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Cruising for a Bruising: Car Seat Recommendations Too Strict?

Watch a video on how to choose a car seat. Forget the first birthday car seat switcheroo. Infants and toddlers riding in forward-facing car seats are five times more likely to be injured in crashes than those in rear-facing ones. Those facing fr...The data on car seats tells a different story.

Put Down the Bluetooth: Patience and Focus Can Mean More Money, Better Health

Stop texting. Turn off the IM. Self-control offers a host of benefits, including better health, more money and less jail time, according to a new study out of New Zealand. Actually, the well-designed study spanning three decades is a real feat of ...A new study shows self-control can be more beneficial than a high IQ.

Peanut Allergies: Snacks With a Side of Drama

Young children shouldn't eat peanuts. Young children should eat peanuts. Maybe eat them, maybe not. Experts don't know how to prevent the dreaded peanut allergy. Even though rates of peanut allergies have risen steadily over the last decade, preventi...Even though rates of peanut allergies have risen steadily over the last decade, prevention is still a mystery.

Does This Formula Make Me Look Fat? Breast-Feeding and Childhood Obesity

Breast-feeding is Weight Watchers for the stroller set. That's if you swallow the hype that breast-feeding "protects" babies in the battle of the bulge. True, studies have found lower rates of obesity among children who were breast-fed. Surgeo...Breast-feeding is Weight Watchers for the stroller set. That's if you swallow the hype that breast-feeding "protects" babies in the battle of the bulge.

Divorce and Depression: Are Boys Really More Suicidal when Parents Split Up?

Divorce is no cake walk for anyone, adult or child. Even adult children-of-divorce suffer, that is, if you fall for the new study showing men who were kids when their parents divorced thought of suicide more than those whose parents were married. If ...If someone only read the headlines it would be easy to get the impression children never recover from their folks splitting up.

The Chinese Mom Gets Her Just Desserts: Does Strict Parenting Spell Success?

Amy Chua, aka The Chinese Mom, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom," is the woman who rejected her 4-year-old's homemade birthday card because it wasn't good enough. I could argue her no playdates, no second-place child-rearing regime is an a...It's time to treat the Tiger Mom to some of her own medicine. She wants results. I got them.

On Ramp to Autism: Do Freeways Trigger Autism?

Pregnant women living near freeways were almost twice as likely to have a child later diagnosed with autism, the neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication. The freeway hypothesis sounds reaso...Despite media attention, this study doesn't deliver much.

Not-So-Noble Awards Take Aim at Year's Most Flagrant Scientific Study Fouls

Welcome to the first Naked Data Not-So-Noble Awards, a nod to the year's most notably egregious scientific discoveries foisted upon parents. Over the past 12 months, I'm sorry to report many studies garnered media attention out of proportion to th...Studies on breast-feeding, puberty and autism vaccine deserve to be blasted this year.

A Good Night's Breast: Does Breast-Feeding Mean Less Sleep?

Don't stoop to infant formula because you think it might get you more sleep. That's what the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization and celebrity-lactivist Gisele Bundchen might like us to take away from a recent study showi...Don't stoop to infant formula because you think it might get you more sleep.

Children's Tylenol Gets a Time Out: The Perils Infecting Pediatric Medicines

An illness is lingering in the kiddie medicine aisle this flu season, but it's not feverish school kids. Blame it on Big Pharma. There isn't any Children's Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl or Zyrtec on the shelves and won't be until spring, according to ...No one might have been seriously sickened because of Children's Tylenol, but I'm sick of this mess.

Drinking While Pregnant? Mum's the Word!

A delicious recent study suggests that pregnant women can drink a glass of wine without dooming their kids to lousy report cards and after-school detentions. Leave it to the Brits to exonerate mums-to-be who like the occasional drink (1-2 glasses a...A delicious recent study suggests that pregnant women can drink a glass of wine without dooming their kids to lousy report cards. Leave it to the Brits to exonerate mums-to-be who like the occasional drink.

No Child Left Unbullied?

Bullying is everywhere right now. The playground. The locker room. The chat room. The national news. It's also on every parenting website, most state legislatures and even the calendar (October was National Bullying Prevention Month). Hurry, you m...Before you start homeschooling your kids, let's get a few things straight.

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