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Be a responsible camper

When you camp out, take steps to reduce your impact on the environment, experts advise. More>>

Mow with safety in mind

Before you get ready to cut your grass, remember lawn mowers can pose a significant injury risk, experts say. More>>

Mother's Day gift ideas from the garden

The garden can be a surprisingly inspiring place when looking for the perfect DIY Mother's Day gift. More>>

Curbing school bus pollution might reduce absences

Reducing diesel air pollution from school buses could lead to 14 million fewer student absences each year in the United States, a new study predicts. More>>

Baby swings, car seats not safe for sleeping

Using car seats, swings, bouncers and other carrying devices as sleeping places for infants puts them at risk for injury or death, a new study warns. More>>

For Earth Day, turn off the faucet and the ignition

To mark Earth Day, experts suggest you consider making lifestyle changes that will reduce your impact on the planet. More>>

Freedom to fidget helps kids with ADHD learn

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need to squirm to learn, a small study suggests. More>>

Safety tips hot off the grill

This barbecue season, make sure the only thing at risk of getting burned is the food. More>>

4 ways to spruce up your garage for spring

Garages are clutter magnets. There's no way around this; it's an inevitable fact of life . . .  or is it?
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As the weather warms, avoid gardening's pitfalls

Exercise and fresh food are among the benefits of gardening, but there are also potential hazards that you can take steps to avoid, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. More>>

These high-tech hair extensions let you control your phone by stroking your hair

In news that seems like it was plucked straight out of a James Bond flick, a Brazilian inventor has developed an innovative new wearable gadget that allows users to discreetly control electronic devices by stroking their hair. More>>

Family stress linked to teen obesity in study

Family stress may put teens at increased risk for being overweight or obese, a new study finds. More>>

Education doesn't guarantee happiness

Being well-educated doesn't necessarily mean you'll be happy with your life, a new British study suggests. More>>

6 ways spring cleaning can save money and reduce debt

Start national financial literacy month with money-saving spring cleaning.

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Childhood trauma may raise odds of asthma

Children who experience trauma such as divorce, death of a parent or domestic violence are more likely to develop asthma than other kids, new research suggests. More>>

Family home restoration is a labor of love

These days, increasing numbers of young people are restoring and returning to old family homes. More>>

Lots of leafy greens might shield aging brains

A single serving of leafy green vegetables each day may help keep dementia away, new research suggests. More>>

Avoid medication overdoses in children

Medications for children -- even those you can buy over-the-counter -- can be dangerous if a child is given too much, one expert says. More>>

Free school breakfasts appear to boost kids' grades

Free school breakfasts may help low-income students do better in the classroom, a new study suggests. More>>

Too much homework may hurt teens' test scores

More isn't necessarily better for teens when it comes to homework, a new study finds. More>>

Parental Advisory: How to limit your kids' iPhone usage

Since its inception nearly eight years ago, Apple's iPhone has received rave reviews from adults and children alike. More>>

When to keep kids home from school

Trying to determine whether to keep a child home from school due to illness can be difficult for parents, but a pediatrician offers some advice on how to make that call. More>>

Prepare your home for 7 pet personality types

Bringing home a sweet little kitty or pup, or a longing-for-love adult rescue animal, for the first time is certainly a thrill. However, don't forget that you'll need to prepare your home in order to make it welcoming and safe. More>>

Whoops. K-Cup inventor doesn’t use them, kind of regrets inventing them

What happens to all of those K-Cups after you've had your coffee? More>>

Seniors bear brunt of this flu season

As the flu season continues to wind down, it's increasingly clear that older Americans have been hit particularly hard, federal health officials reported Thursday. More>>

14 percent of toddlers may be drinking coffee

Although they may just be learning how to say the word coffee, about one in seven 2-year-olds in Boston drinks the caffeinated beverage, a new study finds. More>>

8 best moments to teach your kids financial responsibility

These tools teach money management -- now and in the future


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Install closets and built-ins to save space, add charm

Eliminating household clutter is a top concern for many homeowners. Be aware that this problem can be solved beautifully by having a carpenter construct built-in closets for bedrooms which previously had little to no closet space.

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Could a dishwasher raise your child's allergy, asthma risk?

Hand washing dishes instead of using a machine to wash dishes may reduce children's risk of developing allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema, according to a new study. More>>

Ready to buy a home? Good credit and planning are the keys

9 ways to overcome obstacles to owning a home.

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How to combat condensation on your windows

Oh no! You just installed new windows, and now all of a sudden you see that they’re covered with drops of water.
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Make roach pest control a priority

Cockroaches are one of the most common insect pests in houses and apartment buildings. They also carry and spread a number of health problems. Find out more, including effective roach pest control measures. More>>

Golden anniversaries may bring an added special glow

A new study seems to lend credence to the adage that there may be snow on the rooftop but there's fire in the furnace. More>>

6 cost-conscious routes to boosting your home's value

Balance debt and value when choosing home improvement projects.
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Tile beautifies a kitchen or bathroom wall

There are more and more exciting ideas for tiles to adorn the walls of kitchen and bath. Take a peek at today's tile styles and tips for taking care of it. More>>

Researchers identify 8 signs of impending death

Findings could help families prepare and aid in end-of-life care choices

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Rent or sell your home?

How to choose the best way to handle a house you are leaving. More>>

Girls outperform boys academically around the globe

Girls tend to get better grades in reading, math and science than boys, according to a new study that challenges the widely held belief that boys do better in these subjects than girls. More>>

Teens, young adults most likely to go to ER after car accidents

In a finding that won't surprise many parents, a new government analysis shows that teens and young adults are the most likely to show up in a hospital ER with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. More>>

How to have a baby without having a financial crisis

6 tips to help new parents put their money in order before bringing a child home


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What every homeowner should know about roof inspection

Which part of a house is the source of over one third of all homeowner's insurance claims? If you answer "the roof," you're right on the money.
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Good sleep habits, enforced rules help kids sleep

A regular bedtime and other sleep-related rules help children and teens get a good night's sleep, a new study suggests. More>>

This passport lets you use a selfie as the photo, no duck face allowed

Later this year, citizens of Ireland will be able to buy an official passport-style identification card that uses a selfie for the photo. More>>

Student loans take emotional toll on young adults

Student loan debt is a major cause of stress for young adults, a new study finds. More>>

The 5 best phones you can safely hand over to your kids’ grubby paws

These days, it takes more than simply ringing the steel triangle on your deck to round up the kids for supper.  More>>

Menu calorie counts may mean less fattening meals for kids

Parents might order fewer calories for their children if menus included calorie counts or information on how much walking would be required to burn off the calories in foods, a new study suggests. More>>

Wood floor refinishing FAQs

It's a thrill akin to finding buried treasure -- that moment when you rip up the dusty carpets of your newly purchased home and discover that (bingo!) there are hardwood floors underneath.
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Many parents too quick to switch child car seats, study finds

Nearly three-quarters of American parents place their children in forward-facing car seats before it's safe to do so, a new study reveals. More>>

Electric motorcycle gangs: You'll never hear them coming

What's it like riding with a dozen or so electric motorcycles? Well, you can have a conversation at any stoplight.
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Clean up your home's water supply

Drinking water is an absolute necessity of life, but how clean is the water you drink?
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You’re doing it wrong: Scientists say there’s a better way to load the dishwasher

A few months ago, a semi-frustrated dad posted a YouTube video that featured him giving tongue-in-cheek instructions to his teens on how to load a dishwasher. It turns out most of us could use a similar video, as we have been performing this household chore all wrong. More>>

Recess promotes healthy eating by school kids

School kids are a lot more likely to eat the green beans and peaches on their lunch tray if they have recess beforehand, a new study suggests. More>>

What to do when your electric baseboard or wall heater needs repair

When it's winter and co-o-o-o-ld, the last thing you want is for your heating system to fail.
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5 DIY repairs for damaged doors

Scratches, dents, or holes in your door are quite unsightly, and when you have to fight to open a door it's even worse. Here are 5 DIY fixes for damaged doors More>>

Best ways to clear snow without a blower

Fast, efficient snow removal is one of winter's most essential tasks. If you are determined to go snow blower-free, here are some useful tips. More>>

Water dispensers at school may encourage kids to drink more

Students drank three times more water after water dispensers were installed in the cafeterias of New York City schools. More>>

Can fast food hinder learning in kids?

A steady diet of fast food might hurt your child in the classroom, a new study finds. 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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>>

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