Blinking is an involuntary act designed to clean the cornea and keep the eye moist by keeping tears evenly distributed. Children blink an average of 12 to 20 times per minute. Several factors contribute to excessive blinking, including stress, habit, brain damage and medical disorders. Treatment of excessive blinking depends on the cause. Habit The majority of excessive … [Read more...] about Excessive Blinking in Children
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Swearing might have a proper time and place, but it can certainly be a red flag in a relationship. Check out what does it mean when your partner curses at you? Automatic Swearing Did you know that swearing can actually be produced in two different parts of the brain? It's true! When someone swears out of sudden frustration, the profanity is usually produced in the part of … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean When Your Partner Curses at You?
I’ve built my career - literally - with words; in fact, writing and communication are two of my biggest passions. And so, it is with confidence and from experience that I say (more often than not) the old adage of “less is more” rings true. Sometimes the smallest word makes the biggest impact, and although this word may be seemingly simple, its definition might be … [Read more...] about The Many Meanings of the Word “Fine”
As we head into Halloween, I want to offer a few cautions based on 18 Halloweens as a parent. First: Feed your kids dinner BEFORE they go Trick or Treating. This took me five years to learn. Children will not eat peas and chicken after 20 Reese’s peanut butter cups. Second: Please do not limit your kids’ Halloween candy to five pieces or force them to sell their loot to … [Read more...] about Halloween Tricks (for Parents)
Not all home pregnancy tests have the same level of sensitivity to hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), the pregnancy hormone, so some will show a positive result early in a woman's pregnancy, and some won't register positive until up to a week after a missed period. What the majority of tests do have in common is that positive results doesn't always last long enough to show off … [Read more...] about How Long Does a Positive Result Last on a Home Pregnancy Test?