Play is Important for Adults Too!

(CNN)When’s the last time you did something that was so engaging, so much fun, you lost track of time? For some, it’s belting out a karaoke tune. For others, it’s exploring a new city or playing kickball. That’s what mortgage banker Sue Hamilton does for fun.  “It brings you back to a little bit of […]

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On November 3, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Iceland Has a Solution for Down Syndrome Births

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland. Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women […]

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On August 16, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Inspiring Story of One Person’s Life With Cystic Fibrosis.

Venice Beach, California (CNN) As a small child, she played hide-and-seek with nurses, ripped out IVs to race around the hospital floor naked and left an explosion of glitter in her wake. As a teen, she got boys to carry her uphill when she was tired, taught her best friend how to flirt and watched […]

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On July 5, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Trampoline Injuries Soar

Injuries at trampoline parks have soared in recent years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Trampoline injuries lead to nearly 100,000 emergency room visits a year, according to estimates from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The majority of the injuries occur at home, and that number didn’t increase year to […]

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On August 2, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

The AMA Takes a Stand on LED Street Lights

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it. The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA committee issued guidelines on how […]

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On June 21, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

Mom of Baby with Down Syndrome Sends Letter to Doctor Who Suggested Abortion

(CNN)  Florida mom Courtney Baker expected no bumps on the road when she learned a third child was on her way. “My first two pregnancies were so easy. I was expecting this one to be easy too,” she told CNN.  But a couple weeks later, her baby was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. The doctor […]

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On June 8, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

The End of Free Range Childhoods?

A few years ago, Tytia Habing moved back to the stretch of land where she grew up in rural Illinois, just a half-mile from her parents.  “I’m right back where I started,” she said, among the same fields of beans and corn, among the same people.  Except one, in particular. Now there’s Tharin, her son. […]

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On May 16, 2016, posted in: Latest News by

People Faking Disabilities to Ride With Their Pets

Travel blogger Alyssa Ramos, 27, is preparing for a holiday trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and she has her system down. In addition to one wheelie, she has a carrying bag for her 7-pound Pomeranian — Oscar de la Ramos — and a knapsack filled with toys and treats to keep his ears from popping. […]

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On December 7, 2015, posted in: Latest News by

Teens spend “mind boggling” number of hours connected.

(CNN)You probably won’t be surprised to hear that a new report found that teens and tweens spend a lot of time watching TV, videos and movies, playing video games, reading, listening to music and checking social media, but you might be somewhat shocked (I was!) by just how much time. On any given day, teens […]

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On November 3, 2015, posted in: Latest News by

Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

  In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%. How come the epidemic of ADHD—which has become firmly established in the United States—has almost completely passed over children […]

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On January 22, 2015, posted in: Latest News by