Biologists investigate deaths of 25 whales off Florida’s coast

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Animal and Pets News Headlines – Yahoo! News
Biologists investigate deaths of 25 whales off Florida’s coast
Biologists on Friday examined the carcasses of 25 dead pilot whales found off the coast of southwest Florida, collecting samples from the animals to try to determine the cause of a recent spike in whale deaths. Wildlife officials completed necropsies on six whales among the group of 16 females and 9 males a day after they were spotted by boaters near Kice Island, Florida, said Kim Amendola, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The whales were part of a pod originally seen swimming in shallow waters near the city of Naples on Sunday, prompting a team of wildlife officials concerned about a spate of stranded whales, to mark the animals to better identify them. Earlier this week, eight other whales were found dead after they swam into shallow waters near Fort Myers, Florida.

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Bid to provide condoms to California prison inmates clears hurdle

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Sexual Health News Headlines – Yahoo! News
Bid to provide condoms to California prison inmates clears hurdle
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Condoms could eventually be distributed to California prison inmates under a bill passed in the Democratic-controlled state Assembly on Monday, setting the stage for potential pushback from Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed a similar measure last fall. The bill, which must still be passed by the state Senate, directs California to develop a five-year plan to hand out condoms in the state prison system, where existing law already criminalizes sex acts between inmates, regardless of consent. Opponents of the plan have predicted prisoners in the overcrowded system could use condoms to store contraband rather than for safe sex, while backers say it could help cut down on high rates of sexually transmitted diseases among inmates. “Sexually transmitted disease is a tragic reality of life in prison,” said Oakland Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who introduced the bill.

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Does caregiving cause psychological stress? It depends, says study of female twins

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Does caregiving cause psychological stress? It depends, says study of female twins
A newly published study shows that the associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress (depression, anxiety, perceived stress and perceived mental health) depend largely on a person’s genes and upbringing — and less so on the difficulty of caregiving.

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5 Ways to Build Your Daughter’s Confidence

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Good News – The Huffington Post
5 Ways to Build Your Daughter’s Confidence
Growing up, I had confidence issues. My daddy always told me I was beautiful. So, why didn’t I feel beautiful?

Well, for starters, as a young girl, I couldn’t have cared less about being pretty. I wanted to be smart and strong. But, no one ever told me that I was smart or strong. I only ever got compliments on my beauty.

Clearly, beauty was my strong suit… so I stuck with it. In fact, I became obsessed with it. I knew that I would never be the smartest, so I thought I had to be the prettiest. I had to be perfect. But, nobody is perfect.

Now, as mother to a daughter, I never want to set her up to feel obligated to be the prettiest. Or to feel obligated to be the smartest. I want her to be whoever she wants to be. She does not have to do anything to impress me. She impresses me as she is (a little blonde flame). Solace for me is seeing my daughter happy and confident. But, how do I make sure that she possesses these traits always?

5 Ways to Build Your Daughter’s Confidence:

1. Back her up. Let her know you are there, whether she is up or down. Always. Unconditionally. She will be more confident to face the world if she knows that someone is backing her in every single decision she makes.

2. Listen more than you talk. As her parent, it is natural that she will see your words as condescending, if you do not choose them wisely. The best approach is to listen and let her talk through her issues. Life (and the heaps of emotions that accompany it) becomes more clear when it is discussed. While she is sharing her life with you, show support and understanding. But more importantly, relate to what she says. She needs to know that what she is saying, feeling and doing are normal and part of life. Coach her into solving her problems with a little (and unnoticed) nudge in the right direction.

3. Encourage passion. Let her explore her passions freely. She may not follow in your footsteps. Let her make her own. She may play soccer, rock at the piano or maybe she will be interested in insects. At the end of the day, it’s her life. Who are you to steer her clear of spiders and football because long legs and tackles make you cringe? They may light a fire inside your daughter. Passion is her gateway to happiness. And if she can find happiness, confidence will follow.

4. Let her cry. Don’t let her be afraid to express herself. She should not only be proud of who she is, but also in her ability to love, hate, cry and laugh. Encourage her to share her emotions freely without reserve. There is an innocence and honesty to those who are confident enough to express themselves without fear of judgment.

5. A unique beauty. Tell her she is beautiful and unique. She is, after all, uniquely beautiful. She should be confident inside and out. She should know the qualities that she possesses. She should know what she is able to give to the world and those around her. Tell her when she is acting kindly, when her smile is lighting up a room and when she is making you happy. She should know that she is smart and strong, not just beautiful. And for goodness’ sake, if you are proud of her, tell her, so she can be proud of herself.

Happy girls are the prettiest.

To read more of this series, visit www.sarahdriscoll.com.

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Bulimic symptomatology: The role of adaptive perfectionism, shape and weight concern, and self-esteem.

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MedWorm: Binge Eating Disorder
Bulimic symptomatology: The role of adaptive perfectionism, shape and weight concern, and self-esteem.
This study aimed to replicate the cross-sectional model in a clinical sample of women with eating disorders, and to investigate whether the model could predict changes in binge eating and purging at the end of treatment. Eating disorder outpatients (n=353) completed measures of perfectionism, weight/shape concern, self-esteem, and bulimic symptoms at pre-treatment and discharge. Contrary to the hypotheses, the three-way interaction did not predict binge eating or purging cross-sectionally or prospectively as a moderator of psychotherapy outcome. It was concluded that the robustness of the interactive model seems questionable and may be impacted by an inadequate conceptualization of the perfectionism construct.
PMID: 21704980 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] (Source: Behaviour Resear…

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