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Talking About ADHD With Parents

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adhpI remember one birthday party I went to. I must have been 7 or 8 years old. Everybody was jumping around and singing, and there were presents everywhere. I was so excited, and I guess I got out of control. Next thing I knew I had spilled soda and knocked presents all over the floor. The other kids started making fun of me, saying I was always like that. I felt crummy.”

Ken, now 14, didn’t get diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) until two years …

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December 9th, 2014 at 9:52 am

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A Life Saved: An EMT’s Tale

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emtnAfter dancing at her best friend’s daughter’s wedding, Ruth Weiser returns to her table and cuts into the charbroiled steak in front of her. Still breathing hard from the vigorous dancing, she literally bites off more than she can chew. The color drains from her face as she gasps for air, a chunk of meat lodged in her throat…

“Chicago Hope”? “ER”?

No, this is really happening! And fortunately for Ruth, help is immediate. Alan Brand, a guest at the wedding and an experienced emergency medical technician

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November 26th, 2014 at 9:39 am

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Early Server Wars Made Dell The Undisputed Champ

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Dell Computer launched an all-out attack on the server market last week with its introduction of a new Pentium Pro-based server line. In an aggressive speech, CEO Michael Dell said the company would offer Pentium Pro-based products at “half the cost of existing single-Pentium servers,” adding, “The time is right.”

With key competitor Compaq Computer announcing server price cuts days after the announcement, analysts agree that an era of tough competition is dawning for the server market.

Mr. Dell stated that thanks to the “convergence of Pentium

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November 25th, 2014 at 12:35 am

Junk Food Continues To Plague America’s Diets

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jfcHere’s a two-part quiz for you:

What’s the most popular snack food in the United States?

What’s the number-one drink of choice among teens?

The answers probably won’t surprise you. “Potato chips and soda,” says Ann Svendsen, Director of Nutrition Services, Houston Independent School District (HISD). “And it’s not diet soda they’re drinking; they choose regular soda – with caffeine and sugar. In fact, a lot of our young people have potato chips and soda for breakfast,” she added.

Many teens think if they eat less …

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November 12th, 2014 at 9:23 am

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Choose The Right Shoe For The Job

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asesAthletic shoes can do more than look good. The right pair can help you run faster, jump higher, and save your knees from injury.

But with hundreds of styles to choose from, how do you know which ones are right for your sport and your feet?

Matching the Shoe to the Sport

In every sport, your shoes should provide good cushioning, flexibility, and stability. But some activities require more cushioning than flexibility, while other sports demand just the opposite.

“Shoes are designed for the motion of …

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October 27th, 2014 at 9:03 am

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Avoid Stimulants, And Win

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asmlTodd wanted to win the upcoming U.S. Cycling Race in Belgium, and he was prepared to do anything to give himself an edge – except take drugs. He asked for advice from a veteran bicycling racer. “Drink lots of caffeine carry coffee during the race,” he was told. “It’ll give you a kick.”

During the race, Todd gulped flasks of strong coffee. But he didn’t race well and had to stop often to urinate. Caffeine often acts as a diuretic, causing the body to eliminate …

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October 9th, 2014 at 6:52 am

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Stalking: Protect Yourself Early, And Avoid Problems Later

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spyseEver since Angie broke up with Sam a few weeks ago, he’s been bothering her – following her around when she is going to class, calling her a couple of times a night, even showing up on her job, and walking around outside her house. Sometimes he tries to talk to her about getting back together with him; other times he’s just there. It’s starting to drive her crazy.

In the last few years, there has been a lot of publicity about stalking – from the woman …

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September 25th, 2014 at 6:37 am

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Radon: A Silent Killer

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radonskThough some recent studies question whether even low levels of radon are a health threat to humans, most scientists think the radioactive gas – which is found in all buildings – is still a problem.

Major health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Lung Association, agree that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year.

What is radon? You cannot see, taste, or smell it. It is a product of the natural decay of uranium, a radioactive …

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September 16th, 2014 at 6:21 am

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Working Out a Peaceful Solution

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psWhen Marcus borrowed $25 from Jimmy and didn’t pay him back, Jimmy threatened to pound Marcus’ face into the pavement. A few months ago, the two would have met after school to fight, witnessed by classmates who called for more blood. Recently, however, their high school started a conflict resolution program.

In a conflict resolution program, disputing students meet with a mediator who doesn’t take sides. Students agree to go along with the process in good faith, to keep the conversation confidential, and to listen to …

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August 17th, 2014 at 6:11 am

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Violence: America’s Achilles Heel

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vaahSeventeen-year-old Tito lived in Miami, a good guy except that sometimes he had a big mouth. At a basketball game one evening he got angry over a foul call and swore at another player. Then he threw a punch. The other boy rushed to his car, grabbed his gun, and pumped bullets until Tito lay dead on the ground. Tito’s murderer was a quiet, well-thought-of honor student who was planning to go to college in a few months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls …

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July 7th, 2014 at 5:19 am

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