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8 Mar

The Best Dog Breed for Every Zodiac Sign

Admit it: You’ve fantasized about your future Fido more than a couple times. You walk into the shelter, lock eyes with “the one” and the next thing you know, you’re frolicking through fields of freshly mowed grass and endless tennis balls with your true love. Except, how are you supposed to know which breed is going to be your best match (or if your current four-legged friend is your ultimate counterpart)? Turn to the stars, of course. Here, the best dog for every zodiac sign....
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19 Jun

10 Things You Need To Know About Maternity Leave In The US

The US is one of only three countries left in the world that do not guarantee paid maternity leave. The others are Papua New Guinea and Oman. The closest thing we have is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which became law in 1993 and allows qualified employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons. Having a baby, or caring for an adopted child, falls under this category. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12% of Americans have access to the paid parental leave, which is considered a benefit by employers. Only 5% of low-wage earners receive paid maternity leave. Paid parental leave policies remain up to individual employers. Let's take a look...
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18 Jun

Breastfeeding Might Reduce Leukemia Risk, But What Does That Really Mean?

I breastfed both my children. It would be wonderful if that meant I also decreased their risk of leukemia, which is precisely what a recent meta-analysis of 18 studies suggests. We will get to the science of what that study found in a minute, but first, I want to address a different question: even if breastfeeding does reduce a child’s risk of leukemia, what does that actually mean? What is the effect – in real life – of having a study that tells us a child is very slightly less likely (we’ll get to the numbers shortly) to develop leukemia if they were breastfed instead of formula fed? The study itself is just a study, published in JAMA Pediatrics today. It is...
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25 Apr

Lost And Found Uses Facial Recognition Technology To Find Missing Pets

The splattering of lost dog advertisements on telephone poles may soon be a thing of the past. A new app dubbed PiP, or Positive Identification of Pet, aims to bring the search for missing animals into the digital age and help owners find lost pets using facial recognition technology. “If we can do this for humans, certainly we can do it for pets,” Philip Rooyakkers, founder of the PiP app, told Pet owners can register their animals with the app, which stores a photo and basic information about your furry friend. If your pet then goes missing, you can activate an alert, which prompts PiP to contact you for more information about your situation, as well as broadcast the information to animal...
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17 Apr

New C-Sections Guidelines May Change Maternity Care

Women planning to deliver at some birth centers are being encouraged to stay at home when their labor begins. They are advised to rest, eat, walk around and not to time every contraction. "We tell the mom not to spend all her labor energy in early labor. We don't expect a lot of progress," said Jessica Henman, a certified nurse midwife who directs the Birth and Wellness Center in O'Fallon, Mo. "We remind her things are going to go slowly." Last month, national obstetrician organizations together released new guidelines aimed at reducing the spiraling cesarean rate in the U.S. A big change was allowing women much more time in labor, based on new research. Other changes include: providing continuous labor support, letting women...
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9 Apr

How CEO’s Can Actually Take Maternity Leave

With the number of female founders on the rise, it is no longer uncommon to publicly discuss the challenges of raising capital while visibly pregnant, how long one can put off starting a family, or what constitutes an appropriate maternity leave plan for businesses that are not large enough to require adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The underlying assumption, of course, is that the arrival of a baby directly translates into increased risk to your company. Risk can come in a variety of forms, including diverted attention away from the business, reduced speed to market, and the potential for health complications or even death. This perceived risk, let alone the demands of running a business, often lead...
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