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An athlete is felled by concussions despite playing a ‘safer’ sport
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An athlete felled by concussions, despite playing a ‘safer’ sport

By DAN BARRY New York Times News Service  – Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Months later, the father mustered the strength to sort through what was left in his dead son’s bedroom. A Little League photo collage. Mardi Gras beads from that ...


Kindergartens are ringing the bell for playtime
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In a reversal, kindergartens are ringing the bell for play inside the classroom

By MOTOKO RICH New York Times News Service  – Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PASADENA, Md. — Mucking around with sand and water. Playing Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Cooking pretend meals in a child-size kitchen. Dancing on the rug, building with blocks and


To cut teen smoking, raise tobacco sales age
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To cut teen smoking, raise tobacco sales age

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR New York Times News Service  – Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A new study has found a simple way to significantly reduce teenage smoking: raise the tobacco sales age to 21. In 2005, Needham, Massachusetts, did just that, while surrounding communities kept their


Toddlers have sense of justice, puppet study shows

By SINDYA N. BHANOO New York Times News Service  – Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Children as young as 3 years old will intervene on behalf of a victim, reacting as if victimized themselves, scientists have found.


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Summer Fun Guide: 101 Ways to Play

Monday, June 29, 2015

We're all for the lazy days of summer. But sometimes, you've got to get out of the house, whether it's for parental sanity, a change of scenery, or diffusing your kids' pent-up energy.


Product recalls
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Product recalls

Associated Press  – Monday, June 29, 2015

Recall details are at www.cpsc.gov and, for cars, at www.nhtsa.gov.


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Follow the leader: The benefits of play

By Bonnie Compton  – Thursday, June 25, 2015

Are you enjoying summer or are you pulling your hair out, just waiting for your kids to get back to school? By now, your children might be complaining that they’re bored, while you may be


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Brick builder: LEGO expert ready to oversee Ravenel Bridge replica project

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As the Lowcountry prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in July, another Ravenel Bridge project is in the works. Unlike its cable-stayed predecessor, which took ...


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Taking the plunge: A guide to swim lessons and water safety

By Teri Errico  – Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Lowcountry is blessed with a bounty of beaches, pools and water parks. These spots offer a refreshing respite during the area's scorching summers. But they can also be a danger zone for kids and


Parents’ denial fuels childhood obesity epidemic
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Parents’ denial fuels childhood obesity epidemic

By JAN HOFFMAN New York Times News Service  – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Not only was the 16-year-old boy 60 pounds overweight, but a blood test showed he might have fatty liver disease. At last, his mother took him to a pediatric weight management clinic in New Haven. ...


Student dies from powdered caffeine overdose
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The dangers of powdered caffeine

ByMURRAY CARPENTER New York Times News Service  – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A year ago, Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, was an honors student and prom king looking forward to his high school graduation.


Health in Brief for June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Florida health officials are warning residents and tourists a rare form of flesh-eating, potentially deadly bacteria has made its way to Florida beaches.


Green space boosts kids’ mental abilities
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Study: Green space around schools may boost mental abilities

By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer  – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Putting more green space around an elementary school may help students develop some mental abilities, a study suggests.


Product recalls
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Product recalls

Associated Press  – Monday, June 22, 2015

Details are at www.cpsc.gov and, for cars, at www.nhtsa.gov.


Ugly hair cut videos go viral as parents shame kids
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Parents going viral with ugly hair cut videos shaming kids

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press  – Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NEW YORK — Russell Fredrick’s middle son was 12 when he wouldn’t quit playing around in class and ignoring his homework, so the barber did what he does best. He picked up his


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