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The Next Generation Of Parents May Think It’s Normal To Let Kids Play Again

Two generations ago, it was normal for kids to play out on the street. But trust in media was high then and sensationalized accounts of kidnappings and white vans and accidents led to helicopter parents worried that their children would be kidnapped.(1) Today, unless there is an organized play date scheduled well in advance, kids are likely to stay indoors. Sports will cause concussions, after...

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The Next Generation Of Parents May Think It’s Normal To Let Kids Play Again

Two generations ago, it was normal for kids to play out on the street. But trust in media was high then and sensationalized accounts of kidnappings and white vans and accidents led to helicopter parents worried that their children would be kidnapped.(1) Today, unless there is an organized play date scheduled well in advance, kids are likely to stay indoors. Sports will cause concussions, after...

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Pedestrian Traffic Deaths Have Returned To 1990 Levels: What Is Causing It?

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a simple chart of pedestrian deaths is worth 6,227 - that is the number of pedestrian deaths last year, not the length of this article. read more

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More Expensive Milk Won’t Help Farmers Enough – Culture Has Changed

I don't drink much milk now, though I did when I was a kid. I think I eat more cheese than I did then, and that makes sense. We were a poor family on a subsistence farm and cheese is expensive. Milk was not. At least if you got it right from the farmer. But most of us don't get it right from the farmer, which is one reason why an increase in milk prices in the U.S. won't help dairy farmers...

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“Ultra-Processed” Food Is Not Killing People In France – Too Many Calories Are

A recent paper in JAMA Internal Medicine had all of the ingredients mainstream media love in food stories; a cosmic sounding number of participants (44,551), which sounds like it adds statistical power, and a provocative conclusion about the perils of the modern world - in this case that eating "ultra-processed food" is lowering life expectancy.read...

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HPV Vaccine Did Not Lead To Promiscuity In Teenage Girls – Instead, Sexual Activity Declined

When the HPV vaccine was first introduced, there were a number of reasons people listed for being critical. Some were just corporate cynicism - a company that just lost $5 billion in a Vioxx settlement was working its way under the same vaccine halo as polio and smallpox, they said. Others argued that it didn't work very well. And then there was a more subjective cultural claim that protecting...

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