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Disciplining Kids Without Yelling: Readers Tell Us Their Tricks


Our readers share some tricks for getting your children to listen without raising your voice — sometimes without even saying a word.

Reach Out: Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide


What can you do when you fear someone you know may be considering suicide? It can feel daunting, but suicide prevention experts say we all can help someone at risk by reaching out and showing we care.

Anti-Tobacco Advocates Question McConnell Plan To Raise Minimum Purchasing Age


Citing an "unprecedented spike" in teens vaping, Sen. Mitch McConnell said the bill would raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Tobacco companies back the proposal.

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Why Do Doctors Overtreat? For Many, It's What They're Trained To Do

Ordering more tests or treatments is not always best for patients' health or wallet. A group of medical educators is trying to address the problem where they think it starts: medical training.

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She Fled Rwanda To Survive — But Does Not Like The Words 'Refugee' Or 'Genocide'

Clemantine Wamariya talks about her memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads, what people don't understand about refugees — and her hopes for the future of Rwanda.

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A Promising Anti-HIV Drug Poses A Dilemma

The medication is very effective — but there's concern it might cause birth defects if taken by a pregnant woman. Different countries address that issue in very different ways.

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'This Is Morally Wrong': Biden Supports Striking Massachusetts Grocery Workers

Thirty-one thousand Stop & Shop workers are striking in New England over proposed changes to wages and benefits. Eight days in, the strike has shuttered some stores and slowed business at others.

Election | Health | Nation

Washington State Senate Passes Bill Removing Exemption For Measles Vaccine

The bill removes the personal belief exemption from required childhood vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. Seventeen states allow exemptions based on philosophical objections.

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After Columbine, An Unlikely Friendship Bound By The Trauma Of Mass Shootings

Over the past 20 years, mass shootings have resulted in communities of survivors. Heather Martin, who was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999, runs a nonprofit that connects them.

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Judge Upholds Mandatory Measles Vaccinations As New York Closes More Schools

Judge Lawrence Knipel refused a request from parents to lift the vaccination order that was imposed last week to stem a measles outbreak. The parents claimed the city had overstepped its authority.

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Why Elephants Pose A Threat To Rohingya Refugees

One of the refugee camps in Bangladesh has had to set up what the U.N. calls a "Tusk Force" to respond when elephants enter.

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Dangerous Art: A Stark But Inspiring New Exhibit

In "Perilous Bodies," a new exhibit at the Ford Foundation Gallery, artists share their vision of the injustice, from the rickety boats of migrants to missiles that look like a flock of blackbirds.

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High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment

Her employer offered only a high-deductible health plan; that meant she'd have to pay up to $6,000 out of pocket each year. Advocates for patients say this sort of underinsurance is snatching lives.

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