Children may not know to be wary of frightened dogs

Research presented at a British Psychological Society conference found that young children are able to recognize an angry dog, but may be less able to recognize happy or frightened dogs, and they are unaware that a frightened dog may unsafe. The study suggests dog-bite education should focus on the signs and dangers of fearful dogs, said researcher Sarah Rose.    St. Louis Post-Dispatch/HealthDay News (9/17) 

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Recipe for No Bake Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake

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No Bake, Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake


1 boxed brownie mix

1 ½ cups 60% cocoa chocolate chips

12 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ cup sugar

¼ cup butter, softened

2 cups frozen cool whip, thawed

¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, full-sized or miniature

Hot fudge sauce, your favorite store bought or homemade (or you could use Homemade Caramel Sauce. Recipe below)


    • Spray an 8” springform pan lightly with cooking spray. Prepare the brownies according to the package directions. Instead of using a brownie pan, pour them into the prepared cheesecake pan and (again) bake them according to the package directions.
    • When the brownies have completely cooled, prepare the cheesecake filling. Ina small bowl add chocolate chips and heat in microwave for 1-minute. Stir and then heat in 30 second intervals stirring in between until chocolate is completely smooth and melted. Or melt them using a double boiler. Set aside to cool.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. While the mixer continues to run, slowly pour in the cooled melted chocolate chips, continuing to slowly stir until they’re evenly incorporated. Use the firm spatula to gently fold in the cool whip until the mixture’s smooth.
    • Use a spatula to gently stir in the chocolate chips until they’re just spread throughout the batter. Spread the cheesecake batter out on top of the cooled brownies.
    • Place the cheesecake in the refrigerator until set. Or about an hour.
    • Before serving spread a layer of hot fudge out over the top of the chilled cheesecake.

Easy Caramel Sauce


1 packed cup brown sugar

½ cup half and half

4 tablespoons butter

Pinch salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Mix the brown sugar, half and half, butter and salt into saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 t0 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add the vanilla and cook another minute to thicken further. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Refrigerate until cold.



Continuing to Play Sports Despite a Concussion

Continuing to play sports despite a concussion may double recovery time for teen athletes

The AP (8/29, Tanner) reports, “Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action,” researchers reported. The findings of the 69-teen study were published online in Pediatrics.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8/29, Bloom) points out that even though “a study published in April used medical records to study the effect of delayed reporting and removal from activity on concussion recovery, this is the first study to use clinical data to study that issue.” In addition, the findings support “‘removal from play status’ as a predictor of protracted recoveries – ones that take at least 21 days.” Removal from play “was a stronger predictor of such lengthy recoveries than previously known factors such as sex and age, according to the research.”

Intrusive Parenting in Children

Researchers examine harmful effects of intrusive parenting in children

Children whose parents acted intrusively, including having high academic expectations or overreacting to a mistake, were more likely to develop maladaptive perfectionism and highly self-critical behaviors, which were tied to an increased risk of anxiety and depression, compared with those whose parents weren’t intrusive. The findings in the Journal of Personality were based on data involving 7-year-olds from 10 schools in Singapore.

HealthDay News (6/25)