America's leading physicians share their stories of medical miracles in a critically acclaimed new bestseller

Dr. Harley A. Rotbart

Miracles We Have Seen

"Miracles We Have Seen" endorsed by Archbishop of NY; U.S. Atty Gen'l; Nobel Peace Prize winner; NYT bestselling authors; prominent clergy; major foundations

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, September 14, 2016 / — "Miracles We Have Seen – America's Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can't Forget." Edited by Harley A. Rotbart, M.D. and published by HCI Books, the famed publisher of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the book is a collection of 85 extraordinary essays written by renowned specialists in virtually every field of medicine. The essays recount, in moving everyday language, clinical events which stunned the physicians and everyone else involved – impossible cures, breathtaking resuscitations, extraordinary awakenings, spectacular serendipities, and recovery from unimaginable disasters. Still other physicians wrote of experiences in which the miracle was more emotional than physical, yet also left a lasting imprint. Doctors sharing in gut-wrenching decisions made by patients and families, and then in the resulting joy—or heartbreak. Discovering a silver lining of forgiveness or resilience, a child’s wisdom or a family’s generosity of spirit, which evoked salvation and triumph in the face of sadness and tragedy.

The book has been endorsed by, among many others: Bestselling medical writers Jerome Groopman, M.D. and Perri Klass, M.D.; Archbishop of New York Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan; Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People; Dr. Bernard Lown, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and Founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility; Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul; Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the U.S.; the heads of major charitable foundations including the Bishop Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation; and the Presidents or Past Presidents of virtually every major medical organization (AMA, AAP, AAFP, APA, ACOG, ACP).

Praise for Miracles We Have Seen

“As a witness to one of the miracles recounted in this uplifting book, I welcome Dr. Rotbart’s extraordinary collection of compelling testimonies from leading physicians…”
–Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

“… so refreshing, so soul-restoring…
—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"… these remarkable essays inspire wonder, awe, and a sense of pride of being human…”
―Bernard Lown, MD, Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility

“…will stay with you long after you have put the book down. You will be moved to tears…will leave you with a sense of awe and optimism.”
—Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and creator of The Success Principles Series

"A beautifully written collection…a unique contribution that will inspire and edify."
―Jerome Groopman, MD, New York Times bestselling author

“…a testament to the medical miracles that happen every day when skill, science and spirituality meet.”
–Rev Mpho A Tutu van Furth, Executive Director, Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation;

“…one of the best books I have ever read…will make you want to cry, cheer, embrace, pause and reflect on the miracles that occur each and every day…a timeless treasure.”
–Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S., Past President, American Psychiatric Association;

"…a collection of essays from top medical professionals in various disciplines that showcase patient outcomes that have defied all expectations and, in many cases, scientific explanations. The essays are written with a blend of technical detail, which fully explains the miraculous events, and a conversational appeal to the unknown, which will engage readers who feel there is more to life than the empirically verifiable…Incredibly broad, both in the specialties represented and in the types of miraculous events described, this collection captures the hope that captivated those who experienced the events firsthand…the experiences and perspectives this book contains is sure to provide inspiration.

–Publisher's Weekly (Sept.)

Each essayist was invited to designate a favorite charity, and Dr. Rotbart is donating 100% of net author proceeds to those charities, which are listed at the back of the book.

On September 13, Day 1 of the book's release, "Miracles We Have Seen" climbed to the top of both Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestseller lists. The book is available in all stores where fine books are sold, including all Barnes and Nobles stores, and online at,, and all other book vendors.

DR. HARLEY ROTBART has been a nationally renowned pediatric specialist, parenting expert, speaker, and educator for over three decades. He is Professor and Vice Chair Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications, and four previous books for general audiences: 940 Saturdays; No Regrets Parenting; Germ Proof Your Kids; and The On Deck Circle of Life, which was endorsed by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Dr. Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996, as well as receiving numerous other national and local awards for re- search, teaching, and clinical work. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Parents Magazine and and makes numerous media appearances every year, including two recent satellite media tours with American Idol finalists to promote influenza prevention. Dr. Rotbart is a regular contributor to Parents Magazine and the New York Times, is a consultant to national and local media outlets, and writes his own blog at “Coach Harley” coached youth baseball and basketball for sixteen years, including eight years at the high school level. Dr. Rotbart and his wife, Sara, live in Denver, Colorado, and are the parents of three grown kids, each a miracle in his or her own way.

More information about Dr. Rotbart's "Miracles Project" at

Harley A Rotbart, M.D.
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Wisconsin author inks positive parenting book with Tate

Author William J. Callaghan recently partnered with Tate Publishing to kick-start the publication process of his parenting guidebook, “Raised with Praise.”

The five star reviews on are telling of the way readers have responded to ‘Raised with Praise.’

— Stacy Baker, Acquisitions Editor, Tate Publishing

EAU CLAIRE, WIS., UNITED STATES, September 14, 2016 / — EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Author William J. Callaghan recently partnered with Tate Publishing to kick-start the publication process of his parenting guidebook, “Raised with Praise: How my Parents Made me a Happy Soul.”

An inspirational story about a large Irish Catholic family and of parents raising children in a positive light, “Raised with Praise” is written as a tribute to Callaghan’s parents and captures stories from his parents, brothers and sisters.

“I wrote this book to inspire other parents and show them another way to look at raising children. In May of 2000, while sitting in the hot tub at the Embassy Suites in Chicago, the idea to write this book landed in the tub like a cannon ball – complete with the title of the book. The Holy Spirit gave me inspiration, guidance, and a helping hand to publish on my own ‘Raised with Praise’ on December 7, 2009. It is about family and the importance of raising children in an atmosphere that is proactive and positive vs. reactive and negative.”

“The five-star reviews on are telling of the way readers have responded to ‘Raised with Praise.’ One of the readers wrote a comment that this self-help book changed the way they plan to raise their son,” states Stacy Baker, Acquisitions Editor for Tate Publishing.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Callaghan has worked since 1980 in his family’s business in Osseo as a Solids Processing Engineer. He wrote and self-published “Raised with Praise” in 2009. In 2015, he was nominated as founding President of the Chippewa Valley Local Authors. He and his wife, Laurel, live in Eau Claire and recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They are blessed with four wonderful children.

On the day Callaghan was born in 1960, his mother was asked by the doctor what she’s going to do differently with her ninth child. Her mom replied, “I’m going to raise him with praise.” Callaghan is a product of that profound approach to parenting and continued that approach when he and his wife raise their four children. He looks at the positives in life because that’s how he was raised from day one.


For more information or to request a review copy, please contact Michelle Whitman, publicist, at (405) 310-1533 or send an e-mail to

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‘More Equalized Approach to Child Custody' to Become Law Aug. 28

Missouri Takes First Step in Supporting Children's Best Interest

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI, USA, August 18, 2016 / — National Parents Organization (NPO) congratulates the Missouri legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon for acting in the best interest of children by signing the state’s bill promoting shared parenting into law. Previously known as HB 1550, the law “creates a more equalized approach to child custody and visitation,” according to the Governor’s office. The change, which takes effect Aug. 28, is based on the overwhelming amount of research showing shared parenting, or 50/50 custody, after divorce is most beneficial for children’s health and wellbeing, as well as parental and gender equality.

“Children need and benefit from having both parents actively involved in their lives,” said Rep. Kathryn Swan, who supported the bill. “The shared parenting bill is a child-centered bill. It prohibits courts from adopting a cookie-cutter default custody order or plan. Instead, the parent work schedules, residence, location of the school, etc. are determining factors in developing a parenting plan that best meets the needs of the individual child or children.”

Prior to the Governor signing the proposal into law, the shared parenting bill unanimously passed the Senate, was supported in the House 154-2 and was studied by a subcommittee led by Patricia Scaglia, chair of The Missouri Bar's Family Law Section.

“Thank you, Gov. Nixon and Missouri legislators, for bringing state child custody laws in line with the latest research showing that most children desperately want and need shared parenting after divorce or separation,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, founder of National Parents Organization. “Too many families have suffered from the family courts' outdated preference for giving sole custody to one parent. Instead of setting up parents for a bitter and unnecessary custody battle, shared parenting allows families to heal from the pain of divorce and separation from a position of equality and co-parenting.”

By passing the law, Missouri begins to move shared parenting – a flexible arrangement where children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent, when both parents are fit – from the exception to the norm. In the past couple of years, a handful of states, including Utah, South Dakota and Minnesota, have added laws that encourage shared parenting, and more than 20 states have considered similar proposals.

“As someone who has seen first-hand how our current family court system unnecessarily tears families apart, I see the new law as a first step on the road toward ensuring that all Missouri children thrive when their parents divorce or separate,”said mother and grandmother Linda Reutzel, a National Parents Organization of Missouri member. “Once the law is in place, we hope attorneys and judges will stick to the original intent and act in the best interest of children.”


National Parents Organization, a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, seeks better lives for children through family law reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers after divorce or separation. The organization is focused on promoting shared parenting and preserving a child’s strong bond with both parents, which is critically important to their emotional, mental, and physical health. In 2014, National Parents Organization released the Shared Parenting Report Card, the first study to rank the states on child custody laws. Visit the National Parents Organization website at

Nancy Rigdon
National Parents Organization
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Autism Back to School Bash

Autism Back to School Bash, Aug. 14th

An Event Connecting Members of the New York Autism Community

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 9, 2016 / — The American Autism Association is excited to announce our Back to School Bash for all the families impacted by autism in our local community. Members of the local autism community of New York City have been invited to receive sensory-friendly school supplies for children with autism from our Supplies for the Spectrum Collection, while connecting with other parents of children with autism and community partners.

The Autism Back to School Bash is free for families, and registration is mandatory for all attendees. It will take place on Sunday, August 14th from 1:00-3:30pm at Pearl Studios in Midtown, Suite 1204.

The goal of the event is to help alleviate the financial burden that parents face during back to school season, while also celebrating the beginning of a new school year in an autism-friendly and positive environment. In addition to providing free school supplies from sponsors such as Curemark, Jack Daniels Motors, and Different Roads, the event will offer family and autism friendly activities such as a photo booth, crafts, raffles, an interactive Soca dance performance by Bobcat Kids, and some sweet treats sponsored by Dough Donuts, TuLu's Bakery, and Insomnia Cookies.

The American Autism Association believes in supporting families and individuals that have been affected by autism by increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with autism spectrum disorder face. Back to school can be an incredibly stressful period for parents of children with autism, who often lack the support systems and resources necessary to ease the transition. For this reason, the Autism Back to School Bash will provide information for parents looking to connect to additional resources and support for their child, including resources offered by the American Autism Association such as free of cost parenting workshops and therapeutic recreational programs.

About the American Autism Association

The American Autism Association is a not for profit organization that was founded in 2010 by Eduard Rozenfeld and Larry Sharon. Our team is dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by autism by increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with autism spectrum disorder face and providing free of cost resources and programs throughout the United States. Our organization offers education and advocacy information, support for families, therapeutic recreational programs, and parenting workshops for families. To learn more, visit our website at or call our team at (877) 654-4483.

Eliane Abou-Assi
American Autism Association
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The Honorable Katherine Tennyson Elected as NCJFCJ’s 72nd President

Judge Katherine Tennyson is NCJFCJ’s 72nd President

The Honorable Katherine Tennyson, Circuit Court Judge in Multnomah County, Ore. is the NCJFCJ's 2016-2017 president of the board of directors

RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, July 28, 2016 / — (Reno, Nev.) – The Honorable Katherine Tennyson, Circuit Court Judge in Multnomah County, Ore. is the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) 2016-2017 president of the board of directors.

“Judge Tennyson’s reputation throughout Oregon is that of a thinker and a creative leader,” said Ray Heysell, Oregon State Bar president. “She brings to her judicial role a commitment to fairness, but also a deep understanding of the impact of legal proceedings on families and children. She has, on many occasions, embraced a leadership role in creating positive, impactful change for the courts and the community. She’ll be a great leader for the NCJFCJ.”

Since July 2002, Judge Tennyson has served in the unified Family Law Department, hearing cases involving probate and protective proceedings, dissolution, custody, parenting time, support enforcement, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency and dependency, and termination of parental rights. Judge Tennyson became the Chief Probate Judge for the county in January 2007. Judge Tennyson has served as faculty in the national training Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases which is sponsored in part by the NCJFCJ. She is a 1981 graduate of Duke University and a 1984 graduate of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and was admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Washington in 1984.

Judge Tennyson also serves as faculty for NCJFCJ’s Child Abuse and Neglect Institutes, which have educated more than 1,000 judicial officers since 1996. Recently, the Oregon State Bar awarded the prestigious Wallace P. Carson Jr. Award for Judicial Excellence to Judge Tennyson.

“I am honored to work in tandem with a leader like Judge Katherine Tennyson,” said Joey Orduna Hastings, JD, chief executive officer of the NCJFCJ. “I know with Judge Tennyson at the helm, the possibilities are endless for the NCJFCJ as we continue to strive doing our best and most inspiring work in our nation’s courtrooms improving the welfare of children and helping families live free of violence.”

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

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Dear Mom & Dad, I Have Anxiety

Life-Changing Book Gives Voice to Millions of Children Struggling with Anxiety.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, July 18, 2016 / — Masterfully crafted by Corine Toren, ‘Dear Mom & Dad, I Have Anxiety’ teaches parents and guardians how to love, support and encourage a child living with the fierce, often-ignored effects of anxiety. Written entirely from a child’s perspective, Toren’s compelling resource is written for both young children and parents; one of the few books on the market to directly address the growing epidemic of childhood anxiety.

For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, California – While adult anxiety is now an officially-recognized disorder with proven treatment plans and research, anxiety among children is often put down to being “quiet”, “shy” or the result of “growing pains”. Young Californian author, Corine Toren, wants people to realize that childhood anxiety is in no way different from its adulthood counterpart, and requires equally as much attention and support.
In her powerful new book, ‘Dear Mom & Dad, I Have Anxiety: A Book For Parents From A Child's Perspective’, Toren takes parents inside the mind of a child struggling with anxiety, imparting vital coping strategies and support techniques that can help brighten the lives of millions of kids.
Ever wonder what's really going on inside your child's mind? Dear Mom & Dad, I Have Anxiety gives parents a glimpse of what it's like to be a child struggling with anxiety. The book includes the author's personal narrative as a child who grew up with anxiety, while also offering advice for parents about what to do during their children's toughest and most anxiety-driven moments. What makes Dear Mom & Dad, I Have Anxiety truly unique is that it is a parenting book completely written in the point of view of a child.
“This isn’t a book written by some behavioral expert in a white coat,” explains Toren. “But instead by a young woman who knows what it is like to suffer from anxiety as a child. I take readers inside the mind of a young girl so parents can experience the wrath of anxiety from her perspective. It’s a vivid and somewhat chilling experience, but vital perspective if adults are going to help and bring about tangible change.”
Continuing, “Parents will turn the last page better equipped to help their children through anxiety and even to resolve it altogether. Believe me, anxiety can affect children in an extremely profound way, sometimes to the point that the rest of their life can be blighted. But by knowing what it feels like to suffer, I’m confident parents can help children in ways they didn’t think possible.”
But it’s not just a resource for adults.
“Children are also able to pick up the book, come to the realization that they’re not alone and understand that the adults around them want to help them. Anxiety often pushes children into a “bubble” where everything is exacerbated by the fierce loneliness they feel. My book will remind them that light exists even during the darkest of their days.”
With the book’s demand expected to increase, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.
‘Dear Mom & Dad, I Have Anxiety: A Book For Parents From A Child's Perspective’ is available now:

About the Author:
Corine Toren is a new author! She is extremely passionate about writing, and has been pursuing a writing career since she was very young. Corine hopes to write more books, screenplays for film and television, and maybe even a musical one day!

Contact: Corine Toren / / 8184623880

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Boston Globe Supports Child-Centered Family Law Legislation

Massachusetts Bill Upholds Best Interests of Children

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2016 / — National Parents Organization applauds the Boston Globe for supporting Massachusetts’ Child-Centered Family Law bill and urges legislators to support the best interests of children by following the Globe’s advice and passing H4107, that was previously known as both S834 and H1207.

In the June 20 Globe editorial “Repeat After Us: Pass these Worthy Bills,” the editorial board wrote, “Massachusetts’ child custody laws are outdated. The Child-Centered Family Law bill acknowledges a widely held belief that isn’t always reflected in court orders: Children benefit from spending significant time with both parents. The legislation would encourage family-court judges to grant parents shared custody, with a child spending at least one-third of the time with each parent.”

Dr. Ned Holstein, M.D., Founder and Board Chair of Boston-based National Parents Organization, said, “As the clock ticks on this legislative session, the most pressing need for the children of Massachusetts is passage of the Child-Centered Family Law. Thank you, Boston Globe editorial board, for rightly urging legislators to make the best interests of children a top priority. We’ve long known that children desperately want and need shared parenting after divorce, and Massachusetts is long overdue for aligning our family courts with the overwhelming amount of research in favor of shared parenting.”

Almost 50 bipartisan Massachusetts legislators serve as sponsors and co-sponsors of the proposal. The proposal was born out of recommendations from the 18 distinguished stakeholders former Gov. Patrick appointed to the Massachusetts Working Group on Child-Centered Family Law, including NPO’s Dr. Holstein.

Currently, Massachusetts courts award sole physical custody to one parent, not shared parenting, a great majority of the time after divorce. While shared parenting remains unusual nationwide, it is gaining momentum. For instance, within the past year, at least two states – Utah and Minnesota – joined the list of states with laws supportive of shared parenting. Plus, another nearly 20 states have considered similar laws, and shared parenting bills have passed the state legislature and traveled to the Governor’s desk in two states in recent months – a Florida proposal was vetoed by Governor Rick Scott, and reform in Missouri is awaiting the signature of Governor Jay Nixon.

“I can’t think of a more historic close to the end of the 2016 Massachusetts legislative session than for our state to enact the Child-Centered Family Law,” Dr. Holstein said. “It will vastly improve the lives of the smaller number of children whose parents insist on a custody battle, as well as the large number of children whose parents agree to negotiate, and who will be likely to agree on shared parenting knowing that this would be the likely outcome if they litigated instead.”


Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization

A regular contributor to local and national media, Dr. Holstein is Founder and Chair of the Board of National Parents Organization. Dr. Holstein was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Massachusetts Working Group on Child Centered Family Law, and he was previously appointed by a Massachusetts Chief Justice to a task force charged with reviewing and revising the state's child support guidelines.

A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Holstein also earned a Master's degree in psychology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His medical degree is from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he serves on the faculty.


National Parents Organization, a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, seeks better lives for children through family law reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers after divorce or separation. The organization is focused on promoting shared parenting and preserving a child’s strong bond with both parents, which is critically important to their emotional, mental, and physical health. In 2014, National Parents Organization released the Shared Parenting Report Card, the first study to rank the states on child custody laws. Visit the National Parents Organization website at

Nancy Rigdon
National Parents Organization
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New evidence links exclusive breastfeeding, early play / stimulation to children's later success

Credit: School Transition and Readiness Project, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University. High res:

Saving Brains Partnership

Babies exclusively breastfed to 6 months old half as likely to have later conduct disorders;
Enriched play / stimulation to age 2 creates brighter 4-year-olds

These studies show how parents can help develop smart, social kids who make good decisions: breastfeed babies and play with children

— Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, June 21, 2016 / — A pair of new studies further strengthen scientific understanding of the links between what a child experiences in the first years of life and later childhood behaviour and abilities.

Funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada, researchers working in South Africa and Pakistan report their findings in papers launched today.

In the first study, an international team led by Dr Ruth M. Bland at the Africa Centre for Population Health assessed over 1,500 children in South Africa, 900 of whom had been involved in an early infant feeding study.

They found longer durations of exclusive breastfeeding strongly associated with fewer conduct disorders at ages 7 to 11 years. Children exclusively breastfed for the recommended six months, compared with those exclusively breastfed for less than one month, were approximately half (56 percent) as likely to have conduct disorders at primary school age.

Other highlighted findings, published in PLOS Medicine, included:

* Important determinants of a child's cognitive development: attending creche (preschool) and mother's IQ
* Children who attended creche for at least one year were 74 percent more likely to have higher executive function (which enables us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. Executive function, therefore, influences educational and social success.)
* Children stimulated at home, such as through play, were one third (36 percent) more likely to have higher executive function scores
* There was weaker evidence that, for boys, exclusive breastfeeding for more than one month improved cognitive development.

The study also examined a number of current life factors that might influence children's development, finding that children were two-and-a-half times more likely to exhibit emotional-behavioural problems if their mothers had a current mental health problem or severe parenting stress.

"The duration of exclusive breastfeeding of an infant has greater importance than previously realized in several areas of development," said lead author Dr Tamsen J. Rochat of the Human Science Research Council, Durban, South Africa.

"For example, childhood onset conduct disorders can lead to aggressive or disruptive behaviours, which interfere with learning and peer relationships, in turn leading to low self-esteem and further behavioural problems. Conduct disorders that start in childhood and persist into the teen years are associated with an increase in antisocial (and potentially violent or criminal) behaviours, poor long-term mental health and low academic achievement in later life."

"Evidence from studies in high-income countries suggests that the economic cost of conduct disorders is enormous," added Dr Bland. For example, a publication from the United Kingdom cited in the paper estimates the annual cost of crime attributable to people who had a conduct disorder in childhood at US$117 billion.

The study was also one of the first to assess the impact of HIV exposure on the development of primary school-age children in Africa. Previous studies suggested that children, although themselves HIV-negative, were disadvantaged if they were born to HIV-positive mothers, particularly in the areas of emotional and behavioural development. This study found that HIV-negative children born to HIV-positive mothers performed as well as those born to HIV-negative mothers.

Play and communication — "responsive stimulation" — pays dividends for impoverished rural children in Pakistan

The second paper, published by The Lancet Global Health and led by Dr Aisha K. Yousafzai of Aga Khan University, Karachi, followed up a cohort of impoverished children in rural Pakistan whose parents had been guided on strengthening nutritional care and "responsive stimulation" used to the end of age 2.

In the responsive stimulation intervention, caregivers were coached to observe and respond to their child's cues during play and communication activities, improving the quality of interactions.

The intervention, adapted from the UNICEF and the World Health Organization's 'Care for Child Development' approach (which is readily available online), included using everyday household items or homemade toys to stimulate children's cognitive, language, motor and affective (emotional/feeling) skills.

At age 4, children who received the responsive stimulation intervention were, to varying degrees, more likely to have:

* Higher IQ
* Better pre-academic skills (in sizes and comparisons, and shapes)
* Better executive functioning
* More pro-social behaviour.

The follow-up study also found parents were better caregivers.

The research involved 1,302 four-year-olds and their mothers from the original study, which had likewise shown that responsive stimulation "significantly benefitted children's cognitive, language and motor development at two years." The investigators intend to follow this cohort throughout their schooling.

"The abilities fostered by stimulation are important for readiness and a successful transition to preschool," said Dr Yousafzai. "The competencies assessed in this study have been shown to predict school engagement and longer-term academic attainment."

"Other studies have shown that the early success of children clearly links to their productivity and income potential later in life and, at a large scale, impacts the economic well-being of societies."

The inclusion of stimulation intervention in health programs is important to support healthy development. It is hoped more research will follow that will provide insights on how to optimize integrated packages of health, growth and development.

The newly published research from South Africa and Pakistan closely follows the release of another Grand Challenges Canada study, conducted by Harvard University, showing that one-third of 3- or 4-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries don't reach expected developmental milestones.

Grand Challenges Canada funded the studies as part of its contribution to the growing international "Saving Brains" partnership, which convenes for a conference in Toronto June 21-22, focused on the results from 11 follow-up studies, including the two publications launched today.

"One in three children in 'developing' countries are in fact failing to develop to their full potential. These studies show how parents can help develop smart, social kids who make good decisions: breastfeed babies and play with children," said Dr Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada.

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Terry Collins
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Help Pick a Festival Winner and Get Insight from 5-time Emmy Winner at New Media Film Festival

Honoring Stories Worth Telling

Paul Wagner – Digital Keynote Speaker

Ana Kasparian – Web Series Panelist

LA film festival brings insight to content creators seeking to increasingly engage audiences through new media technologies.

New technologies have empowered and enabled creators outside the studio network system to make and develop cutting edge entertainment.

— Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Modine

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2016 / — The 7th annual New Media Film Festival will be honoring stories worth telling by screening the latest in cutting edge content from the world of new media. This year they are introducing for the first time its Audience Award where attendees choose which film takes home the prize. This year's festival will also include an insightful keynote address from 5-time Emmy winner Paul Wagner as well as two superstar panels discussing engaging audiences through web series and technology, respectively. Held on June 7-9th in Los Angeles at The Landmark Theater, the 7th annual New Media Film Festival will showcase 127 films from 37 countries. Of those, 55 films will be screening world premieres.

Here is a little more info regarding the keynote and panel discussions:

Digital Marketing Keynote – On June 7th, Paul Wagner, 5-Time Emmy winner and CEO of CreativeLab.TV, will share insights on how to use technology to inspire the masses to enjoy filmmakers' content, engage meaningfully with it and repeatedly interact with your brand. Paul has over 25 years experience in technology and entertainment working with key clients including Aetna, Google, AT&T and Reebok as well as tech start-ups, individual entrepreneurs, web-series producers and filmmakers. Following his talk, there will be a Q & A session with the audience.

Web Series Panel – On June 8th, a group of digital media experts will discuss multi platform viewing options, technological expansion and how to use these tools to better engage a global audience. The panel will include Ana Kasparian (co-host of The Young Turks – the top online news show in the world), Elle Walker (co-founder of What’s Up Moms – the #1 Parenting Network on YouTube with 35 million monthly views), Phil Ranta (COO of Studio71, a global digital media company overseeing the talent network of 900 creators) and Jenni Powell (Emmy Award-winning producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon, lonelygirl15, Emma Approved and The New Adventures of Peter and Wendt). The panel will be moderated by award winning producer and founder of Fun Little Moves, Frank Chindamo.

Technology Panel – On June 9th, three innovators with a track-record of success will share insight in today's media and it can best move creators' content and careers forward. The panel will include Julian McCrea (winner of 2 PROMAX awards and founder of Portal Entertainment) and Chadwick Turner (founder of Circle VR – an immersive media consultancy company). The panel will be moderated by CEO of Droisys Digital, Darrel Smith.

These immersive roundtables and talks with industry experts will not only provide a better understanding of the world of new media that comprise the films being screened at the festival, but will also help inspire future content creators to more easily share their stories

"New technologies have empowered and enabled creators outside the studio network system to make and develop cutting edge entertainment," says Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Modine. "New Media Film Festival highlights and showcases what will come next."

Tickets are still available for anyone interested in attending the festival, helping pick one of this year's Audience Award winning film and attending one of its other special events, including a VIP Soiree perfect for making networking within the industry, a live performance by the band Privet Earth or an international art exhibit.

For more information about the upcoming 7th annual New Media Film Festival and to purchase tickets please visit

About New Media Film Festival

Based in Los Angeles, the New Media Film Festival celebrates the ever-changing world of new media. The festival accepts new media entries across a variety of categories. The jury includes reps from HBO, Marvel, Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, among others. A total of $45,000 in awards will be presented at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival June 7-9, 2016. Filmmakers from around the world attend. Industry leaders share wisdom on panels. Film fans, celebrities and content creators network with distributors and investors throughout.

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It's an Inside Out World – Book by Lori Carpenos – Helps Teens Find Peace of Mind & Inner Happiness

Helping Teens and Young Adults Find Peace of Mind, Happiness, Contentment & Personal Empowerment

It's an Inside Out World by Author Lori Carpenos, LMFT is now available at

WEST HARTFORD, CT, USA, March 23, 2016 / — Author Lori Carpenos, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in West Hartford, CT, recently published, "It's an Inside-Out World" which is available for purchase at The book was written to help teens find peace of mind, more satisfaction and contentment by guiding them to explore a new paradigm of reality that enhances and improves the way they relate to themselves and one another. The paradigm shift is real, but the story line of the book is fictional as follows:

Two girls, who are learning about the effects of feelings and emotions and how they originate, do a test to discover whether feelings come from inside or outside themselves. As they see how to calm their minds, they begin to realize that fresh, new, positive thoughts naturally take the place of insecure thinking. They learn that they don't have to take other peoples' thinking personally because they are free to create their own reality. There is unlimited potential and the free will to choose which thoughts to act upon and which thoughts to let go.

Author Lori Carpenos points young people directly to the natural happiness and good feeling that are born into each and every person. This "inside out" path means no fixing, no focusing on problems, no trying to figure things out. Rather readers "wake up" to their own well-being and a fresh view of life! What a rare opportunity to not only discover health inside but to discuss anything immediately with Lori via her blog. A genuine connection like this has unlimited possibilities!
Kathy Marshall Emerson, Executive Director, National Resilience Resource Center

Lori has helped many, many people find happiness within. She now introduces us to two teenagers who do their own experiments to uncover the inside out nature of life. Find out their results, then try these experiments for yourself and see how this understanding benefits you!
Christa Campsall, B Ed, Dipl Sp Ed, M A; Website:

This book is for the kid at heart in all of us. Kids’ problems are our problems and vice versa, and the answers all point in the same direction: from the inside out. This is a very important book for teenagers that has potential to truly help them in their lives.
Jack Pransky, Ph.D., Author, Parenting from the Heart and Somebody Should Have Told Us!,
and coauthor, What is a Thought (A Thought is a Lot)

Lori Carpenos has written a book that is fluid and clear and a real eye-opener for youth. In simple, easy to understand terms, It's an Inside-Out World describes some of the difficulties in life that youth face in a way that can help all youth, and even adults, with their entire lives.
Ami Chen Mills-Naim, author of State of Mind in the Classroom and The Spark Inside.

A fresh and contemporary introduction to how life works for young people in their often multi-channeled, fast-paced world.
Dave Nichols, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Change

About the 3 Principles
The book is inspired by the 3 Principles of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness, discovered by Sydney Banks in 1973. The 3 Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness, are simple words with simple definitions, yet their implications for humanity are limitless and profound. Their formlessness speaks to the source of reality, before all ideas and concepts, beliefs and belief systems.

Mind: The formless energy and intelligence of all Life.

Thought: The ability to create images and form ideas. The tremendous gift we have as human
beings to create our own emotional realities.

Consciousness: The ability to be aware of reality and of how reality is created for each of us.

These Three Principles work in unison from the inside out, creating each and every person’s
reality. They are always at work within us, whether we are aware of them or not.
When people recognize the Principles at work in themselves, they gain freedom and clarity.
They gain the ability to live life with grace and creativity, because they see that the external world holds no power over their peace of mind. Peace of mind comes from within, from a deeper, quieter source of Thought.

Everyone has access to insight, wisdom, and common sense. Stability, well-being, and personal security are our birthright, regardless of circumstances. When people realize they create their own mental suffering via the Principles, they begin to realize the resilience, wisdom, beauty, and genuine potential for a gratifying life that lies within them—beyond their limited, personal thoughts.

If you are looking for a way to help teenagers and young adults find a new way to deal with life’s challenges, you will love the metaphors introduced in this book. The book illustrates the sacred event of bringing formless energy into the world of form; and that we all have the power to choose how our own reality unfolds, as we walk the line between our spiritual essence and our physical existence in the best possible manner, using our gift of thought to enhance life rather than diminish it. This realization provides positive mental and emotional empowerment for teens, at the time in their lives when they are often feeling vulnerable or insecure. Any teen or adult who reads this book will learn that their personal thinking is a divine gift that allows them to think anything, and that they have the free will to choose which thoughts they act on and which ones they let go.

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