Teen Birth Rates Increase in 26 States

Thought teen pregnancy was a thing of the past? Well, if the well-publicized "celebrity" teen pregnancies that went down in 2008 didn't convince you, take a look at this. Turns out Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin are way more representative o...

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa School!

When I was a kid my Uncle Bob, who lived down the street, used to dress up like Santa Claus and visit our house Christmas Eve to deliver presents. He was pretty convincing, I must admit, in his Santa suit, beard and bag of presents (it was actually ...

March of Dimes Gives U.S. a "D" in Premature Births

By 2010, the federal government hopes to reduce premature births to no more than 7.6 percent born before 37 weeks. It looks like they have a lot of work to do to reach their goal. The March of Dimes recently graded each of the 50 states on a repor...

Melamine found in infant formula prompts recall in China

China has recalled more than 700 tons of infant formula after it was found to be contaminated with melamine. The formula has been attributed to at least one child's death and kidney problems in 50 others. Babies who've consumed the tainted formula ha...

At what age is it ok to leave kids home alone?

I was at least twelve years old before I was allowed to cross the street by myself. It was several years after that I was allowed to stay home alone during the summer while my parents were at work instead of going to summer camp. I always felt lik...

Lawmakers say "no" to teacher pay raise but "yes" to their own

Teachers in West Virginia have found themselves quite upset regarding a pay raise. Teachers and public employees have fought for a pay raise, with some waiting at the state capitol to learn if they'd get the money they desired. While they waited, t...

Birth certificates going digital

I remember one time my Mom needed to get a copy of her birth certificate. The process was long and frustrating. Hopefully, in the future, the process will be shorter and a whole lot less time-consuming. Many vital statistics offices around the countr...


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