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E-Cig Popularity on the Rise


Sara Bellum
July 09, 2014

As states continue to pass laws that restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this post from 2013 explores why they've become so popular with teens. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Neuroscience

Sara Bellum
April 15, 2010

Your school probably has science classes like biology and chemistry and maybe even ecology, but does it offer a class specifically on neuroscience? Read More »

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Throw a Party!

Sara Bellum
April 13, 2010

An alcohol-free party, that is. Every April—which is Alcohol Awareness Month—people take a moment to learn about the dangers of abusing alcohol. For those under 21, taking even one drink is illegal—never mind unhealthy. Read More »

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The Healthiest Nation in One Generation?

Sara Bellum
April 05, 2010

Today kicks off National Public Health Week, April 5–11, 2010. This means that governments, businesses, schools, and community organizations across the county will be promoting lifestyles and policies that support and improve people's health. Read More »

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Real Athletes Break Records Not Rules

Sara Bellum
April 01, 2010

“You can do it!” and a sprained ankle were what Olympic gymnast, Kerri Strug, took with her to the mat as she landed the vault to help win Team USA’s first women’s gymnastics gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. Read More »

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March is National Inhalants Month

Sara Bellum
March 29, 2010

We get a lot of comments and questions about what drugs do to your brain, including chemicals that people sniff to get high. Read More »

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