Lost Before You Start Kindergarten

September 27, 2016
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Lost Before You Start Kindergarten

When should school begin? Most experts agree it starts at home. Parents who read and talk to their kids get them ready to go to school.

Studies have shown that some children are not prepared for kindergarten. Some experts have suggested that pre-kindergarten programs would help those children.

It turns out that not all pre-k programs are the same. What should pre-k programs focus on? Should pre-k be about play and...

‘From Paradise to Hell’: Syrian Aid Convoy Blown Apart

September 26, 2016
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‘From Paradise to Hell’: Syrian Aid Convoy Blown Apart

The cease-fire in Syria had a goal. It was to get aid to the starving people in Aleppo. It took weeks for all the parties to agree to the cease-fire. Russia and the U.S. signed the agreement.

The aid convoy started last Monday. The Syrian...

Study Says: Immigrants Are More a Solution Than a Problem

September 23, 2016
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Study Says: Immigrants Are More a Solution Than a Problem

Do immigrants take jobs away from Americans? Do they lower wages? These are frequent questions.

A new study set out to answer these questions. It looked at changes over a long period. The answers are a little yes and a little no.

Here are the main...

Sepsis: A Killer You Want to Know More About

September 22, 2016
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Sepsis: A Killer You Want to Know More About

Sepsis is not a disease like cancer. It is a reaction your body may have when it fights infection. A doctor explained, “Your body has an army of ways...

“Bridgegate” Explained: An American Style Scandal

September 21, 2016
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“Bridgegate” Explained: An American Style Scandal

First, why do they call it “Bridgegate?” Forty years ago Republican workers broke into Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C. The office was in the Watergate building.  It became a...

A Revolution in Islamic Fashion

September 20, 2016
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A Revolution in Islamic Fashion

The hijab is a head scarf worn by observant Muslim women. Most did not think it was a symbol of fashion. Now that is changing.

At the Istanbul Modest Fashion Week...

The Race for President: Will the Hispanic Vote Matter?

September 19, 2016
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The Race for President: Will the Hispanic Vote Matter?

There are 27 million Hispanic voters. The question is why so few of them vote.

The answer is not simple. Three groups of people are at the lower end of...

The Sugar Industry Made Sure Fat was the Enemy

September 16, 2016
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The Sugar Industry Made Sure Fat was the Enemy

Fifty years ago the sugar industry paid researchers to study sugar and fat. The focus of the studies was the role played by sugar and fat in heart disease.

The...

Big News: The American Economy Got A lot Better!

September 15, 2016
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Big News: The American Economy Got A lot Better!

America just got some real good news. The economy is way better than most people thought. Most Americans had a good year in 2015. The number includes men, women, minorities...

In Brief

Worth Waiting For: List of Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

What is number one in fruits and vegetables? Watercress. What makes it number one? It has large amounts of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate,...

Less Use of Fetal Ultrasounds in Pregnancy Recommended

Ultrasounds have many uses. Health workers use them to view the heart, blood vessels, kidney, liver and other organs. Its most popular use is...

On-Call Work Affecting Children

Thank computers. They make it easy for companies to change work shifts. Now employers use on-call programs. It means workers can be told to...

Sports Concussions a Hazard for Youth

How safe is it to send your youngster out to play football, soccer or lacrosse? Well, it is safe… mostly.

A concussion is a...

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