentley and Diesel included, the Mirror reported.

The site’s spokesperson Lisa Penney said that nowadays more parents want their kids to stand out w...

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No Bullies: Kind Kids Are Most Popular

No Bullies: Kind Kids Are Most Popular

As the holidays call for good will toward men, new research indicates that kids who are kinder are also happier and more popular. This finding suggests that simple and brief acts of kindness might help reduce bullying, the researchers say.

At the top of parents’ wish lists is for their children to be happy, to be good and to be well-liked, and past research has suggested these goals may be not only compatible but complementary...

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Too much Internet use may leave kids ‘brain-dead’: Expert

Too much Internet use may leave kids ‘brain-dead’: Expert

A ‘Google generation’ which relies on the Internet for everything is in danger of becoming ‘brain-dead’, a leading UK inventor has warned.

Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens.

The 75-year-old from Twickenham, south-west London, said he fears that the next generation of inventors is being lost, with young people often unable to make anything with their hands, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

He said children could rediscover vital skills if schools used practical toys like Mecc...

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Twitter closes accounts after graphic child abuse images revealed

Twitter closes accounts after graphic child abuse images revealed

US to investigate after hackers expose indecent images after breaking into accounts, according to NSPCC reports

A string of Twitter accounts have been closed after they were revealed to contain disturbing images of child abuse.

The graphic pictures were apparently made public late last night after hacking groups claimed to have broken into private accounts to expose their indecent content, the NSPCC said.

The charity said it received a «flurry» of reports overnight relating to at least half a dozen Twitter accounts which were later disabled.

They will now be investigated in the US, where the m...

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iDevices Top Kids Wish List for Christmas

iDevices Top Kids Wish List for Christmas

Christmas day is almost here as the 2012 Holiday shopping season is already in full swing this weekend for both retailers and consumers alike.

Most people are having a difficult time deciding what gift to give to their family members for Christmas, especially for the kids in the family.

Well, in that case, a recent data might prove helpful to all the parents out there. According to a report, the top 5 gadgets included in the U.S. kids’ wishlist for Christmas are the following:

Kids aged 6-12

1. iPad — 48 percent
2. Nintendo Wii U — 39 percent
3. iPod Touch — 36 percent
4...

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Evict the kids from their beds for holiday guests? Parents debate

Evict the kids from their beds for holiday guests? Parents debate

If your last name’s Hilton or Marriott, you undoubtedly have enough spare rooms to accommodate all of your out-of-town holiday guests. But for the rest of us, figuring out where friends and family should crash can be more complicated. One dilemma many parents face is whether to displace kids from their rooms in order to make space for familial lodgers.

In National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation,” a young Juliette Lewis memorably whined to her mom about having to share a bed with her brother in order to make room for all of the grandparents, asking, “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparent...

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Should the Beckhams have let their 10-year-old son Romeo model for Burberry?

Should the Beckhams have let their 10-year-old son Romeo model for Burberry?

Jim Shelley is a journalist and a member of Grazia’s fashion jury

Personally, I’m amazed that 10-year-old Romeo Beckham’s appearance in the new Burberry ads has caused so much fuss. What did people think he was going to be? A plumber, perhaps? A dustman? Or, even worse (and even more unlikely, with his parentage), a journalist? No doubt a lot of readers, particularly parents, will criticise the Beckhams for allowing their son to feature in such a high-profile campaign at such a tender age...

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