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What is a healing space?

Sep 19, 2018

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

An environment—like in our homes, schools, and workspaces—can be designed to support therapeutic effects. Evidence has found that many hospital patients can enjoy better recovery...

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Does Our Selfie Culture Foster Narcissism?

Sep 18, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Selfies—self-portrait photos taken by one’s smartphone—is a modern phenomenon.

 

24+ billion

estimated number of selfies that were posted on Google's servers...

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Helping Kids Reap the Mental and Physical Benefits of Exercise

Sep 14, 2018

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Digital screens and other technologies have made it more challenging for parents to get their kids to exercise.  

The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that...

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Support these retailers that are leading the way towards safer household products

Sep 12, 2018

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families works hard to protect us from toxic chemicals by fighting to strengthen laws, working with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace, and educating the public about how to...

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Should Parents Ban Cell Phone Use for Kids?

Sep 11, 2018

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Cell phones can often feel like an appendage of ours. The average consumer is estimated to check his or her smartphone 47x a day, and those ages 18 to 24 check their...

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Nonstick Teflon Cookware: Health Risks?

Sep 07, 2018

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Convenience is more important than ever before as our lives have become more hectic than ever. As a result, cooking, soaking dishes, and scouring pans have become low priority. But...

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How to Talk to Kids About Sexting

Sep 07, 2018

Talking to your kids about sexting should be as common as talking to them about healthy eating and exercise. By the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée.

 

Sexting—the sending of sexually explicit photos or videos—is...

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How to Choose Nontoxic Lead-Free Mugs

Sep 06, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Ceramic mugs can be nontoxic as long as the mug doesn’t contain high levels of lead.

Conventional mugs are often made of ceramic or pottery, and they can contaminate your...

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Choose a Nontoxic Glider Chair—for Your Nursery or Your Family Room

Aug 27, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Are you looking for a glider chair—whether for a baby on the way, or for just a comfy chair to relax in? 

A glider chair can be a lovely addition to a nursery as parents and...

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4 Types of Nontoxic Children's Dinner Plates

Aug 27, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Dinner plates are often made of glass or ceramic. For children, however, these materials can be dangerous: One swipe of the arm, and their plate is on the floor, accompanied by a heap of...

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