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PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro ...Read More

PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

PHOTO: A report released today that examines educational programs in juvenile justice facilities finds most are doing more harm than good. Idaho may be an exception. Photo courtesy of fbi.gov

BOISE, Idaho – When you have a captive audience, there is great opportunity. A report released today by the Southern Education Foundation on educational programs in juvenile justice facilities across the country finds that most may be doing more harm than good because of the missed opportunit ...Read More

Photo: Sen. Andy Kerr is a co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health Freedom Act. Photo courtesy of: www.andykerr.org

DENVER - Today, the Colorado state Senate will debate the Reproductive Health Freedom Act (SB175). Supporters say if passed, the landmark legislation would safeguard women's reproductive health decisions and prevent passage of anti-choice laws in the future. Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood is co-sponsori ...Read More

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th ...Read More

PHOTO:Dr. Michelle Lierl from Cincinnati Children's has tips to help families get through the spring allergy season. Credit: Jane M Sawyer.

CINCINNATI – Spring is blooming in the Buckeye State and for children with allergies the season can bring lots of sniffing and sneezing. Dr. Michelle Lierl, adjunct professor of clinical pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, says before treating a child, parents need t ...Read More

PHOTO: Bunnies are a symbol of the season, but experts caution parents considering bringing one home for Easter to make a thoughtful decision that is best for the animal and the family. Photo credit: morguefile.com user bobby.

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. - Easter is almost upon us, and while some parents might be tempted to give their kids live bunnies or baby chicks, experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well-thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim. According to Ryan McTigue, public relati ...Read More

PHOTO: Grandchildren have the chance to put into words the special relationship they share with their grandparents in AARP Michigan's fifth annual Why I Love My Grandparents essay contest. Photo credit: DTL via morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. – From special treats to life lessons and everywhere in between, grandparents play an important part in the lives of many children, which is why AARP Michigan is holding its fifth annual Why I Love My Grandparents essay contest. Lisa Whitmore Davis, associate state director fo ...Read More

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