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At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than U.S.-born moms; more women unable to find work; and ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children. The share of mothers who do not … 0

Feeling sandwiched between kids, parents? What caregivers need to know

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AUSTIN — “Patience.” It’s a simple word, but a hard one to embrace when you’re stretched thin as a parent who is caring for both your children and your parents or in-laws. It’s a word that has been essential to Kimberly McKneely, who has an 81-year-old mother-in-law with some memory loss living with … 0

Family finds: Poetry, sustainability festival, woolcraft fair, foster care

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

POETRY JAM: Children’s poets and authors from the Pioneer Valley — Jane Yolen, Richard Michelson, Jeannine Atkins and Heidi Stemple — gather Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to read aloud their own poems as well as poems by their favorite writers. This all-ages event is … 0

How celebrations keep us together

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This marks one year for the Kinship column — a year of thinking, and talking to people, and writing about matters of the family. I’m celebrating this anniversary with you, feeling grateful for all that I’ve learned over the past year. The column has been an opportunity to … 0

Lohan admits on reality show that she once had miscarriage

Monday, April 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series. The 27-year-old actress made the disclosure during Sunday’s final episode of “Lindsay,” the OWN cable channel series. Lohan said … 0

Bid, Dick, bid: ‘Dick and Jane’ artworks for sale

Monday, April 21, 2014

BROOKLINE, N.H. (AP) — In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an … 0

Prostate cancer options: waiting, surgery and more

Monday, April 21, 2014

The detection and treatment of prostate cancer is getting high tech. New sophisticated screenings, better tests for evaluating biopsied tissue and use of MRI-ultrasound fusion to accurately map prostate cancer are the latest advancements in detecting and treating the disease. “These are the things that are new and … 0

Health note: Rice helps healthy diet

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rice helps healthy diet A new study confirmed what billions of people know: Rice goes a long way in a healthy diet. Americans who consumed rice regularly tended to have healthier diets overall, according to new research. In … 0

Check it out: Skin cancer, health fair, babysitting

Monday, April 21, 2014

SKIN CANCER CLINIC A skin cancer screening clinic will be held May 13, organized by Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The clinic runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Identifying skin cancer early is important for a full recovery, but finding it is not always easy, experts say. Register … 0

Revisiting a debate: Long-term use of medications

Monday, April 21, 2014

When Robert Whitaker’s book, which questioned the extensive and long-term use of medications in psychiatry, was published in 2010, doctors treated him like a “heretic,” he said. So it has been something of a vindication that people like … 0

Women and hereditary cancers: assessing risk

Monday, April 21, 2014

Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and with each person’s experience there is a story. As you read on you will learn Jenna’s story. Although she is a fictional person, the path that leads … 0

Colo. marks pot holiday with public smoke-out

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DENVER — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into … 0

A guessing situation

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guessing situations arise all the time, but the mark of a fine declarer is that he nearly always guesses correctly. For example, consider the spade combination here. South cannot lose a trick in the suit if the missing … 0