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Naps Helps Babies Remember New Things

February 27, 2010 --

HealthDay News — Naps play an important role in infant learning by helping children’s developing brains retain information, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Arizona in Tucson found that infants who have daytime naps are more likely to exhibit an advanced level of learning called abstraction — the ability to detect a general pattern contained in new information.

In this study of 48 infants, phrases from an artificial language were repeatedly played to the 15-month-olds until they became familiar with them. Follow-up tests showed that infants who slept within four to eight hours after hearing the phrases showed evidence of abstract learning. This wasn’t the case for infants who didn’t have a nap within that timeframe.

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Olympian skater gains 10 pounds and is thrilled

February 26, 2010 --

By Evergreen,
Portland writer

Canandian Olympic ice dancer Tanith Belbin purposely gained 10 pounds and is feeling great.  She didn’t win a medal, but she she feels like she is winning life.

Her coach suggested the weight change and iteh extra pounds had both physical and mential benefits.   Tanith said ““I thought I was out of control and that the weight gain must be my fault.  I was like, I’m eating nothing and I’m still not losing weight. I swear, I’m not eating anything and I’m exhausted and cranky and stressed and all of those things that make you gain weight even more.”

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How kids make us laugh

February 25, 2010 --

By Christina Rainey,
Oregon mom

It’s funny how when adults interact with babies, the first thing they want to do is to make them smile.  A laugh would be ideal!  Babies laughter is addictive, once they start giggling, we will do anything to re-create it.  It’s contagious too.  Often Lauren has started giggling and before I know it, mom, dad and baby are all in a giggling frenzy.  Sometimes when the three of us are playing, and my husband and I start to laugh the funniest thing happens, Lauren starts to giggle too. It’s as if she knows what we are laughing about!  Sometimes, she’ll throw in her two cents and contribute to the conversation adding, “ga-ga, ba-ba” and some other very important toddler things.  We respond with enthusiastic nods. 

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We needn’t feel helpless against domestic violence

February 24, 2010 --

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie writing mom,

Domestic violence deaths continue in Oregon at an alarming rate. In December, Chiquita Rollins, the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator, wrote a message on her office’s website (, reporting that within one month’s time Oregon had seventeen domestic violence related deaths.  The very latest domestic violence casualties happened in Gresham about a week ago. A sheriff’s sergeant shot and killed his estranged wife and her friend, and critically injured another woman, before turning the gun on himself. Tragedies like this cause many people to wonder, “What can I do about domestic violence?”

Here are some suggestions:

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Most Americans Think It’s Others Who Are Unhealthy

February 23, 2010 --

Most Americans Think It’s Others Who Are Unhealthy

HealthDay News — Despite rising rates of obesity and diabetes, a new survey has found that a majority of Americans believe their health is just fine – it’s everyone else who has the problem.  More than 50 percent of respondents said that other people’s health “was going in the wrong direction.” In contrast, only 17 percent said their own health was going in the wrong direction. Commissioned by GE Healthcare, The Cleveland Clinic and Ochsner Health System, the survey looked at how Americans and their health-care professionals rate the country’s health. The findings, which were released Tuesday, show a big disconnect between how Americans rate their own personal health and how they rate the health of their fellow Americans. Furthermore, Americans seem to think they are in much better shape than their doctors believe they are.

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Dips in Breast Cancer Rates Seen Most in Affluent Women

February 20, 2010 --

Dips in Breast Cancer Rates Seen Most in Affluent Women

HealthDay News — Breast cancer rates are declining, especially among women over 50 who have estrogen receptor-positive tumors, and now a new study narrows down the reason why. After analyzing data on more than 350,000 women with breast cancer, Harvard researchers concluded that the decline may be linked with decreasing use of hormone replacement therapy — and that association, in turn, may explain why the decline is especially evident among white, affluent women.

Those are the very women most likely to have used hormone replacement therapy, experts said, and to have stopped using it following the July 2002 release of the results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a large national study that discovered an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease with hormone replacement therapy.

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Strike back at rude cell-phone users

February 19, 2010 --

By Evergreen,
Portland writer

Recently, singer Adam Lambert was interrupted by a cell-phone call int he audience.  Teh video shows Adma mocking the woman kindly from the stage.  My response is bring it on!  Cell-phone calls interupt teh program for the whole audience.  People should be fined for causing problems for an event that others pay for.  Let us make it an even $100.00.

Another video, shown below, shows even the White House Press Conference being razzled by cell-phoen users.

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Brain Scan Shows What Beauty is Worth

February 18, 2010 --

HealthDay News — New brain-scan research is providing insight into how you decide what things are worth. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that specific areas of the brain were activated in male college students as they evaluated female faces. The findings, they report, suggest that the brains were doing two things: figuring out the quality of the experience of viewing the faces and determining what they would trade to see a particular face again.

In the experiment, researchers scanned the brains of the heterosexual male subjects using fMRI technology as they looked at female faces and images of money. Later, the participants were asked if they’d pay more or less money to look at faces that were more or less attractive.

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