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News Flash: Women Are More Than Just Body Types and Sex Positions

After seven years of blogging about maternal mental health, I suppose it shouldn't surprise me that I ended up on a media list. Some public relations person somewhere decided I would be a great person to contact with all news releases related to heal...What are the top health concerns of women? Will waistline be in the top five? Bust size? Skin tone? Waxed upper lips? NO!

Spokescharacters Make Kids' Cereal Taste Better, Study Finds

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Characters don't seem to affect the taste of healthy-sounding cereal, but they make sugary cereal taste better. Credit: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Sure, you know companies us...
Add SpongeBob or Dora to a ceral box, and kids say it tastes better.

Coming Soon: The Ad-Sponsored Public School

A Coca-Cola logo adorns the Spaulding High School football scoreboard.Credit: EJ Hersom, Foster's Daily Democrat
Cash-starved school districts are turning to the corporate world to generate enough funds to stay afloat. Schools in North Ca...

One Parent's Busy Day: Undergo Brain Surgery, Coach Little League

Brain surgery and then ball playing? According to this billboard, you can do it all in a day. Credit: Mark Hyman. Some parents will do almost anything to get to a child's sports game. But coach a Little League game a few hours after a brain oper...

Wal-Mart thinks you have a momtourage

According to the retailing giant, Wal-Mart, moms have a dedicated following of helpers -- family members, teachers, neighbors and baby sitters -- to make sure that raising a family doesn't interfere too much with their ability to go shopping. This "m...

Sexy books where teenagers shop

Marci Milfs was shocked! Shocked, I tell you! She went into an Urban Outfitters clothing store in Northwestern Washington State to buy some hip, trendy clothing for her teenage son when she spotted some books on a table in the store. In addition to s...

Advertisers have their eye on the sky

Companies now have a way to make their logo soar above the competition literally. Two special effects inventors have created a material that can maintain its shape and float up to 20,000 feet in the air, making it now possible for company logos app...

Saturday morning sugar rush

In our house, we try not to label foods "bad" or "good," but instead try to categorize them as "all the time" foods and "sometimes" foods. Potato chips are ok, we just don't eat them every day (unless we're camping, then it's a requirement). Accor...

On the offensive against advertising

We've tried to limit the kids' exposure to television ads by only letting them watch commercial-free channels, but that seems nigh impossible these days. Even the venerable PBS has what seems like fifteen minutes of ads between shows. How persuasive ...

No Lolita in your bedroom

I'm not well read in the traditional classics -- my tastes run more to science fiction -- so I probably would have missed the allusion as well. You see, it seems someone or, actually, everyone over at Woolworths in the UK didn't get it either. One of...

The dangers of candid photos

So there you are, Aunt Reta's in from out of town, and you're trying to get a photo of the whole family. Snap! Everyone was looking at the camera, no one's eyes were closed, everyone smiled -- except for little Bobby. There he is, dead center in fron...

Sleeping pills for kids: World's worst product?

There's plenty of dumb stuff companies try and sell to kids (take the Bratz dolls, or the movie Daddy Day Camp, for instance) -- but one item was so bad, it was ranked by an international panel of consumer experts as the world's worst product. Ouch. ...

TV is good for kids!

I know, making fun of old advertisements is a little like shooting fish in a barrel. However, given all the recent studies about television's negative impact on the ability of children to learn and focus (nevermind that watching it makes them fat),...

Anti-Smoking ads not so anti-

If a new study from the Oregon State University is correct, all those anti-smoking ads put out by the tobacco industry don't work so good. In fact, they may very well encourage smoking among some teens. One hundred thousand high school students were ...

Ads cause anorexia, obesity, alcoholism and promiscuity in kids?

The American Academy of Pediatrics is blaming inappropriate advertising on a host of serious children's issues in North America - including obesity, anorexia, underage drinking and underage sex. In a statement that will appear in this month's editio...

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