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Start Getting Used to the Idea of Eating Really Different Kinds of Bananas

Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of "gut feelings?" There's growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.<p>"I'm always by profession a skeptic," says Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los …

Education name-calling turns nasty

“Everyone rushes to their own corners,” Rotherham said. “It’s exasperating.”<p>Even Education Secretary Arne Duncan has noticed. He opened a September speech to the National Press Club by decrying “all the noise and manufactured drama” of the education policy world. It was, he said, “an alternative …

A Program for Teachers to Do Short-Term Educational Travel

Christen during educational travel in Cabarete, in the Dominican Republic.<p><i>Teaching Traveling: Welcome Christen, the founder of an innovative</i> …

Did This Little Election Strike a Big Blow to Education Reform?

Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement.<p>In the world of education reform, Paul Vallas is a superstar. As leader of school districts in Chicago and Philadelphia, he expanded charter schools and …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

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Is it right to try to 'normalise' autism?

A year ago, Julie Barber came close to a nervous breakdown. Her son, Jack, who is four, has autism, and she felt overwhelmed by his demanding behaviour. "He was having two-hour meltdowns nearly every day," says Barber, who lives with Jack in Thurrock, Essex. "I've got a bad back just from trying to …

Big insurers avoid many state health exchanges

Some insurers pulled out of the exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act as the Oct. 1 launch approached, leaving an uneven patchwork of providers.<p>So few insurers offer plans on some of the new government health insurance exchanges that consumers in those states may pay too much or face large …

Elizabeth Warren Calls For Big Changes To Student Loans

BOSTON -- College graduates struggling to repay their student loans should have an easier time getting their debt eliminated if they go into bankruptcy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Saturday.<p>Warren laid out several reforms to address the rising costs of higher education in a speech at the …

About 15% of Americans live in poverty, so why is no one talking about it?

Mainstream media give very little coverage to poverty and the working class. It's a public interest failure<p>It's not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often that not, America's fickle news media is …

4 Ways New Exchanges Will Radically Alter Health Insurance

When the next phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kicks into gear January 1, 2014, each state will be required to offer its residents access to health care insurance through an online marketplace, often referred to as a “health insurance exchange.” These exchanges are now open for business …

Obama Says Once Obamacare Works, 'They Will Not Call It Obamacare'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama is back on the campaign trail in an effort to bolster support for Obamacare — a need …

How to Improve Common Core: A Critic's View

Commentary<p>As a sometime warrior in the war of words over the Common Core State Standards, I have been neutral about the need for national standards, …

Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

Premiums in the health insurance exchanges set to open next week will be lower than anticipated, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.<p>According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally …

Maybe U.S. public schools don't stink

The drumbeat is hard to miss: Our schools are failing. Public education is in crisis. Our students are falling further and further behind.<p>The rhetoric comes from the left and right, from educators and politicians and lobbyists and CEOs and even Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The deep dysfunction …

What’s behind the rise in c-sections?

The author argues that fear of malpractice lawsuits is leading to a dangerous rise in the procedure<p><b>Document Everything: The Best Solution in the Case of a Bad Outcome</b><p>A common response to liability anxiety of maternity providers—nurses, midwives, and physicians—is a heightened focus on …