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Best Apps For College Students

If you know a young person going to or in college don’t miss the following resource brought to you by the folks at the Policy ThinkShop…

“College may be a blast, but it certainly doesn’t come without its stressors. Whether you’re anxious about money matters, cafeteria food, or a heavy workload, we’ve rounded up the best apps to help you manage it all. From cooking to note-taking, …”

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Pain is as old as complex cell organisms and greed is as old as the cave man.

What is relatively new is how scientists, corporations, (and even physicians trained to help people), engage the business of creating, distributing and profiting from medicines intended to help people but marketed to make money.

The company that reinvented and re-marketed the long used chemical compound called Oxycodone (Oxycodone is an analgesic medication synthesized from poppy-derived thebaine. It was developed in 1916 in Germany, as one of several new semi-synthetic opioids in an attempt to improve on the existing opioids: morphine, diacetylmorphine (heroin), and codeine.) as the new Oxycontin (a synthetic analgesic drug that is similar to morphine in its effects and subject to abuse and addiction.) has unleashed an epidemic that was inherent in a drug that needs much closer control and should be prescribed by properly trained physicians.

So the issue is …

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How Do You Raise a Prodigy? – NYTimes.com

Wonderful article from the NYTs on child prodigies! The article is a wonderful overview of the parenting experience and how a child’s “difference” presents unique challenges in the parenting experience for good and bad …

The educational system and our own ability to deal with outliers is an obstacle to human progress and perhaps love itself…

Read this article today to enrich your perspective on raising kids or perhaps on how you were raised yourself…

 

“Drew Petersen didn’t speak until he was 3½, but his mother, Sue, never believed he was slow. When he was 18 months old, in 1994, she was reading to him and skipped a word, whereupon Drew reached over and pointed to the missing …”

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Why Fathers Really Matter – NYTimes.com

MOTHERHOOD begins as a tempestuously physical experience but quickly becomes a political one. Once a woman’s pregnancy goes public, the storm moves outside. Don’t pile on the pounds! Your child will be obese. Don’t eat too little, or your baby will be born too …

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The Future of Gamification | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Tech stakeholders and analysts generally believe the use of game mechanics, feedback loops, and rewards will become more embedded in daily life by 2020, but they are split about how widely the trend will extend. Some say the move to implement more game elements in networked communications will be mostly positive, aiding education, health, business, and training. Some warn it can take the form of invisible, insidious behavioral manipulation.

“The development of ‘Serious Games’ applied productively to a wide scope of human activities will accelerate simply because playing is more fun than working,” observed Mike Liebhold, senior researcher and distinguished fellow at The Institute for the Future.

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Parenting, Children and Parents – Motherlode Blog – NYTimes.com

According to Ron Clark, Disney’s American Teacher of the Year, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just four and a half years, “and many of them list ‘issues with parents’ as one of …

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Generations Differ on the Rise of Unmarried Parents – Pew Research Center

Over the past 50 years, the link between marriage and parenthood has become much more tenuous. The share of babies born to unmarried mothers increased eight-fold from 1960 to 2008. By 2008, four-in-ten babies born in the U.S. were born to an unwed mother.Generations Differ on the Rise of Unmarried Parents

The public generally views this trend negatively. Across the age spectrum, most adults do not view this as a change for the better. Despite this consensus, sharp generational differences do exist.

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Puberty Before Age 10 – A New ‘Normal’? – NYTimes.com

One day last year when her daughter, Ainsley, was 9, Tracee Sioux pulled her out of her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo., and drove her an hour south, to Longmont, in hopes of finding a satisfying reason that Ainsley began growing …

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Consumers Believe Facebook Users Should be Older than the Age 13 Requirement [INFOGRAPHIC]

Although it is required by law for Facebook users to be at least 13 to join the network, many believe the age limit should be higher, a new study …

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Rise in Preschool Cavities Prompts Anesthesia Use – NYTimes.com

In the surgical wing of the Center for Pediatric Dentistry at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Devon Koester, 2 ½ years old, was resting last month in his mother’s arms as an anesthesiologist held a bubble-gum-scented mask over …

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