Parents less likely to develop colds – benefit of parenthood

Parents less likely to develop colds, Carnegie Mellon research shows – There is no question that being a parent is, at times, challenging both physically and mentally. However knowledge of the actual affect parenthood has on health has been inconsistent at best, until now. New research led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Sheldon Cohen and Rodlescia S. Sneed shows that being a parent influences health in a positive way.

Photoshop reality check – reality in the eye of the beholder

Reality in the eye of the beholder — A Photoshop reality check – You know they couldn’t possibly look that good. But what did those models and celebrities look like before all the retouching? How different is the image we see from the original? Dartmouth Computer Science Professor Hany Farid and Eric Kee, a PhD student at Dartmouth College, are proposing a method to not only answer such questions but also to quantify the changes.

16 month olds infer causes of failed actions

Research Shows 16-month-olds Infer Causes of Failed Actions — Findings have implications for learning strategies – Using a very small amount of statistical information, 16-month-old infants can distinguish between the influence of their own actions and the impact of the outside world, new research concludes. The findings, published in this week’s journal Science, give researchers insight into how infants integrate prior knowledge with a handful of statistical data to make accurate inferences about the causes of a failed action.

Stress levels decrease for women when husbands help with housework

USC study found that it isn’t enough for couples to relax together for their stress levels to fall at the end of the day — Stress levels decrease for women when husbands help with housework – Men find it easier to chill if their wives are still busy and women prefer hands-on help: Their stress levels improve if their husbands chip in with housework, revealed by researchers.

Children placed with a relative have fewer behavioral and social problems

Kinship Caregivers Receive Fewer Support Services than Foster Parents Despite Lower Socioeconomic Status – Children placed with a relative after being removed from their home for maltreatment have fewer behavioral and social skills problems than children in foster care, but may have a higher risk for substance use and pregnancy as teenagers.

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