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Women Connect More with Daughters over Phone as They Age

Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- All it took researchers was two billion cellphone calls and a half-a-billion text messages to figure out what mom could have told them already: as she gets older, she tends to bond more with an adult daughter than with her spouse in phone conversations.

The study in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that while a man’s wife is usually his closest confidante throughout the duration of their marriage, wives tends to switch allegiances to daughters as they get older.

Researchers from the U.S., England and Finland conducted the study by poring over the patterns of 1.95 billion calls and 489 million text messages for seven months while taking into account the ages of men and women surveyed.

What they learned was that when men and women are young, they focus their attention on the opposite sex.  The wireless phone records also suggested that women seem to get interested in men at an earlier age, about 18, and that the level of interest lasts 14 years, which is double the length of men.

Then starting in their 40s, women start to drift from men as they seek out more intimate relationships with women about 25 years younger, presumably their daughters.  That’s when men get relegated to “second-best friend” on the phone for the next 15 years or so.

On the other hand, males tend to stick with their wives for the duration as their primary phone buddies.

So what explains this phenomenon?  The best researchers can figure out is that it has something to do with a women’s natural tendency to ensure the survival of her genes, although how calls and texts accomplish this feat will have to be the topic of another study.´╗┐

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Biological Mom Kept from Child in Florida Lesbian Legal Case

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Tina's biological daughter turned 8 this week, but she has not seen the girl since Dec. 22, 2008 because of a custody fight with her former lesbian partner.  The partner is unrelated to the child, but gave birth to her.

"I thought I'd have her back on her birthday," said Tina, a law enforcement officer, whose name was never on the birth certificate and who has been denied parenting rights under Florida state law.

For 11 years, the Brevard County couple forged a committed relationship, living together, sharing their finances and raising a daughter.  Tina's egg was fertilized with donor sperm and implanted in her partner's womb.

But when their romance fell apart when the child was 2, the Florida courts had to decide, who is the legal parent, the biological mother or the birth mother who carried the unrelated child for nine months in her womb?

A trial court summarily sided with Tina's ex-partner, citing Florida statute. "The judge said, 'It breaks my heart, but this is the law,'" according to the birth mother's lawyer, Robert J. Wheelock of Orlando.

But on Dec. 23, a state appeals court rejected the law as antiquated and recognized both women as legal parents.  Citing the case as "unique," the 5th District Court of Appeal ruled that both the U.S. and Florida constitutions trump Florida's law, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which first reported the story.

"I am elated and I am thankful," said Tina, now 41. "I am hoping things will run smoothly from this [point] forward, but it may not be the case.  She is appealing and trying to keep me away from my daughter."

Court papers identify both women only by their initials.  ABC News is withholding Tina's last name to protect her privacy.

Wheelock has asked for a stay of Tina's rights and said the case will surely go to the Florida Supreme Court and, he hopes, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He would give no personal details about the birth mother, including where she is living with the child.  He said she could not be available to talk to ABC News on "such short notice."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Mom Who Gave Daughter Botox Investigated By California Authorities

ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The California mom who admitted to injecting her eight-year-old daughter with botox for a kiddie beauty pageant is now being investigated by the San Francisco Human Services Agency.

"It's pretty unusual for a mom to be injecting an eight-year-old with botox and certainly is grounds for an investigation," said Trent Rohrer of the San Francisco Human Services Agency.

Mom Kerry and daughter Britney, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday defending the eight-year-old pageant contestant's use of botox.

"I just, like, don't, like, think wrinkles are nice on little girls," Britney said. Britney admitted it hurt to get the injections on her face, but said she was used to the pain.

The admission sparked an uproar online, in the medical community and by child advocates. Kerry told ABC News that she does not believe she's endangering Britney's health and that her daughter asked for the injections. Kerry, who asked that her family's last name not be used, is a part-time aesthetician and no stranger to Botox herself, having done the treatment on her own face.

Kerry wouldn't reveal who provides her with the Botox. Kerry typically administers the Botox to Britney through a total of five shots, in three different locations on her face.

ABC News' chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser, said that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of botox on children for cosmetic purposes.

"As a doctor, if I'd seen this mother, I would be required to report her to protective services because it's maltreatment... Any doctor who would give a parent botox to administer to their children should lose their license…there's not a state where you don't need to be a licensed doctor or under direct supervision of a doctor to inject this," Besser said.

Besser said that botox is used to correct children who are cross-eyed or suffering from some neurological disorders, but not typically for cosmetic reasons.

The launching of an investigation into Kerry does not mean that she will lose custody of her child, experts say. She could be redirected to parenting classes or nothing could happen at all if the botox was being administered lawfully, experts say.

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