Happy Mom Means Less Colicky Baby

Reduced colic risk seen in infants with happier moms

Babies whose mothers had higher relationship happiness with their partners and strong support from friends and family during and after pregnancy were less likely to develop colic, regardless of maternal postpartum depression or whether their mothers’ partners were their biological fathers, according to a study in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development. The findings, based on data involving mothers ages 18 to 35 in Pennsylvania, who gave birth between 2009 and 2011, also showed the lowest colic prevalence among infants of single women.

HealthDay News (4/28) 


Recipe for Chocolate Bundt Cake

We celebrated another Birthday at the office with

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Recipe for Chocolate Bundt Cake

1-(15.25OZ) PKG. Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1 Cup Plain Yogurt

4 Lg. Eggs

1(3.4 OZ) PKG. Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix

½ Cup + 1TBL. Vegetable oil, divided

2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

½ cup Warm Water


2 TBL. Unsweetened Cocoa

2 TBL. Light Corn Syrup

1 Cup Powdered Sugar, + More for Serving

Fresh Strawberries or Raspberries

Preheat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, yogurt, eggs, ½ cup warm water, pudding mix and ½ cup oil in large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat until light & fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour mixture into a lightly greased and floured Bundt cake pan. Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Remove cake from oven and cool 10 min Transfer cake to wire rack: cool completely, about 1 hour.

Combine cocoa, 2 TBL. Water, corn syrup and remaining 1 TBL. Oil in saucepan. Cook over low heat stirring constantly, until blended 1 to 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar whisking until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cake. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar. Serve with strawberries and vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Less exercise may mean weaker bones for teens, study says

A study measuring physical activity and bone strength among more than 300 teens found those who got less exercise had weaker bones. Researchers reported in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research that increasing bone health does not require participation in structured or organized sports — simple activities such as dancing, playing tag or skipping are effective.

HealthDay News (3/31)