YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER IS IN GOOD HANDS

It's been years since we've said that to a parent and meant it. But today we do: Hearst Magazines has announced that Ann Shoket, current executive editor of CosmoGirl, will take over as editor-in-chief of its venerable Seventeen franchise. Ann (full disclosure: a dear former colleague) replaces recently departed editorial dramatist Atoosa Rubenstein, who is perhaps best known to FD.com readers for this memorable quote, uttered during Fashion Week in New York City after viewing designer Bryan Bradley's runway show: "I feel like I want to start starving myself so I can wear those clothes now."

Suffice to say that Ann, one of the good guys, would never tell your daughter that. On her watch, Seventeen will again be safe for your social-climbing tweens.

SHE'S SO OLD, HER UTERINE WALLS ARE MADE OF ADOBE

2006 lurched into the dustbin with a dubious new record:

A 67-year-old Spanish woman has become the oldest known woman to give birth after the Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau said she had given birth to twins by Caesarean section. . . . The woman became pregnant after she received in-vitro fertilisation treatment in South America.

A Caesarean? Well, that's a shame. She'd told us she hoped to deliver naturally. Maybe next time. . .

WE'VE NEVER BEEN MORE CONCERNED FOR LOVING MOTHER'S HEALTH

-- because we just found out that a major new study has found that housework significantly reduces a woman's chances of getting breast cancer. (via Slate)

Overall, increasing total physical activity was associated with a reduction in breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women. Specifically, household activity was associated with a significantly reduced risk in postmenopausal and premenopausal women. Occupational activity and recreational activity were not significantly related to breast cancer risk in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. . .

Fellow Dads, it is critical that we do all we can to spread this critically important information to the women in our lives.

THERE MAY BE MANY READERS OUT THERE WHO WILL WANT TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH THEIR WIVES AS WELL

A surprising study from Germany has found that the more siblings one has, the higher one's chance of developing a brain tumor.

Researchers. . . reviewed the records of 13,613 Swedish brain cancer patients and found that those with four or more siblings were almost twice as likely to develop a brain tumor as those with no siblings at all. The risk increased with the number of younger siblings and in children under 15, where it increased nearly four-fold for one type of tumor.

The problem is likely the increased risk of infection that comes with close proximity to a number of young children. Clearly, for the safety of their entire family, parents would be well advised to stop producing children after having three. Just seems like the only responsible thing to do. . .

REMEMBER, EVERYONE: SUMMER CAMP APPLICATIONS AND DEPOSITS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 15

Almost everyone experiences occasional homesickness, but many young people suffer from a particularly intense form that interferes with normal activities, according to a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics. . . .

About 95 percent of young people say they miss something about home the first time they are away. . . But a smaller percentage — about 1 in 14 — suffer from. . . “intense homesickness.”

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