OSU parenting experts offer advice for families under quarantine

When schools started closing their doors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, parents nationwide suddenly found themselves trying to home-school their children, work from home, and keep everyone fed and clothed while maintaining some semblance of sanity.

Resources for parents during COVID-19 quarantine

Shauna Tominey, an assistant professor of practice at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, has compiled an extensive list of resources and tips for parents at home with their children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a parenting education specialist and author of the book “Creating Compassionate Kids: Essential Conversations to Have with Young Children.”

Culturally adapted materials boost Latino participation in diabetes education programs

An Oregon State University study published last week found that diabetes education programs that are linguistically and culturally tailored to Latinos lead to significantly higher rates of completion among Latino participants — even higher than rates among non-Latinos enrolled in the English versions of those programs.

Parents modeling physical activity help kids with developmental disabilities improve motor skills

It’s a self-perpetuating cycle: Kids with developmental disabilities face challenges in building motor skills, which makes them less able to participate in routine physical activity, which gives them less opportunity to practice those same motor skills.

Oregon State University COVID-19 experts

The following Oregon State University faculty and staff have expertise related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and are willing to speak with journalists.

Chronic environmental stressors, not combat exposure, biggest predictor of PTSD in Korean Vietnam veterans

In the Vietnam War, the second-largest contingent of soldiers fighting North Vietnam came from Korea. Now, 45 years later, roughly 40% of Korean Vietnam veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder, a rate higher than their American counterparts.

OSU veterinary chaplain helps guide pet owners through uncertainty and grief

A talk with OSU's vet chaplain

Plant-based relatives of cholesterol could help gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, other diseases

Gene-infused nanoparticles used for combating disease work better when they include plant-based relatives of cholesterol because their shape and structure help the genes get where they need to be inside cells.

Mother’s milk and infant health focus of Science Pub Corvallis

The benefits of mother’s milk for babies, such as lower disease risks and improved cognitive development, are well known. But the story isn’t so clear for infants born prematurely. Even when fed breast milk they can fail to thrive. At Science Pub Corvallis on March 9, David Dallas will explore what scientists know about human milk and how babies digest it.

‘Birth Settings’ report explores medical disparities in the U.S.; highlights Oregon’s success

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A report released earlier this month dives deep into the ongoing inequities surrounding childbirth in the U.S., with Oregon emerging as a leading example of how to do better.

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