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School bans on chocolate milk may backfire

Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.

Having kids walk to school comes with risks, benefits

Many parents are understandably worried about letting their kids walk or bike to school.

Tax-smart ways to help your kids/grandkids pay for college

Many people say that a home is the largest single investment you'll ever make, but consider this: The national median existing-home price was $199,500 in October of this year. That's less than the estimated $210,388 it will cost to send your two-year-old to an in-state, public college for four years.

College women: Have a healthy spring break

Spring break offers college women -- and men -- a welcome respite from the pressures of school, but they need to make sure they protect their health while having fun.

Preschoolers beat college kids at figuring out gadgets

When faced with a strange, new gizmo, preschoolers figured out how it worked more quickly than college students did, a new study shows.

Kids who repeat a grade can become discipline problems

Students who have to repeat a grade can cause discipline problems among their classmates, a new study indicates.

Students' health habits tied to school success

Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and being physically fit are important for students' success in school, a new study suggests.

Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health

Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests.

College students should get a flu shot

It's the peak of flu season, and not being vaccinated can be risky for college students, a doctor warns.

'Sensitive' older sibling may help boost preschoolers' language skills

Preschoolers from big families tended to score a bit lower on one vocabulary test. However, in cases where those kids had a sensitive big brother or sister, the vocabulary disadvantage disappeared.

Keep lice off your child's head

It's that time of year when your children are back in school -- and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says.

Stocking epinephrine in schools might save lives

As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies.

Books reflect the economic tone of their times

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," Dickens wrote in 1859.

College students feel pull of cigarette ads

The influence of just one cigarette ad can last for seven days and increases the risk of smoking among college students, according to a new study.

Financial tips for adults returning to college

Returning to school requires an upfront financial commitment. But college can be affordable when you put these tasks on your personal syllabus.

Teens who are night owls may struggle in school

Teens who stay up late are more likely to have lower grades and more emotional problems, a new study suggests.

4 of 5 college students text while driving

Despite efforts to stop drivers from texting behind the wheel, new research revealed that four of five college students have used their cell phones to send or receive text messages while driving.

Too much texting may leave college kids sleepy

College students in search of a good night's sleep may want to put some distance between their pillow and their cell phone, new research suggests.

How to raise cultured kids

Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.

Does your preschool child have ADHD?

When preschoolers have trouble staying still or paying attention, a combination of parent, teacher and clinician observations helps most in predicting the child's risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Crossing a line? California school district hires company to watch student's social media

The Internet is full of nightmares for parents and educators worried about safety. But does that make it appropriate for a school district to hire professional social media snoops to digitally tail their students' moves online?

Separation anxiety in children going to school

Separation anxiety that presents itself in children going to school is a regular part of childhood development for many kids. However, it can be very distressing to both the child and the parents.

How toddlers' TV time can hurt kindergarten success

Toddlers who watch too much television have a more difficult time when they start kindergarten, a new Canadian study suggests.

12 useful online services and apps for students

The school year is about to begin, and parents across the country are getting kids ready with new school supplies, computers, tablets, and a few other must-haves. Before you send your student off to high school or even the far away world of college, you should sign up for these (or similar) services.

Kids with autism outperformed others on math test

Children with autism and average IQs consistently did better on math tests than non-autistic children in the same IQ range, according to a small new study.

Turn your dorm room into a gamer den

When you move into a college dorm room, you accept certain limitations when it comes to your available living space. For gamers, that means you need to get a little creative in order to turn your room into the gamer cave you need to help you unwind between classes.

'Hookup' culture on college campuses not all that new

College students today are not having more sex than they were two decades ago, according to new research that challenges the perception of a campus "hookup culture."

Healthy eating, good night's sleep really do help kids learn

Backing what many parents already believe, experts say that healthy eating and good sleep habits can help youngsters do well at school.

iPad, Nexus, and Note: Back to school tablets for students

High schoolers and college kids need tablets with good, pixel dense displays, speedy performance, and extras or accessories that will keep them productive both in class and at the library.

Laptops 101: What's the best computer for your college major?

Back to school shopping for college students often requires a trip to the local computer store. Make sure you're armed with the right information before you pick up that new laptop.

'Engaged' teens more likely to stay in school

Keeping teens engaged in school helps reduce their risk of behavior problems, substance use and dropping out, according to a new study.

Obese applicants more often denied entry to graduate schools

Add higher education to the list of things obese people might lose out on due to discrimination. A new study finds that being overweight may lower your odds of getting into graduate school.

Flu spreads quickest among kids, teachers, health-care workers

Children, teachers and health workers are among those at greatest risk for catching and transmitting flu-type infections based on the amount of contact they have with others, a new study finds.

Women fret more over weight gain in college

It's true that college students tend to pack on extra pounds, but women are more likely to be troubled by that weight gain than men, according to a new study.

College kids trend toward Twitter, adults favor Facebook

All those "status updates" and "tweets" that people post as they clamor to be part of the online social network may reflect a troubling trend toward self-absorbed behavior in the United States, a new study suggests.

Scientists spot genes tied to success at school, college

Could the secret to educational achievement lie in a person's DNA? A major new study suggests that genes do play some role in how well an individual does at school.

High-frequency noise boosts math skills in study

Scientists report that they were able to improve the math-calculation skills of college students by buzzing their brains with doses of random high-frequency noise.

Too much texting, Facebook time may lower college women's grades

Media use is a serious distraction for college freshmen, with a new study finding young women devote up to 12 hours daily on pursuits such as texting, posting status updates and surfing the web.

Resources for Connecticut school shooting

For those looking for information regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, here are some resources.

Create a soda bottle rainforest Video included

Here is a green science project idea that's sure to put your kid at the head of the class. It's a rainforest terrarium made from an old soda bottle.

Mars rover Curiosity and will.i.am collaborate to inspire students to "Reach for the Stars” Video included

Tastemaker will.i.am, best known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, has collaborated with NASA to transmit a song to Earth from the surface of Mars.

Summer homework battles

You're still sitting on the beach, but unfinished summer projects for school -- posters, reading assignments, essays -- loom large. Here's how to make the job less painful.

Fun ways to stop summer brain drain

During summer vacation, kids can experience a month or more of learning loss. As a parent, you can halt the summer brain drain and give your kids the brain boost they need to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

Twitter helps save 9-year-old girl’s banned school-lunch blog

A Scottish girl's blog about the quality of her school meals had been getting a huge number of hits after news outlets around the world got hold of the story last month. Then her local council told her to stop. And that's when things really kicked off.

Lessons learned from a lifetime of gaming

This is your brain on Oregon Trail. And guess what? Gaming isn't the violence-inducing waste of time it's sometimes made out to be.

Kids can handle tech OK, but tying shoelaces? That’s another matter

A survey which looked at how connected today's youngsters are with the great outdoors turned up some interesting, albeit alarming, results.

Apple boldly reinvents the school textbook with iBooks 2 and iTunes U, but will educators bite?

With iBooks 2 authors can create textbooks, students can buy them for $15 or less, and teachers attain the ability to create entire courses on the iPad.

School immunization requirements from preschool to college

Each year, millions of children receive immunization shots in order to prepare for school, whether it's preschool, kindergarten, first grade, high school or college. Read on to learn more about why vaccinations are required and how to find out which immunization shots you child will need.

Study: Students with smartphones study more often

While more teenagers and college students are utilizing tablets and smartphones in their daily lives, one study finds that students with access to these devices may be studying more often.

Make online education work for you

Enrollments in online education have grown exponentially over the past decade, but not all are created equally. This is what you need to know before you log on to learn.

Universities buying .xxx domains to keep their brands clean

The .xxx domain registry is gaining some unlikely customers: universities, who wish to keep pornographers and cybersquatters from tainting their brands.

What you may not know about your school nurse

Your school nurse's responsibilities go beyond fixing scrapes. Here's a primer on her role -- and how to help her help you.

How to locate underused college scholarships

There are many scholarships set up by organizations, individuals and fraternal clubs that go wanting for applicants each year. Here's how to find them.

Saving cash on college textbooks: E-book rental services compared

Recently Amazon launched a Kindle textbook rental service to compete with several other services designed to save college kids some cash. Here's a look at how e-textbook programs compare.

Summer athletes need to take extra precaution

Hot weather can cause problems – even for healthy individuals. Any type of training in heat and humidity can put children and teens at risk of heat exhaustion and, in extreme cases, circulatory collapse or heat stroke.

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