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Fewer Boys Born Following 9/11 Attacks

May 31, 2010 --

Fewer Boys Born Following 9/11 Attacks

HealthDay News — In the months that followed the 9/11 attacks on the Trade Towers in New York City, pregnant women across the United States lost far more male fetuses than usual and fewer boys were born, researchers report.  In fact, 14 percent more male fetuses were lost in September 2001 than in any other month in the entire six-year study period.

The authors of the new study, appearing online May 24 in the journal BMC Public Health, hypothesize that this may be due to the phenomenon of “communal bereavement,” in which many members of a society grieve together, even if they did not know the actual victims of a disaster.

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44% have gained weight at their job

May 30, 2010 --

Forty-Four Percent of Workers Have Gained Weight in Their Current Job,
By Career Builders Survey

The combination of work stress and economic pressures appears to be playing a role in the U.S. labor force’s weight gain. Overall, 44 percent of workers say they have gained weight in their current jobs, up slightly from 43 percent in 2009, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of workers say that stress contributed to their weight gain at work. The survey was conducted from February 10 through March 2, 2010 among more than 4,800 workers.

Other factors workers cite for contributing to weight gain in the office include:

* Sitting at a desk most of the day – 49 percent

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What to do when your kid lies

May 29, 2010 --

5 Easy Solutions When Your Kids Lie
By Jean Tracey,

Does your child tell fibs? Is he getting a reputation for lying? Find out why he lies and how to help him tell the truth.  Excerpt from Back Talk Street and Larry the Liar, page 75. One day Larry, the smallest boy on Back Talk Street, puffed out his chest and walked up to Bubba, Victor, and Peter. Sammy, Larry’s brother, ran down the hill to join them.

‘I wish Sammy would stay home,’ thought Larry.

“What do you two dumbbells want?” asked Victor.

“Sammy and I caught a thirty-pound salmon in Granny Jean’s pond yesterday,” lied Larry.

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Tips for saving water in the summer garden

May 28, 2010 --

Tips for saving water in the summer garden
By Oregon State University Extension Office

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Rain actually does “go away” on warm, summer days in the Pacific Northwest, and during this dry time, when vegetables and flowers bask in sunlight, water use and costs can increase substantially. Homeowners can learn to save water and money, however, with help from WaterWise Oregon Gardening, a statewide program of Oregon State University Extension. Online information on how to design and plant water-efficient gardens is available at:

The following tips, compiled by Linda McMahan, horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service, can help conserve water and save on summer water bills as well.

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The science of your music taste

May 27, 2010 --

From Evergreen, Portland writer

Out comes a study that I have never thought about, which is, where we get our musical tastes.  Turns out that North Americans like a certain harmony better than South Americans.

HealthDay News-
– Searching for some objective ways to understand musical taste, two new studies reveal that harmonic arrangements and rhythm patterns are two critical features that either draw listeners in or drive them away. The first study, from the University of Minnesota and reported in the May 20 issue of Current Biology, found that the musical chords that are the most appealing to American ears are ones where the sequence of notes played are harmonically related to one another.

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The horror of mom jeans

May 25, 2010 --

By Heidi von Tagen
Gorgeous Bits Blog

It’s casual Friday tomorrow. Jeans at the office. Nice jeans, dark blue, maybe skinny or flared, but definitely not Mom Jeans.  The name horrifies me.

It’s been tossed around these days on What Not to Wear and People Magazine. It’s used to describe that sheath of denim that covers about an inch above a woman’s belly button, the back pockets placed high on a woman’s hips making her ass look about 4 inches higher than it should, a snug but forgiving thigh, and usually pegged at the ankle… ala 80’s.

It’s horrifying because that “cut” of jeans is what I wore most of my life.

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Hope for the disorganized and depressed

May 24, 2010 --

Chantelle K. Dockter,
MA Licensed Professional Counselor

Question: I feel like I am drowning trying to keep all of the responsibilities in my life afloat. I am disorganized, and feel so overwhelmed that I tend to end up doing nothing. Help!

Answer: Okay, before you finish reading my answer, take a deep breath, make a cup of your favorite soothing tea, and sit down with a pen and notepad. I empathize with your plight, as I too often feel behind the ball. Once a person reaches a certain level of being overwhelmed, they tend to shut down and do the opposite of what they need to do: nothing. This leads to further discouragement (once the denial has worn off) which perpetuates the cycle.

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Mom’s Love Overcomes Poverty’s Effect on Health

May 23, 2010 --

Never underestimate the power of a mother’s love.  A new study shows just that.

HealthDay News— A mother’s love can make scrapes feel better and soothe hurt feelings. Now, new research shows that a warm, caring mother can also shield against the ill health effects of growing up poor — protection that can last well into adulthood.  Studies have shown that being poor is associated with a higher risk for heart disease and other mental and physical illnesses throughout the life span. It’s believed that the stress and deprivation of low socioeconomic status causes the immune system to go into overdrive, activating genes and releasing proteins that can cause inflammation throughout the body.

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Cool ideas for graduation photos

May 22, 2010 --

by Sandy, Southern Oregon
Reluctant Entertainer

Graduation. A time of reflection, excitement, sadness, and hope. Hope for the future that as a parent you’ve done the right thing and the best job, in raising your kid, and he will do fine.  It’s graduation time in our household as we get ready to graduate our oldest. Luckily I was on the ball and got my announcements ordered in a timely manner.

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Portland fashion makes cold sholder hot

May 21, 2010 --

By Erin Flesh and Karen Vitt,
Portland style, shopping, trends.

Giving someone the cold shoulder just got hot. Dresses, tops and even swimsuits are getting the asymmetrical treatment for Spring 2010 in Portland. More modern than strapless and sexier than a traditional neckline, the one-shoulder silhouette is having a serious fashion moment and local shops are taking notice.

“One-shoulder dresses are classic, but totally fresh and flattering,” said Sarah Bibb, owner of Folly boutique in Northwest Portland, who is a fan of the one-shoulder shape. “They’re like a strapless, but with more security.” 

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