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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: Do your childen go to school near a potentially dangerous chemical facility? The Center for Effective Government's new report finds there is a one-in-10 chance they do. Image courtesy Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One in 10 Missouri children spends several hours each weekday in the shadow of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to a new report by the Center for Effective Government. Sean Moulton, the center’s director of open government policy, says parents a ...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 group of Montana parents has been visiting Walgreens stores around the state this week, asking that the company remove products from store shelves that have been shown to contain toxic chemicals. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – Montana parents who also are members of Montana Conservation Voters are asking Walgreens stores around the state to remove products from their shelves that have been shown to contain certain toxic chemicals – confirmed by test results from HealthyStuff.org. "So many chem ...Read More

New numbers show one in 68 children tested has autism, a 29 percent increase since 2008.  Image by J. Durham

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The numbers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders have surged, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and advocates in Pennsylvania are not overly surprised. Those new numbers show one in 68 children tested ...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: Commonwealth consumers with questions about health care have at least one reliable place to turn: A Helpline staffed by qualified counselors at Health Care For All that handles about 30,000 questions a year. Courtesy: HCFA

BOSTON - Although things have calmed down a bit since the open-enrollment period just ended, the folks at the nonprofit Health Care for All still expect their phone to keep ringing - thousands of times a month. Hannah Frigand, who manages the Helpline, said the third-most-asked question is, "How do ...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

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