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How parents and teachers can calm kids' fire anxiety

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LOS ANGELES -- During this Santa Ana wind season, 12-year-old Nicholas Ladesich tends to go to bed worrying about what might burn overnight. He often has dreams of waking up in his old house that burned down in the Woolsey fire last year.

But he awakens instead in the living room of the one-bedroom guest house he shares with his brother and ...Read more

Heart-transplant rules meant to save more children haven't worked as hoped, study finds

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A national rule meant to increase the number of heart transplants for the sickest children has not resulted in improved survival, a new study has found.

The March 2016 change in how organs are allocated gave first priority to children born with significant heart defects, such as when most of the left side is missing. Those with a kind of ...Read more

Pals have found joy in making kids happy, safe and educated in Nepal

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Nicole Heker, 26, recently wrapped a 507-day, 6,351-mile solo journey on two wheels from the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai to the southern Portuguese city of Lagos. The Princeton, N.J., native pedaled on paved highways, gravel roads, dirt trails, and horse paths. She pushed her bicycle through sand and up and down steep steps. And, for a few ...Read more

Babies have been drinking milk from bottles for thousands of years. Here's the proof

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The vessels are small and ceramic. Some resemble tiny teapots, others look like small pipes, and a few are sculpted into whimsical animal shapes with a little spout on the backside.

When they were discovered in ancient cemeteries scattered across Europe, some archaeologists wondered if they were used to feed the sick or the elderly. But because...Read more

San Diego's October treat for kids: free tickets to Legoland, SeaWorld, museums

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Here's a chance for families to explore San Diego on the cheap: Children receive free admission to museums and theme parks during the month of October. It's an annual promotion that offers savings on tickets for the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland as well as historic museums, kayaking and whale watching.

The deal: The savings on Kids Free ...Read more

Which cartoon icons are teaching kids about the environment?

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The federal government has a long history of helping to educate children about the environment through cartoon characters, some of which have been updated for a new era of climate education.

Smokey Bear first appeared in 1944 reminding us "only you can prevent forest fires," but as government policy evolved to include controlled burns that ...Read more

Sending your kids back to school? Safety experts share tips for managing anxiety

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As the nation recovers from shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, Calif., parents everywhere are sending their children to school with renewed trepidation. The teachers receiving them have just as much anxiety, as they also return to a school environment that reflects a nation of educational institutions trying to keep from ...Read more

Minn. author's new book teaches kids the 'science' of cooking

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EDINA, Minn. -- The timer beeped, and Liz Lee Heinecke handed her 13-year-old daughter, Sarah, two oven mitts. Her latest science experiment was ready.

Sarah opened the door of the oven and took out a silvery pan containing the result of a chemical reaction that demonstrated how heat turns water into steam: popovers.

Heinecke plucked one of ...Read more

Back to school: How to pick the right backpack

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Picking up a new backpack can be one of the pleasures of back to school shopping.

Before you pick a backpack for your kids, know this:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are more than 7,300 backpack-related injuries treated by doctors and hospitals annually.

With that in mind, how do you know which backpack is the ...Read more

Kids are dying in hot cars at an alarming rate; safety agency tweets for awareness

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The numbers are sickening: 10 children dead in 20 days.

They were little girls and boys who died in hot cars just in the last few weeks, a growing crisis that's perplexing in part because experts say the deaths are both unintentional and preventable.

Some automakers have deployed technological solutions, but making them standard on all new ...Read more

How to tell if your teen is depressed

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Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Although depression can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and ...Read more

Is online shoe-buying bad for kids' feet? And is that metal measuring device strictly necessary?

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CHICAGO -- It's a back-to-school tradition: a visit to the neighborhood shoe store, where employees pull out a well-worn metal foot measuring tool from under a seat to measure children's feet, fit them with the right shoes, and send them out the door, frequently wearing the new kicks.

Generations of students have participated in the ritual. The...Read more