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    WELLINGTON, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- The risk of depression among fathers before and after the birth of their children is more common than previously thought, proving a risk to the well-being of their families, New Zealand researchers said Thursday.


    The University of Auckland study found that expectant fathers were at risk if they felt stressed or were in poor health, and elevated depression symptoms following their child's birth were linked to social and relationship problems.


    The study investigated depression symptoms in more than 3,500 New Zealand men during the third trimester of their partner's pregnancy and again nine months after their child's birth.


    During the perinatal period (from the third trimester of pregnancy to nine months after birth), 217, or 6.2 percent of the men experienced symptoms of depression.


    Around one in 25 men reported symptoms of postnatal depression while antenatal depression only affected about one in 50.


    By comparison, more mothers suffered depression symptoms before than after the birth of their children.


    One in six mothers reported significant depressive symptoms at either the antenatal interview or when their children were nine months old.


    One in eight experienced antenatal depression symptoms with one in 12 experiencing symptoms postnatally.


    Study author Dr Lisa Underwood said that while maternal antenatal and postnatal depression were recognized and known to be associated with poor outcomes for women and children, little had been done to identify perinatal depression symptoms in men.


    "Increasingly, we are becoming aware of the influence that fathers have on their children's psychosocial and cognitive development," Underwood said in a statement.


    "Given the potential for paternal depression to have direct and indirect effects on children, it is important that we recognize and treat symptoms among fathers early," she said.


    "Arguably, the first step in doing this is to raise awareness about factors that lead to increased risks among fathers themselves."

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    AMMAN, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's senior parliamentary official said on Tuesday that finding a just solution to the Palestinian issue and ending the Israeli occupation are key to restoring stability in the Middle East Chris Wagner Salute to Service Jersey , the state-run Petra news agency reported.


    At a joint press conference with a visiting British parliamentary delegation, the Lower House Palestine Committee President Yehya Saoud said resolving the Palestinian issue through a just and lasting solution is the key to ending wars in the region.


    He also stressed on the Palestinians' rights to freedom and independence, calling for an end of Israeli violations at holy sites in Jerusalem, urging the British to take a firm stance against the violation.


    Over the past four months, the Israelis and the Palestinians have been locked in waves of violence, during which stabbing, car-ramming Cheap Rickard Rakell Jersey , and shooting attacks by the Palestinians have claimed the lives of 24 Israelis and a U.S. citizen.


    At least 150 Palestinians have been killed during that period, some in clashes with Israeli security forces in protests, while more than half were alleged attackers who were shot down at the scene of the attacks.


    Israeli leaders blame the Palestinian National Authority for incitement to violence behind the wave of attacks, fueled by strife over the site of the al-Aqsa mosqu.