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Does social media make us feel more disconnected and socially isolated?

Forcing connections in the offline world can lead to some of the truest connections.

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Social media and other internet-based arenas are popular communities among adults, teenagers, and middle schoolers. These online platforms are popular ways to connect with friends, family, and classmates.

Ironically, while it connects us like never before, it can also increase feelings of anxiety and isolation—sometimes...

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What is a healing space?

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 than those in spaces without healing elements.

And many of these healing elements can be applied to our daily lives.

Optimal Healing Environment (OHE), a term coined in 2004 by the Samueli Institute, is used to describe a healthcare...

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Does Our Selfie Culture Foster Narcissism?

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 in one year (Google 2016)

93+ million

estimated number of "selfies" taken each day by just Android users (Silicon Valley Business Journal 2014)


Cell phone accessories—selfie mirrors and lighting—are available to improve...

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Helping Kids Reap the Mental and Physical Benefits of Exercise

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 the majority of kids spend almost 7 hours per day engaged with some kind of technology. However, with a little ingenuity, parents can help their kids reap the many benefits of movement.

Exercise is Essential in Mental, Emotional, and Physical...

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Support Retailers Leading The Way towards Safer Household Products

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 protect our families from toxic chemicals. 

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals—including parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities,...

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Should Parents Ban Cell Phone Use for Kids?

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 phones 86x a day, according to Deloitte's 2017 Global Mobile Consumer Survey: U.S. edition.

What about our kids? 

According to an article published on CNN in August 2018, 95% of teens in the United States have smartphones now, which is a 20%...

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Nonstick Teflon Cookware: Health Risks?

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 when we do prepare our own meals, nonstick pots, pans, and cookware are popular household products that offer lots of convenience.

However, are you aware of the health risks associated with nonstick Teflon coating? 

What makes...

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How to Talk to Kids About Sexting

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 increasing in prevalence, including among children. And children are sexting at a younger age, according to a review of 39 studies of 110,000+ participants (Madigan et al, 2018) that was published in JAMA PediatricsMore specifically:

  • The mean...
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How to Choose Nontoxic Lead-Free Mugs

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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 beverages with lead, primarily from the finish or glaze on the mug. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration received reports that several manufacturers in Mexico labeled pottery as “lead-free,” but testing revealed high...

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6 Online Gaming Safety Tips for Adults, Parents, and Kids

by editorial team


Do you or your child spend a lot of time playing games online? If the answer is “yes,” then we have online gaming safety tips for you.

Online gaming can help build social skills in adults and children. However, there are risks associated with letting your child play games online. Below are a few tips to keep them (and you) safe!


The Benefits and Risks of Online Gaming

Many online games involve multiplayer or teamwork elements,...

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