China is softening the slogans for its One Child Policy, but most couples still aren't allowed to choose to have more than one child.In the United States, many people equate being "pro choice" with being "pro abortion" and think that reproductive rights are mostly about a woman's desire to avoid having kids. But in the China, being "pro choice" means almost the opposite -- it's has to do with allowing people to choose to have children. And now, as if to acknowledge this difference, the Chinese government has decided to change the way its promotes its long-standing One Child Policy.
The policy was put in place in 1979; since then, there have been 250 million fewer births in China. That, coupled with a preference for male offspring, has created a modern marriage crisis: A 2010 study by the Chinese Academy of Social Science found that more than 24 million Chinese males of marrying age are likely to be unable to find themselves a bride, an imbalance attributed to the One Child Policy and sex-selective abortions.
The new campaign is known as the "face-washing project," the Chinese communist party newspaper, The
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 28, 2012 6:19 PM EST
China is softening the slogans for its One Child Policy, but most couples still aren't allowed to choose to have more than one child.In the United States, many people equate being "pro choice" with being "pro abortion" and think that reproductive rights are mostly about a woman's desire to avoid having kids. But in the China, being "pro choice" means almost the opposite -- it's has to do with allowing people to choose to have children. And now, as if to acknowledge this difference, the Chinese government has decided to change the way its promotes its long-standing One Child Policy.Read More »from China's New One Child Policy Slogans: What It's like when Pro Choice Isn't an Option
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Feb 28, 2012 2:08 PM EST
Should you be able to read what your kids are texting?In the age of sexting and cyber bullying, you might assume that parents could easily monitor what they're kids are doing on the phone and online. But you'd be wrong.Read More »from Do Kids Have a Right to Privacy when it Comes to Texting?
"If I have a 13-year-old being harassed via text, I can't call and get those texts," father of six Rich Crandall, a republican state Senator from Arizona, told the Arizona Republic. So he's proposed a law (Senate Bill 1219) that would require cell phone companies to give Arizona parents access to their minor children's text messages.
Right now, federal law requires that the people who create the content -- in this case, the kids -- must be the ones to allow others to access it. In order to avoid violating federal law, wireless companies would probably have to get the child's permission before giving the content of the text messages to the parents. Parents, on the other hand, feel that they should automatically be able to access that content, given that they are usually the ones who purchase the phones and pay the bills.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Mon, Feb 27, 2012 2:58 PM EST
A 2010 email accusing President Barack Obama of removing the American flag from the White House and redecorating the Oval Office with a "Middle Eastern" theme has gone viral once again, uploaded by users on several websites over the weekend -- including Yahoo! Shine. It has been debunked several times over.
For the record:
The picture of President Obama addressing reporters while standing in front of a bright-yellow curtain wasn't taken in the Oval Office. As several sources confirm, that's the East Room, a reception room on the second (or "State") floor of the White House, and the curtains -- a brocade pattern featuring birds, medallions, flowers, olive branches, and winged angels (yes, angels) -- have been there since Jacqueline Kennedy redecorated the room nearly 50 years ago. (Both Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush redesigned the curtains during their husbands' administrations, but used the same fabric.) Here's a closer look at the curtain:
The American Flag is still prominently Read More »from Debunking the Obama Decorating Myth: What Does the Oval Office Really Look Like?
Girl Scouts Banned from VA Church for Being Connected to Planned Parenthood, Even Though They're NotBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Feb 24, 2012 10:29 PM EST
Girl Scouts selling cookies in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Girl Scout troops in Chantilly, Virginia, have been banned from meeting at a local Catholic church and the school that's affiliated with it.Read More »from Girl Scouts Banned from VA Church for Being Connected to Planned Parenthood, Even Though They're Not
Not only will girls no longer be allowed to meet on school or church grounds, they are forbidden from wearing their uniforms and badge-bedecked sashes on school or church property, too.
The reason? According to the pastor of the Arlington Diocese, it's all Planned Parenthood's fault.
Since the troop is part of the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the pastor said, and WAGGGS is partnered with Planned Parenthood, the scouts' agenda doesn't align with church teachings, a spokesman for the church explained. "Every pastor in the diocese has the responsibility to determine how best to use their parish facilities, consider the requests of outside groups, and reconcile such requests with the needs and mission of their parish community," the pastor said in a statement reported by NBC News.
Except, as local Girls Scout
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 23, 2012 9:32 PM EST
A group of medical experts has endorsed a new diet drug to combat obesity, recommending it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval later this year. But some say that the health risks associated with the drug, Qnexa, are greater than any weight-loss benefit it may provide.
In a clinical trial involving 4,323 people, participants lost an average of 10 percent of their total body weight in the first year of using Qnexa, and some saw improvements in blood pressure as well.
But less than two years ago, the same panel of experts decided that Qnexa was too dangerous to put on the market, since it had a documented history of causing heart problems and birth defects.
What made them change their minds?
Turns out it was a simple promise and a plan: The drug's manufacturer, Vivus Inc., agreed to keep a close eye on patients who are prescribed Qnexa, making them take monthly pregnancy tests (to avoid the possibility of birth defects)Read More »from Qnexa, new weight-loss drug, approved by FDA despite health risks
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 23, 2012 5:04 PM EST
In Georgia, as members of the state House of Representative debate a bill that would send people to prison for performing abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, Democratic freshman state representative Yasmin Neal has offered up a bill that prohibits vasectomies.
"Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies," House Bill 116 states. "There is substantial evidence that unregulated vasectomies result in fewer unwanted pregnancies and, by extension, fewer births. It is patently unfair that men can avoid the rewards of unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgement over such matters is more valid than the judgement of the General Assembly."
Predictably, Neal's bill has caused an uproar -- mostly among Republicans who have workedRead More »from Georgia lawmaker counters abortion bill with one restricting vasectomies. Well, why not?
Santorum Struggles During Ariz. Debate (Video), Michelle Obama Continues to Campaign, Romney and Obama Offer Tax PlansBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, Feb 23, 2012 12:01 PM EST
The four Republican presidential hopefuls debate the issues Wednesday night in Arizona. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Here's a look at what's happened recently in the world of politics.Read More »from Santorum Struggles During Ariz. Debate (Video), Michelle Obama Continues to Campaign, Romney and Obama Offer Tax Plans
Santorum struggles during Arizona debate
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney opened Wednesday night's debate in Arizona by criticizing former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum about his record in Congress.
Romney pointed out that Santorum had voted to fund Planned Parenthood and the Department of Education and voted to raise the debt ceiling five times, among other things. Santorum later accused Romney of being the inspiration behind President Barack Obama's Affordable Health Act, and pointed out that Romney supported the Wall Street bailout but not the TARP auto industry bailout.
While discussing the recent contraception coverage controversy, Santorum reiterated his belief that birth control is "dangerous" for women, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused President Obama of "legalizing infanticide" before warning that government-mandated coverage for contraception was a step toward totalitarianism.
How much sleep do you really need?Parents might feel like they forgo sleep as soon as they bring their baby home, but the longest any person has gone without sleep(on purpose) has been 11 straight days.Read More »from How Long Can You Go Without Sleep?
There were a few side effects.
Randy Gardner was a 17-year-old high school student in California when he decided to avoid sleeping for 264 hours in a row. It was 1964, and, according to researchers, he ended up suffering from memory problems, paranoia, and hallucinations because of it. Other studies have linked sleep deprivation in mice to the development of characteristics associated with Alzheimer's disease, and some have shown that chronic sleep loss may cause obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, and diabetes among human and animal test subjects alike.
Sleeping helps our brains develop and make neurological connections, bolsters our immune systems, consolidates memories, process information and helps our bodies heal. According to a 2011 National Sleep Foundation poll, 43 percent of American say
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 21, 2012 5:24 PM EST
Should unborn children have full legal rights?Last week, the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 1 (HB1), which grants unborn children "at every stage of development… all of the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the Commonwealth." And in Oklahoma, the state senate voted 38-4 to pass Senate Bill 1433 (S.B. 1433), changing the state's definition of the word "person" to include unborn children "from the moment of conception." While backers of the bills insist they don't restrict abortion, stem-cell research, or contraception, opponents warn that the bills erode women's reproductive rights and could have far-reaching consequences.Read More »from Unborn Babies and Legal Rights: What Do Personhood Bills Really Mean for Women?
What do these bills really mean for women?
The Virginia bill now heads to that state's Senate for debate; if it passes in the Senate, governor Robert McDonnell has said that he would consider the bill, but did not promise to sign it or to veto it. The Oklahoma bill now goes to the state's House, where there are more than twice as many
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 17, 2012 5:18 PM EST
The popular Spinbrush may cause injuries, the FDA warns.Popular battery-powered "spinning" toothbrushes may do more harm than good, chipping teeth, slashing gums, and causing facial injuries instead of merely keeping cavities at bay.Read More »from Spinbrush Toothbrush May Chip Teeth, Cause Injuries, FDA Warns
In a statement issued Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that pieces of the Arm & Hammer brand Spinbrush (known as the Crest Spinbrush until 2009) could detach, causing a choking hazard and injuries to the face and mouth.
"It's important that consumers know how to avoid the risks associated with using the Spinbrush," Shumaya Ali, M.P.H., a consumer safety officer at the Food and Drug Administration, said in the statement. "We've had reports in which parts of the toothbrush broke off during use and were released into the mouth with great speed, causing broken teeth and presenting a choking hazard."
Related: Tips for getting your child to brush his or her teeth
Though the warning specifically involves all versions of the adult and child-size Spinbrush, the FDA says that any electric