2010-05-18 warm mother in may protect against disease



A loving mother who kisses her child's boo-boos may be providing more health benefits than she knows.

New research indicates that early childhood experiences can have a lasting effect on health by influencing a person's risk for chronic inflammation, the immune reaction that is the body's first line of defense against disease.

"We already know inflammation is a big determinant of disease, and now we're asking, what are the determinants of inflammation," said study researcher Steven Cole, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.(Read entire article)

2010-05-07 Children of mean, psychologically abusive mothers suffer well into adulthood: report


For those who grew up living with Mommy Dearest, Mother's Day isn't always a celebration. Adult victims of maternal abuse don't have warm memories of spending time with a loving, supportive mother and they may still suffer from low self-esteem and depression.

Many studies show when mothers criticize, humiliate and withhold their affection, the toll it takes can last for a lifetime, according to ABC News. (Read entire article)