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Want Smarter Kids? Don't Feed Them Fast Food!

We all know fast food (even without trans fat) is bad for you, but a new study now offers a significant link between fast food being detrimental to kids' education, reports <i>ScienceDaily</i>.<p>"There's a lot of evidence that fast-food consumption is linked to childhood obesity, but the problems don't end …

Sensitive Caregiving Can Make Your Child a Successful Adult

It's no secret that interactions between a parent and child are essential for growth and development, but just how important is a sensitive approach?<p>According to a new study, parents should strongly focus on sensitive caregiving during the first three years of their child's life. The study's …

Parenting

New Study Reveals Reading Aloud to Kids Does Matter

Parents may think twice about skipping nighttime stories aloud after learning the results of Scholastic's latest study, the fifth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report.<p>The biannual national survey examined a child's reading behavior and attitude toward reading. The updated survey included …

Why Recess HELPS Kids Eat Fruits and Veggies

In recent years, some schools have been reducing recess hours -- or eliminating it altogether, even though the American Academy of Pediatrics has advocated for schools to keep schoolyard play. Despite support from the AAP, some elementary schools (like these 23 schools in Florida) are still cutting …

Dogs

Can You Steer Your Kids Toward College...Starting in Pre-K?

A new study, published in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i>, suggests that parents who have long-term expectations that their child will attend college are likely to raise children who will have academic success, as early as pre-K.<p>Researchers at UCLA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discovered that …

The AAP Says Medical Marijuana Is ONLY Okay For...

Legalizing marijuana across the U.S. is still an ongoing debate, and the American Academy of Pedatrics continues to oppose using it for medical (and recreational) reasons. However, the AAP is updating their policy and making a new exception: supporting marijuana <b>only</b> for "compassionate use in …

Cannabis

The Measles Outbreak: 8 Facts You Need to Know

<b>By Wendy Hunter, M.D.</b><p>As measles has spread to 14 states (and more than 100 people) already this year—and it's only February—news reports only tell part of the story about vaccination and risks of exposure. Here's what concerned parents need to know.<p><b>Measles is hard to diagnose early.</b><p>Just like a …

Public Health

Spanking With "Dignity" Is Okay, Says the Pope

The pope made headlines last month with his repeated support for breastfeeding moms, but now he's in the news for a different reason: his (apparent) support for spanking done with dignity.<p>A recent papal address in St. Peter's Square made waves when Pope Francis shared a story about a father's …

Pope Francis

California May Ban Certain Vaccine Exemptions

Now that there are more than 120 confirmed cases of measles—92 within the state of California—two California senators are working toward banning parents' right to exempt their children from mandatory school vaccinations because of personal beliefs, reports <i>Reuters</i>.<p>These lawmakers are answering the …

Public Health

83 Percent Believe in Vaccine Safety, But Millennials Still Have Doubts

A Pew poll conducted between Feb. 3-5 with over 1,000 U.S. adults revealed that 83 percent believe the MMR vaccine for measles is safe for healthy children, versus 9 percent (with 7 percent uncertain).<p>But of the 83 percent, confidence in vaccine safety decreased in younger age groups. In the 50+ …

Kanye West: 'I'd Like to Be the Steve Jobs of The Gap'

The rapper talks his Adidas line, fashion influences and how he handles reviewers in explosive Style.com interview<p>Nearly lost in Kanye West's …

Kanye West

RHOA: An Angry Apollo Nida Storms Phaedra Parks's Home

On a frightening <i>The Real Housewives of Atlanta</i> Sunday, an angry Apollo Nida showed up at Phaedra Parks’s home instead of reporting to the big house …

Real Housewives of Atlanta

The Biggest Hauls in Grammy History: Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Other Record Breakers

Though the Grammys are famous for some notable snubs, a number of artists have triumphed at the awards over the years, too. From Michael Jackson’s <i>Thriller</i> coup to **Beyoncé’**s sweep in 2010, here’s a look at the Grammy’s biggest winners of all time.

Kanye West

Shirley Manson trashes 'small' Kanye West

Garbage rocker Shirley Manson made her displeasure clear about Kanye West's Grammy antics Sunday night.<p>Manson wrote on her Facebook page Monday that the rapper's outburst about Beck winning album of the year has made West "look small and petty and spoilt."<p>West felt Beyoncé should have won the award …

Saturday Night Live Hosts a 40th-Anniversary Celebration

Lawyer Slams 'False' Reports That Bobbi Kristina Brown Will Be Taken Off Life Support

Bobbi Kristina Brown, who has been in the hospital since she was found unconscious in her bathtub on Jan. 31, will not be taken off life support this …

Crime