Chemical threats Researchers are discovering potential links between chemicals in common household items and damage to developing brains. Monitor on Psychology

 How obesity harms kids’ brains Research suggests that obesity weakens children’s attention and memory, and may make it harder to resist eating. Monitor on Psychology

Mindfulness may help prevent depression relapse Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears to help prevent relapse by altering thought patterns without side effects. Monitor on Psychology

From obesity to shorter life spans, stress is public health enemy number one  The effects of stress can stimulate our appetite and lead us to choose more high-calorie, high-fat food. The Huffington Post

How Chronic Stress Harms Our DNA Research suggests chronic stress damage starts before we’re even conceived and cuts into our very cells. Monitor on Psychology

Goldie Hawn helps kids get zen – and smart Goldie Hawn built a successful career playing the lovable, brainless ditz. But these days, the actress is trying to get kids to use their brains to become smarter — and happier.

Frozen embryo ‘open adoption’ raises hopes, questions Meet the modern “open adoption” family – at least two hopeful humans and one embryo, brought together by science, trust, complicated legalities and a goodly bit of luck.

A Conversation With Thomas Goetz When it comes to healthcare data, it’s all how you look at it.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 8.13.37 PMLike mother, like daughter: Eating disorders run in families Deborah Belfatto worried that her daughter might have an eating disorder when the 12-year-old eliminated all fat from her diet and started getting very thin.

Cosmopolitan Moms Come 4 o’clock on most Fridays, a group of eight mothers in Chestnut Hill, an affluent neighborhood in Philadelphia, gathers for drinks. The New York Times

Drugs on the Web Porn, schmorn. The next wave of web controversy is going to be of much wider interest: the availability of illegal and non-FDA-approved drugs.

Another Day, Another C-Section New Jersey has the highest rate of C-sections in the nation.  Why? The New York Times

What’s a 4-Byte Word for Puzzler’s Friend?  Computers make inroads into the crosswords industry. The New York Times

Tough Times for the State Animal  These are turbulent times for horse owners throughout New Jersey who are facing ever-tougher economic and environmental obstacles. The New York Times