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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

And other insights from a ground-breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement<p>One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, …

Protect Your Child’s Playtime: It’s More Important than Homework, Lessons, and Organized Sports

By Dona Matthews | Apr 04, 2014<p>Synopsis<p>Ample time for unstructured play is essential to children becoming confident, intelligent, creative, and …

Kids

Brain 'pacemakers' prove a success

It may sound like something out of Frankenstein, but it’s a milestone in the field of brain surgery. By implanting micro-electrodes in the brain, …

The Brain

Real estate savings: Are you built for a do-it-yourself house kit?

"I wanted to build something,” Jennifer Buck says. So she’s building a two-story, 2,000-square-foot home in Sharon, Conn. — from a kit.<p>"I'm going to be 48-years-old. Before I get any older, I'm doing it," she adds. Though Buck admits to one important weakness:<p>“I'm awful at measuring."<p>You would …

Real Estate

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

Cannabis Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein from the Brain

Scientists have new evidence that suggests that THC inhibits the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that produces them. …

Dementia

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s early with 86 per cent accuracy

Researchers at Ruhr University in Germany have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease and found that it can detect early indicators of the disease long before the first symptoms appear in patients. The research has been published in the journal <i>EMBO Molecular Medicine</i>.<p>One of the hallmarks of …

Dementia

Take time out to smell the jasmine

Fragrant climbers that can be planted right now, for knock-out scent all season long<p>There is a tendency to think about gardening as an entirely visual art form: a pursuit that is all about playing with the colours, forms and textures of the natural world. However, to me the most dramatic impact …

Climbing

Gifted Education

Many parents believe their children should be in their school’s gifted program. But only about 6% of all U.S. K-12 students are considered …

Pedagogy

48 Essential Links for the Parents of Gifted Children

As waves of homeless descend onto trains, L.A. tries a new strategy: social workers on the subway

The early morning commuters stepping off the Metro escalator paid little attention to the 10 people huddled under blankets and curled up in corners at the Hollywood and Vine station.<p>John Gant, 60, lay sprawled on the tile floor, his hoodie drawn over his face. When three social workers stopped to …

Homelessness

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you?

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Surveillance

A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap.<p>"This is supposed to be the best water in America," she said, "but it tasted awful. It was disgusting."<p>She set off …

Nutrition

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home

Shares 2K<p>The following guest post is written by Natalie, of Afterschool for Smarty Pants. Natalie shares ways she enriches her daughter’s learning at …

Kids

Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn't

Commentary<p>Whatever we call them, there are students who are ill served by grade-level curriculum—some because they have already mastered it, and …

How a 'terrible' disease turned Seth Rogen and his wife into a force for change

The two are raising awareness of and money for Alzheimer's research through Hilarity for Charity.<p>Lauren Miller Rogen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 11 years ago. And back then she felt “so hopeless.”<p>So she and her husband Seth Rogen decided to turn something terrifying, and …

Dementia

'Natural insecticide' kills advanced prostate cancer cells

One of the hallmarks of advanced prostate cancer is a faulty PTEN tumor suppressor gene. Now, after screening compounds for their effect on cells …

Cancer

Judge threatens to bar O.C. from enforcing anti-camping laws if it can't shelter homeless

The political crisis over homelessness in Orange County approached a crucial moment Tuesday as a federal judge raised the prospect of barring local governments from enforcing anti-camping ordinances if officials cannot create temporary shelters for hundreds being swept out of tent cities.<p>The county …

Homelessness

Gifted Apps | Hoagies' Gifted Kids & Teens

Using Amazon Smile? Click this link instead! Amazon Smile<p>Click on <b>Shop Hoagies' Page before</b> you visit your favorite on-line stores including Amazon …

These service dogs had a day trip to Disneyland and it made us believe in happiness again

We truly do not deserve dogs.<p>Not only are they loyal and always happy to see us, but many dogs literally work for us as service dogs, providing often …

Disneyland

Low dopamine may indicate early Alzheimer's

A new study reports a newly discovered link between the loss of dopamine-firing cells in the brain and the brain's ability to form new memories. It …

Neuroscience

Iceland’s Top Attraction Finally Has a Luxury Hotel

Exclusive images of the long-awaited Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, which finally opened its doors.<p>Kim Kardashian swam in its clear blue waters. So …

European Travel

Alzheimer’s Preventative May Have Been Discovered: A Daily Dose Of Ibuprofen

Could something as simple as an over-the-counter medication — specifically: ibuprofen — actually be the first effective preventative in the war …

Alzheimer's Disease

Fig trees for low-maintenance gardens

Tolerant of our winters and easy to maintain, the fig tree would be a welcome addition to any urban garden<p>In the past month I’ve been asked by at least three newbie gardening mates for ideas for a fruit tree to plant in their urban gardens. They all wanted something that was low-maintenance, …

Gardening
Alternative Medicine

10 Hard To Explain Mysterious Places Around the World

Today let’s learn about some of the most mysterious and unknown places on earth which are a bot alien to our world yet beautiful.<p><b>1. Racetrack Playa/</b> …

National Parks

16 Great Places to Go Camping in Southern California and Baja

We’ve rounded up sites with the best ocean views, mountain peaks, and desert landscapes<p>By Claire Trageser<p>Published: 2018.03.23 10:50 AM<p>Photography by …

RVs

American scam: My kid and I are both supposed to go broke paying for college? Forget it

I’ve learned what many students and parents already know: The student loan system is a quasi-criminal shell game<p>I opened my daughters' college funds when they were babies. I've put money into them every month since. I've lived through moves, medical disasters and multiple layoffs. And as my …

College & University

The hard truth about back pain: don’t rely on drugs, scans or quick fixes

Most treatment is wasteful, wanton and wrong, says the Lancet. The key is to try to keep walking and working<p>Back pain is the biggest cause of disability globally, and most of us will have at least one nasty bout of it. But treatment is often wasteful, wanton and wrong, according to a series of …

Medicine

New Zealand just took care of a $3.6 million mouse infestation

The million dollar mouse is dead. Long live the million dollar mouse.<p>Compared to New Zealand, we are all terrible at getting rid of mice. The country just totally eradicated the 200,000 or so rodents scurrying around the subantarctic Antipodes island.<p>Unlike most of the mouse traps around the world, …

New Zealand