Annamarya Scaccia

Annamarya Scaccia is an award-winning freelance journalist who reports on public health and social justice issues. Like any native New Yorker, Annamarya drinks too much coffee and has strong opinions about the Yankees. She now lives in Austin, Texas with her young son.
Recent Articles

WHO Says Playing Video Games Too Much Can Become A Mental Health Disorder

Past studies have shown that, when played in excess, video games can hurt a child's mental and behavioral development. And it's those potential negative effects that have public health experts concerned. So much so that the World Health Organization …
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IQ Scores Are Falling Because Of Poor Nutrition & Education, New Study Finds

A large body of research has already shown nutrition has a considerable impact on a student's academic performance. The more limited access a child has to food, the more likely their work in school will suffer. But, new research shows that food quali…
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You Could Buy Meghan Markle’s Stunning Reception Dress — If You’re Prepared To Go Broke

The most I've ever spent on a dress, I think, was $250 — if that. I dropped a couple of hundreds for the outfit I wore to my high school prom, which was more than a decade ago. I haven't shelled out that much cash for a garment since then, but if som…
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What Does James Middleton Do? He's A Fan Of Sweets

The Middleton sisters have had a busy few months. Last week, Pippa Middleton confirmed that she was expecting her first child with husband, James Matthews. And two months ago, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her third child, P…
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Every Nursing Mom Will Relate To Mindy Kaling's Breastfeeding Quotes

I don't think I know a single person who's not in love with Mindy Kaling. The brainchild behind The Mindy Project is a smart, hilarious risk-taker who knows how to write punchy one-liners that also make you think. More so, Kaling is candid about her …
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This Mom Says Officials Took Her Baby While She Was Nursing, Thanks To This Trump Policy

In May, the Trump administration introduced a new anti-immigration policy that calls for the prosecution of every undocumented immigrant entering the United States without legal documentation. As a result of the "zero-tolerance" crackdown, hundreds o…
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Photos Of The Royal Train Will Make You Rethink Your Living Situation

Here's a not-so-secret secret about me: I loathe the New York City subway system. Growing up in Brooklyn, the train was the way I got around. It took me to school in Manhattan. It took me to my best friend's apartment in the Bronx. It even took me to…
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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Addyi, The Female "Viagra"

Sometimes, you may not feel like having sex. Or you may not even feel any sexual pleasure from a romp in the sheets. For some women, a low libido may last only a few weeks. But for others, their low sex drive can last months, if not longer. The condi…
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Science *Finally* Knows Why You Get Hangry

Picture this: It's a Monday evening. You're tired and hungry, and don't feel like cooking. So you decide to order a pizza. But that pizza is taking forever to be delivered, and at this point, you're so hungry that you decide to call 911 to complain. …
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Dads Are More Involved In Their Kids' Lives Than Ever Before, According To This New Study

There are certain ideas about parenthood that are entrenched in society. More mothers are taking on the breadwinner role, but are still expected to take care of the home. More fathers are choosing to stay at home, but are still expected to be the par…
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Prince Harry Hushing His Cousin On The Palace Balcony In 1990 Will Give You Major Déjà Vu — PHOTO

Some things just run in the family, even if you don't realize it until decades later. You may walk the same way as your grandfather, but you never met him. Or you may have some of the same mannerisms as your aunt, even though you never knew her. Or, …
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These Are The Best & Worst States For Working Dads, According To A New Survey

It's an understatement to say that being a working parent is difficult. Handling your responsibilities as a caregiver and a professional seems nearly impossible most of the time. And that's just on a personal level; when in you factor in state-level …
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Everything You Need To Know About Hilary Duff's Boyfriend & Dad-To-Be Matthew Koma

It's baby no. 2 for Hilary Duff! On Friday, the Younger actor took to Instagram to announce that she and boyfriend Matthew Koma are expecting a baby girl. She'll be Duff's second bundle of joy — and first for the couple. And, of course, the happy new…
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Anthony Bourdain's Girlfriend Asia Argento Shared A Heartbreaking Statement Following His Death

On Friday morning, news broke that chef and television host Anthony Bourdain had died at the age of 61, according to CNN. Many fans and peers of the iconic chef took to social media to share their devastation, including Bourdain's partner, Asia Argen…
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David & Victoria Beckham Respond To Divorce Rumors With This Perfectly Blunt Non-Statement

When it comes to celebrity couples, divorce rumors are as common as alleged cheating scandals. Name one famous duo, and you're sure to find some tabloid — and some unnamed source — reporting that they're "on the outs." Some couples will avoid the gos…
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More Kids Are Contemplating Or Attempting Suicide, Study Says — Here's What Parents Should Know

Recent statistics have shown that rates of depression and anxiety are steadily increasing among youth in the United States. More and more adolescents and teens are being diagnosed with and treated for mood disorders than in the past. But alarming new…
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These Facts About Moms' Equal Pay Day Prove The 'Motherhood Penalty' Is Real

Raising children is tough, but when you're a working parent, it can feel like the odds are stacked against you. And it's not because you can't just achieve that elusive work-life balance on your own. Instead, research shows that the lack of supportiv…
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Arkansas Is The First State To Ban Medication Abortions, & It Could Have Dangerous Effects

Arkansas is among several states that have passed severe abortion restrictions and put the health of its residents at risk. That includes Act 577, a law passed by the Arkansas legislature in 2015 that would force doctors who provide medication aborti…
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If You Thought Breast Milk Ice Cream Was Creepy, Cockroach Ice Cream Will Ruin Your Day

Growing up in New York City, there's one thing that's undeniably true: Cockroaches are everywhere. It doesn't matter how immaculate you keep your home, a roach will pop up out of your sink while you're washing dishes, chilling in the basin like it pa…
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Step Aside Princess Charlotte, Because The "Meghan Markle Effect" Is In Full Force

Celebrities influence everything, from wellness and fashion to culture and politics. And that's not only on an individual level, either — a celebrity can have a considerable impact on a country's economy just by showing interest in a product or mater…
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