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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

Parents Should Let Babies "Cry it Out"

Should you let your baby cry when he or she wakes up in the middle of the night, or should you go in and offer comfort?

According to a new study released in the journal Developmental Psychology, it's better to let little ones "cry it out" while trying to fall asleep.

The results may help settle a long-time debate between those who think it's better to let babies self-soothe and those who view it as a cruel method of parenting. more

Can Squeezing Breasts Help Fight Breast Cancer?

Men everywhere are going to love this one...

New research has found that applying physical pressure to a woman's breasts can prevent malignant cancer cells. To put it bluntly - squeezing your boobs may actually fight cancer. 

Experiments have shown that the pressure can help guide cells back into a normal growth pattern, stopping the “out-of-control” growth of malignant cancer cells. more

Does Facebook Wreck Marriages?

Does social media create serious relationship problems?

A new survey out of the U.K. found that more than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to Divorce Online, a  legal services firm. 

“Affairs happen with a lightning speed on Facebook,” K. Jason Krafsky, who co-authored Facebook and Your Marriage with wife Kelli, told SmartMoney. more

Pregnant Woman Fired for Too Many Bathroom Breaks

Can you imagine being fired for taking too many trips to the bathroom - when you were pregnant?

 

It sounds crazy but for one  woman in Kansas City, that scenario was a harsh reality.

 

Expectant mom April Roller was given the boot from her job at a call center for taking too many bathroom breaks. Now she's suing her former employer - National Processing of America - for unlawful termination.

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Most Popular Baby Names of 2012

For many parents, deciding on a baby name can be a difficult process. 

 

Whether you pick a traditional name, a modern moniker or a more "unique" option (like the couple that reportedly just named their baby Hashtag) - your little one is going to live with your choice for the rest of his or her life. 

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Bounce House Danger

Yikes! Is a classic bit of birthday fun ending in too many bumps, bruises and broken bones?

 

The number of kids hurt while using inflatable bounce houses and moonwalks has risen dramatically since 1995, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

 

Researchers found that the injury rate has risen a staggering 1,500% in the past 15 years.

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Children and Medical Marijuana

Is it ok to give a seven-year-old medical marijuana?

 

Mykayla Comstock is a little girl from Oregon who suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

 

She's also one of the youngest cancer patients authorized to use cannabis by the state.

 

Her mother, Erin Purchase, gives her a gram of cannabis oil daily in pill form (so it's not like she's lighting up a joint...) to help combat the side effects of the intense chemotherapy treatment she's been receiving.

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Will Your Coffee Make You Go Blind?

Just a few short months after "the egg panic" - in which we learned that our breakfast might be trying to kill us - there's more bad news about a beloved morning beverage.

 

A new study suggests that drinking enough coffee can cause vision loss or even blindness.

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Parenting Humor: What Kids Think About Love & Marriage

Kids say the darnedest things, and they love to explain how grown up things work... or rather how they think these things work.  

 

Probably one of the most confusing concept for children to grasp is love and marriage.  To the youngest children, their parents just ARE.  If you ask how their parents found each other or how they see their parents interacting, you’re sure to get the greatest explanation ever.

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"Super Fertile" Women and Miscarriages

Why are some women more prone to miscarriages than others? It's a question that has baffled doctors and medical experts for decades. 

 

But a new study may shed some light on the problem. Research suggests that "super-fertile" women may be more likely to have multiple miscarriages, possibly because their uteruses are more accepting of implantation, whether the embryo is healthy or not.

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