A Family ‘code Word’ Helped Save This 10-year-old Girl From A Possible Kidnapping

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This could be lifesaving.

Authorities are asking people to be on alert after a man in a white SUV attempted to lure a 10-year-old girl in San Tan Valley, Arizona on Nov. 14.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 4 p.m., a 10-year-old girl was walking with a friend near a park in the North Pecan Creek neighborhood when a man driving a white SUV pulled up next to them.

The man reportedly told the girl that her brothers were in a serious accident and that she needed to go with him. The girl then asked the man what the “code word” was, but the man did not know and drove off.

“Kudos to the parents of this child for having a code word and talking about to their children about stranger danger,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “We hope by putting this out, it will encourage parents to have that conversation and create a plan with their children, so they know what to do if they are in that situation.”

The SUV has been reportedly seen circling the park several times a day, according to children who live in the neighborhood.

“This is generally what I consider a pretty safe area, I’ve never heard of anything bad,” said Patrick McDonald, who lives nearby.

“This one time, it saved my daughter’s life,” said Brenda James, the girl’s mother.

James talked to KNXV and the media so that other parents could learn about code words as she did.

“We actually just came up that few months ago. So it was something really recent from a story that I read,” James said.

The man is described as being possibly in his 40s with a short beard. The man reportedly covered most of his face with his hand while talking to the girl to conceal identifying features, officials said.

“I’ll definitely be going home and having a talk with my daughter and developing a code word at the very least,” said McDonald.

Anyone with information or sees the suspect, you are asked to call PCSO at (520)-866-5111 with any information.

Written by Jeff Popovich for KNXV.

Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Celebrities Who Have Tons Of Children

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These famous folks have big broods.

Family size is shrinking in many countries — including the U.S. And just like the rest of us, in the celebrity world, it’s a rare thing to see families with more than three or four kids.

There are exceptions, of course. And there are plenty of celebs who have increased their kid count through multiple marriages and relationships. But did you know that all of these famous people had this many kids?

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has five children with first wife, Sara Lownds: Jesse, Anna, Samuel and Jakob, and adopted daughter Maria, from Lownds’ previous relationship. Dylan also had a daughter, Desiree, with Carol Dennis, whom he was secretly married to for six years.

So it seems that he has six children, but things are complicated with Dylan. He had another common-law wife and a long list of girlfriends, and a former girlfriend has suggested the singer perhaps fathered two more children that have not been acknowledged.

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Madonna has a total of six children. Lourdes Leon (pictured below, right), her daughter from a relationship with Carlos Leon, is the eldest. Rocco Ritchie is her other biological child, fathered by her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. Ritchie and Madonna also adopted David Banda. Madonna later adopted Mercy James (below, left), and twins Estere and Stella, on her own.

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Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger must get a lot of satisfaction from his large brood of children. He has eight kids, and it’s kind of a complicated family tree! Karis Jagger is from his relationship with Marsha Hunt. Jade Jagger is his daughter from his first marriage to Bianca Jagger; when Jade became a grandmother in 2014, Mick became a great-grandfather. Elizabeth (who goes by Lizzy), James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger are his children with second wife, Jerry Hall. Lucas Jagger is his son with Luciana Gimenez. Deveraux Jagger is his child with Melanie Hamrick.

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Elon Musk

Tesla founder Elon Musk had six children with his first wife, Justine Musk. Their first son, Nevada Alexander, died at 10 weeks old of SIDS. They also had twins, Griffin and Xavier, and triplets, Damian, Saxon and Kai. Musk did not have any children with his second ex-wife, Talulah Riley (pictured).

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Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt

Though they have now split, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt created a large family together: Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox. The last three are their biological children. Jolie adopted Maddox before she was in a relationship with Pitt, though he later adopted Maddox and sister Zahara. The two didn’t marry until long after the twins, the youngest members of the family, were born, and all six children were in the wedding.

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Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy has nine children and a 10th on the way. Seven of his kids are shown in the photo below, from left to right: Shayne, Bria, Miles, Christian, Bella, Zola and Eric Murphy. Eric is Murphy’s child with Paulette McNeely. Bria, Miles, Shayne, Zola and Bella are Murphy’s children with ex-wife Nicole. And Christian is Murphy’s son with Tamara Hood Johnson. Murphy also has a daughter, Angel, with Mel B of Spice Girls fame. With girlfriend Paige Butcher, Murphy has a daughter, Izzy, and their second, his 10th, is due in December 2018.

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Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” fame has six children. Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Rob are Kris’ children with first husband, Robert Kardashian. She has two children, Kendall and Kylie, with Caitlyn Jenner.

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Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson has nine children. Hannah, Edward, Christian, William, Louis, Milo and Thomas are Gibson’s children with ex-wife Robyn Denise Moore. The couple broke up when Moore found out Gibson was expecting a child with Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson and Grigorieva had daughter, Lucia, before splitting up. Gibson also has a son, Lars, with current girlfriend Rosalind Ross.

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The Duggars

It’s all in the name: “19 Kids and Counting” and its spin-off reality shows on TLC tell you just how many kids Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have. In order, they are: Joshua, twins Jana and John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie.

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Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has seven children. Kimber Eastwood is his daughter with Roxanne Tunis. Kyle and Alison are his children with ex-wife Maggie Johnson. Scott and Kathryn are his children with Jacelyn Reeves. Francesca is his child with ex-partner Frances Fisher. Morgan is his child with second ex-wife Dina Ruiz. (Alison and Scott are pictured at right below.)

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Kate and Jon Gosselin

Kate and Jon Gosselin had eight kids together — hence the name of their reality show, “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” which later became “Kate Plus 8” after the couple divorced. Twins Cara and Mady are the oldest. Then there are the sextuplets: Aaden, Alexis, Leah, Joel, Collin and Hannah.

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Steven Spielberg

Director Steven Spielberg has six children. The eldest, Max, is from his first marriage, to Amy Irving. Spielberg has five children with his wife, Kate Capshaw: Theo and Sasha (who have a band called Wardell together), Sawyer, Mikaela and Destry (pictured below). Capshaw also has a daughter, Jessica, from a previous relationship.

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Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott have five children together: Liam, Stella, Hattie, Finn and Beau.

“I was pregnant for years,” Spelling told Us Weekly. Later in the interview, she said she hadn’t grown up in a big family, so, “It’s surprising that I never even thought I would want this many kids. Just watching them all together is such a special thing. I can’t even imagine it any other way.”

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Mike Tyson

Controversial boxer Mike Tyson has eight or nine children, depending on how you look at it. (D’Amato Tyson is not Tyson’s biological son, though he thought he was at the time of his birth, before a paternity test showed otherwise.)

Mickey is Tyson’s daughter with Kimberly Scarborough. Rayna and Amir are Tyson and second wife Monica Turner’s two children, though he also considers Turner’s daughter Gena his own. He had two children, Exodus and Miguel, with ex-partner Sol Xochitl; Exodus died tragically in a hanging accident when she was just 4. Milan (below, left) and Morocco (below, front) are his children with third wife, Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer (shown below with Miguel, right). (Tyson did not have children with his first wife, Robin Givens.)

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Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner has had a prolific career and a prolific fatherhood. He has three children with his ex-wife and college sweetheart Cindy Silva: Annie, Lily and Joe. A short relationship with Bridget Rooney led to his son Liam. Costner married his second wife, Christine Baumgartner, in 2004, and the two have three children together: Cayden (below, middle), Hayes and Grace.

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Willie Nelson

Musician Willie Nelson has seven kids. He and his first wife, Martha Matthews, had Lana, Susie and Billy together. Billy died by suicide in 1991. With his third wife, Connie Koepke, Nelson had daughters Paula and Amy, who are both musicians. He shared two sons with fourth and current wife, Annie D’Angelo: Lukas and Micah. The two boys tour and perform with their famous father.

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Sting has four kids with second wife, Trudie Styler: Brigitte (who goes by Mickey), Jake, Eliot (shown below, center) and Giacomo Luke. He also has two kids from his first marriage, to Frances Tomelty: Joe and Kate. Sting has said he doesn’t plan to leave his fortune to his kids, telling the Daily Mail, “I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks.”

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Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow has 14 children, four biological and 10 adopted. Her biological kids are two sets of twin boys Matthew and Sascha, and Fletcher and Satchel, who now goes by his middle name, Ronan. Her adopted children are Soon-Yi, who famously went on to marry Farrow’s ex-partner Woody Allen; Lark, who died after a long illness in 2008; Summer, who goes by Daisy; Moses Farrow; Dylan, who is pictured below, at left; Tam, who died in 2000; Isaiah; Gabriel “Thaddeus”, who died by suicide in 2016; Quincy; and Frankie-Minh.

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Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond, of the famous Osmond singing family, has eight children. She had son Stephen James Craig with her first husband, Stephen Craig, whom she divorced and later remarried. Marie had seven children with second husband, Brian Blosil. Together they adopted five children — Jessica, Michael (who died by suicide in 2010), Brandon, Brianna and Abigail (below) — and had two biological children, Rachael and Matthew.

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Kirk Cameron

Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea Noble, are parents to six children. The oldest four — Jack, Isabella, Anna and Luke — are adopted. Their two youngest are their biological children, Olivia and James. Each of the kids is only a year apart in age.

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Billy Ray Cyrus

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has one particularly famous daughter, Miley Cyrus. But he also has five other children. Cyrus had a son, Christopher, with Kristin Luckey. He had Miley, Braison and Noah with his wife, Leticia “Tish” Finley Cyrus, and he adopted her two children, Brandi and Trace.

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Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart has eight children. His first child, Sarah Streeter, who was given up for adoption, was from his relationship with Susannah Boffey. He and first wife, Alana Hamilton, had two children, Kimberly and Sean. Stewart also had a daughter named Ruby with ex-girlfriend Kelly Emberg. His second wife, Rachel Hunter, and he had two kids, Renee and Liam. Stewart and his third wife, Penny Lancaster, have two boys, Alastair and Aiden.

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Chris O’Donnell

Actor Chris O’Donnell has five kids with his wife, Caroline Fentress. Pictured below in 2015 with their parents, they are, from left: Maeve, Finley, Charles, Christopher and Lily. O’Donnell has said he and his wife didn’t plan to have five kids, but youngest child, Maeve, was a pleasant surprise.

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Sean Combs

Sean “Puffy Daddy” Combs is a family man. He has six children and says he’d love to have 10. His kids are Quincy Brown, Justin, Christian, twin girls D’Lila Star and Jessie James, and daughter Chance. After Combs landed at the top of Forbes’ list of richest hip-hop artists, he told People, “That doesn’t matter to me. I don’t care about the Forbes list. I care about being a great dad.”

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Evander Holyfield

Boxer Evander Holyfield has so many kids he has had trouble keeping up with child support. His 11 children from three marriages and multiple other relationships are: Ewin Ezekiel, Elijah Esaias (who plays football at University of Georgia), Evette Ashley, Eleazar Evan (an aspiring boxer), Eli Ethan, Elijah Jedidiah, Eden Eloise, Eve Elizabeth, Evander Jr., Ebonne Esheal and Emani Winter Holyfield.

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Lauryn Hill

Singer Lauryn Hill has six children. Zion, Selah, Joshua, John and Sarah are her kids with former partner Rohan Marley. Her son Micah is her child with an unknown (to the public, at least) father. Marley is the son of Bob Marley, who himself was the father to many children.

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Duane Lee Chapman

Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman has a big brood of 12 children. His first child, Christopher, with girlfriend Debbie White, was given up for adoption. He and his first wife, La Fonda Sue Honeycutt, had Duane Lee II and Leland; both have worked in the family bounty-hunting business. He and second wife, Anne Tegnell, had a son, Zebediah, who died less than a month after he was born, and Wesley and James (J.R.) Chapman. With third wife Lyssa Rae Brittain, he had three children: Barbara Katie (B.K.) (who died in a car accident), Tucker and “Baby” Lyssa Rae. Fifth wife Beth Barmore Chapman, who co-starred on their reality show, had two children with Chapman, Bonnie Joanne and Garry. Dog also adopted Beth’s daughter, Cecily.

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Jermaine Jackson

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s brother, has eight children, and a fairly complicated family tree. He and his first wife, Hazel Gordy, had Jermaine “Jay” Jr., Autumn and Jaimy Jermaine. He had two children with Margaret Maldonado: Jeremy and Jourdynn. He had three children with his second wife, Alejandra Oaziaza (who also had two children with Jermaine’s brother Randy): Jaafar, Jermajesty (both shown below) and Donte, who Oaziaza raised after he was adopted by Jermaine’s parents. His third wife Halima Rashid (pictured below) did not have children with Jermaine. Jermaine is now engaged to 23-year-old Maday Velazquez so it’s possible more children are in the cards for him.

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Kevin Federline

Kevin Federline has six kids. Before he married Britney Spears, Federline had two kids with ex-fiancee Shar Jackson: Kori Madison and Kaleb Michael. Spears and Federline had two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Federline and his current wife, Victoria Prince, share two daughter, Jordan Kay and Peyton Marie.

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Robert De Niro

Actor Robert De Niro has six children. Adopted eldest child, Drena (pictured below), is the daughter of his first wife, Diahnne Abbott. He also had son, Raphael, with Abbott. He and former partner Toukie Smith had twin boys, Julian and Aaron. DeNiro had two children with second wife Grace Hightower, a son, Elliot, and a daughter, Helen Grace.

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Flu Shots Vs. Nasal Spray Vaccines — What’s The Difference?

This is good news for those who cringe at the sight of needles!

Good news for shot-averse kids and others who cringe at the sight of needles: After a two-year hiatus from the market, the nasal spray flu vaccine has been re-formulated and is back as we enter the 2018-2019 flu season.

FluMist was first licensed in 2003, and was welcomed as a needle-free alternative to the flu shot, which made it especially easy to administer in school clinics. But in 2016, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee stopped recommending FluMist because it didn’t perform well against a particular flu strain, the H1N1 strain. In some cases, the nasal spray vaccine offered only 3-percent protection for children between ages 2 and 17, compared with up to 63-percent protection from the shot.

While we call it “the flu” in general, influenza can actually be caused by various strains, which evolve. Every flu season, there are predominant strains of the virus, so medical experts predict which strains will be most active, and they formulate the vaccines in response. This year, a re-formulated nasal spray is once again an option, and the CDC states on its fact sheet that “no preference is expressed for any influenza vaccine over another”

“The main advantage of the nasal spray is that it’s painless,” says Dr. Robert Segal, co-founder of LabFinder.com, which allows patients to book appointments online. “It’s the best alternative for those who don’t like needles.”

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In fact, offering the painless alternative to the shot could help health officials achieve their goal of getting 70 percent of Americans vaccinated. (At last count, only about half of the country gets a flu vaccination, which are recommended for those over six months of age).

Here’s what else you need to know about the return of nasal spray vaccine.

Who Is Eligible For The Nasal Spray?

FluMist Quadrivalent, the nasal spray, is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals who are ages 2 to 49. However, some people with medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.

Some of those conditions include: Children ages 2 to 17 who are taking aspirin or salicylate-containing medication; people who have weakened immune systems; those who are age 5 and up who have asthma; and others with conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, or neurological or neuromuscular disorders. You can find more information about who is eligible for the nasal spray at CDC.gov.

So, if you’re in the right age bracket without any limiting conditions, how do physicians decide which version to offer?

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“Some physicians might prefer the injectable vaccine — in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it — but in general, patient preference and vaccine availability drive the process,” explains Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a board certified infectious disease physician and a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

As stated above, the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a statement, recommended the shot, saying the academy believes it’s the most effective and that it remains to be proven whether the nasal spray will be effective against H1N1 this year.

An advantage to the nasal spray, though, is that it’s a live vaccine and administered in the nasal passages, Adalja says. Because of that, it may mimic a natural flu infection more closely, which, in turn, could provide better influenza protection, he explains.

Dr. Frank Illuzzi, chief medical officer at CityMD, and a board-certified physician in emergency medicine, recommends patients speak with their medical providers about the different flu vaccine options to determine which one is the best fit for them.

“I encourage people to not delay, and to get a flu vaccine,” Illuzzi says. “The CDC recommends all individuals over the age of six months get a yearly flu vaccine and that is the best protection against the virus.”

For example, during 2016-2017, flu vaccinations prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million flu-associated medical visits and 85,000 flu-associated hospitalizations, according to the CDC.

Is The Nasal Spray As Effective As The Shot?

The short answer: Yes, it’s expected to be, according to the CDC, which isn’t placing preference on any single vaccine.

Flu season runs from October until May, peaking in January and February. Right now, it’s early in the flu season and health professionals have just started tracking flu cases and the types of strains that are most common, Illuzzi explains.

“The CDC and local departments of health keep track of this information and report it back to clinicians on a weekly basis,” he says. “The preliminary results seem promising that this year‘s flu vaccines appear to be a good match.”

The monitoring is done by the CDC’S U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, and similar studies are conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland, explains Dr. Chris Ambrose, franchise head with U.S. Medical Affairs, respiratory division at AstraZeneca, the maker of the FluMist Quadrivalent. The CDC provides vaccine estimates several times throughout the season, and typically early estimates are reported in February and the full season estimates come in June, Ambrose says.


How Does FluMist Work?

The nasal spray vaccine starts working where the flu typically starts, which is in the nose, explains Ambrose. To provide flu protection, it works in your nose, cells and bloodstream, he says. Similar to other live vaccines (think: the chicken pox vaccine), FluMist Quadrivalent contains a weakened live virus. It will not cause the flu, but it does trigger your immune system to build antibodies throughout the body to help fight against the flu virus, Ambrose explains.

Need to get your flu vaccine? Here’s how to find a clinic near you.

Also, if you want to go for the bonus round in your flu-shielding efforts this year, in addition to getting a flu shot, we’ve rounded up some tips on how doctors and nurses stay healthy during flu season.

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Yoga And Meditation Are On The Rise Among Both Adults And Kids

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It can benefit people with certain medical issues. Have you ever tried yoga or meditation?

More Americans are turning to forms of complementary medicine such as yoga, meditation and chiropractors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, says in reports released Nov. 8 that more than 30 percent of US adults and about 12 percent of children use “healthcare approaches that are not typically part of conventional medical care or that may have origins outside of usual Western practices.”

Complementary medicine is when these practices are used alongside conventional medicine.

“Many people turn to complementary health approaches, such as yoga and meditation, in order to help with symptom management, such as pain. As well, they turn to these approaches for a general sense of wellbeing,” Richard Nahin, the lead epidemiologist at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and co-author of the reports, wrote in an email.

The reports, which were compiled using data from the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health Interview Survey, looked at the use of yoga, meditation and chiropractors between 2012 and 2017.

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The practice of yoga rose from 3.1 percent of the overall child population in 2012 to 8.4 percent in 2017 and from 9.5 to 14.3 percent in adults, equating to about 4.9 million children and 35.2 million adults doing yoga in 2017.

Meditation use went up from 0.6 percent of children in 2012 to 5.4 percent in 2017 and from 4.1 percent of adults in 2012 to 14.2 percent of adults in 2017.

The use of chiropractors in children stayed essentially the same — about 3.5 percent of children visited chiropractors in both years. There was a small difference for adults, from 9.1 percent in 2012 to 10.3 percent in 2017.

Who’s Turning To Yoga And Meditation?

More females are doing yoga in both age groups in 2017: 11.3 percent of girls, compared with 5.6 percent of boys, and 19.8 percent of women, compared with 8.6 percent of men.

Meditation and chiropractors were more popular with adult women surveyed, but in children, the rates of use between boys and girls were similar.

Among children, those between 12 and 17, were the most likely to either meditate or visit a chiropractor.


For adults, yoga was found to be most popular with 18- to 44-year-olds, and meditation and chiropractors were used most by those in the 45-to-64 age group.

Racially, white non-Hispanics were the most likely to use all three methods in both age groups.

Though the patterns of use were the same as in previous years for children, according to the report, there were changes in adult usage.

“The popularity of meditation surpassed that of seeing a chiropractor to become the second most-used approach among those examined in 2017,” the report said.

The Benefits Of Yoga And Meditation

All three methods of complementary medicine appear to have health benefits, Nahin said. Yoga may improve general well-being, and evidence is increasing that it helps with some aspects of wellness, including mental health and stress management. It can also helps relieve lower back and neck pain.

He also noted that research suggests that meditation can help with medical problems, including symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and that the spinal manipulation of chiropractic research could help low back pain as well as problems such as whiplash-associated disorders.

Written by Naomi Thomas for CNN.

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Some Parents Are Making Jewelry Out Of Their Babies’ Umbilical Stumps

Family & Parenting

Here are a bunch of ways to commemorate the birth of your little one. Would you wear any of these?

Childbirth can be intense. First, you need to survive a pregnancy filled with morning sickness, back pain and cankles. Then, there are those first contractions followed by the pushing and the breathing and the baby that comes out in a wave of blood and vernix and — sometimes! — even poop. And just when you think you’re done, out comes the placenta.

You’d be forgiven for wanting to take a break from icky body oddities after that.

But then you have to deal with your baby’s umbilical stump, the part of the umbilical cord that remains attached to your newborn’s body after the cord is cut. This stump dries out over time and eventually falls off within one to three weeks. But before that, it just looks weird, and can even smell a little funky.


I remember that I could not wait for my daughter’s stump to fall off. But apparently, not everyone is as squeamish as I am.

In 2012, Hilary Duff gave birth to Luca Cruz. At the time, she told People magazine that, though her husband thought it was gross, she secretly kept the baby’s umbilical stump, putting it in a plastic baggie and hiding it in the back of her makeup drawer. And she’s not alone. According to a poll in the Mothering forums, nearly 37 percent of readers saved their baby’s stump.

Meanwhile, WhatToExpect.com has a fun list of suggestions for what to do with the stump, including the simplest option — putting it into a baggie and taping it into a baby book — along with some ideas that are a bit more unique, like transforming it into a piece of artwork, or even burying it in the tradition of some Native American cultures.

And then, of course, there’s the jewelry.

For those who want to keep a (literal) piece of their baby as close to their heart as possible, there are a number of jewelers out there who incorporate breast milk, hair, placenta and even the umbilical stump into their creations.

For example, A La Avra offers a $195 umbilical cord necklace, in which the stump is sealed in resin and set in sterling silver. The shape of the setting is informed by the shape of the stump, making each necklace one-of-a-kind:

A La Avra

Lait de la Vie gives you the option of putting any number of inclusions into their jewelry, including the aforementioned organic objects. You can hide that stump in this $130 14kt gold ring, for example:

Lait de la Vie

This $80 gem ring from Speckled Milk also allows for any number of inclusions:

Speckled Milk

And I cannot look away from this $75 Honey Love pendant from Baby’s Breath Birth that also allows for organic inclusions:

Baby’s Breath Birth

If all of this makes you feel a bit squeamish, no matter the loveliness of the setting, you can also just send off your stump and get back a replica so that you’re not actually wearing a fallen-off piece of your baby’s body. Check out this $144.99 pendant from Etsy seller rockmyworldinc:


Do you save the cord or toss it? And if you keep it — would you wear it?

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This Zoo Is Hosting A Special Sensory Holiday Lights Event For People With Autism

Family & Parenting

This is so cool. The zoo has taken some serious measures to be inclusive of visitors with autism.

Navigating the holiday season can be difficult as a parent, especially a parent whose child falls on the autism spectrum. But, thankfully, there are tips and tricks to make the holiday season a whole lot more enjoyable — and that includes events such as the one being held at this Midwestern zoo.

The Saint Louis Zoo is hosting a sensory-friendly night of viewing holiday-themed lights for families of children with special needs.

According to the zoo’s website, this event is being offered so that no one feels left out of the festivities this time of year:

“We want people of all abilities to enjoy our zoo experiences, so we are offering a special night for individuals on the autism spectrum and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. This special night will mirror the traditional Wild Lights experience, but the evening will offer quiet areas and trained zoo staff to assist families,” the website reads.

Saint Louis Zoo

For all those in the St. Louis area, the event takes place on Dec. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for members and $9 for non-members. Children under the age of two are admitted for free.

If you aren’t able to attend this zoo’s inclusive night of fun, that doesn’t mean your family has to completely miss out! The Autism Speaks website is a great resource for finding autism-friendly events going on across the country.

For instance, the Roxey Ballet in Ewing, New Jersey, is hosting a sensory-friendly performance of the classic Nutcracker on Dec. 1. Tickets are going for $20. 

Be sure to check the calendar on the Autism Speaks website to find events in your area.

The resource also has tips for making any event you decide to attend with your family go a little smoother, even if it isn’t an “autism-friendly” or “sensory-friendly” event, per se.

Mom of four Meghan Ashburn offered tips on the Autism Speaks website for attending holiday parades, taking pictures with Santa and more.

Her advice includes asking for access to a private, quiet room if attending a parade or dining at a restaurant for a large family gathering, as well as letting your child do what makes them feel comfortable when taking photos with Santa. If they’ll be more willing to smile if you let them wear their pajamas to sit on Santa’s lap, then who cares what they’re wearing, after all? It’s all about having a good time and making memories, so this mom recommends letting that be the focus!


The Art of Autism even has advice for wrapping presents in a way that won’t be stressful to an autistic child. The smallest of details can be easily overlooked, but very overwhelming for a child, so consider the small stuff when prepping for the holiday season.

Who’s ready to make this holiday season the best yet? There are plenty of events and advice in place to help you do just that! So, happy holidays!

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This ‘Fresh Prince’ Star Is Expecting Baby No. 3

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Congratulations to the growing family!

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for playing Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” is expecting his third child with his wife, Angel Ribeiro. The new baby will join big brothers Alfonso Jr., 5, and Anders, 3. The couple confirmed the exciting news with Us Weekly.

“We’re super excited!” the expectant parents told the magazine. “The kids were so happy to pose for our pregnancy reveal photo.”

The super-cute photo in question shows Angela sporting her emerging baby bump alongside each of her young sons showing off their own (fake) bumps as well. Check it out on her Instagram:

“Guess which bump is already kicking?? Baby Ribeiro due Spring 2019 #expectinganother #babybump,” she captioned the playful photo.

Alfonso shared the announcement on his page as well. The whole family is very excited about the new addition.

“Three little boys would be great, but so would a little girl,” Angela told the magazine. “Of course we really just want a healthy baby — that’s what matters.”

When it comes to the big brothers’ hopes for their new siblings, they each have something a little different in mind.

“AJ would love a baby sister and Anders wants it to be a baby puppy,” she explained.

Ribeiro is also the dad of 15-year-old daughter Sienna, whom he shares with ex-wife Robin Stapler. Although he still maintains a busy career in the entertainment industry, the actor and host says that family comes first.

“There is nothing to substitute love and nothing to substitute you being there,” he told Life of Dad when asked about the advice he would give to new fathers. “No matter how much you may Skype or FaceTime nothing replaces being there. To me that is I think the one piece of advice I would give. It is to do everything you can to make your family a priority.”

Congratulations to the whole family on their growing brood!

This Graphic Is A Good Reminder For All Drivers About What To Do When A School Bus Stops

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This is an important read.

Last week, at least five children were killed and seven injured while waiting to board their school buses. The incidents in question took place in Indiana, Mississippi, Florida and Pennsylvania. On Oct. 30, in rural Indiana, 9-year-old Alivia Stahl and her twin 6-year-old brothers, Mason and Xzavier Ingle, were killed when a pickup truck hit them while they were crossing the street to their bus stop. Another student was injured.

On Oct. 31, just north of Tupelo, Mississippi, a 9-year-old was hit and killed as he was crossing the road to board his school bus. That same day, in Tallahassee, Florida, a kindergartner who was crossing the street to board his own school bus was hit.

And on Nov. 1, in central Pennsylvania, a 7-year-old boy was found dead on the side of the road, where he had been waiting for his school bus to arrive. That same day, in Tampa, Florida, five children and two adults were rushed to the hospital after a car struck them at a school bus stop.

These tragic incidents, which have elicited an outpouring of sadness and outrage, have also drawn attention to the precautions drivers should take when driving near stopped school buses. NBC25 News recently posted an image to their Facebook page to show drivers what to do when near a stopped school bus, writing, “It only takes a second to share this. With the recent crashes involving children at bus stops throughout the country we thought it would be good to post this to remind everyone the rules of the road.”

The image also appears on the website of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration, alongside a long list of rules drivers should keep in mind.  

Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration

In addition to a list of tips parents can share with their children, the site shares that driving laws in all 50 states require all vehicles traveling in the same direction as a bus to stop when the bus displays its flashing red warning lights and extends its stop signal arm. In some states, vehicles coming from the opposite direction are also required to stop. Vehicles may only pass after the flashing red lights and signals are turned off.

The National Safety Council also recommends leaving more space between your car and a bus than you would if you were driving behind another car. This gives you more time to stop when you see a bus’s yellow lights start flashing. In some states, leaving that extra space is the law.

Though last week’s terrible accidents happened when kids were heading to school in the morning, AAA warns drivers to be extra cautious after school as well, because one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m. in the past decade.

We’re often loath to slow down when we get behind the wheel of a car. But forgetting these driving laws can have terrible consequences. Review your state’s laws today.

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A Surprising Number Of Childhood Burns Are Caused By Instant Soup And Ramen

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„To be honest with you, it’s a very, very common story.“

Instant soup — often sold as “ramen” in the United States — is cheap, tasty and wildly popular among hungry college students. But new research suggests that the products may put young children at risk.

The soups cause about one in five childhood scald burns, according to research to be presented Monday at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Those findings have led some experts to question the safety of the meals, which often come in microwavable cups.

“It’s important for us to remember, and for parents to remember, that these are just thin containers with boiling water in them,” said Dr. Courtney Allen, a pediatric emergency fellow at Emory University who led the research.

“I think there’s an assumption that these are safer than soups coming out of a stove,” she said, “when, in fact, they’re not.”

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Thousands Of Burns Every Year

Allen’s research team looked at more than 4,500 pediatric scald burns recorded over nearly an 11-year period in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a federal database that tracks consumer product-related injuries. They then scoured the data, which considered children four to 12 years old, for keywords such as “instant soup,” “instant noodles” and “cup of soup.”

The researchers found 972 injuries associated with microwaving the products, making up 21.5 percent of all scald burns in their sample. They estimated that instant soups are to blame for nearly 10,000 pediatric burns in the United States every year.

Researchers found that more than 90 percent of children burned by instant soup were discharged from the emergency department after evaluation. But scald burns — which are caused by liquids or steam instead of dry heat — can sometimes require hospitalization and even surgery.

“To be honest with you, it’s a very, very common story,” said Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and former president of the American Burn Association.

“They knock [the soup] over, and it spills onto their lap,” said Greenhalgh, who was not involved in the research. “They may have to come into the hospital for a while, or we teach the family how to take care of the burn, or some kids need skin grafts. But I am not surprised.”

The researchers found that most burns affect the trunk, the bodily region from the shoulders to the groin, and happen in children between four and 7 years old.

“I think one of the important things is to identify in what stage of the process kids are injuring themselves,” said Allen, whose team is planning to observe children carrying fake soup — such as water with paint in it — to determine how exactly the injuries occur.


“Is it because they’re pulling it down themselves from the microwave? Is it because when they walk they’re not coordinated enough and they spill? Or is it actually when they’re eating it that it’s tipping?” she asked.

Whatever the cause, Allen believes parents should be extra cautious when allowing children to handle instant soups. “If you’re going to let your children independently cook, carry and consume these products, they do need adequate supervision.”

When it comes to preventing soup-related burns, Greenhalgh believes that most parents just don’t understand how bad injuries can be. But in some cases, he said, parents may downplay any dangers for the sake of convenience.

“Many studies show that parents may know the risks with scald burns, but they tend to cut corners sometimes,” he said. “They may know it’s a risk, but it’s quicker and easier, and they hope nothing happens.”

Product Design May Be To Blame

Greenhalgh warns that poor product design may make instant soups particularly dangerous. They often come in flimsy paper or Styrofoam cups that are heated in microwaves, leaving boiling water in potentially unstable containers.

In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Burn Care and Research, Greenhalgh looked at the stability of instant soup containers and found that taller and thinner cups were easier to tip than shorter, stockier ones. Those findings could have implications for manufacturers hoping to reduce the risk of product-related burns.

“What [companies] should do is make them like the Yoplait [yogurt] containers, where they’re wider at the bottom and thinner at the top,” Greenhalgh said. “It would be a very simple thing to design and change.”

Nissin Cup Noodles, one widely sold brand, tipped at an incline of just 21.2 degrees. Products with wider bases could be angled over 60 degrees before tipping.

Maruchan, Nissin and Nongshim, three large instant soup manufacturers, did not respond to requests for comment on the new research, and their designs have changed little since Greenhalgh’s 2006 study.

But some experts believe Allen’s new research should be a wake-up call for the industry. “It should at least give them pause about their product design packaging,” said Dr. James J. Gallagher, director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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What To Do If Your Child Is Burned

Curious and increasingly independent children often put themselves at risk for scald burns, Gallagher says, so all parents should know how to assess and treat the injuries.

“When they start to become mobile and can do things on their own, scalding in your own home and in your own kitchen is the number one way they get hurt,” he said.

If a child is burned, he said, “the most important thing is to get the clothing off” and immediately run the affected tissue under cold water.

Not all burns require medical attention, but some warrant a hospital visit. “After you’ve done the first aid, take a good look at the child. If you’re seeing any blistering, then certainly the child should be seen by a physician,” Gallagher said.

Emergency rooms and urgent care centers can treat the injuries, he said, but most instant soup injuries aren’t life-threatening. “Almost always, in these situations, a child will be stable enough to ride over to a burn center, which isn’t always the closest hospital.”

And though accidents do happen, parents can take simple steps to reduce risk in the kitchen, such as cooling soups before serving them, purchasing more stable containers and supervising children during mealtime.

Those steps might seem unnecessary, but Gallagher says it’s easier to prevent burns than treat them — something he hopes more patients will realize.

“We at the burn center are supposed to be putting ourselves out of business,” he said.

Written by Arman Azad for CNN.

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Doctors Issued New Warnings About Spanking Children For The First Time In 20 Years

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Parents, this is an important read.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has hardened its stance against spanking children as a form of parental discipline.

In a new policy statement, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, the pediatricians’ group recommends that adults caring for children use “healthy forms of discipline” — such as positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors, setting limits and setting expectations — and not use spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, humiliating or shaming.

The policy statement updates guidance published in 1998 that recommended “parents be encouraged and assisted in developing methods other than spanking in response to undesired behavior.”

“In the 20 years since that policy was first published, there’s been a great deal of additional research, and we’re now much stronger in saying that parents should never hit their child and never use verbal insults that would humiliate or shame the child,” said Dr. Robert Sege, first author of the policy statement and a pediatrician at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

“This is much stronger than the previous advice,” he said. “The new policy encourages pediatricians to discuss the data about different kinds of discipline with parents so, of course, they can make their own decisions in how they chose to raise their children.”

The policy statement describes corporal punishment as “noninjurious, open-handed hitting with the intention of modifying child behavior” and indicates that spanking is considered a form of such physical punishment.

The statement goes on to describe how several studies have found associations between spanking and aggressive child behavior, depressive symptoms in adolescenceand less gray matter in children’s brains, among other outcomes.

How to discipline without spanking

The statement encourages pediatricians to counsel the parents of their patients when they may want guidance about the use of spanking. Sege said there are other forms of discipline that parents can employ, no matter their child’s age.

For instance, for children younger than 1 who might be misbehaving, “the best thing to do is just pick them up and move them somewhere else, distract them, change the subject — and that’s usually all they need and they can handle it,” he said. “Your average 6-month-old child doesn’t have the ability to learn the rules. They will eventually.”

For toddlers and preschoolers, Sege recommended using the time-out method, which involves a child sitting quietly by him- or herself.

“What we talk to parents about is paying attention to your child’s good behavior and paying less attention when they’re misbehaving,” Sege said.

“Kids like attention, they crave that, and if they misbehave, we recommend something called a time-out,” he said. “If they’re 2 years old, you have to ignore them for two entire minutes.”

For older children, Sege said, typically allowing the natural consequence of misbehavior play out can be effective.

“So if they run out in the street, you don’t want the natural consequence to be that they get run over by a car. But a natural consequence might be that they have to hold your hand when they’re in the street or they can’t go out on their own past a busy street until you’ve observed them always looking both ways,” Sege said.

In other words, holding Mom’s or Dad’s hand becomes the consequence.

All in all, “the loving relationship between a child and their parents is the most important relationship that there is,” Sege said.

“Parents can use that relationship to teach their children right from wrong without inserting violence, shame and humiliation into that relationship,” he said. “As a result, children are more likely to grow up feeling secure and positive, knowing how to regulate their own behavior.”

The science on spanking and child development

The policy statement is consistent with what research has found on the relationship between corporal punishment and adverse outcomes among children, said Rebecca Ryan, a developmental psychologist and associate professor at Georgetown University who was not involved in the statement.

Yet Ryan, who has studied the use of corporal punishment, noted that only a correlational relationship has been found, not a causal one.

“Nobody has randomly assigned children to receive different types of parenting or different types of discipline strategies, per se. … So it’s difficult for anybody to say spanking a child causes that child later on to be more aggressive, even though there are theories to suggest that could be why the correlation exists,” Ryan said.

“Although all the evidence is correlational, there’s little correlational evidence that it’s an effective strategy, and if it were effective, you should see correlational evidence,” she said.

“If it were an effective strategy, you would either see no correlation between spanking and child behavior, or you would see a correlation that’s the opposite of what you do see,” she said. “What you see is a positive correlation between spanking and higher levels of behavior problems. If it were effective you should see the opposite.”

Since research shows only a correlational relationship, some question whether children who are more aggressive or misbehave more are subsequently spanked more — and could that be why corporal punishment has been linked with higher levels of behavioral problems among children?

“There probably is reverse causation, but one of the things that some of the longitudinal research suggests is that when you look at kids over time — so controlling for baseline rates of misbehavior — children who are disciplined with corporal punishment versus those who are not, who have the same kinds of behavior problems, show increases in behavior problems over time in a way that children who aren’t disciplined that way don’t,” Ryan said.

“So yes, there is probably some truth to the idea that kids who are predisposed to misbehavior for whatever reason are more likely to be spanked by parents who use that form of discipline than kids who are less likely to misbehave for whatever reason,” she said. “But it’s also true that spanking is correlated with an increase in behavior problems over time among children with similar levels of misbehavior relative to nonphysical forms of discipline.”

Story by Jacqueline Howard for CNN.

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