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PHOTO: North Dakota parents have one more item to add to their back-to-school checklist: getting their kids in for an eye exam. Photo credit: Robert Patton/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded the eye health of their children is critical to their educational success. Nancy Kopp, executive director of the North Dakota Optometric Association, says 80 percent of learning is visual, so this is...Read More

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PHOTO: Improvements in identifying and treating high blood pressure have helped with the decline of deaths and hospitalizations from cardiovascular disease. Photo credit: American Heart Association.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in the state and the nation, but the latest study shows that progress is being made, and health professionals credit ongoing initiatives in North Dakota. Shelly Arnold, manager of trauma, stroke and cardiac care at Sanford...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

BISMARCK, N.D. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy Caruso, ...Read More

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PHOTO: North Dakotans are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves this summer to give blood. Blood donations typically fall off during summer months as people are busy with outdoor activities and vacations, but the need for blood remains constant. Photo credit: PJH/Morguefile.

BISMARK, N.D. - The summer may be winding down, but the need for blood donors in North Dakota is up. Sue Thesenga, external communications manager with the American Red Cross, says there are generally fewer blood donations during the summer months compared with other times of the year, in part beca...Read More

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PHOTO: Some simple changes in how a school lunch is packed can prevent tons of trash from ending up in North Dakota landfills, so parents and students are being urged to go with reusable containers. Photo credit:

BISMARCK, N.D. - Students returning to school across the state in coming weeks won't just be forming friendships and making the team. They'll also generate a massive amount of trash - although proper planning can reduce that greatly. According to waste-reduction advocate Leslie Holsapple, program a...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy pr...Read More

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PHOTO: James Brady became a leading figure in efforts to reduce gun violence after he was shot in the head in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Photo credit: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

BISMARK, N.D. - North Dakotans are remembering James Brady, the former White House press secretary who became a key figure in the fight for gun violence prevention in the U.S. Brady died Monday at the age of 73. Despite being critically wounded in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reaga...Read More

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PHOTO: A new list of some of the "nutritionally worst" meals served at U.S. restaurant chains includes a 3,500 calorie offering from Red Robin of a "Monster" burger, fries and milkshake. Photo credit: terren in Virginia/Flickr

BISMARCK, N. D. – A meal of a burger, French fries and a milkshake tops a list of the most calorie-laden meals served at restaurant chains nationwide. With 3,500 calories, the meal at Red Robin is among those featured in the Xtreme Eating Awards from the Center for Science in the Public Inte...Read More

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