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About Claire
Claire Gillespie is a journalist based in Glasgow, UK. Before the digital age, she wrote for several Scottish publications including The Herald, Daily Record and The Big Issue. A former parenting editor at SheKnows.com, the biggest women's digital lifestyle media brand in the US, she knows the importance of crafting engaging copy, sourcing reputable experts, and meeting deadlines.
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My Stepkids Love Me, But Their Mom Hates Me

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vice.com
Jenn Evelyn-Ann shares her experiences as a stepmother, detailing the challenges and joys of blending families. Despite her positive relationship with her stepchildren, she faces hostility from their biological mother, which impacts her mental health. Clinical psychologist Melanie English offers advice on handling such situations, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a positive environment for the children and not engaging in negative discussions about their mother. Evelyn-Ann reflects on the importance of her role and the need to stay resilient for the well-being of her stepchildren.

How Gross Is it to Share Your Toothbrush?

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vice.com
The article explores the health implications of sharing a toothbrush, highlighting expert opinions and official guidelines. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against it due to the risk of transmitting bacteria and viruses, experts like Kenneth Magid and Gary Glassman discuss the potential health risks, including staph, E. coli, and strep. However, the consensus is that the danger is minimal if both parties are healthy and maintain good oral hygiene. The article provides practical advice for those who choose to share a toothbrush, emphasizing thorough cleaning and regular replacement.

How Your Social Life Changes if You Give Up Drinking

01 Feb 2018  |  www.vice.com
Sobriety significantly impacts one's social life, as alcohol is often central to social events. The author, who stopped drinking due to its negative effects on their life, shares insights and tips for socializing while sober. Accepting the change, building confidence over time, trusting in true friends, and having a backup plan are key strategies. Experts like John Mendelson and Mark Willenbring suggest finding new social circles where drinking isn't the focus and being prepared to address questions about not drinking.

Brain-boosting foods

04 Sep 2017  |  The Healthy
The article discusses the importance of a healthy and well-balanced diet for both physical and brain health. It highlights that certain foods are particularly beneficial for the brain, providing essential nutrients such as healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. These nutrients are said to enhance memory and concentration and may also protect against brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. The article promises to list 25 nutrient-dense foods that can boost brain health, as well as mentioning an additional 33 healthy foods that are surprisingly nutritious.

Protein shakes aren't just for young gym buffs, anymore.

04 Sep 2017  |  The Healthy
A study from McMaster University, published in PLOS ONE, has found that a protein-based, multi-ingredient nutritional supplement can significantly improve the physical strength of senior citizens. The research involved two groups of men aged 70 and older, with one group taking the supplement and the other a placebo. After six weeks without exercise, the supplement group gained lean body mass, and with added exercise, they experienced greater strength gains compared to the placebo group. The study highlights the potential of such supplements to combat sarcopenia, the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength, which can lead to increased risks of falls and metabolic disorders.

Report/opinion piece on Sweden's official inclusion of a gender-neutral pronoun.

Report on Swansea University's Student Sex Work Project.

Report on a more humane approach to addiction, with input from the founders of Save the Michaels of the World Inc. and other addiction specialists.

The Long Wait for Antidepressants to Kick in May Soon Be Over

18 Aug 2017  |  The Healthy
The article discusses the challenges faced by people with depression, particularly the long wait for antidepressants like SSRIs (e.g., Prozac and Zoloft) to take effect. It highlights new research from Rockefeller University and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University, published in the journal Neuron, which investigates why SSRIs take weeks to work. The study found that SSRIs activate different serotonin receptors over time and that long-term treatment reorganizes neural activity. It also points to the role of a protein called p11 and CCK neurons in the hippocampus in the potential development of faster-acting antidepressants. The research aims to create more targeted drugs with fewer side effects. The article also reminds readers that not all antidepressants work for everyone and provides a resource for what to do if antidepressants are not effective.

9 Ways to Reduce Parental Anxiety That Actually Work – SheKnows

08 Mar 2017  |  SheKnows
The article discusses the common phenomenon of parental anxiety and offers various strategies to manage it. It acknowledges that worry is a natural part of parenting but emphasizes that it can become excessive. Licensed therapist Rachel Kazez suggests recognizing when healthy traits turn into anxious ones. Tips to reduce anxiety include accepting anxieties, avoiding the word 'should', practicing breathing exercises, trusting instincts, taking breaks from social media and news, allowing children to learn from experience, letting go of parental guilt, and engaging in physical or mental activities to disrupt anxious thoughts. Experts like Carrie Krawiec and Tom Kersting provide insights on managing stress and the impact of external influences like social media and news on parental anxiety.

How Gross Is It to Share Your Toothbrush?

27 Feb 2017  |  www.vice.com
The article humorously discusses the dilemma of whether it is acceptable to share a toothbrush with a partner or friend, particularly in a situation where someone has forgotten to bring their own. It presents various opinions from a straw poll of friends, ranging from disgust to indifference, and poses the question of whether to prioritize dental hygiene or the discomfort of sharing such a personal item.

My Depression Made Me a Better Parent

30 Jan 2017  |  www.vice.com
The author reflects on how their experience with depression, particularly postpartum depression, has influenced their parenting style. Despite initial feelings of inadequacy, they have come to see their depression as a factor that has made them a more empathetic and understanding parent. They emphasize the importance of open communication with their children about emotions and mental health, and the value of creating a supportive environment where their children feel free to express themselves. Clinical psychologist Stacey Radin supports the author's approach, highlighting the benefits of understanding and sharing one's struggles without burdening the children with responsibility.

My Dog is My Therapist

14 Dec 2016  |  www.vice.com
The article discusses the personal experience of the author with depression and the unique support they receive from their dog, Fia. The author highlights the benefits of having a pet while dealing with mental illness, such as never feeling alone, being encouraged to exercise, and having a non-judgmental companion. A recent study is mentioned, which involved researchers from the University of Manchester and University of Southampton. The study, involving 54 people with severe mental illness, found that 60 percent of participants considered their pets as a crucial part of their support network. Pets were said to help by providing distraction from symptoms, encouraging engagement with the world, and offering constant companionship. The study, led by research fellow Helen Brooks, emphasizes the role pets play in managing mental health conditions on a daily basis.

Anti-helicopter parent playground comes with a large dose of slur and sexism – SheKnows

19 Oct 2016  |  SheKnows
The article discusses Mike Lanza's 'Playborhood,' a concept and physical space he created to encourage children to play freely and take physical risks without constant adult supervision. Lanza, who has written a book on the subject, criticizes modern parenting, particularly mothers, for being overprotective and limiting children's experiences. The author of the article expresses agreement with the idea of children playing outdoors and taking some risks but disagrees with Lanza's generalizations about mothers and his apparent disregard for girls' experiences with helicopter parenting. The author advocates for a balanced approach to parenting, allowing children freedom while still maintaining a level of responsibility and safety.

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