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April 21, 2011


1. Ditch the Piggybank. Teach Kids Financial Literacy Instead
"Is money important?" my 3-year-old asked this week. I answered truthfully with a hearty "Yes." I explained it to her simply, telling her that we need money to pay for our house and our food and her ballet class. Maybe it's [...]

2. When Is a Salad Not a Salad? Why Dieters Are Easily Confused by Labels
Dieters are a focused bunch: they calculate calories, sugar and fat content and conscientiously ask for salad dressing on the side. Right? Not exactly. According to a new study, dieters actually tend to make snap judgments about the healthfulness of [...]

3. Exposure to Pesticides in Pregnancy Can Lower Children's IQ
have a lot to worry about while they're expecting, especially since everything they're exposed to has a chance of affecting their developing baby. And that includes pesticides, from the kind that farmers spray on fruit and vegetable crops to [...]

4. Hand Sanitizers That Prevent MRSA? Not So Fast
(Updated) On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it had sent warning letters to four makers of hand sanitizing products that claim to prevent infection from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. The products in question also promise to [...]

5. Marijuana Facts for 4/20
As stoners toke today, April 20 â€" on what has become an unofficial holiday celebrating all things marijuana-related â€" there's good news and bad for those who smoke weed. The good? Support for marijuana legalization has risen steadily since 1990, [...]

6. Study: Preterm Birth Raises the Risk of Childhood ADHD
Doctors have long known that preterm birth increases children's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but now a new study of more than a million children in Sweden strengthens the association. Researchers found that babies born about a [...]

7. U.S. Aims to Reduce Overdose Deaths, But Will the New Plan Work?
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday a new initiative to reduce prescription painkiller misuse and overdose, a problem that has become the leading cause of death in 17 states, surpassing car accidents â€" and killing more than 28,000 people annually. [...]

8. Why Looking at Overweight People Makes Us Want to Eat More, Not Less
Viewers of The Biggest Loser would probably agree that watching the weight-loss show fills them with inspiration. Seeing the obese contestants struggle should motivate us to eat better, exercise and lose weight too. Turns out, however, that premise is only [...]

9. Should Radiation from Japan Scuttle Spring Break in Hawaii? A Mom Agonizes
There's something about having kids that can turn a fairly rational person into a neurotic worrywart. So it was with our spring break trip to Hawaii, planned long before Japan trembled, flooded and announced that the emissions from its devastated [...]

10. Can a Mother's Pregnancy Diet Influence Her Child's Future Weight?


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