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Friday, June 14th, 2013
“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage,” I used to sing gayly on the blacktop at recess as I jumped rope. It all sounds so nice and simple, like a present wrapped in a bow. But as we all know, life is not as easy as the jingle had us believe when we were young, particularly the part about having kids.
More women are beginning to discuss the struggles and more serious medical side-effects of giving birth— specifically postpartum depression—but the subject still feels taboo. Director/writer/producer Jon Avnet hopes that his new YouTube series Susanna on the WIGS channel will help eliminate the stigma associated with the condition. The drama tells the story of Katie (Anna Paquin), a new mom suffering from acute postpartum depression, and her younger sister Susanna (Maggie Grace), who must step in to care for her newborn niece when it is clear that Katie’s illness is dire.
According to Postpartum Support International, 15 percent of women experience major or minor depression after the birth of their child. Yet, so many of us are in the dark about the condition and its symptoms. Like Katie, women experiencing postpartum depression often feel a lack of connection to the baby they were so looking forward to meeting. As a new mom, Katie feels rejected, like her baby is a stranger to her. Avnet combines Katie’s feelings of insecurity with the sleep deprivation and uncertainty that every new mother experiences to create a relatable and powerful story.
Each episode is a quick but impactful 10-minute view into Katie’s world, showing suffering mothers that they are not alone, postpartum depression is more common than we think, and there is no shame in talking about it and seeking help.
Susanna starring Anna Paquin and Maggie Grace debuts with six episodes Friday, June 14 on WIGS.
Click here to watch a preview clip of the series.
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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Westwood High School Students In Arizona Forced To Hold Hands As Punishment For Fighting
When two Westwood High School students got in a fist fight during class this week, Principal Tim Richards gave the teens an choice: suspension or public humiliation — by sitting next to each other holding hands in the school courtyard. (via Huffington Post)
Emigration of Children to Urban Areas Can Protect Parents Against Depression
Parents whose children move far away from home are less likely to become depressed than parents with children living nearby, according to a new study. The study suggests that children who migrate to urban areas are more likely to financially support their parents, which may be a factor for lower levels of depression. (via ScienceDaily)
Google Gives $23 Million To Charities To Spur Innovation, Help Girls And Minority Students
Google is announcing $23 million in grants to spur innovation among charities and increase education for girls and minority students in science and technology. (via Huffington Post)
Scientists Find Gene Link to Teenage Binge Drinking
Scientists have unpicked the brain processes involved in teenage alcohol abuse and say their findings help explain why some young people have more of a tendency to binge drink (via Reuters)
Contact Sports Leave Pattern of Brain Injuries, Study Finds
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Years of hits to the head in football or other contact sports lead to a distinct pattern of brain damage that begins with an athlete having trouble focusing and can eventually progress to aggression and dementia, a study released on Monday says. (via NBC News)
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Key Breast Milk Ingredient Synthesized
Engineers have synthesized a sugar that is one of the key nutrients found in breast milk. (via Science Daily)
Some Children May Need Two Flu Shots
The American Academy of Pediatrics released its new guidelines for children’s influenza vaccines saying that this year some may need two shots depending on their age and when they last received a vaccination. (via CNN)
Mother’s Depression Linked to Children’s Height
According to researchers, children whose mothers were depressed during their first year of life experience stunted growth. (via ABC News)
Increase in Antipsychotic Drug Use in Children
Although the drugs are not approved by the FDA, antipsychotic drug use is being prescribed by more doctors, particularly for children with ADHD. (via Science Daily)
Number of Homeless Children in New York Nears Great Depression Highs
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Along with a rise in overall homelessness in New York City, 19,000 children are now living in the city’s homeless shelter system. (The Daily News)
Monday, September 10th, 2012
Private School Parents More Likely to Opt Out of Vaccines
A California school survey shows that parents who send their children to private schools opt out of immunizations more than their public school counterparts. (via AP)
Older Overweight Children Consume Less Calories than Healthy Weight Peers
A new study shows that children who become overweight in early childhood have difficulty losing weight even when they consume less calories than their healthy weight peers. (via Science Daily)
Infant Sleep Training Has No Long Term Effects
Using behavioral training to help babies fall asleep doesn’t seem to harm them emotionally or developmentally years later, but it doesn’t benefit them long-term either, according to a new study. (Reuters)
Breastfeeding in Infancy May Shield Adults from Depression
A German study suggests people who were breastfed as infants may have a lower risk of depression as adults. (via My Health News Daily)
‘Toys R Us’ Launches Children’s Tablet
Toys R Us Inc. is launching, ‘Tabeo,’ a new children’s tablet that will contain family friendly apps and parental controls for internet use. (via Wall Street Journal)
Toddler Death Prompts Window Blind Recall
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450,000 window blinds sold in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have been recalled after a Detroit toddler was strangled by the blind cords. The blinds did not have cord stop devices. (via CBS News)
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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Later Pregnancy, Lower Risk of a Cancer
The older a woman is when she gives birth, the lower her risk for endometrial cancer, a new study reports. The researchers found that women who had their last babies after age 40 had a 44 percent reduced risk of endometrial cancer, compared with women who had their babies before age 25. (via NY Times)
Devices Don’t Work to Save Kids in Hot Cars
Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe. Their review of 18 commercial devices, including systems integrated into a car, shows none works well enough to rely on. (via NBC News)
Blood Donations Lowest in 15 Years, Red Cross Says
A perfect storm of events has driven blood donations to the lowest in 15 years, a shortfall so extreme that some patients may have to cancel elective surgery, medical officials say. The American Red Cross fell 50,000 units short of its needs in June and will likely fall short again in July, it said. (via NBC News)
Parents Can Increase Children’s Activity by Increasing Their Own
Parents concerned about their children’s slothful ways can do something about it, according to research at National Jewish Health. They can increase their own activity. When parents increase their daily activity, as measured by a pedometer, their children increase theirs as well. (via Science Daily)
New Ways to Fight-Off Youth Anxiety and Depression
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Approximately 8 to 22 percent of children suffer from anxiety, often combined with other conditions such as depression. However, most existing therapies are not designed to treat coexisting psychological problems and are therefore not very successful in helping children with complex emotional issues. (via Science Daily)
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Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Why a Nightlight Could Cause Mild Depression
Constant exposure to light at night can cause depression, a new study on animals suggests. The findings suggest exposure to artificial light at night may have contributed to the rising rates of depression over the last 50 years. (via NBC News)
Parents, Docs May Clash on Quality of Kids’ Lives
About one in four parents of children with a serious and often fatal genetic condition say they feel judged by doctors when they want life-sustaining treatment for newborns, in a new study. (via Fox News)
Consumer Safety Panel Sues Magnetic Toy Maker
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is suing the maker of popular high-powered magnet “desk toys” to get them to stop selling their products. The magnets can pierce holes in the intestines, and some children have needed multiple surgeries and length hospitalizations. (via CNN)
To Boost Memory, Shut Your Eyes and Relax
New research suggests taking a brief break, relaxing, and closing your eyes for 10 minutes can help boost memory. The researchers ask participants to recall as many details as possible from two stories they were told. Those with some quick shuteye recalled more than those who were distracted with a new task. (via TIME)
Babies Born in Autumn May Live Longer
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In a recent study, researchers looked at data from more than 1,500 people who lived to be 100 or older. The majority of people who lived an extra-long life were born between September and November. (via Fox News)
Monday, May 21st, 2012
Cost of Children’s Health Care Hitting Families Harder
A child’s chronic illness can strain a family emotionally and financially — and children represent the fastest growing health care spending group in America, according to a new report.
Diabetes on the Rise Among Teenagers
A study found a sharp increase in the disease’s prevalence among teens, adding to worries that diabetes may progress more rapidly in children than in adults.
Fewer Girls Completing All Three HPV Shots: Study
Among girls and women who get their first human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine, the percent who complete all three doses is dropping, according to a new study.
Stay-at-Home Moms More Depressed than Working Moms, Study Finds
A Gallup survey of 60,000 women found that stay-at-home moms are more likely to have felt depression, sadness, anger and worry than working mothers.
Texas Sextuplets Improving, 3 Breathing on Own
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A hospital official says three of the premature sextuplets born last month in Houston are now breathing on their own.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
CDC: Kids’ Accidental Deaths Down 30 Percent
The number of children and teens who die from any kind of accidents has dropped nearly 30% from 2000 to 2009, mostly because of a decline in traffic deaths, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Born to American Mom, In-Vitro Twins Denied Citizenship
The twin babies of an American woman, born abroad through in-vitro fertilization, are being denied U.S. citizenship because there is no proof that either the egg donor or sperm donor is American.
A Blood Test for Depression? New Research Points the Way
A simple blood test may one day be all that’s needed to help parents figure out whether a child is suffering from clinical depression or normal teenage angst, a new study suggests.
Never Wake a Sleeping Baby? Why Depressed Moms Don’t Follow that Advice
Researchers at Penn State found that depressed and worried moms were far more likely than other moms to rouse their babies unnecessarily in the middle of the night. Are they seeking emotional comfort?
5-Year-Old Colorado Girl Dies of Cough Medicine Overdose
A Colorado girl is dead after taking a lethal combination of two common cold and allergy medicines, and Colorado authorities are investigating her grandmother, who was looking after the tiny 5-year-old.
Autistic Boy’s Older Brother Designs iPad App that Builds Language Skills
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An autistic boy’s older brother created a new app for the iPad that helps promote functional and social skills.