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When Clocks Change, Body May Need Time to Adjust

October 31, 2009 --

HealthDay News — That extra hour of sleep you’ll get in most parts of the country over the weekend might be restful, but the beginning of Daylight Saving Time could spell trouble for your body clock, a sleep expert says. Dr. Atul Malhotra, medical director of the sleep disorders research program in the division of sleep medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, explained in a hospital news release that there are ways to prevent the time change from disrupting your sleep habits.

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A Bad Driver Gene?

October 30, 2009 --

HealthDay News — Are you a bad driver? Maybe you can blame it on your genes. In a small study, researchers found that people with a gene variation performed 20 percent worse on simulated driving tests and did as poorly a few days later. Almost one in three Americans have the variation, the team said. “These people make more errors from the get-go, and they forget more of what they learned after time away,” said Dr. Steven Cramer, neurology associate professor at the University of California at Irvine and senior author of a study published recently in the journal Cerebral Cortex, in a statement.

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The Secret of Dealing with Bullies

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Is there a bully hurting your child? Does he poke fun of your child in front of others? Does he hit? Look inside to find out how the family meeting can help. How do you know when to step in? What should you do first? Consider starting with the family meeting.  Of course if the bully is physically abusing your child, you must step in.

Imagine gathering the family together and discussing the bully. Go around the room asking for information. Let each child speak. Make sure no one interrupts or hogs the conversation. Discuss the following:

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Shriver and Swayze’s wife speak of year’s loss at conference

October 29, 2009 --

Maria Shriver, and Lisa Niemi (Patrick Swayze’s wife) shared their grief moments to a crowd of 25,000 women at the 2009 Women’s Conference in California.  Both women endured losses of loved ones in 2009.
By Evergreen,
Oregon writer

Lisa Swayze spoke on how she felt sad for not saying I Love You enough to her husband who died of cancer this year.  She said, “I’ve spent two thirds of my life with him … My regret is that I didn’t tell him that I loved him enough over that entire 34 years. I am so grateful for what I had and my connection to him, and part of me believes that I will see him again,and I’m just going to have to go on until then.”

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Why we fail to see domestic violence warning signs

October 27, 2009 --

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie writing mom,

The bruises, wounds and emotional scars of domestic violence are not always obvious.  Victims often suffer in silence, afraid to tell anyone for fear of retaliation from their abusers. When victims manage to break free from the cycle of domestic violence, often they have received emotional support and vital information—like where to go for help—from someone who knows them (a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to remember that we can all be part of the solution. We can start by knowing the warning signs of abuse:

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Women cling to coffee, movies in recession

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By Oregon Women’s Report viewer poll,

The latest Oregon Women’s Report poll shows that during an economic recession women are less likely to let go of their coffee and movies as compared to other attractions and expenses. The biggest sacrificed expense during this recession was eating out and new clothes. Both decisions have been reflected in the news of sales declines in retail and restaurants.

List each item you have spent less on this year due to the recession; (Choose any that apply)

Comments

– I dropped cable and saved $50 bucks month. Do you know how many lattes that is?

– “fewer donations to favorite causes”

– “Cut out major purchases and spending on improving our home.”

– Just take it out of the kids’ budget and you will not have to give up anything

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Could my Teenager be Depressed?

October 26, 2009 --

By Chantelle K. Dockter,
MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Associate of CCCOW,.

Question: My teenage daughter is moody, sullen, and has been hiding out in her room a lot. She doesn’t seem to want to even hang out with her friends much. Could she be depressed?

Answer: Depression is definitely a possibility. Anyone who has teenagers knows that teens can be unpredictable and moody in general, and this makes it difficult to accurately discern what expected teenage behavior is and what is cause for concern. However, it is important to differentiate due to the risks that teen depression brings.

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Swine Flu parties are a risky idea

October 24, 2009 --

Swine Flu Parties? Send Your Regrets, Experts Say

HealthDay News– While most people are doing all they can to avoid the swine flu, some groups of people are said to be actively seeking it out. These are parents who are reportedly arranging swine flu “parties” — similar to chicken pox or measles parties — so their healthy children can be exposed to the virus through kids who are already sick with the H1N1 flu. Health experts theorize that the rationale may be to give a child the swine flu while it’s still relatively mild, before it mutates into something more virulent. But, so far, all indications point to the H1N1 virus staying as mild to moderate as when it first appeared in the spring.

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Using Emotional Intelligence to Enhance Relationships

October 23, 2009 --

Written by Helpguide.org
A trusted online non-profit resource

The best things in life – success, happiness, love – depend on our ability to create and maintain great relationships. Most of us do a good job with relationships at the start, only to stumble down the road. Why do relationships develop such challenging problems? Oftentimes, relationship problems are due to a breakdown in the skills of emotional intelligence. Fortunately, it’s never too late to develop these skills and raise your emotional intelligence abilities. Once you’ve learned the five key emotional intelligence skills, you’ll be able to create and sustain secure, successful, long-lasting relationships.

How does emotional intelligence help our relationships?

Many people put their best foot forward in a new work setting or when looking to attract a mate, but stumble while trying to maintain their relationships over the long term. That’s because keeping a relationship healthy and fulfilling requires a unique skill set that many of us don’t have. This skill set is known as emotional intelligence. 

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