November 23, 2017

‘Every 15′ offers sobering reminder to teens

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By Julie Samrick One high school student lay dead, ejected from the vehicle her best friend drove seconds before. Only the frantic wails of a second passenger could be heard as she called her best friends’ names from the back seat, pleading for them to answer. The teenage drunk driver, also from the same high… Read more

Colorado 4th grader caught selling pot

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School officials said a 10-year-old fourth grade boy brought a small quantity of leafy marijuana to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colorado, on Monday. “He sold it to three other fourth graders on the school playground, which resulted in a profit to the young man of $11,” John Gates, director of safety and security for… Read more

Teen starts ‘Light it Up Blue’ event for Autism Awareness

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By Julie Samrick Matthais Zierhut has prepared for this role his whole life. The 16-year-old high school sophomore is the planner and coordinator of his town’s first Light It Up Blue event in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2. Autism Speaks created the campaign where more than 1,300 cities spanning all… Read more

Autism linked with environmental toxins

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While the underlying causes of autism are still not fully understood, many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame. Now, a new meta-analysis has revealed that toxins in the environment may play a much more significant role in the formation of this neurodevelopmental disorder than previously… Read more

Mother of teen shot by girlfriend’s dad wants murder charges

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The father who police said fatally shot a 17-year-old boy in his daughter’s bedroom should be charged with murder, the victim’s distraught mother says. Read more

CA girl sucked under train while retrieving phone

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A California girl was sucked under a freight train and killed while retrieving her cell phone from the tracks this weekend. Jenna Betti, 14, was hanging out on the tracks with her boyfriend near Martinez on Sunday evening. The train crew of the eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freighter said they saw the teens jump out of the… Read more

Eating disorder facts

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courtesy of Eating Recovery Center  

Mystery illness afflicts California kids

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A rare “polio-like syndrome” has caused paralysis in about 20 children from across California, according to a report released Sunday by physicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. The children, who are between the ages of 3 and 12, developed what is called acute, or sudden, flaccid paralysis — weakness or loss of muscle tone… Read more

Cold versus flu versus H1N1

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There’s a lot of talk of stronger strains and H1N1 this year. Take a look at the chart below for the differences between a cold, seasonal flu and H1N1.

Update on Texas pregnant woman on life support

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A heartbroken Texas family – who are fighting to have a pregnant wife and mother they say is brain-dead removed from life support – has received more devastating news on the condition of her unborn fetus, according to their attorneys. Marlise Munoz was approximately 14 weeks pregnant when she collapsed on Nov. 26 at her… Read more