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Strengthening families prevents child abuse: Opinion

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This article was originally published on USA Today. Parenting is an awesome responsibility and a tremendous privilege. It’s rewarding to watch our children learn, grow and thrive. Most parents work hard to give their children the best opportunities and ensure they feel safe and loved. But parenting can be a tough job, even under the […]

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7th grader is fighting cancer with green tea

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This article was originally published on CNN. (CNN)At 12 years old, Stephen Litt has discovered cancer-fighting chemicals in green tea. The middle schooler’s project for the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair used an antioxidant in green tea to fight cancer growth in worms. It’s won prizes across the state and gained attention from researchers nationwide. […]

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CVS teams with Truth Initiative to stamp out tobacco use at college campuses

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This article was originally published on dsn, Drug Store News.  WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Health Foundation is teaming up with the Truth Initiative to work with students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges across ther country to advoate for, adopt and implement 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. […]

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Obesity may manipulate blood tests used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis in women

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This article was originally published on News Medical Life Sciences. New research reveals that in women, obesity may influence blood tests used to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which appear in Arthritis Care & Research, indicate that physicians need to take obesity into account when using these tests. Blood tests for C-reactive protein (CRP) […]

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City completes latest ‘Safe Routes to School’ project

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This article was originally published on djournal.com. TUPELO – Children and adults alike walking along Bryan and Monument drives between Thomas Street Elementary School and Hancock Park can now use new sidewalks thanks to a grant program called “Safe Routes to School.” Safe Routes to School is a federally-funded grant program, and funds are distributed […]

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Healthy video games tackle Memphis’ childhood obesity crisis

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This article was originally published on High Ground News. Fitnexx, a Memphis-based developer of virtual reality games to inspire kids to exercise, makes activity accessible and fun. Webb Smith, a clinical exercise physiologist with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, says that video games contribute to Memphis’ staggering youth obesity rate. Still, he’s working towards the day when […]

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The First Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium

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By Bob LaMendola, Florida Department of Health in Broward County.  A growing coalition of advocates from schools, health care and community organizations is mobilizing to take more action to address a small but continuing rise in teen suicides. The latest effort was a first annual Suicide Prevention Symposium for those who work with teens, to […]

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How Microsoft’s Project Premonition uses robotic traps to zero in on Zika mosquitoes

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This article was originally published on GeekWire. BOSTON – Microsoft’s robotic mosquito trap is so smart it can tell one insect species from another – and that’s good news for scientists fighting the Zika virus, dengue fever and other mosquito-borne maladies. It can also tell if you’re buzzing an electric toothbrush in its vicinity. The toothbrush […]