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Positively Happy

December 18, 2020

One night before bed, Christine Carter was sitting with her daughter in her lap. They were making a list: “Three Good Things of the Day.” Her daughter, who was braiding Carter’s hair, said, “Mom, this is going to be one…

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Measles Alert

February 22, 2019

People in Washington and Oregon are rushing to get a vaccine that can protect them from the measles virus. About 4,500 people in Clark County, Washington, were vaccinated between January 13 and February 2. Why the concern? Washington and Oregon…

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Fighting the Flu

January 25, 2019

More than 6 million people in the United States have gotten the flu this season, according to a report released on January 11. The report is by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Flu activity is widespread…

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Language Learning

January 18, 2019

Learning a new language can be tricky at any age. But in a recent study, scientists have pinpointed the exact age at which your chances of reaching fluency in a new language seem to quickly drop off: 10. Does this…

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Food for Thought

October 26, 2018

In a lab at the University of New South Wales, in Australia, scientist Margaret Morris is giving her rats a memory test. She sets them in their usual box. But she has rearranged the objects in the box. Some rats…

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Habits for a Healthy Brain

October 19, 2018

A new study shows that meeting three benchmarks for health can strengthen kids’ brains. The benchmarks are getting nine to 11 hours of sleep each night, exercising at least 60 minutes a day, and spending less than two hours a…

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In the Moment

September 7, 2018

Ten fifth graders are sitting on a bright-blue rug in a classroom at P.S. 54, a public elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. When their teacher, Adrienne Heim, strikes a bell, they take a deep breath. The kids are practicing…

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Attitude Counts

March 16, 2018

Positive thinking leads to greater achievement. That’s the finding of a new study from Stanford University, in California. Researchers gave a math test to 240 children ages 7 to 10. The study found that when children believed they were good…

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A Bad Flu Season

January 26, 2018

Flu season in the United States runs from October through March. And this year’s flu is especially bad, 
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We are currently in the midst of a very active flu…

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All One Blood

January 19, 2018

Nana Kwabena was in and out of the hospital as a kid. He was born with sickle cell disease. It is a blood disorder that can be passed from parents to their children. Kwabena’s brother, Kwame Baffoe-Bonnie, died of the…

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