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Sleep Deprivation In Teens Leads To Risky Behaviors
2011-09-27 05:10:53

According to the 2007 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 68.9 percent of adolescents were found to be sleep deprived. And the students who were rated as sleep deprived were more likely to engage in risky health behaviors. Ten major health risk behaviors have been associated with students who are considered sleep-deprived. Students drank one or more soda daily, did not participate in 60 minutes of physical activity in 5 of the last 7 days, computer use for more than 3 hours a day, in a...

Some Cartoons Damage Kids' Concentration And Self-Control
2011-09-12 08:33:13

  A new study, published by the journal Pediatrics today found that watching "fast-paced, fantastical" cartoon programming can be a detriment to the attention spans of 4-year-old children, however watching more realistic cartoons does not, MSNBC is reporting. At 4 months of age, US children are already acclimated to regular viewing of daily television, and they watch lots of it, Dr. Dimitri Christakis writes in a commentary accompanying the study. The American Academy of...

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2011-08-26 05:45:50

  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned papaya´s from all of Mexico´s growing regions from entering the US due to an outbreak of salmonella. According to MSNBC's JoNel Aleccia, an FDA investigation found more than 15 percent of fresh papayas entering the US from Mexico were contaminated with the bacteria. The investigation occurred between May 12 and August 18 and was instigated because of an outbreak that sickened over 100 people in 23 states, sending...

2011-08-10 08:00:00

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation today announced it will partner with MSNBC on its second annual "A Stronger America: Making the Grade" education special. MSNBC will broadcast the live two-hour event with a focus on strengthening America through education from the Detroit School of Arts on Sunday, August 14. "Detroit and Michigan have taken more than their fair share of licks in the media over the past decade," said Sterling Speirn,...

2011-07-27 09:50:00

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veteran journalists Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" will serve as masters of ceremonies at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Awards Dinner on November 1. The annual DC event brings together more than 500 media luminaries and supporters to honor outstanding colleagues whose stories have helped improve societies around the world. "Joe and Mika's work represents the high level of quality that ICFJ...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'