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Fatter folk are happier in themselves (so go on, have another mince pie)

Abstract
Obesity, as science constantly reminds us, is linked to a higher risk of stroke, cancer, hypertension, heart disease and type-2 diabetes.

When some of the UK’s top medical statisticians set to work on the country’s largest genetic database, though, they discovered an unexpected upside.

 

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Source: www.thetimes.co.uk (December 23 2017)


 

Parental restriction reduces the harmful effects of inbedroom electronic devices

Abstract
Objective To investigate whether school readiness could be affected by placing electronic devices (EDs) in children’s bedroom and whether the relationship was moderated by parental restriction and family socioeconomic status (SES).

 

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However you look at it, divorce is a disaster

Let’s not ignore the facts simply because they don’t give us the non-judgmental freedom we crave.

by Rod Liddle

 

Read more on www.spectator.co.uk


Source: www.spectator.co.uk (November 25 2017)


The secret of happiness lies in a good night’s sleep from The Times

Which would you rather: a 50 per cent pay rise or a good night’s sleep? Anyone who puts their happiness first should choose the latter, research suggests.

 

An analysis has revealed that quality of sleep has by far the strongest association with wellbeing among elements of our lifestyle that we can control.

 

by Greg Hurst, Social Affairs Editor

 

Read more on www.thetimes.co.uk/


Source: www.thetimes.co.uk (September 19 2017)


Women told hormone replacement therapy does not lead to early death | News | The Times & The Sunday Times

Women can take hormone replacement therapy for the menopause without fear that it will cause early death, the first long-term study has concluded.

 

The same research that originally raised fears of cancer and heart disease linked to HRT has now found that it led to no extra deaths over two decades as the health risks and benefits cancelled each other out. As a result, more women should be offered the treatment for hot flushes, night sweats and other problems, scientists said.

 

by Chris Smyth, Health Editor

 

Read more on https://www.thetimes.co.uk/


Source: www.thetimes.co.uk (September 13 2017)


Midwives to end campaign to promote ‘normal births’

Midwives are to end their campaign for “normal births” and change the way they talk about childbirth in a move intended to avoid making mothers who opt for medical interventions feel like failures.

 

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has run an initiative since 2005 encouraging expectant mothers to give birth without medical interventions including epidurals, inductions and caesareans.

 

by George Sandeman

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (August 12 2017)


What parenting has taught me: hell is other people’s children

One of the things no one tells you in advance – probably because you wouldn’t believe them – is that the worst thing about having children is other people and their children. Before, children were annoying but avoidable, and now they are not, and I can’t even be sour about it. My children can be pretty annoying, too.

 

It’s the pretending not to mind that’s the killer. Anyone who spends time in a children’s playground is aware of the charade that takes place between parents lavishly feigning tolerance of each others’ kids. At a play space near my apartment at the weekend, a boy several heads taller than my daughter shoved her roughly aside and she fell down. “Hudson, honey,” said his mother, looking up limply from her phone, “that wasn’t nice. Say sorry.”

 

by Emma Brockes

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (July 6 2017)


How it feels to ... ‘fail’ at breastfeeding

When she struggled to nurse her baby daughter, Lucy Jones felt ashamed, distraught and depressed. She recalls the overwhelming pressure to be a perfect mother in those first few weeks

 

Read more on www.thetimes.co.uk


Source: www.thetimes.co.uk (June 25 2017)


Motherhood on ice: has the egg-freezing generation of working women been misled?

Brigitte Adams was 38 and single when she froze her eggs, fearing her chances of motherhood were running out. It was not an easy option. Six years ago, the process was more unusual and – at a cost of around £11,000 – expensive.

 

The Los Angeles-based marketing director went through one cycle and harvested 11 eggs. She chose not to have them fertilised with donor sperm and frozen as embryos because she still hoped to find a potential partner. “I didn’t want to be a single mum,” she says.

 

But by June last year, Adams, now 44, who runs eggsurance.com, an online community offering information to women considering egg freezing, had come to accept it was time to act to use them alone.

 

by Victoria Lambert

 

Read more on www.telegraph.co.uk


Source: www.telegraph.co.uk (March 20 2017)


Don't worry if extra time at some schools seems extra generous- snowflakes still melt in the heat

Welcome, parents, to our annual Open Day. We are keenly aware that deciding where to educate your children, yes even the girls, is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make.

 

So let me assure you that here at St Scurrilous we take pride in abiding by our motto: System Ludere (or to all you non-U, non-Latin speakers Play up! Play Up! And Play the System!)

 

by Judith Woods

 

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Source: www.telegraph.co.uk (February 11 2017)


Births led by midwives rather than doctors linked to greater risks – NZ study

The health outcomes for babies born in New Zealand where primary care is led by midwives are significantly worse when compared with care led by doctors, a major new study has found.

 

New Zealand and the Netherlands are the only two western countries to operate under a midwife-led birthing system. Midwives are the dominant care-giver for four out of five births in New Zealand – from pregnancy through to delivery and post-natal care.

 

However a new study released today by The University of Otago has found health outcomes for babies cared for by a midwife rather than a GP or obstetrician are significantly worse. The ministry of health said in a statement the results of the study were “unexpected” and required further investigation.

 

The study examined 244,000 births in New Zealand between the years 2008 to 2012, and found an “unexplained excess of adverse events in midwife-led deliveries in New Zealand where midwives practice autonomously”.

 

by Eleanor Ainge Roy

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (September 28 2016)


 

 

 

I've had breast cancer, but it won't stop me taking HRT

Nothing much usually stirs me before 7.30​am, but when the report by the Institute of Cancer Research and Breast Cancer was announced on Radio 4 early last Tuesday morning, I sat bolt upright in bed.

 

Running roughshod over those wonderfully comforting guidelines issued by Nice last year, it suggested that the risk of breast cancer highlighted by previous worrying (if disputed) studies had actually been underestimated - and that HRT can in fact triple the risk.

 

In panic, I immediately left three different messages for my gynaecologist, Professor John Studd. What should I do?

 

I can understand how some people get inured to stories about HRT and breast cancer, when there’s so much flip-flopping around the subject.

 

But not me. As one who was diagnosed with oestrogen positive cancer ten years ago, almost to the day, I need to know everything that is out there, as soon as it comes out, however alarmist or contradictory.

 

by Christa D'Souza

 

Read more on www.telegraph.co.uk


Source: www.telegraph.co.uk (August 27 2016)


 

 

 

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?

‘We have fallen upon evil times, politics is corrupt and the social fabric is fraying.’ Who said that? Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders? Nigel Farage or Marine Le Pen? It’s difficult to keep track. They sound so alike, the populists of the left and the right. Everything is awful, so bring on the scapegoats and the knights on white horses.

 

Pessimism resonates. A YouGov poll found that just 5 per cent of Britons think that the world, all things considered, is getting better. You would think that the chronically cheerful Americans might be more optimistic — well, yes, 6 per cent of them think that the world is improving. More Americans believe in astrology and reincarnation than in progress.

 

If you think that there has never been a better time to be alive — that humanity has never been safer, healthier, more prosperous or less unequal — then you’re in the minority. But that is what the evidence incontrovertibly shows. Poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, child labour and infant mortality are falling faster than at any other time in human history. The risk of being caught up in a war, subjected to a dictatorship or of dying in a natural disaster is smaller than ever. The golden age is now.

 

by Johan Norberg

 

Read more on www.spectator.co.uk


Source: www.spectator.co.uk (August 20 2016)


 

 

 

Prenatal narcissism: The rise of look-at-me mums-to-be

hree months into my pregnancy, I received the first request. ‘Ooh, send me a bump selfie!’ an old school friend chirped, via WhatsApp, when she heard my news. By the fifth month they were coming thick and fast.

 

My mum wanted me to take a portrait in my bedroom mirror to show to her old church friend Anne – a woman I’d last crossed paths with in 1991 when I dropped an ice lolly over the side of her canal barge. Via Facebook, a friend now living in Dubai asked for an arty rendering of my silhouette in side-profile on the same day as an old university pal accused me of being a ‘tease’ for posting an Instagram shot of my partner Tim and me eating pints of whitebait (one of my more exacting pregnancy cravings), with my blossoming bump out of view.

 

Even when I’m not pregnant, I’m as averse to posting holiday snaps of my pasty self on Facebook as I am to casting off my faithful 15-denier tights come high summer. Now that I’m 35 weeks pregnant, complete with skin discolouration, weight gain and cellulite-dappled thighs, I can’t think of a fate worse than flaunting my body parts for crowd-sourced approval. As my husband put it, I’m not about to ‘do the full Demi Moore’ – a reference to her Vanity Fair cover, naked and pregnant, in 1991.

 

by Sally Howard

 

Read more on www.telegraph.co.uk


Source: www.telegraph.co.uk (August 13 2016)


 

 

 

Fertility treatment 'works for most'

Nearly three out of four couples that begin fertility treatment will eventually become parents, long-term studies suggest.

 

The analysis of nearly 20,000 Danish couples found 65% had children within three years and 71% within five years.

 

Doctors, presenting their data at a fertility conference, said the odds were heavily influenced by age.

 

But experts said the findings were very encouraging for couples struggling to have babies.

 

There is strong evidence that about one in three cycles of IVF is successful in women under the age of 35.

 

by James Gallagher

 

Read more on www.bbc.com


Source: www.bbc.com (July 5 2016)


 

 

 

How much sleep should a child get every night? US experts reveal answer

Parental warning: Don’t lose sleep over new guidelines on how much shut-eye your kids should be getting.

 

The recommendations range from up to 16 hours daily for babies to at least eight hours for teens. They come from a panel of experts and give parents fresh ammunition for when kids blame them for strict bedtimes.

 

The guidelines released Monday are the first-ever for children from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They encompass recommendations the American Academy of Pediatrics has made at different times for different ages.

 

Associated Press

 

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Source: www.theguardian.com (June 13 2016)


 

 

 

Marshmallow or marriage? The greatest test of a human being

It’s tempting to think of marriage as old-fashioned. Why not just live with someone and be done with it? What need for a public ceremony? Why the weird traditions that people normally keep away from: all those churches, temples, hymns, vows and prayers? Marriage must be a silly relic from the religious childhood of humankind, not designed for the more logical modern world.

 

Yet it survives. All kinds of practical benefits seem associated with being married...

 

by Alain de Botton

 

Read more on www.thetimes.co.uk


Source: www.thetimes.co.uk (June 12 2016)


 

 

 

Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies

Another week, another spate of barmy campus bans and ‘safe space’ shenanigans by a new breed of hyper–sensitive censorious youth. At Oxford University, law students are now officially notified when the content of a lecture might upset them. In Cambridge, there were calls for an Africa-themed end-of-term dinner to be cancelled just in case it caused offence to someone somewhere. It all seems beyond parody. ‘What is wrong with these thin-skinned little emperors?’ we cry. But while we can harrumph and sneer at Generation Snowflake’s antics, we miss a crucial point: we created them.

 

First, it is important to note that young people who cry offence are not feigning hurt — generational fragility is a real phenomenon. Speaking at numerous school and university events in recent years, I’ve noticed an increasingly aggrieved response from my young audience to any argument I put forward that they don’t like. They are genuinely distressed by ideas that run contrary to their worldview. Even making a general case for free speech can lead to gasps of disbelief. But why do they take everything so personally? The short answer is: because we socialised them that way.

 

by Claire Fox

 

Read more on www.spectator.co.uk


Source: www.spectator.co.uk (June 3 2016)


 

 

 

Eight weeks, 800 calories a day: the diet that could save your life

Most of us believe that if you lose weight fast you will put it back on even faster. It is part of dieting folklore. I recently heard a leading nutritionist claiming with complete confidence, “Low-calorie diets are really bad for you and they don’t work. There’s absolutely no benefit to doing them or fasting. It’s just wishful thinking.”

 

So was she right? According to a review article by some of America’s leading obesity experts published in the New England Journal of Medicine (“Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity”), almost certainly not.

 

by Michael Mosley

 

Read more on www.thetimes.co.uk


Source: www.thetimes.co.uk (June 2 2016)


 

 

 

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With over 1.75 million visitors per month, The Baby Sleep Site® is the web’s leading resource for exhausted parents who are looking to coach their children towards sleep-filled nights and rested naps. The Baby Sleep Site® offers a variety of sleep coaching resources designed to help families “find their sleep”, but their most popular resources by far are their personalized sleep consulting packages. Personalized sleep consulting provides tired families with a Personalized Sleep Plan™, created by an expert consultant, as well as follow-up help (via email and phone) designed to help families achieve maximum sleep coaching success. Click here to learn more about The Baby Sleep Site®’s personalized sleep consulting packages: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/

 

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Source: www.babysleepsite.com (May 31 2016)


Joy, fear and hating the word ‘bump’: nine things I learned about pregnancy

 

1. You will find out a lot about your body

 

When I was a few weeks pregnant, I had to go for an early scan, during which the sonographer mentioned that I had a tilted uterus. It proved to be a characteristic experience of pregnancy: discovering bewildering things about the body I thought I knew, divulged in such a mundane way that I never asked what any of it meant. I still don’t know what a tilted uterus is, and my son is now two years old.

 

I never knew that my hair would stop falling out due to increased oestrogen levels. That entire months would pass without a single strand from my head disappearing down the plughole. That two months before the baby was born my breasts would leak milk as I slept. That in each scan the foetus would become less easy to see in my womb, as though he was becoming more of a stranger the further I got in my pregnancy. That I would feel my organs rearranging themselves around my ballooning uterus. That I would be able to see as well as feel a contraction. (It looks like a slight pointing of the dome of your belly, from classical to gothic.) I never knew that a pregnancy is traditionally counted from the first day of your last period (ie before you were pregnant), meaning that the nine months of a human foetus’s gestation is a bit made up. The average pregnancy is closer to 10 months. Basically, it’s bloody confusing – especially when you’re pregnant, that everyone suddenly starts measuring time in weeks, and you have the concentration span of a gnat.

 

With each discovery, the earthquake came first and then the aftershock. Some were semantic more than seismic, such as discovering that for nine months your vagina turns into a “birth canal”. Which is a bit like calling your head a “mountain top” for a year. For me, the image (pregnancy and birth, like sex and death, are bodily states flooded with imagery) conjured up the little boy tunnelling through the big, juicy fruit in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. “The floor was soggy under his knees, the walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling.” See what I mean?

 

by Chitra Ramaswamy

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (March 28 2016)


 

 

 

 

Der postheroische Mann

Die Silvesterereignisse von Köln haben nicht nur die Verletzlichkeit der Frauen, sondern auch die Schwächen des westlichen metropolitanen Mannes offenbart. Wo war er, als es darauf ankam?

 

Die Masse macht's. Selten ist der Einzelne das Problem, ob er nun Kriegsflüchtling ist oder sich ein besseres Leben wünscht. In der Silvesternacht aber hat sich in Köln, Hamburg und anderswo das Mitleid mit dem Einzelnen in die Furcht vor der Überwältigung aufgelöst. Ob es nun tausend oder weniger junge Männer aus einem anderen Kulturkreis waren, die sich als frauenfeindlicher gewalttätiger Mob erwiesen – ihre zumeist einheimischen Opfer waren in der Minderzahl.

 

Besonders unsichtbar aber scheinen die Männer gewesen zu sein, die nicht zu den Belästigern gehörten. Wo waren sie in dieser Nacht? Bei den Facebook-Freunden erhielt ich verblüffende Antworten. Es seien in der Silvesternacht viele Frauen allein oder mit anderen Frauen unterwegs, ob ich etwas dagegen hätte? Ob ich verlangte, dass Frauen künftig nur noch in Begleitung von Männern ausgehen (dürften)?

 

Was war nochmals die Frage gewesen?

 

von Cora Stephan

 

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Quelle: www.nzz.ch (1. Februar 2016)


 

 

 

 

Rise in injuries to mothers as surgeons shun caesareans

PRESSURE to reduce caesarean sections as part of the push for natural birth has resulted in more than 100,000 injuries to mothers in England in the past decade, a leading obstetrician has claimed.

In comments to NHS England’s maternity review, published last week, Hans Peter Dietz, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sydney’s medical school, said women had suffered unnecessary damage to their internal organs because of the increased use of forceps as an attempt to avoid caesarean sections.

Dietz, an editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, applied modelling he developed at his university’s medical school to NHS figures to arrive at the 100,000 figure.

 

by Sarah-Kate Templeton

 

Read more on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk


Source: www.thesundaytimes.co.uk (February 28 2016)


 

 

 

A whiff of despair

Imagine a habitat that even Sir David Attenborough might hesitate to enter. You pick your way slowly and carefully through the gloom — for light rarely penetrates here — because you fear what you might find beneath your feet. As your eyes adjust to the darkness, you realise you have stumbled into that most hostile of environments: a teenager’s bedroom.

Parents must sometimes wonder where it all went wrong. To give their children the best possible education they have relocated at great expense into the catchment area of a good school. Their offspring had listened to Bach every day when they were in the womb; now they are taught by the best Mandarin tutor in the area. Yet still they are struggling. Why?

 

Read more on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk


Source: www.thesundaytimes.co.uk (January 24 2016)


 

 

 

Video Games Hurt Children's Brains

More hours of video gaming in children are linked to lower verbal IQ and changes in brain white-matter.

Internet addiction has been associated with disrupted white-matter integrity (J Biomed Biotechnol 2012; 2012:854524), but similar studies of video gaming have not previously been conducted. To fill this knowledge gap, investigators studied self-reported weekday video game use and brain microstructure in 240 children in Japan (126 girls; age range, 6–18 years; mean, 12 years).

 

by Barbara Geller, MD

 

Read more on www.jwatch.org


Source: www.jwatch.org (January 26 2016)


 

 

 

 

Is 'maternity wear' becoming a thing of the past in fashion?

Are you up the duff? Do you speak emoji? If so, good news: in June, the UK’s fastest growing language is to launch a pregnant woman icon, making it even easier to tell loved ones about life-changing news in a thoroughly impersonal manner. But while the view from our iPhones will be more pregnancy-inclusive than ever in 2016, the outlook in maternity fashion remains complicated.

 

As anyone pregnant will tell you, finding decent maternity wear is a challenge. Specialist brands are expensive and often veer towards the Kate Middleton engagement-shoot look, a wrap dress too far for many. High street ranges tend to be limited, hidden away or only available online (Topshop’s maternity selection in London’s Oxford Circus branch is a notable exception). Meanwhile, designer fashion rarely bothers with maternity dressing at all – viewing pregnancy with the same disdain it reserves for carbs, opaque black tights and fat ankles.

 

by Hannah Marriott

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (January 14 2016)


 

 

 

 

How ‘stress management’ can make your blood pressure soar

We seem to be in the grip of a terrible stress epidemic. According to a new study by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, a professional body for managers in human resources, two fifths of all organisations stated that stress-related absence has increased. It even causes terrorism, apparently: the mother of Paris suicide bomber Ibrahim Abdeslam said she believes her son might have blown himself up because of stress.

 

The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression and anxiety in the past year was 440,000, according to the Health and Safety Executive, up from 428,000 cases two years earlier. So extensive is this plague that, in the HSE’s view, stress accounts for no less than a third of all work-related ill-health cases. In practice, that translates into the loss of 10 million working days last year.

 

The problem seems particularly acute in the public sector. A Guardian survey of staff in the public and voluntary sectors, carried out this June by the Guardian, revealed that ‘93 per cent of respondents say they are stressed either all, some or a lot of the time’. And a study by the NASUWT union in March this year found 83 per cent of teachers had reported workplace stress. The Public and Commercial Services Union has claimed two-thirds of civil servants have ‘suffered from ill health as result of stress at work’.

 

by Leo McKinstry and Angela Patmore

 

Read more on www.spectator.co.uk


Source: www.spectator.co.uk (November 21 2015)


 

 

 

Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century

 

by Tim Harford

 

Read more on www.ft.com


Source: www.ft.com (September 03 2015)


 

 

 

What is healthy eating?

 

„It’s easy to develop a case of the latest psychiatrically acknowledged eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa – an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy. I got one for just £65. That’s the price of an introductory session at London’s Hale Clinic, an alternative therapy centre a couple of stuccoed blocks from Harley Street.

 

The Hale was opened by Prince Charles back in the 80s, and celebrities have been aromatherapied, ear-candled and detoxed there ever since. As you pass through its Grecian columns you cannot but ponder the fact that here Princess Diana’s colon was regularly irrigated. I arrive for something simpler: a consultation on my diet. I am a normal 50-something foodie whose diet philosophy has long been “Don’t eat crap” (with occasional cheesy Wotsits permitted). My complaints are pretty normal for my age cohort, too: a little joint pain, a desire to snooze after lunch, a failure to tolerate the quantities of alcohol I once enjoyed. Oh, and those close to me might mention a mild tendency towards flatulence. Like the bulk of the British public, I have a somewhat troubled relationship with my gut.

 

Today I have an appointment with the much-recommended Linda Crawford, a Hale Clinic veteran who is also principal of the College of BioEnergetic Medicine and director of the London Shyness Centre. She is cheerful and charming as well as multitalented: a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, neurofeedback practitioner, kinesiologist, treater of chronic fatigue syndrome, dietary problems and – according to a recent promotional email – able to treat the potentially fatal Lyme’s disease by homeopathy.“

 

by Alex Renton

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (November 22 2015)


 

 

 

 

Enough of modern health scares – we should be trusting our instincts

 

„On Thursday, a million women experiencing the toughest time in the menopause – hot flushes, insomnia, startling mood swings – could have read the news that GPs are once again being encouraged to prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

 

A study, published in 2003, had shown a significant increase in the risk of cancer. Last week, the health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, said GPs had wrongly “lost confidence” in the drug. Women had been left to “suffer in silence”. Now, according to Nice, the benefits of HRT far outweigh the risks.

 

Twenty-four hours later, a different story was reported. Nine experts on the 18-strong panel advising Nice were claimed to have financial links with drug companies behind HRT, companies that have seen their market shrink from 33% of menopausal women on HRT to only 10%. Moreover, two Oxford academics, Professor Klim McPherson and Professor Valerie Beral, who have spent 12 years studying the risks associated with HRT, were not consulted about the new guidance.

 

Prof McPherson says that if GPs follow Nice’s advice, there could be 7,000 extra cases of breast cancer within 10 years. That contradicts Nice’s view – or does it? – that out of 1,000 women taking HRT for five years, there could be just six extra cases of breast cancer and 1.5 additional cases of ovarian cancer.“

 

by Yvonne Roberts

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (November 15 2015)


 

 

 

For a bit of a laugh, look at the link below. ;-)

 

www.top13.net/funny-parenting-comics/


October 29 2015


 

 

 

 

The real risk to our kids? Mollycoddling

 

„Who fancies leaving their child on the side of a cliff? I am ready to do it for the sake of humanity and in the interests of research. But I would only do it as long as it meant a guaranteed end to the cult of overprotective parenting.

 

Cliff-edge-abandonment-as-childcare-option emerged last week thanks to a new, all-party parliamentary group report on what constitutes “a fit and healthy childhood”. The report concluded that “risky play” is occasionally to be recommended for children, especially “playing near potentially dangerous elements such as water, cliffs and exploring alone with the possibility of getting lost”. Hey, parents, leave those kids alone! Clifftop activities are good for your wellbeing, guys! And childcare is expensive.

 

Setting aside the fact that there is only one piece of health and safety advice we should all pass on to our children – steer clear of all-party parliamentary groups not only in childhood but throughout your life – this actually makes perverse sense. Somehow, in the course of a generation, we’ve lost all the normal rites of childhood. And in attempting to protect children (often because we fear things happening we can’t control), we expose them to very real and obvious dangers we could actually control.

 

The report cites endless research, a lot of it American in origin, depicting a society where children are increasingly less likely to walk or cycle to school or play outside. Childhood is instead dominated by “a toxic brew of adult fear (stranger danger, traffic density) and school restriction (shortened playtimes, ‘organised’ activity, poor use of space)”. This is a world where childhood has become “passive, sedentary and solitary”. [...]“

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (October 18 2015)


 

 

 

Give women regular fertility checks starting at age 25

 

„Young women should be given regular fertility MoTs on the NHS so that they do not leave it too late to start a family, an expert has said.

Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, said that ideally couples who wanted children should start trying to conceive by their late 20s.

He warned that many women were still unaware that fertility declined as they aged and called for a national system of fertility checks to act as a “wake-up call”.

The checks would begin at age 25, at the same time as cervical smear tests. [...]“

 

by Kat Lay, Health Correspondent

 

Read more on www.thetimes.co.uk


Source: www.thetimes.co.uk (October 10 2015)


 

 

 

 

Kranke Kinder nach Kaiserschnitt?

 

„...Eine diabeteskranke Mutter spritzt sich Insulin, hat aber auch häufiger einen Kaiserschnitt, weil die Kinder von Diabetikerinnen oft überdurchschnittlich groß sind und ihre Gebärmutter nicht so viel Kraft für die Wehen besitzt – beides sind erhebliche Hindernisse für eine natürliche Entbindung. So kommt zwar rein rechnerisch ein Zusammenhang zwischen Kaiserschnitt und Asthma zustande, aber der ist nicht „echt“, es besteht lediglich ein Zusammenhang zwischen der Insulintherapie der Mutter und dem Asthma des Kindes. Die Kinderärztin Catarina Almqvist von der Astrid Lindgren Kinderklinik in Stockholm konnte ähnlich wie ihre Kollegen in Cork nach der Auswertung der Daten von 87.000 Geschwisterpaaren zeigen, dass zwar ein Notkaiserschnitt nach einer ungünstig verlaufenden natürlichen Geburt das Asthmarisiko der so geborenen Kinder erhöht, nicht jedoch ein elektiver Kaiserschnitt, der bewusst und ohne Versuch einer natürlichen Geburt unternommen wurde. Das spreche eher dafür, dass zum Beispiel Vorerkrankungen, die eine natürliche Geburt erschweren, die Entwicklung von Asthma befördern, aber gegen den Kaiserschnitt als Verursacher, betonen die Forscher...“

 

Lesen Sie mehr auf www.faz.net


Quelle: www.faz.net (03. September 2015)


 

 

 

 

Yes, I froze my eggs, but am I a victim of a new fertility racket?

 

"Women, there’s a new perk in town. Last week, Apple joined ranks with Facebook in offering free egg-freezing to staff who want to delay having children. It will, the companies argue, help the women exert more control over both careers and ovaries while protecting their unalienable right to post baby photos on social media. Is this a step towards equality in the workplace or a machiavellian form of social engineering?

 

For me, it’s all part of the privatisation of reproduction – the final frontier of 21st-century capitalism. This year, I underwent egg-freezing myself. Three weeks of hormone injections, panic attacks and volcanic rows with my boyfriend, at a cost of £4,500. Given the statistics – only 21 babies born, it seems, from defrosted eggs in the same number of years in the UK – it is a high-risk venture. In fact, the private clinic I chose recommended I didn’t do it, as I’m over 40 with low egg reserve. They calculated a 5% chance of success.

 

But I insisted, using all the cliches that fell smugly out of the brochures. I wanted to “buy more time” and “create a window of opportunity” and “own my rights to reproduction”. My situation is complex. I want a child. My boyfriend – the only man whose genes I’ve ever coveted – already has one and doesn’t want any more for perfectly valid reasons. [...]"

 

by Jemma Kennedy

 

Read more on www.theguardian.com


Source: www.theguardian.com (October 19 2014)


 

 

 

Dr. Bielicki Gynaecologist in Frankfurt

The community of practice at the Salt House is a Gynaecologist in Frankfurt. The medical team currently consists of seven gynecologist