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Editors' Picks: Palliative Care News, Depression in Toddlers, and Great Mom Blogs

Posted Aug 30 2010 8:54am

From moms on a mission to depression in toddlers, here's the health news we're reading this week.

Is Palliative Care the Secret to Extending Life?
It may be hard not to think about "death panels" when someone brings up palliative care, but new research shows the branch of medicine often associated with end-of-life care can actually extend life. In one study, patients with advanced lung cancer had better quality of life and lived longer when receiving palliative care versus traditional therapies. Four experts discuss the palliative care research on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.

Depressed at age 4?
It's hard to imagine a cherub-faced toddler with depression. The occasional tantrum, okay, but clinical depression? But a piece in this week's New York Times Magazine dives into the biggest child psychology issue since ADHD : "Today a number of child psychiatrists and developmental psychologists say depression can surface in children as young as 2 or 3." Scary.

A Dozen Great Mom Blogs
What's not to love about dear old Mom? She cooks, she cleans, she tends to our scrapes and bruises ---- and she even blogs. While the mommy blogger isn't a new phenomenon, this list of 12 mommy bloggers by Ladies' Home Journal puts the spotlight on some of the best in the business.

What to Do When You Can't Get Your Earrings In
From the "Ouch, that hurts" department comes this dispatch on how to reopen closed ear piercings in's Paging Dr. Gupta blog :

It may be necessary to push the earring post through a thin membrane of tissue. Look behind the ear so you can see the post pushing against the thinnest part of the lobe and then gently apply pressure to get the earring through. Trying to insert the earring from the back side first may work if you can't get it in from the front.

Note: This works for EARS. If you're piercing is elsewhere, seek professional help.
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