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IMAGE: This is a graphic representation of areas of a child's brain that are affected by stressors such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse. (Image provided by UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. – Chronic, toxic stress such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have a lasting impact, according to a study just completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the co-authors of the study, Sarah Romens, says early childhood stress can affect a child for the re ...Read More

PHOTO: Behavioral health professionals say integrating behavioral care into doctors' offices will do a better job of getting help to the people who need it, and will save costs in the long run. Photo courtesy of George Hodan.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A concept called "behavioral health treatment" may be coming to your doctor's office, and professionals say it should improve people's lives and help control costs. Stacy Collins, senior practice associate for health care with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), s ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation says outdoor pests are increasing because of climate change. Photo from NWF and Charlie Archambault.

RICHMOND, Va. – As concern rises about mosquitoes in eastern Virginia carrying disease, a new report suggests climate change means more of those and other pests. Norfolk health officials have found West Nile virus in a couple of neighborhoods. The report from the National Wildlife Federati ...Read More

PHOTO: Researchers at the University of Illinois say physically fit kids have "beefier" brain white matter than less fit peers. Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There's new evidence that keeping children active not only keeps their bodies healthy, but also their brains. White matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one area of the brain to another. Laura Chaddock-Heyman and other researchers at the U ...Read More

PHOTO: Fire ants are a non-native species threatening more areas of North Carolina. Scientists say that's due in part to warmer temperatures. Photo courtesy National Wildlife Federation

RALEIGH, N.C. - This time of year, it's hard to step out into the yard without getting a bite from a mosquito, fire ant or tick. If you think these pests are becoming more common, it may not be your imagination, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. In North Carolina, war ...Read More

A coalition of conservation groups wants the EPA to reassess the impact pollution runoff from farming and coal mining has on Kentucky's water and the wildlife that depends on that water. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution. The conservation groups are asking the U.S. District Court to order the Environmental Protection Ag ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Montana. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watc ...Read More

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is creating favorable conditions for bothersome pests in Ohio, including the black-legged deer tick. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans stepping outside to enjoy nature might be noticing more pesky pests. According to a new report, warmer temperatures and more severe weather events spurred by climate change are changing the outdoor experience in Ohio and leading to more annoying insects and plants. "I'm ta ...Read More

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