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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

Why are More Teens Abusing ADHD Drugs?

According to the New York Times, pressure over grades and college admission has escalated to the point that many students are using prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin to help them study.

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Sugary Drinks Linked to 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

Forget fries... would you like a side of death with that soda?

A new study suggests that the consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages may contribute to hundreds of thousands of obesity-related deaths around the world. more

97% of Kid's Meals Flunk Nutrition Test

Not many people expect chain restaurants to be super healthy - but would it surprise you to learn that a whopping 97% of meals on the kid menu fail to meet nutritional standards?

 

A new study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that the overwhelmingly majority of children's meal options at chain restaurants in the US do not meet the recommended standards for nutrition developed by health experts. 

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Would You Wear Breastmilk Jewelry?

We've heard of pregnant women making molds of their bellies or saving parts of their placentas... but would you ever wear jewelry made from breastmilk?

 

Apparently, this is a thing.

 

Basically, new moms can send away a sample of their breastmilk in order to have it turned into a priceless memento.

 

"This will be a keepsake to remind you of the breastfeeding bond between you and your child for a lifetime," writes Allicia Mogavero on her Mommy Milk Creations Etsy site. more

Dangerous Food Dyes in Mac and Cheese?

Could the artificial dyes in Kraft Mac and Cheese be bad for you?

 

Two moms from North Carolina are petitioning Kraft Foods to remove the artificial colors from the cheese mix in its popular macaroni and cheese product.

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The Post-Baby Bedroom Slump

Did you lose your mojo in a big way after becoming a new mom?

 

While doctors say it's okay to start having sex again around six weeks after having a child, many women report experiencing a decreased sex drive after pregnancy. In fact, some moms don't feel ready for up to a year.

 

Sound disconcerting? Relax. It's quite common, and there is a whole host of reasons why this happens. 

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Cancer Rates in Pregnant Women are Increasing

In the past few decades, the number of pregnant women diagnosed with cancer has increased.

Why? Researchers believe it could be partly due to the fact that women are waiting longer to have children. more

Yahoo Bans Working From Home

By now you've probably heard the latest news from the water cooler: Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer has announced that employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely. more

Fighting the Flu

This year's flu season is hardly something to sneeze at, as severe influenza outbreaks are being reported throughout the country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu season has  resulted in the deaths of 20 children to date. more

Worse Than a Whopper?

Patting yourself on the back because you've kept your family away from the drive-thru window? Not so fast!

TakePart.com put together a list of menu options for little ones from popular restaurants that are "worse than a Whopper."

Parents beware - it turns out the kid's menu isn't always kid-friendly.....

Check out a few surprisingly bad choices below:

1. Old Spaghetti Factory's Kids Fettucine Alfredo. more

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