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Why Girls Should Stay Away from Soda

Frequent consumption of sugary drinks—including soda, fruit mixes, and sweetened iced tea—has been linked with an early start to menstruation in girls, according to new research. The study followed 5…

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51% of U.S. Kids Live in Poverty. Here’s One Real Solution

The U.S. economy is improving, but more public school children than ever are living in poverty. How can we help all of our children succeed? In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Michael A. …

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Before the Vaccine: My Memory of Measles

My 88-year-old father still blames the Ringling Bros. for giving me the measles 50-some years ago. And the current Disneyland-linked outbreak bought back memories of that miserable time. I was four…

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Parental Employment Benefits Around the World (Infographic)

The balance between work and family life is already a challenge, but government laws can make it nearly impossible. The U.S. is infamous for the worst maternity leave option, and mothers around the wo…

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Pets Help Autistic Children Improve Social Skills

Recent research by The University of Missouri shows that dogs act as a social lubricant for children with autism, helping them "build assertiveness and confidence in their interactions with others" …

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6 Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Just outside my window the ground is covered with a light dusting of fresh snow. Last check, the outdoor thermometer read a chilly two degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the doors and windows tightly closed …

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Cold & Flu?

'Tis the season for tissues, coughing and sneezing coworkers. While it's hard to avoid sick germs completely, arming yourself with a little knowledge (and vitamins C, D and E) may help ward off the dr…

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‘Repurpose Schoolbags’ Help Solve 3 Problems With One Inspiring Backpack

How do kids study at night if they have no lights so they can read? This is a real problem for children living in developing countries without easy or affordable access to electricity. Fortunately, an…

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Childhood Obesity and Emotional Eating

When I was in grade school, one of my classmates was greatly overweight. Michael was an easy target for teasing and bullying. He couldn't run very well and always did poorly in gym class. He was shy, …

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A Grandfather on Climate Change & The Poem That Led to Activism

I became a grandfather for the first time in the summer of 2005. I didn’t quite know what to expect. Life doesn’t really prepare you for this role. Why, it seems just like yesterday that I was a grand…

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Well balanced honest article. Thanks.

Lovely, though I would probably choose beef broth over bouillon cubes; add a pound of grass-fed beef…

Cute and if I hadn't recently fostered five kittens, I would wish I had one!

Thanks 4 the tips!

Fear is taught to kids at a young age to control them. So first thing you need to tell parents to s…