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Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Thu, 2018-01-18 10:01

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

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Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Tue, 2018-01-16 05:00

A federally funded experimental program is partnering with a Latino grocery chain to reward people who use their food stamps to put more fresh produce on their tables.

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A Mom Fights To Get An Education For Her Deaf Daughters

Sun, 2018-01-14 07:00

There were no schools for the deaf near her village in India. And she had to stand up to the bias against deafness — and the use of sign language.

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Illinois Judge Allows 11-Year-Old Girl To Use Medical Marijuana At School

Sat, 2018-01-13 13:42

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, but only a handful have allowed students to use their legal prescriptions in school.

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Helping Strangers May Help Teens' Self-Esteem

Sat, 2018-01-13 07:01

Adolescents are under more pressure than ever, and many suffer from depression and anxiety. But new research suggests that volunteering to help strangers makes them feel better about themselves.

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New Rules May Make Getting And Staying On Medicaid More Difficult

Fri, 2018-01-12 17:12

Indiana is one of the states poised to get permission to require Medicaid recipients to work. Advocates say work requirements may be good politics but they're bad policy.

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Kentucky Gets OK To Require Work From Medicaid Recipients

Fri, 2018-01-12 13:57

The move comes one day after the Trump administration said it would let states add work requirements to their Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low incomes.

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Scramble Is On To Care For Kids If Insurance Coverage Lapses

Fri, 2018-01-12 05:01

Doctors are telling families to refill prescriptions now. Other physicians are giving away drugs to make sure patients have enough if the Children's Health Insurance Program goes unfunded.

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Rural And City Women A Little Different In Age At First Sex, Number Of Kids

Tue, 2018-01-09 14:36

In a recent national survey, nearly 80 percent of women living in rural areas reported having experienced sexual intercourse by age 18, compared with 68.6 percent of women in cities.

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What's The Difference Between Children's Books In China And The U.S.?

Sat, 2018-01-06 07:00

How much can you tell about a country from its children's books? Some psychology researchers decided to find out.

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CHIP Funding Could Run Out On Jan. 19 For Some States

Fri, 2018-01-05 18:35

A fiscal patch that Congress approved last month isn't big enough to keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

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Most Popular World Bank Charts Of 2017: Youth Bulge, Stunting, Disasters

Fri, 2018-01-05 13:20

These interactive charts, says a World Bank data scientist, paint a "pretty good" picture of the world.

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Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend The Bullies

Thu, 2018-01-04 12:02

Given a choice, bonobos tend to prefer people who act like jerks and dominate. That's very different than humans, who even as infants consistently prefer people who are cooperative and not mean.

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Study Finds No Link Between Baby Formula Made From Cow's Milk And Diabetes Risk

Tue, 2018-01-02 11:09

Researchers found children fed formula with whole-milk proteins had no greater risk for developing Type 1 diabetes than those fed formula containing broken-down proteins.

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With $100 Million Grant, Sesame Workshop Reaches Out To Refugee Kids

Fri, 2017-12-29 16:49

In January, Sesame Workshop will start creating programs for Syrian kids who've had to flee their homeland. The goal is to help them deal with the "toxic stress" of refugee life.

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9 Global Stories You May Have Missed In 2017

Fri, 2017-12-29 13:45

Now's your chance to learn about an all-female orchestra from Afghanistan, the boy who escaped from Boko Haram, a board game that's all about running away from the matchmaker — and more.

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Fear Of Needles May Chip Away At Vaccination Rates

Thu, 2017-12-28 05:00

Public health officials worry about the number of parents who aren't getting children vaccinated. A study suggests that getting multiple shots while in preschool contributes to vaccine fear.

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Why Some Teen Moms Can't Get The Pain Relief They Choose In Childbirth

Wed, 2017-12-27 16:33

In more than a dozen U.S. states, laws prohibit pregnant teens from getting epidural anesthesia during labor, or even some kinds of prenatal treatment, without a parent's consent.

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How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical To Help Street Kids

Wed, 2017-12-27 11:53

James Okina of Calabar, Nigeria, was on his way to a soccer match when a chance encounter with a homeless kid changed both of their lives.

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Home For The Holidays? Get Off The Couch!

Wed, 2017-12-27 05:01

If you sit too much during middle age — at work and at home — your ability to exercise or even walk in late decades is at risk, research hints. And, of course, your risk of heart disease climbs, too.

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