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Despite claims to the contrary, the real thing cannot be replicated. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision via Getty Images

New technologies claiming to copy human milk reuse old marketing tactics to sell baby formula and undermine breastfeeding

Around the globe, 823,000 child deaths could be prevented annually with appropriate breastfeeding. Formula makers continue to defy a 40-year-old international code on marketing their product.
Isolation and other pandemic stresses can harm pregnant women’s mental health, with effects on their babies too. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Pregnancy during COVID-19 lockdown: How the pandemic has affected new mothers

Pregnant women’s experiences can affect their babies’ health, even into adulthood. Researchers know societywide stresses can lead to these long-term consequences – and the pandemic likely fits the bill.
‘The Craft: Legacy,’ to be released this fall, is a remake of the 1996 teen witch film ‘The Craft’ and suggests the continued relevance of punk and goth influences for rebellious teens. Here, detail from the 2020 poster. (Sony Pictures/Blumhouse Productions)

Dressed to kill: 6 ways horror folklore is fashioned in the movies

Some horror films explore women’s struggles for empowerment, sexual freedom and self-fulfilment. Six movies show the ghost, bride, mother, vampiress, witch and monster as guises of vengeful women.
Distant relatives? Visiting mom during the pandemic may be a risk. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Everyday ethics: Should I visit my mother?

Is it right to visit family members during the pandemic, even if they say they don’t want you to come? Philosophy may hold the answer.
Every known culture on Earth has special words for kids to call their parents. XiXinXing via Getty Images

Why do kids call their parents ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’?

One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ in the world’s languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.
In places where children die with tragic frequency, the collective grief of parents affects all society. Mary Long/Shutterstock

Measuring maternal grief in Africa

In many sub-Saharan African countries, 20% of mothers have suffered the death of a child, a new study finds. In Mali, Liberia and Malawi, it’s common for mothers to lose two children.

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