Cheerleader With Down Syndrome Rejoins Squad After Safety Debate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_b6869d4cb0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (DEER PARK, Texas) -- A Texas cheerleader with Down syndrome has rejoined her squad after being sidelined for what her school initially claimed were safety reasons. Brittany Davila, 16, is an honorary member of the Deer Park High School cheerleading squad, which means she doesn’t go to competitions or participate in stunts. But in late September, she was told she had to cheer from the stands rather than on the field or court during games.

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Arkansas Leads Way on Alternate Route for Medicaid Expansion

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_06ca580720.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- With only a few months to go until the Affordable Care Act is fully up and running, many states remain on the fence about expanding Medicaid, the U.S. health program that provides medical coverage to low-income individuals and families. But the state of Arkansas has provided an alternative means of expanding the program.

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Phantom Phone Vibrations a Common Occurrence

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_6a31db763a.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Are you susceptible to hypovibochondria? That's the technical name for phantom vibration syndrome, or rather, when you think your cellphone is vibrating when it really isn’t. Researcher Larry Rosen says it’s a relatively new phenomenon, spawned by the need to keep a mobile device on your person at all times.

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Consumers Should Ignore 'Sell By' Dates on Food Products

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_708741ec37.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- That yogurt in your fridge must be bad.  It’s a day past the “sell by” date. Well, you’re probably wrong to toss it out, according to a new study by Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Americans are pulling the trigger too soon on throwing out food because of expiration dates, the researchers argue. 

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Researchers Say Waiting Develops Patience

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_1256689c56.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (CHICAGO) -- Waiting is the key to learning patience, and in turn, getting rewarded for it, according to researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. That might go against the grain of our “got to have it yesterday” society but both Ayelet Fishbach and Xiani Dai say if people can temper their hunger for instant gratification, it might pay off for them in the long run.

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