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Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave

More pro athletes are taking time off to be with their families in the delivery room. Yet Major League Baseball remains the only one of the four major professional leagues in North America to have a standardized paternity leave policy. The NFL, NBA and NHL leave the matter up to individual players and their teams.

Hangry? Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

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A quick candy bar prevent major fights between husbands and wives. That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.

At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

NEW YORK — More women are staying at home full time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in …

Kosher Coke bubbles up for Passover

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Kosher Coke. It’s the real thing. The weekend before Passover begins, it flies off the shelves at stores such as Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie. For Passover, which begins Monday evening and ends April 22, Coca-Cola produces limited batches of its soft drink in accordance …

Glenview doctor, sanctioned for improper prescribing, tops list of Illinois docs profiting from Medicare

Before he found himself in hot water with state and federal watchdogs, Dr. Rakesh Jagetia was paid almost $20,000 for each Medicare patient he saw in 2012, for a total of nearly $5.3 million — the most, by far, paid to any Illinois doctor by …

Math may help whittle away jet lag

WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have …

Males can be victims of sexual assault too

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A new study published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity found that 43 percent of high school and college-age men report they have experienced “unwanted sexual contact.”

Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study

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CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of …

Hockey moms go from the bench to the ice

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After a decade of watching her kids have all the fun, hockey mom Camy Gould went from the stands to the ice when she decided to play women’s hockey.

Chronic stress can slow the healing process

Q. My husband, 70, broke his ankle two years ago, and he still limps around in pain that keeps him awake at night. He’s always under a lot of stress, so I was wondering, could stress be why he isn’t healing properly? A. Many factors, …

Make sure expectations are clear before moving in together

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If you want a wedding in your future, living together doesn’t have to preclude that. Here are some things to keep in mind.

New car smell may be enjoyable, but risky

Q. I’m ready for a new car, but someone just told me that “new car smell” is actually toxic. Is that true? Should I get a used car? A. That was a fairly big problem in the not-so-distant past, but car manufacturers today are taking …

Push on as Obamacare deadline approaches

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Workers who help people find health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are making the final push as the March 31 deadline for signing up approaches.

Work on timing so your arrivals are at same time

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Sexual pleasure is not created equal. Think of it this way: If men are like microwaves, women are more like slow cookers.

With food allergies, ‘constant vigilance’ and educating others are musts

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One in 13 U.S. children suffers from food allergies, and the numbers are growing, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. In fact, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

The cool trend of ‘vaping’ is not without health risks

Their 16-year-old daughter thinks ‘vaping’ is cool. It may be trendy, but is it a health risk as well?