Importance of Love and Connections

Canadian researchers studied 222 survivors of heart attacks. Six months after the heart attack those who were depressed were 4 times more likely to be dead than those who weren't depressed. These findings were independent of cholesterol levels, blood pressure, weight and even smoking.  PositiveTip: People who are lonely and depressed are much more likely to…

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Important Touchy-Feely Stuff

Rabbits were placed on a high-cholesterol diet thinking they would all get heart disease. They were stacked in cages to the ceiling. Those in the higher cages got significantly more heart disease compared to the lower ones. It was found the technician caring for them was short and only played with the lower ones. The study was repeated.…

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Parental Connectedness: High Risk Behavior

This is the second in a series of blogs about parent-child connectedness.Recent research from eight African countries surveyed adolescents to learn rates of different high-risk behaviors, including sex at an early age.Researchers discovered that 27.3% had experienced sexual debut before age 15. Boys and girls with sexual debut at younger than age 15 were more…

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Parental Connectedness: What is it?

This is the first in a series of blogs about parental connectedness. "Parental connectedness" is a term researchers often use when talking about kids and the risks that they face. So what does it mean to you and me?

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Can a Great Relationship with My Child Reduce Risky Behaviors?

Today's kids face a ton of risks. Their choices are tough, including issues like drugs and other substances, teenage pregnancy, and what to look at on the Internet. The temptations for kids can be overwhelming. So, parents keep asking themselves, "What can I do to help my child make smart choices?"The answer? You can do…

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