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Attachment Theory: What It Is, Stages & the Different Attachment Styles

Attachment Theory: What It Is, Stages & the Different Attachment StylesTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Attachment theory sounds like a complicated concept, but when you're a parent it can sometimes boil down to a crying, clinging child who does not want to be separated from you.Put simply, attachment theory explores the lasting psychological and emotional bonds between individuals.Developed by British psychologist John Bowlby and then expanded by scientist Mary Ainsworth, think of attachment theory as a lasting feeling of connectedness between human beings.Here, experts offer insights into its core principles, stages and attachment styles. Bowlby emphasized the significance of secure infant-caregiver attachments, proposing distinct stages in attachment formation. Ainsworth's research introduced different attachment styles. Understanding...

Gentle Parenting: What It Is, Techniques & Discipline

25 May 2023
Gentle Parenting: What It Is, Techniques & DisciplineTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- There’s a lot of buzz about "gentle parenting" right now, but what exactly is this style of child-rearing?Here, the creator of the concept breaks down gentle parenting, including what it is, the mindset that underpins it, some gentle parenting examples and what gentle parenting discipline looks like.What is gentle parenting?Psychologist and parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith is credited with introducing the idea of gentle parenting to the world. “Gentle parenting is rooted in deep respect for children,” she told HealthDay. “It focuses on building connection, having empathy for what children are feeling and mindful discipline, with a focus on teaching and guiding, and setting up age-appropriate boundaries and limits. In short, I...

Got Smallpox Vaccine as a Child? You're Probably Immune...

25 May 2023
Got Smallpox Vaccine as a Child? You`re Probably Immune to MpoxTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Smallpox vaccines, which were routinely given into the 1970s, seem to provide protection from mpox, a new study says. The mpox virus, responsible for a worldwide outbreak last year, could surge again this summer, public health experts have warned. It was previously called monkeypox.Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden wondered whether the smallpox vaccine would offer some level of immunity against mpox due to a residual memory response. Mpox is among orthopoxviruses that have similarities to smallpox, which was eradicated in the mid-1970s."The findings from our study demonstrate that this holds true, indicating that the memory cells exhibit remarkable longevity and possess the ability to identify closely related viruses like the...

Research Helps Uncover Causes of SIDS

25 May 2023
Research Helps Uncover Causes of SIDSTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have found another clue as to why some infants die suddenly in their sleep, and it's related to a faulty chemical receptor in the brainstem. Experts said the findings provide another puzzle piece in understanding the root causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).By examining autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that a particular chemical receptor was altered in the brain stems of babies who'd died of SIDS, versus infants who'd died of other causes.The receptor, called serotonin 2A/C, is believed to play a key role in helping a sleeping infant wake up and gasp for air in response to oxygen deprivation."This 2A receptor is very important in arousing them as a defense mechanism," said Robin Haynes, a researcher at Boston...

Nowhere Safe to Play: 'Play Deserts' Keep Kids from Fun Physical Activity

24 May 2023
Nowhere Safe to Play: `Play Deserts` Keep Kids from Fun Physical ActivityWEDNESDAY, May 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The problem of "food deserts" in many parts of the United States has gained attention in recent years. Now, researchers are highlighting a similar issue: play deserts.In a recent study, investigators at the University of Georgia found that in many areas of the country -- particularly the South -- families have few safe, free parks and playgrounds for their kids to enjoy.That's a problem, experts said, because when kids lack those opportunities, they're more likely to stay inside and stare at screens.It's well known that there are communities nationwide where people have a hard time getting to a grocery store or any other source of fresh, nutritious food. Those places have been dubbed food deserts, and an estimated 10% of the United States...

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