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Baby simulators not effective in preventing pregnancy, study says
Baby simulator programs, designed to deter teenage girls from getting pregnant, do not prevent pregnancy. according to a study published in the journal Lancet.
Parent Acts: How to deal with a defiant child
Most parents have struggled with a defiant child, but what they might not realize is that there are steps they can take to eliminate the challenging behavior.
What’s inside students’ heavy backpacks?
Avoid the ‘back-to-school plague’
As a first-grade teacher, Julie Miller is exposed to a horrifying number of germs on a daily basis.
A class with no homework — ever
Students in a second-grade class in Texas are catching a break on homework. They won’t get any — all year long.
Are you paying too much? Compare home remodeling costs
Where your taste in music comes from
How genes decide when you lose your virginity
How old were you when you lost your virginity? Or maybe you haven’t reached that point yet.
The ancient origin of female orgasm
What is the purpose of the ever-elusive female orgasm?
Millennials have less sex than Gen-Xers
What can be done to stop it?
Seeing the pain caused by distracted driving can change behavior, experts believe. That’s the thinking behind unique community programs and powerful ad campaigns.
Your brain is addicted
Most people will admit that texting, checking social media or playing a video game while driving isn’t safe, and yet, some still do it. Why?
One text haunts her
How to get your child to apologize — and mean it
Best photo apps for travelers
Travel blogger and Expedia’s travel expert Courtney Scott shares her favorite photo apps to enhance your own pics.
Monica Potter: Why I love Cleveland
“Parenthood” actress and Cleveland native Monica Potter talks about why she loves living in Cleveland.
Preserving America’s national mammal
Bison living in the Henry Mountains of Utah could be the key to restoring the bison population of North America.
Rapper defends skin bleaching
In a lengthy Facebook video, rapper Azealia Banks defends the practice of skin bleaching and lightening.
Man wins island resort with $49 raffle ticket
The owners of Kosrae Nautilus Resort wanted to leave their island paradise, but they weren’t interested in simply selling it to the highest bidder.
CERN: what they are looking for next
Nick Glass explores CERN in Switzerland and finds out what they are looking for next
Royal patrol counts the Queen’s swans
Meet the Queen’s Swan Marker and discover how his team counts and checks the royal swans during “Swan Upping”, a unique tradition that dates back to the 12th Century.
First U.S. Olympic Muslim athlete to wear a hijab
Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad tells CNNMoney why it’s so important to represent Team USA at the Olympics in Rio, and how she’s funding her journey.
Devastating accident inspires man to run half-marathon
On the morning of January 28, 2014, freezing rain and snow glazed the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, bringing chaos to a city unaccustomed to those conditions. Schools shut down, businesses closed and residents frantically tried to make their way home, leading to gridlock on the roads.
World’s next top supermodel?
Internationally renowned British agency Models 1, who have represented Twiggy, Linda Evangelista and Erin O’Connor, unveil their most promising new faces.
How to make TV time count for kids
I admit I’ve thrown on a TV show and plopped my kid in front of the screen when I needed to get dinner on the table.
From homeless to high school grad bound for college
Lijjon DeSilva had a secret.
Meet Graham, a ‘human’ designed to survive a car crash
To up your chances of surviving a car accident, it would help if your ultra-thick ribcage were lined with sacs that served as natural airbags and if your face were flattened, your skull much larger, your skin thicker and your knees able to move in all directions.
Does it pass the ‘smell test?’ Seeking ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s early
Alzheimer’s researchers are looking to our noses and our eyes for early signs of disease.
How Grindr got men to self-test for HIV
Grindr, a dating app for gay men, was found to be an effective way to give out HIV self-test kits to men at risk of infection and reduce the spread of HIV, according to a recent study.
Most U.S. beers to get calorie and ingredient labels
The most popular alcoholic beverage in America is about to get all health-conscious: Most beer brewers are voluntarily including freshness dating, calories, nutritional details and an ingredients list on their labels. The goal for brewers and importers is to fasten new labels on all their cans and bottles by the end of 2020, said the Beer Institute. However, the new labels should begin appearing immediately.
Do video games lead to violence?
The Munich rampage led many parents to worry that violent video games may be negatively affecting their own teens, but recent studies suggest little to no effect.
People share funny stories of calling Miss Cleo
You couldn’t watch late-night TV in the 1990s without coming across Miss Cleo’s ads.
Hot car deaths: How can parents forget a child in a car?
I have been studying the brain and memory since 1980, but I was baffled when a news reporter asked me in 2004 how parents can forget that their children are in the car with them. It seemed incomprehensible that parents could leave a child in a car and then go about their daily activities, as their child dies of hyperthermia in a car that reaches scorching temperatures.
Overnight heat can be more deadly than daytime
Much of the country is baking in temperatures above 90 degrees, without much relief when the sun goes down. That can prove deadly.
How CNN war correspondents stay cool in deadly heat
You’re drenched in sweat, couldn’t sleep last night and regret ever setting foot outside. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
#ThatsNotLove: Helping teens spot signs of relationship abuse
A new campaign aims to educate teens about emotional abuse in relationships and spark a movement to save lives.
OkCupid adds feature for open relationships
OkCupid users who identify as polyamorous or non-monogamous can connect to their partner’s profile
Why women should make the first move in online dating
Women of late have been “leaning in,” graduating college at higher rates than men and simply “running the world” (if Beyonce is any measure), but there’s at least one forum in which they’re not taking charge: online dating.
Parents gay? The kids are OK, study says
‘I am you’: American Muslims on faith — and fear
What it’s like to be gay and Muslim
Lia Darjes photographed people in various countries who are both gay and Muslim. Among her subjects were openly gay imams in Europe and the United States.
Free-roam childhoods fading away
Tytia Habing moved back to rural Illinois so her young son could roam freely and explore nature like she once did.
The anti-makeup movement in Hollywood
Get ready to see more female stars going naked.
Modern women, dressed as their ancestors
Photographer Joana Choumali felt disconnected from her heritage. She found she wasn’t alone, so she began photographing women dressed in traditional clothes.
The most valuable woman in art?
Tate Modern is hoping to show there’s more to the so-called “mother of American modernism” than her infamous flower paintings.
Safety by design: How zoo enclosures are evolving
“Keeping animals in, and people out.”
Thousands of kids hurt annually on amusement rides
From carousels to roller coasters, part of summer fun for many kids is a trip to the local carnival or a nearby amusement park. But experts are warning parents that their children need to be supervised on rides because of the risk of injuries.
Are you too old to ride roller coasters?
Some people have to miss the fun at amusement parks because they’re too short or too tall, but can you be too old?
Rapping from one of the word’s largest slums
Octopizzo, a Swahili hip hop artist, is using his music to shine a light on Nairobi’s largest slum, Kibera.
Art in motion
Disability doesn’t stop the dance. Kelly Bowman has more.
The next fitness trend
Tomeka Jones introduces us to the new trend Kangoo Fitness.
How to quit smoking forever
Kelly Bowman talks to a pharmacist for tips on how to quit smoking forever.
Staying safe at the Farmer’s Market
Kelly Bowman takes us takes us to a farmer’s market and gives tips on how to make sure what we buy is safe.
How to keep four years of trash in one jar
Meet Lauren Singer, the New Yorker who has spent the last four years living a zero waste lifestyle.
Living without plastic is harder than you think
When she realized how much trash washes up on the shore Emily Smith challenged herself to give up plastic for 40 days and 40 nights.
How to baby-prep your dog
Dogs, like people, can get jealous and insecure. So you need to gently break the news about the human puppy that’s coming.
Dad re-creates daughter’s sexy selfies
A Washington dad copies his teen daughter’s online selfies to add humor to parenting.
Actress writes about gap year, Twitter explodes
People have taken to social media to poke holes in a Scottish woman’s terrifying account of fleeing armed rebels in Zambia.
The superpowered secret to get kids to eat veggies
Apparently, marketing is key to get youngsters to eat more veggies.
How to keep girls in the game after puberty
With half of girls quitting sports by age 17, according to a new survey sponsored by Always, what can be done to keep more girls in the game?
Dangerous chemicals hiding in everyday products
Scientists say many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, ranging from autism to attention deficit disorders.
Pros and cons of coloring books, for adults and kids
Some experts agree that while coloring may be beneficial for mindfulness and reducing stress, it’s probably better to draw to boost creativity.
When our kids hold a mirror to our shortcomings
When Grace Burley’s daughter was 2, she sent her mom a very clear and expensive message.
Why is it so hard to let our kids fail?
There is no question that one of the most difficult things about being a parent is letting our children stumble, fail, make mistakes.
Screen violence, real and fictional, harmful for kids, experts say
Recent violence in the news may have a harmful impact on children, experts say.
Saying ‘hello’ can extend your life
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how something as simple, and as nice, as saying “hello” can help you live to 100.
The transformative power of yoga
A yoga instructor in Nairobi used his tough upbringing in the slums as a means to help others heal.
Birchbox brings beauty industry online
An internet-based cosmetic company is making up ground in the beauty product industry.
Checking into new hotel brands
A blend of luxury and local charm, these hotel chains are looking for potential profits in the launch of new lifestyle brands.
Watch the world’s cutest water skier
6-month-old Zyla St. Onge learns water skiing from her dad, a professional barefoot water skier.
A new dimension in shopping
Retailers are using virtual reality to connect with customers and give them unique experiences.
Be here, now: Staying present on the road
Expedia’s resident travel expert Courtney Scott gives travelers tips on how to stay present on the road, in this all-consuming digital era.
Urban Farmers’ rooftop farms
Urban Farmers’ rooftop greenhouses are a growing business that reconnects communities with food.
Celebrating life, thinking about death at a new kind of festival
The Before I Die Festival is intended to get people thinking about what they want to accomplish in their remaining days, end-of-life care and funeral arrangements.
How to nurture your child’s love of reading
Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes there’s one key book that captures a kid’s imagination and opens him or her up to the exciting world of fiction. Other times, a teacher who assigns great books in class sparks a hunger for more big ideas and fine writing. In some cases, parents influence kids’ appreciation of books by sharing their own love of literature and modeling reader behavior — always having a book to read, taking books on vacation, reading before bedtime, making regular trips to the library and bookstore, etc.
This is the age when you start losing friends
Are you younger than 25 years old? You may want to appreciate this moment in life when your social circle is at its greatest. If you’re older, you may relate to what you read next.
Don’t dump old pills; here’s how to dispose of them safely
Opioids like Vicodin and Percocet are commonly prescribed to dull pain after medical procedures and to treat chronic pain. They also commonly languish in medicine cabinets, sometimes for years, making easy pickings for someone with an addiction.
Among shelter dogs, finding the strength to fight bulimia
Shannon Kopp battled bulimia for eight years and says the love showed by the most desperate dogs is the reason she’s alive today.
‘Sea lice’ are actually not-so-cute baby jellyfish
Sea lice. Beach lice. Seabather’s eruption. Pika-pika. Ocean itch. Those are just some of the names given to a rash caused by a minuscule creature that often invades summer waters in Florida and the Caribbean, pestering swimmers with nasty bumps and sometimes flu-like symptoms.
Kids bored with Facebook? What to know about their new favorite sites
Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs. While it may seem more complicated to post photos on Instagram, share casual moments on Snapchat, text on WhatsApp, and check your Twitter feed throughout the day, tweens and teens love the variety.
You’re worried about the wrong animal attack
When a 2-year-old boy was snatched by an alligator in a lagoon at a Walt Disney World resort hotel in Orlando on Tuesday, it was without a doubt horrific — and extremely rare.
Getting a childhood back at camp after a parent’s cancer took it away
There are camps for kids with cancer, but Camp Kesem brings the camp experience back to children whose parents are the ones impacted by the disease.
What handwriting might reveal about the next U.S. president
Donald Trump is actually an “introvert,” Hillary Clinton is “sensitive” and Bernie Sanders is “stirred by his emotions.”
Dunkin’ Donuts’ menu, as curated by a nutritionist
Is it possible to eat something healthy at a fast food chain such as Dunkin’ Donuts?
Why some people aren’t tempted to cheat on their partners
Even if you don’t live in Hollywood, you’ve probably wondered how some people manage to stay married for decades on end. When asked how he remained faithful to his wife, the late, legendary actor/god/salad dressing entrepreneur Paul Newman is said to have quipped something of, “Why go out for hamburger when you could have a steak at home.”
Are kids getting more concussions than we realize?
Every year, almost half a million (PDF) children across the United States visit emergency rooms for concussions. But recent studies find that number may undercount just how many kids really have concussions.
When my son’s armpits smell like rotten cauliflower
“Oh, puberty,” laments Amanda Rodriguez, a mom of three boys, ages 8, 11 and 14.
Raising spoiled kids? How to set limits
More than 10 years ago, as I headed to one of my final OB/GYN appointments before my first daughter was born, I had a moment.
Julianna Snow dies on her terms
Julianna Snow, the 5-year-old girl who sparked an international conversation about wrenchingly difficult decisions for terminally ill children, died Tuesday.
Love, not pity, was 5-year-old Julianna’s lesson
Saturday, I wore a floral dress with bright splashes of pink and purple to a funeral.
A tea party to say goodbye to Julianna Snow
It was a funeral with a dress code: fabulous.
So you want to live off the grid?
W. Kamau Bell shares what it takes to truly live off the grid. “United Shades of America” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Travel + Leisure has tips for booking the best flights
Looking for flights with the best time at the lowest fares? Then Travel + Leisure says: Look no further!
Waitress gets a huge tip and a note that says …
A waitress was shocked when a customer left a large tip with a note that said: “Life is short, a friend of mine died last night. Please enjoy a night with someone you love!” CNN affiliate WTEN reports.
How hard is it to climb Mount Everest?
Icy temperatures, fierce winds and limited oxygen: The world’s highest peak is an inhospitable place for any living thing, and danger is inherent in trying to climb it.
Pioneering doctor heals wounds with spider silk
Professor Fritz Vollrath is using spider silk to create “living” implants that can regenerate human joints and nerves.
12-year-old gets into college
A 12-year-old who started taking college-level classes at age 7 has been accepted into UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz. KOVR reports.
What it means to be gender-fluid
For some people, gender is not just about being male or female; in fact, how one identifies can change every day or even every few hours.
Why we can’t stop body-shaming
Showing a little flab? Enjoying the skin you’re in?
The most popular baby names of 2015
Now you’re just showing off, Noah and Emma.