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If you don't have time to watch the news or read the paper every day, don't worry, we are keeping up with current events for you. Our Newsdesk editor, longtime journalist and mother of three, Meredith O'Brien, is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum, writes the parenting/lifestyle blog Picket Fence Post and pens our popular Moms in Pop Culture & Politics column. Follow Meredith on Twitter: @MeredithOBrien

Does Everyone Lie About Sex?

Have you ever stretched the truth about what goes on in your bedroom? If so, you're not alone. more

Are Older Children Smarter?

Last month, researchers at Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis released a study suggesting that oldest children are smarter than their younger siblings. more

New Cups That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs?

If you have a daughter in high school or college, you've almost certainly warned her a hundred or so times to NEVER put down her drink or leave it unattended.

That's because the problem with date rape drugs like GHB and ketamine is that they're odorless, colorless and tasteless. So if something gets slipped into a drink, the victim probably wouldn't realize until it's too late.

Enter DrinkSavvy - a new startup that hopes to fight sexual assault by alerting people to what might be in their cup. more

The Sneeze List

As Dorothy once said, "there's no place like home"... but if you suffer from seasonal allergies and you live in Wichita, Kansas, home might not be so wonderful for the next few months.

Wichita has been named the worst city in the United States for fall allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). more

Less Stressful Doctor Visits?

Any parent who has held their screaming child down to get a shot or during a check-up knows how nerve-wracking a visit to the doctor can be.

 

It's agonizing to watch your baby feel pain - even when it's for their own good.  But what if there was a simple way to ease that pain?

 

Medical researchers at the University of Alberta have found that listening to music effectively reduces the amount of pain children perceive when they're in the emergency room.

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Top 5 Food Choking Hazards for Kids

Has your little one ever choked on a piece of sandwich or a grape? A new study explored just how common food-related choking injuries are in children - and the results may surprise you.

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Are Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Is your little one getting enough shut-eye? According the sleep experts, the answer is probably no.

 

After reviewing 100+ years of studies about children and sleep -- more than 300 of them -- University of South Australian researchers determined that sleep experts have consistently found that children got less sleep than recommended, Time Magazine reported.

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Couples Who Run Have More Sex

Does working up a sweat with your partner make things hotter in the bedroom? A new study suggests that couples should strap on "his and her" sneakers!

 

Couples who run together apparently have more sex, at least according  to a Brooks Running survey of 1,000 adults ages 18 or older who run at least once a week.

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Breast Cancer Gene: Should You be Tested?

In the fight against breast cancer, there's a new tool that can help with early detection: genetic testing. 

 

Along with annual mammograms and monthly breast self-exams, women who are at high risk for breast cancer may be advised by their physician to consider genetic testing for the two breast cancer genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2. 

 

Here are some red flags that could indicate you should consider getting tested:

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