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Refined sugar is the real villain because it raises risk of heart disease

Simon Capewell, professor of public health and policy at Liverpool University, says we should aim for 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day – never mind five or seven – and strike smoothies and fruit juice off the acceptable list.<p>Capewell is one of a growing band of experts who believe sugar is …

Washington Mudslide's Speed Led to High Death Toll

Slide's large size and unstable conditions also make recovery difficult.<p><b>The massive mudslide that wiped out part of a town in rural northwestern Washington Saturday struck so quickly that residents couldn't escape its path, scientists said, leading to the deaths of at least 25 people, with scores</b> …

Searching for the Missing Malaysian Jet at the Ends of the Earth

The surface of the moon is more familiar than the floor of the Indian Ocean.<p>Jim Gibson, who runs one of the world's largest salvage companies, sent an autonomous underwater vehicle and a crew of nine to Australia last week, ready to hunt for the black boxes once debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight …

Encouraging kids to complete chores by paying them with screen-time tokens

Little Mom on the Prarie made game tokens that she gives her daughter to do chores.<p>"I started using an alternate version of the reward system with my …

What Does It Mean To Be A 'Good Mom'?

When you think about what it means to be a good mom, some may picture the attachment parent who's baby-wearing and co-sleeping and making her own organic baby food. Others may think of the informed mom who has read every book, knows every child-rearing method, and draws on those techniques to …

11 Tips for Instilling True Gratitude in Your Kids

Teaching our kids to say "thank you" is important, but truly instilling a sense of gratitude in them is another matter entirely. Gratitude goes beyond good manners -- it's a mindset and a lifestyle.<p>A recent Wall Street Journal article about raising kids with gratitude acknowledged a growing …

Why Not Letting Your Kids Do Chores Hurts Society and Me

My eye twitched when I read "Why I Don't Want My Kids Doing Chores -- Even If They're Age-Appropriate."<p>The author recounts a tale of when her 5-year-old, on her own initiative, swept up the kitchen floor and then asked the author to get the dustpan for her because it was out of reach. The author's …

Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Aisle)

Dear Little One,<p>As I write this, I'm sitting in the makeup aisle of our local Target store. A friend recently texted me from a different makeup aisle and told me it felt like one of the most oppressive places in the world. I wanted to find out what he meant. And now that I'm sitting here, I'm …

The Real Damage Bullying Coaches Can Inflict on Kids

Any parent whose son or daughter plays competitive sports knows full well what a blessing or curse a coach can be.<p>Between Little League baseball and …

Women in Iraq Being Detained and Abused, Report Says

Thousands of women in Iraq are being illegally detained and many subjected to torture and abuse, Human Rights Watch said Thursday in a scathing …