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How to Foster Empathy in Children – The New York Times

Research shows that we are each born with a given number of neurons that participate in an empathetic response. But early life experience shapes how we act on it. Credit Gracia Lam As the year’s end approaches, most Americans get bombarded by emailed and snail-mailed requests for donations to all manner of charities, A…

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Access to Food Stamps Improves Children’s Health and Reduces Medical Spending – UC Davis Center for Poverty Research

Source: Access to Food Stamps Improves Children’s Health and Reduces Medical Spending – UC Davis Center for Poverty Research The Food Stamp Program (FSP, known since 2008 as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is one of the largest safety-net programs in the United States. It is especially important for families with…

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‘The Numbers Are So Staggering.’ Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year. – The New York Times

Source: ‘The Numbers Are So Staggering.’ Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year. – The New York Times By JOSH KATZ and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ NOV. 29, 2018 this file is generated from src/style.less A class of synthetic drugs has replaced heroin in many major American drug markets, ushering in a more deadly phase…

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Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life – The New York Times

Source: Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life – The New York Times Some places lift children out of poverty. Others trap them there. Now cities are trying to do something about the difference.  A map used by the Seattle Housing Authority identifies neighborhoods, shaded in purple, where housing...
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What the media gets wrong about opioids – Columbia Journalism Review

Source: What the media gets wrong about opioids – Columbia Journalism Review By Maia Szalavitz Photo via Pixabay After Jillian Bauer-Reese created an online collection of opioid recovery stories, she began to get calls for help from reporters. But she was dismayed by the narrowness of the requests, which sought only one type of…

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Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Kids – The New York Times

Source: Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Kids – The New York Times It doesn’t make you look authoritative. It makes you look out of control to your kids. It makes you look weak. Credit You Jung Byun The use of spanking to discipline children has been in decline for 50 years. But…

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In The Debate Over Safe Injection Sites, What Does The Science Say? – NPR

Source: In The Debate Over Safe Injection Sites, What Does The Science Say? : Shots – Health News : NPR What’s The Evidence That Supervised Drug Injection Sites Save Lives? September 7, 20182:40 PM ET Elana Gordon for WHYY Supervised injection sites, like Insite in Vancouver, Canada, provide drug users with clean needles…

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Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain – The New York Times

Source: Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain – The New York Times By Gretchen Reynolds Taking a walk every 30 minutes can restore blood flow to the brain when you’re sitting for hours. Credit iStock Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a…

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Obamacare Relieved Financial Strain of Those Closest to the Federal Poverty Line | Now | Drexel University

Source: Obamacare Relieved Financial Strain of Those Closest to the Federal Poverty Line | Now | Drexel University Obamacare Relieved Financial Strain of Those Closest to the Federal Poverty Line The Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — most benefitted those closest to the federal poverty line, a study led by Drexel University…

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Four Ways to Build Inclusive, Healthy Places for All – RWJF

Source: Four Ways to Build Inclusive, Healthy Places for All – RWJF It has been said that inspiration comes when you least expect it. My visit to Melbourne, Australia, inspired me to take an international look at place-making. I was standing in Federation Square, restlessly waiting for my daughter to finish her shift. I…

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PlanPhilly | ‘Greening’ vacant lots improves mental health in Philly communities

Source: PlanPhilly | ‘Greening’ vacant lots improves mental health in Philly communities Vacant and dilapidated lots are a common city eyesore — not just in Philadelphia, but across the country. About 15 percent of urban land across the U.S. is either vacant or abandoned. And that blight not only affects a neighborhood’s appearance, it…

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Urban Green Spaces And Gardens Linked To Improved Mood

Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities July 20, 20187:42 PM ET Heard on Morning Edition Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Rebecca Lemos-Otero says her first experience with nature came in her late teens when her mother started a community garden. “I was really surprised and…

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Childhood stress leaves lasting mark on genes – University of Wisconsin

Source: Childhood stress leaves lasting mark on genes Kids who experience severe stress are more likely to develop a host of physical and mental health problems by the time they reach adulthood, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders. But how does early life stress put children at risk when they grow up? To…

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