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Epidemic of Obesity in U.S. Kids Began in Late ‘90s
The epidemic of excess weight gain and obesity among young Americans began about 15 years ago—in the late 1990’s for young adolescents and the early 2000s for young adults—a new study finds.

Dental Care for Kids on Medicaid Varies by Fees Each State Sets
Low reimbursements to dentists from Medicaid make getting dental care difficult for children and adolescents covered by the government health plan, new research suggests.

Study: Why Maternity Leave is Important
Are working moms somehow lacking as parents compared to stay-at-home mothers? According to a new demographic analysis from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the answer is a reassuring no. The study found that working doesn’t lower the quality of parenting overall — or even worsen the load of parental stress.

Water frogs linked to illness in young kids
Frogs might be cute to look at but they might be hazardous to your children’s health, which is why The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning parents to keep young kids away from water frogs and their habitats.

Ed Schools’ Pedagagogical Puzzle
The Relay Graduate School of Education is revolutionizing teacher training, using “modules” instead of courses, mentoring at the schools where students teach and not on a campus, and direct 15-20 minute instruction periods instead of lectures.

Judge Rules Against Union on City Plan to Close Schools
In a defeat for the city’s teachers’ union, a judge ruled on Thursday that the Education Department could proceed with plans to close 22 schools because of poor performance and place 15 charter schools in the buildings of traditional schools in September.

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