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Class Time Increases In 5 States In Effort To Improve U.S. Public Education
Five states were to announce Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will take part in the initiative, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. (via Huffington Post)

‘Asperger’s Disorder’ Being Dropped from Psychiatrists’ Diagnostic Guide
The now familiar term “Asperger’s disorder” is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But “dyslexia” and other learning disorders remain. (via NBC)

Scientists Find ‘Bully’ Genes in Common Childhood Tumor
In a genome sequencing study of 74 neuroblastoma tumors in children, scientists found that patients with changes in two genes, ARID1A and ARID1B, survive only a quarter as long as patients without the changes. The discovery could eventually lead to early identification of patients with aggressive neuroblastomas who may need additional treatments. (via ScienceDaily)

Teens may buy less tobacco when displays are hidden
A new study conducted using a virtual reality game suggests teens may be less likely to try to buy cigarettes at convenience stories if they aren’t sold in plain sight behind the counter. (via Reuters)

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