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Five Warning Signs Your Teen May Be Using Drugs
Johnny Patout, CEO of New Beginnings Recovery Center, shares five common warning signs that your teen may be abusing drugs, including change in mood, change in sleep pattern, lack of honesty, weight loss, and isolation. (read the story...)

Diabetes Winter Health Guide: Cold Weather Safety Tips
UnitedHealth Group's Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance and Deneen Vojta, M.D. share 10 winter and cold weather safety tips for those with diabetes. (read the story...)

Women and Thyroid Disease: Know the Symptoms for Proper Diagnosis
Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition due to misdiagnosis. Knowing the symptoms of thyroid diseases, such as Graves' disease and Hashimoto's disease, can help with early detection and proper treatment of thyroid disease reduces associated long-term risks. (read the story...)

Researcher Pinpoints Factors Associated with Teen Self-Harm
A University of Missouri assistant professor of health sciences has pinpointed the factors that lead to teen self-harm and suicide. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Explain Alzheimer's to My Kids?
We spoke to Matt Kudish, LMSW, vice president and director of education, outreach, and caregiver services for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City chapter, and Danielle M. Bruzese, coordinator of education, outreach, and caregiver services for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City chapter, about how to help your children understand Alzheimer's disease and how to help your children cope when they experience Grandma or Grandpa having a "bad day" with Alzheimer's disease. (read the story...)

Kids' Sleep-Related Breathing and Behavioral Problems Appear Linked
A new study done at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University found that snoring or sleep apnea are frequently linked to behavioral sleep problems such as waking repeatedly, nightmares, refusing to go to bed, and waking after only a few hours. (read the story...)

Free Help Line for People Affected by Connecticut Shooting
For those feeling scared or anxious after the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, a health services company offers a free emotional support help line staffed with specially trained mental health specialists. (read the story...)

How to Decode Meat Labels
Confused about what the labels on packaged meat mean? Here's a guide to decoding labels on beef, chicken, and pork products in the supermarket, including organic, natural, free-range, cage-free, grass-fed, and certified humane. (read the story...)

The Many Benefits of Meatless Meals
Eating less meat can benefit your health, trim down your grocery bill, and help the environment. Learn about the many benefits of eating like a vegetarian once in a while and how to make sure your family gets the nutrition they need from meatless meals. (read the story...)

The Best Vegetarian Chili Recipe
This quick vegetarian chili recipe replaces meat with lots of beans and vegetables and suggests using vegetarian burger crumbles to add texture and protein. It's an easy weeknight meal that's ready in about an hour, and it's great for leftovers. (read the story...)

How to Talk to Kids About Tragedy in the News
After hearing about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, your child may feel afraid or uncertain. Here, the American Humane Association offers 7 tips for parents and caregivers to help kids cope with tragic events and violence in the news. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Does Peanut Butter Need to Be Refrigerated?
Once you open that jar of peanut butter, it's recommended to refrigerate the peanut butter because the colder temperature helps prevent fungus growth, which naturally produces aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that has linked to cancer in animals. (read the story...)

7 Winter Safety Tips from the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association offers winter weather tips to keep people safe this winter from cold weather dangers like hypothermia and heart attacks that may occur as you exert more energy while shoveling snow. (read the story...)

Important Flu Recommendations for High-Risk Populations
The winter months mean people are more likely to get sick with the cold and influenza viruses going around. Although it is optimal to get the flu vaccine in October, it is never too late to protect yourself and your family. (read the story...)

10 Important Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Decorating for Holidays
The holiday season calls for putting up Christmas lights and holiday decorations. Keep safe and avoid safety hazards that can be caused be unattended lights, unsupervised cooking, and other dangerous situations with tips from the Energy Education Council, an award-winning program. (read the story...)

10 Tips to Keep The Holidays From Stressing You Out
In the midst of the holiday season, you may find yourself loosing steam and getting stressed. Two psychiatrists from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital share 10 tips to reduce the stress you may be feeling so you can enjoy the holidays more. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Calm a Colicky Baby?
If you've got a colicky baby, chances are you feel guilty and might be at a loss on how to soothe her. Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician and mom, offers tips for calming colic and regaining your sanity. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Make Family Meals When One Child Is Gluten Intolerant?
When one child is gluten intolerant or allergic to gluten, it can make cooking for your family much more difficult. Here, a gluten-free baker shares tips on making family meals easier even when gluten is off the table. (read the story...)

Avoid Safety Hazards at Temporary Charging Stations
Good Samaritans who have electricity are offering "charging stations" to help the millions who are without power after Hurricane Sandy, including using extension cords and power strips to create temporary charging stations. Avoid safety hazards and practice safety when using these temporary charging stations with advice from Safe Electricity. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is more common in teens and young adults, but it sometimes affects children. Here, Dr. Jennifer Collins explains the symptoms of SAD in kids, how to know if your child has SAD, and what to do if you think your child has SAD. (read the story...)

Holiday Makeover: One Mom Gives Permission to Change How You Celebrate
Keeping up with holiday family traditions can be harmful to your health and sanity. One mom encourages you to change how you celebrate and make your family traditions more manageable. (read the story...)

Three Down Syndrome Resources Collaborate on Prenatal Testing Issues
The National Down Syndrome Congress, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation recently announced a collaborative effort to provide multiple educational resources and tools to address prenatal testing issues in the Down syndrome community. (read the story...)

Studies Show Female Teens Tell More Descriptive Stories
When you ask your teen to tell you about your day, does your son tell you a short, not-so-descriptive story while your daughter tells a more descriptive story that includes internal emotions? A study conducted at the University of Missouri shows that this is common in teens. (read the story...)

Teens Say Parents Most Influence Their Decisions About Sex
It may seem like your teen is tuning you out when you try to talk to them about important issues. According to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's survey, teens say their parents most influence their decisions when it comes to sex. (read the story...)

Connecticut Named to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America 2012 Honor Roll
Connecticut was named to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools for 2012 for adhering to AAFA's core policy standards. (read the story...)


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