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Kids allowed sips of alcohol more likely to drink later

Kids allowed sips of alcohol more likely to drink later

If you've already allowed your kids to take a little sip of your beer or wine from time to time, you probably won't be pleased when you hear the findings of a new report.

Senh: Ok, I guess I won't let my kids sip alcohol under they're at the right age. I thought it was interesting that kids, who got alcohol from an adult other than their parents, are more likely to binge drink. But kids who got sips of alcohol from their parents are more likely to binge drink (or consume a full can of alcohol) than those who didn't drink at all. The bottom line is don't even give them a sip until they're ready.


New laws address gays, children, immigration


Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.


Blindfolded, bound children found at Kan. Walmart

A suburban Chicago couple is behind bars and their five children are in protective custody after two of them were discovered blindfolded and with their limbs bound in the parking lot of a Walmart in eastern Kansas, police said Thursday....


So Kony 2012's "Cover the Night" Happened

Kony 2012

If you, like me (probably not), was wondering what happened to Kony 2012’s “Cover the Night” event, it happened … last Friday, April 20th. I did see a sign, and my wife claimed to have seen a sticker or two while we were driving, which prompted us to wonder if the event had happened yet.

Yeah, the event wasn’t all that successful. It didn’t cover the night, the night covered it. Most people probably have no idea if it even occurred.

Kony 2012 started with a sizzle, but did it end in a fizzle? It depends on how you look at it.


Outcry over 'pink slime' hurting beef demand

The controversy over the ground beef filler dubbed "pink slime" has hurt U.S. ground beef demand, a Tyson Foods executive said Tuesday. Heightened awareness and debate over the product, which the industry calls lean finely textured beef, has "put a fair amount of pressure on ground beef consumption," Tyson Chief Operating Officer Jim Lochner said during a presentation at an investor conference hosted by Morgan Stanley.


Cleanliness Has a Negative Side After All

In a recent article posted on, “In praise of germs: Why common bugs are necessary for kids”, a team of researchers found that being exposed to some germs is good for building children’s immune system. They showed that young mice introduced to germs were able to keep their immune system active, to better help fend off bacterial and other infections later in life.

The article points out that parents are being told to keep everything, including their children, spotlessly clean, but that may not have to be the case. Some exposure to dirt and germs could be good for us.


'Pink slime' maker halts production some plants

The company that makes "pink slime" is suspending operations at three of four plants where the low-cost beef filler is made amid a public outcry over concern about the ingredient.


How Kids With Autism Spend Screen Time

Watching TV

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) tend to be preoccupied with screen-based media. A new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, looks at how children with ASDs spend their "screen time."

Senh: The study doesn't say whether or not watching too much tv or playing too much video games causes autism. It just says that autistic kids prefers to do those activities, and therefore parents should use those devices to teach their kids to be more social.


Report: 10-year-old boy commits suicide

Authorities in Milwaukee are investigating the apparent suicide of a 10-year-old boy Saturday night, according to a report on WTMJ-TV, an NBC affiliate in Wisconsin. The child's mother called 911 after finding him unresponsive in their home near 7th and Chambers on Milwaukee's north side, the station reported. The Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, but told the station it appears the boy took his own life.


Number of kids with health insurance on rise


Many states have expanded eligibility for, and simplified access to, the children's Medicaid program. This has helped shrink the number of uninsured children from 6.9 million in 2008 to 5.9 million in 2010. Experts say the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care overhaul that requires states to maintain income eligibility levels and discourages other barriers to coverage, has played a key role in the improvement.


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