Strong Instruction in Language Skills Helps to Improve Other Grades

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_83f6a40625.jpgMarijus Auruskevicius/Thinkstock (STANFORD, Calif.) -- Students lucky enough to have a particularly good English teacher might boost their grade in other courses as well. Susanna Loeb, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, and other researchers examined the records of 700,000 New York City third through eighth grade students over a seven-year period and discovered that youngsters performed better in math when they were also taught by good language arts instructors.

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Walking Seems to Get Patients in Therapy Talking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_838c696fa2.jpgChristian Müller/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Walk with me, talk with me. It’s not exactly sweeping the nation but this form of therapy seems to be slowly picking up steam as an alternative to the more traditional kinds of counseling people have grown used to over decades. “Walk and talk therapy” is just as it sounds. The counselor and patient eschew an office for a stroll outdoors or perhaps even at a mall, which advocates claim allows people to open up more about their feelings and problems.

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Supplements No Guard Against Country’s Top Killers

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_1752ba3c0f.jpgSorin Popa/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The millions of Americans who take daily supplements may be doing nothing to cut their risk of cancer and heart disease, according to updated guidelines released Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Nearly half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a daily ritual that costs an estimated $12.4 billion.

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Texas Brothers Diagnosed with Rare, Deadly Disease

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_817d41eb6e.jpgCourtesy Carol Naquin (NEW YORK) -- Carol Naquin of Humboldt, Texas, says her 18-year-old son Jonathan is a quiet kid who loves computers and video games. Her 16-year-old son Christopher -- the outgoing one -- loves dirt bikes, hunting, jet skiing and snowboarding. As different as the two brothers are, Naquin said they share a rare, life-threatening disorder known as Alport Syndrome.

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Pediatric Group Issues New Medical Guidelines for Youngsters

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_a5a9bb70dd.jpgRemains/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It's never too early to start screening kids for medical conditions more associated with adults such as high cholesterol and depression. That's the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which issued new guidelines for youngsters and adolescents in the journal Pediatrics. Dr. Joseph Hagan, co-editor of the guidelines, acknowledged, "Some changes are small, some will get people's attention."

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