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Feeding birds in winter

Winter is a difficult season for birds who stick around in northern climes. They need extra stamina to keep themselves warm, just at the time of year when their usual foods are in short supply. More>>

Are U.S. colleges still a good investment?

For decades, there's been an unwritten rule that if you want a good job, you need a diploma from a four-year college.  More>>

Delta Airlines security glitch lets you access anyone's boarding pass

The holidays are a hectic time for airlines and airports, as they try to deal with the large influx of people visiting loved ones. The last thing anyone wants happening is some sort of security glitch that will ruin their holiday. More>>

Study shows why expert pilots are experts

Expert pilots process visual information more efficiently than less experienced pilots, which explains why they make better decisions during landings, a new study shows. More>>

Vaccinating schoolkids cuts flu in communities

Giving flu shots to schoolchildren also protects others, a new study finds. More>>

Mom, put down that smartphone at dinner

Harried mothers who want to stay close with their kids should put aside their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table, a new study suggests. More>>

Need to sell your house ASAP? Opendoor will buy it from you in minutes

There are lots of sites, such as Zillow and Trulia, that exist to help homebuyers. But what about those that are putting their house on the market?  More>>

Surprising energy vampires and how to subdue them

Is your home playing host to evil energy vampires? Also known as a "phantom," an energy vampire is any electrical device or appliance that consumes power even when it is on stand-by mode, or even turned off completely. More>>

Green winter clothes: Stay warm and save the planet

Wearing synthetic fabrics is a no-no if you're committed to saving the planet -- or even just wishy-washy about it. When you shop for winter duds, look for natural fibers that are sustainable, fair trade, and cruelty-free. More>>

Do's and don'ts to reduce paper use at home or work

Follow these simple tips to cut your paper consumption at home and at work. More>>

How cold indoor temperatures can harm your health

Whether due to inadequate insulation or an inefficient heating system, an underheated home feels chilly and unwelcoming. Even worse, cold temperatures inside can have a decidedly negative effect on your health. More>>

Poop-powered bus hits British roads

The U.K.'s first poop-powered bus hit the road this week, ferrying fare-paying passengers around parts of south-west England. More>>

Want to prevent frozen pipes? Here's how

When outdoor temperatures drop and cold winds blow, your water pipes are in danger. More>>

School lunches more nutritious than home-packed lunches

Lunches packed at home are generally not as nutritious as school lunches, a new study shows. More>>

Laundry detergent pods pose poisoning risk to kids

Laundry detergent "pods" seriously sickened more than 700 U.S. children and killed at least one in a recent two-year period, a new report reveals. More>>

Study builds case for later high school starting time

Teens go to sleep much later than younger children, according to a study that lends support to later start times in high schools. More>>

The ABCs of successful classroom design

Classroom design can have a major impact on student achievement, a new study says. More>>

How does a reverse mortgage work?

When people are younger and think of cashing in on their home equity, they imagine renting or selling their house. If you're at least 62 years old, you have a third option: a financial product called a reverse mortgage. 
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Easy DIY fixes for a naturally clean kitchen

Are you sick and tired of spending big bucks on chemical cleaners full of scary ingredients? You can find some wonderful natural cleaning agents already in your pantry or on the shelf of your local health food store. More>>

Colleges could do more for students with chronic ills

Many college health centers may lack the resources to fully care for students with chronic health conditions, a new study suggests. More>>

'Social host' laws may help curb underage drinking

"Social host" laws, which hold adults accountable for any underage drinking that takes place on their property, may help curb teenage drinking, according to the preliminary findings of a new study. More>>

Special cocoa drink may improve age-related memory loss

A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests. More>>

Studies link cold sore virus to Alzheimer's risk

The virus that causes common cold sores -- herpes simplex -- might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. More>>

Childhood peanut allergy may be linked to skin gene mutation

Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study. More>>

Teens who dine with their families may be slimmer adults

For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults. More>>

Multiple drug use raises infection risk for 'swinging' couples

Multiple drug use put couples who "swing" at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows. More>>

Install a new kitchen with timeless style

To make the most of your kitchen remodel dollar, choose a classic look that will never go out of fashion. More>>

Teen conflicts spill over to other areas of their lives

Teens' conflicts at home increase the risk of problems at school for up to two days, according to a new study. More>>

10 top to-dos for fall maintenance

Check out this check-list for prepping your home for colder weather.
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Answers to kids' tough money questions

Smart ways to have the money talk. More>>

Today's teens can be adept multitaskers

If you think teenagers always pay a penalty in performance when they juggle multiple media devices, think again. More>>

10 down-to-earth ways to live healthier today

Do what you can, when you can, is an excellent motto for improving your health habits, especially as you get older. More>>

Those little gas spills when you fill up may harm the environment

Routine small fuel spills at gas stations could cause long-term harm to communities as the gas leaks into the soil and groundwater, a new study suggests. More>>

Contact sports boost spread of 'superbug' germs

College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds. More>>

11 unusual uses for an old cardboard box

Somehow, you can't bring yourself to recycle them, or worse yet, to throw them away. Here are 11 fun and practical ways to repurpose a cardboard box. More>>

Eco-friendly ideas for awesome Halloween crafts

These DIY Halloween crafts all use commonly available materials that you may well already have around your haunted house. More>>

Yes, you can remodel on a tiny budget

Even with a limited renovation budget, there are a number of very practical ways that you can improve your house's appearance and functionality. Find out how. More>>

Rent, don't own, to simplify your life

People have been learning to tighten their belts and make do with less. Part of that involves giving up traditional American consumerism and instead of buying more and more consumer goods, renting what they need when they need it. Would that work for you? More>>

Cyberbullying seems to ramp up in middle school

As kids transition from elementary to middle school, they are increasingly the targets of cyberbullies, according to a recent study. More>>

Do greener neighborhoods produce healthier babies?

Pregnant women who live in leafy, green neighborhoods are less likely to have premature or low birth weight babies, a new study suggests. More>>

Create easy eco-friendly decor accents with fall fruit

With the change of season, you're probably looking for a few home decor touches that say "Autumn." You'd like them to be seasonal, eco-friendly, easy to make, and, most of all, charming and welcoming just like your house. More>>

Why not plant vegetables this fall?

No matter how generous Mother Nature was in supplying you with homegrown produce over the past weeks, it soon will be used up, given away, or preserved for the coming winter. Imagine having a new stock of fresh, delicious, healthful veggies to enjoy as the weather turns nippy. More>>

Recycled content tile: Choose the eco-friendly option

Recycled content tile, a relative newcomer to the home improvement scene, goes conventional tile one better by offering all its traditional advantages together with an even more impressive green scorecard. More>>

10 popular roofing styles -- Which is the best for you?

Besides performing the essential function of protecting human beings from sun, rain, hail, and snow, roofs come in various shapes that add architectural interest to the buildings they cover.
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Parents' divorce may hit higher-income kids harder

When their parents split up, children in higher-income families -- but not those in lower-earning homes -- are more likely to develop behavior problems, a new study suggests. More>>

Mom's response to baby's cry a matter of memory

A mother's response to her baby's crying may be influenced by her own childhood, a new study reports. More>>

Sibling bullies may leave lasting effects

While a burly kid on the playground may be the stereotype of a childhood bully, a new study suggests some of the most damaging bullies are as close to home as you can get: They're siblings who tease, make fun of and... More>>

Here's how to clean concrete floors

Although it is a relatively low maintenance material, concrete does need occasional cleaning to get rid of dirt, stains, and oily patches. More>>

Garage door opener problems: A troubleshoot guide

Having trouble with your garage door opener? Now's the time to take care of any problems. Come winter, you do not want to arrive home from work on a cold, dark evening and be stuck outside. More>>

Freeze produce now to enjoy summer flavor all year

Freezing is a fantastic method of storage. Come winter, your stash of produce may be quickly pulled out of the freezer to give variety and lift to cold weather meals. More>>

How to find -- and use -- hidden storage space

In desperate need of more room to stash your stuff? Examine your home from every angle, and you are likely to find snippets of unused space, just there for the taking. More>>

Back to school laptop bag guide

Check out these five great laptop bags for students.
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A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

What parents need to know about sports participation

Sports are an important part of school for many youngsters, and proper preparation is essential for reducing their risk of injury, an expert says. More>>

College prep 101

College can be a challenging time for young people, but there are a number of things they can do to make the most of their new life, an expert says. More>>

Keeping your PC, smartphone or tablet clean

PCs, Smartphones, and handheld tablets are essentials of daily life. However, these conveniences need some basic maintenance to stay in top working order. Learn how to clean your electronic devices in the following easy, natural ways. More>>

Air in U.S. cities getting cleaner, EPA says

The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday. More>>

This app will shut down your phone until you call your mom back

Many teenagers can withstand 10 missed calls from mom without batting an eyelash, but when you take away Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and everything else, most won't last five minutes without calling dear old mom and dad to beg for their freedom back. More>>

More children hit by cars in September

More children are hit by cars during September than any other month of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. More>>

The essential back to school supply list

Make the transition from vacation to learning a little sweeter with a full stock of new, useful supplies for your child. More>>

Reduce your summer energy costs

Everyone loves to enjoy the long, warm days of summer, but along with the pool parties and sunburn comes high utility bills. More>>

'Elder abuse' often involves finances

As many as one in 20 older adults in the United States may be financially exploited, a new study suggests. More>>

Four back to school tips to stay organized

Getting ready for the back to school rush doesn't have to be hard. Here are some tips to get you and your kids organized. More>>

Preschoolers with special needs may gain from 'inclusion' classrooms

Preschoolers with special needs benefit from going to school with children who have strong language skills, according to a new study. More>>

Three summer braids: Paso a paso

Stay cool and sexy all summer with la trenza, this season’s hottest hair trend. Braids are easily dressed up or down and can be worn on almost any occasion. Plus, they’re great for second or third day hair. More>>

Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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Five essential tips for designing your kitchen

Here are some less traditional ways to think about kitchen design, whether your project is outfitting a rental kitchen in a tiny walk-up, or the kind of larger-scale remodel you dream about. More>>

Same genes may influence reading, math skills

Nearly half of the genes that affect children's reading ability also play a role in their math skills, a new study says. More>>

The best beauty uses for baking soda

Using baking soda in place of your regular, store bought facial cleanser, scrub, body wash, shampoo and toothpaste is an easy way to cut costs, reduce exposure to chemicals and see an improvement in your hair, skin and nails. More>>

8 barbecue party tips you need to know

Whether you're a first time planner, or seasoned professional, a barbecue is one of the most fun and exciting parties you can throw. More>>

Chronic migraines affect the whole family

When a spouse, partner or parent has chronic migraines, the whole family suffers, a new study found. More>>

Pediatrics group wants parents to read to their children every day

All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. More>>

Tips for keeping that bounce house safe

Inflatable bounce houses may be fun for kids, but only if they're used correctly, experts caution. More>>

ER visits peak when kids barred from child care

Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room. More>>

10 anti-aging tips to make yourself look younger

Since you can’t wish yourself younger, you’ll just have to defy aging the old-fashioned way -- by trying these 10 anti-aging tips to make yourself look younger. More>>

Gov't sets safety standards for infant formula

A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More>>

Poor sleep may lead to worse grades for college students

Instead of staying up studying all night, college students might want to try a new way to improve their grades: get a good night's sleep. More>>

Kids' obesity risk rises with parents' divorce

Kids face many challenges when their parents divorce, and their struggles often include excessive weight gain, new research suggests. More>>

Scents may sway your sense of beauty

Women may be seen as more attractive if they use scented products or perfumes, a small new study suggests. More>>

Natural blondes may have 1 gene to thank

Blondes may or may not have more fun, but one thing's now clear: They do have something special in their genes. More>>

Levar Burton Reading Rainbow Web app raises $1 million-plus on Kickstarter in one day

Building off the success of the Reading Rainbow iPad application that launched two years ago, Levar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier today that will bring the application to the Web as well.
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Dad's brain becomes more 'maternal' when he's primary caregiver

Fathers who spend more time taking care of their newborn child undergo changes in brain activity that make them more apt to fret about their baby's safety, a new study shows. More>>

Jump in, just don't swallow the water

Taking a dip in the water can help refresh you on a hot day, but you need to protect yourself and your family from bacteria and parasites that can lurk in water, an infectious disease expert says. More>>

Good grades = bigger bucks

Good grades really do pay off, a new study suggests. More>>

Foreclosures tied to higher suicide risk in study

Losing a home to foreclosure may boost a person's suicide risk, according to a new study that looked at pre- and post-"Great Recession" data. More>>

Single moms' job loss may have long term impact on kids

Children of single mothers who lose their jobs can suffer significant long-term problems, a new study finds. More>>

Essential spring cleaning checklist for every home

Spring is here once again and you know what that means – it’s time for spring cleaning.
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Time outdoors may help kids connect with nature

Spending a lot of time outdoors boosts children's spiritual connection with the Earth and the sense that they need to protect it, researchers report. More>>

Frequent arguments might be the death of you

Arguing and worrying over family problems may lead to an increased risk of dying in middle age, Danish researchers report. More>>

Quotes that inspire tributes to Mom

Looking for a simple way to honor your mom this Mother's Day? Check out this list of great sayings, quotes and memories about mom.
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Girls have been better students than boys for decades

Girls have earned better school grades than boys for nearly a century, according to a new study. And that includes math and science, even though it's long been believed that boys do better in those subjects. More>>

'In sickness and in health' isn't in the cards for many women

The marital vows to stay true "in sickness and in health" seem to apply more to wives than husbands when one of the spouses becomes seriously ill, according to novel new research.
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Violent older siblings set bad example

When older siblings commit violent crimes, their younger siblings are more likely to do the same, a new study suggests. More>>

Spanking may be more common than parents admit

Ask any busy parent of preschool children: Early evening can be a stressful time. Now a small new study that audiotaped families soon after they returned home from work and day care suggests that spanking is surprisingly... More>>

By 9 months, baby's visual learning kicks in

By the time they're 9 months old, babies can use pictures to learn about an object and later recognize the real thing, researchers say.
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Single motherhood doesn't seem to hinder happiness

Single mothers face many challenges but they tend to be happy, a new study suggests. More>>

Kids' happiness doesn't depend on 2 natural parents

Children who live with a stepparent or a single parent are just as happy as kids in homes with two biological parents, a new British study finds.
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10 healthy Mother's Day gift ideas

Giving Mom a great gift that's good for her isn't difficult. Remember, Mom does almost everything for everyone else; doesn't she deserve good health and a happy heart too? More>>

Fear won't boost exam scores: study

Students can't be scared into doing well on final exams, a new study shows. More>>

1 in 13 U.S. schoolkids takes psych meds

More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows. More>>

Adjusting your thermostat might improve your thinking

You think best when the air temperature is at a level that makes you feel the most comfortable, new research suggests. More>>

Spring cleaning safety tips

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While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says. More>>

Campfire precautions can protect kids from burns

Campfires are exciting for kids but they also can be dangerous without supervision and simple precautions, an expert warns. More>>

Crankier babies may get more TV time

Fussy and demanding babies are likely to spend slightly more time plopped in front of a TV or computer screen when they're toddlers than are "easier" babies, new research finds. More>>

Embrace procrastination, and thrive on it

 Whether you’re working a desk job from 9 to 5, returning to college to get a degree or painting for a living, procrastination can deliver gold to you. More>>

Does housework count as exercise?

Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up. More>>

Kids' concussions defined by where they live

City kids are more likely to suffer concussions playing sports while children in rural areas tend to sustain these head injuries while using dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles, a new Canadian study finds. More>>

Having kids walk to school comes with risks, benefits

Many parents are understandably worried about letting their kids walk or bike to school. More>>

Teens' screen time may affect their bone health

Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway. More>>

The best flowers to plant in spring

Spring is a favorite time of year for many people. The weather is warming up after the cold winter, trees are beginning to bud and spring plants are blooming with vibrant flowers. More>>

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. seniors have living wills

A record number of elderly Americans have living wills that explain their wishes for end-of-life medical care or appoint a surrogate medical decision maker, a new study finds. More>>

For greater happiness, spend your money on 'life experiences'

Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study. More>>

Parental messages that stress no alcohol do get through

Making it clear to your teen that underage drinking is unacceptable is a highly effective way to reduce the risk that he or she will use alcohol, a new survey shows. More>>

6 nifty ways to organize your laundry room

Is it time for a laundry room overhaul? To become an organization pro, here is some advice that works like magic. More>>

Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates. More>>

Spanking triggers vicious cycle

Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests. More>>

College women: Have a healthy spring break

Spring break offers college women -- and men -- a welcome respite from the pressures of school, but they need to make sure they protect their health while having fun. More>>

How you parent is partly genetic

Genes may play a major role in parenting styles, according to a new study. More>>

ADHD drugs linked to later weight gain in kids

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds. More>>

Mental illness to blame for 10 percent of kids' hospitalizations

Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds. More>>

Do you have a case of the motherhood blues?

Motherhood is supposed to be a joy-filled journey -- or so the ads and Facebook memes tell us. So why does it seem as though our days are largely about nagging, supervising homework, changing diapers and shuttling kids to and from their activities? More>>

Preschoolers beat college kids at figuring out gadgets

When faced with a strange, new gizmo, preschoolers figured out how it worked more quickly than college students did, a new study shows. More>>

For young couples, violence can harm both sides

Teens and young adults involved in relationship violence are more likely to suffer depression, a new study indicates. More>>

Rising e-cigarette use tied to more smoking in teens

Teens who have tried electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes, according to the authors of a new study. More>>

September peak month for kids' asthma flares

Many parents know that allergies are seasonal, but fewer may realize that the same is true of asthma: A new study suggests the riskiest time for children with asthma is September, as they head back to school. More>>

Kids who repeat a grade can become discipline problems

Students who have to repeat a grade can cause discipline problems among their classmates, a new study indicates. More>>

When smartphone is near, parenting may falter

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table. More>>

Shared family activities may boost preschoolers' emotional health

Taking part in family activities on a regular basis benefits the social and emotional health of young children, a new study finds. More>>

Despite media companies' claims, your baby can't learn to read

Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests. More>>

Does your child's car seat weigh too much for LATCH?

Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems. More>>

Treatment costs vary for U.S. children born with heart defects

The cost of treatment for children born with heart defects varies widely across the United States, according to new research. And higher costs may not mean better care. More>>

Food allergies have nearly doubled among black children

Over the past two decades, reports of food allergies have nearly doubled among black children, a new study reveals. More>>

Schools add more fruits, veggies to the '3 Rs'

Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study. More>>

Kids' body image shaped by parents

Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says. More>>

Students' health habits tied to school success

Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and being physically fit are important for students' success in school, a new study suggests. More>>

Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health

Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests. More>>

Mother's voice on special pacifier helps preemies learn to eat

Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say. More>>

Old wood stoves a costly way to keep warm

Although many people use indoor and outdoor wood heaters to save money on fuel costs, burning wood to stay warm during the cold winter months might not be cost-efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More>>

Infants at highest risk for childhood burns

One-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children, and the main causes of these injuries are hot drinks and hair irons, a new British study finds. More>>

Study ties home births to higher infant death rates

The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say. More>>

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life More>>

College students should get a flu shot

It's the peak of flu season, and not being vaccinated can be risky for college students, a doctor warns. More>>

'Sensitive' older sibling may help boost preschoolers' language skills

Preschoolers from big families tended to score a bit lower on one vocabulary test. However, in cases where those kids had a sensitive big brother or sister, the vocabulary disadvantage disappeared. More>>

First trimester appears crucial for baby's heart health

Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates. More>>

Keep lice off your child's head

It's that time of year when your children are back in school -- and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says. More>>

Five big myths about green cars and gas mileage, debunked

In the interests of helping you actually save money by using less gasoline, here are five favorite myths about green vehicles. More>>

5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.
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Shopping carts can pose big danger to little kids

Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store. More>>

Could turning down the thermostat help you lose weight?

Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts? More>>

Why parents mix up their kids' names

Parents are more likely to confuse their children's names when they sound alike, a new study reveals. More>>

Genes may be to blame for hard-to-handle toddlers

DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers, a new Canadian study suggests. More>>

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice. More>>

Stocking epinephrine in schools might save lives

As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies. More>>

Formal Valentine's Day decoration ideas for the dining room

Whether it will be a romantic meal for two, or a festive holiday banquet for a large group, Valentine's Day décor will enhance your dining room's holiday atmosphere. More>>

When a common cold becomes more dangerous for kids

Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk. More>>

Ways you can beat household odors

A busy home with sealed-up windows can lead to stale, unpleasant odors. And the last thing that any host wants to hear is, "What's that smell?" More>>

Get your kids cooking with you

Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.
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Books reflect the economic tone of their times

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," Dickens wrote in 1859. More>>

Weight fluctuations: Why does the scale say that?

Most women play some version of the scale game whenever they weigh themselves, but the truth is there are at least eight reasons why the numbers can fluctuate so much. More>>

Winter chores made easier - and safer

Cold weather sure does make household tasks pile up. Before you tackle your to-do list, chill out with these tips from injury-prevention experts. More>>

Fido really can recognize your face

Dogs can recognize the faces of familiar people and canine pals, a new study finds. More>>

5 inspiring new year's resolutions you can keep

If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep. More>>

How can you recycle your Christmas tree?

Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree. More>>

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.
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1 in 6 fathers doesn't live with his kids

Almost one in six fathers doesn't live with his children, according to new research that looked at how involved dads are in their children's lives. More>>

Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.
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How to decorate your home like a winter wonderland

Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year. More>>

Get your kitchen holiday party-ready

The most important prep step? Plan ahead.
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Streamline your holiday schedule

When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December. More>>

Etiquette tips for surviving social awkwardness

Whether you’re attending a holiday party, wedding, business event or other celebration, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation and wishing Miss Manners were by your side. More>>

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.
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Best road trips, coast to coast

Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.
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Smarten up your dumb house with Z-Wave Automation

If you're even moderately interested in DIY home automation, you've likely run across the name "Z-Wave" at some point.
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55 percent of boomers worry about parents' driving, only 23 percent are talking about it

As baby boomers reach retirement age, many are faced with a difficult conundrum: balancing the challenges of their own golden years with the demands of elderly family members. More>>

Fall home makeover tips

Check out these predictions on the hottest house accessories for the season.

 
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Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.
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