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11:04am

Tue October 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:27 am

Did worries about financial stability get more men to say no to fatherhood?
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The number of men getting vasectomies spiked during the Great Recession, rising one-third from 2006 to 2010, a study finds.

In 2006, 3.9 percent of men said they had had a vasectomy; in 2010, 4.4 percent reported having the surgery. That means an additional 150,000 to 180,000 men per year had vasectomies in each year of the recession.

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3:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
New Boom

For More Millennials, It's Kids First, Marriage Maybe

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:09 am

Phillip Underwood and Michelle Sheridan and their children, Logan and Lilliana, gather in their living room in Frederick, Md., after a long day of work and school. The couple had delayed marriage, in part for financial reasons.
James Clark NPR

Decades ago, an "oops" pregnancy might have meant a rush to the altar. But when Michelle Sheridan got pregnant three years ago, the topic of marriage never came up with her boyfriend, Phillip Underwood, whom she lives with in Frederick, Md.

If anything, it was the opposite.

"It changes the dynamic of the household," she says. "I had a friend who put off her marriage. Got pregnant, and she's like, 'Let's just wait, 'cause we don't know if we're going to be able to make it through this.' "

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5:16am

Fri May 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:52 am

"People are grappling with identity when they become parents, and they're also grappling with identity in terms of who we are online," says psychologist Daphne de Marneffe (not pictured).
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You can't miss 'em. Baby pictures have flooded so many Instagram and Facebook feeds that an app is now available to block them, if you want. But as the newness of social media collides with an experience as old as time — motherhood — researchers are beginning to study its sociological and psychological impacts.

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4:21am

Tue March 11, 2014
Author Interviews

Not Enough Hours In The Day? We All Feel A Little 'Overwhelmed'

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 8:50 am

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Sometimes there just isn't enough time to get it all done. Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte has certainly felt that way. "I was working all the time and yet never very good at what I was doing," she tells NPR's David Greene. " ... I felt all this pressure that I was a working mom and so I was always so guilty, and I didn't want to ruin their childhood. So I was up at 2 in the morning to bake cupcakes for the Valentine's party."

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9:32am

Tue January 21, 2014
The Salt

Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth The Mess

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 4:58 pm

Adults tend to overestimate how much small children can eat, a child development researcher says.
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When it comes to feeding little kids, adults know best. But some nutritionists now argue that children could also benefit from a bit of autonomy at mealtimes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that parents let kids as young as 2 years old serve themselves at home. And in 2011, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advised that child care providers should serve meals "family-style" — present kids with a few different dishes and allow them to take what they want.

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