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Hunger is an advantageous factor in decision-making, study shows

SAN FRANCISCO - A new PLOS ONE study shows that individuals who are hungry make more advantageous decisions about uncertain outcomes.

November 10, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why you should visit Marblehead in the fall

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. - Less than an hour north of Boston, Marblehead, Massachusetts is a nearly four century-old fishing town that has maritime charm and New England character. As the "Birthplace of the American Navy," expect to smell the ocean on every street and dream of heading out on one of the elegant sailboats moored in the harbor.

November 10, 2014 | Brigham Wilson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

More poor women risking high debt for a college education

Jamie Luthy grew up with her family and grandparents in a double-wide trailer on five acres in the rural town of Oakhurst, California. She struggled while taking standardized tests and needed tutors in school. Despite the academic and financial obstacles she faced, Luthy wanted to go to college.

November 10, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Federal housing voucher program serves only a fraction of the need

In big cities, Section 8 housing voucher wait lists are either years long or completely closed, leaving the majority of qualified housing applicants without financial assistance.

November 09, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Learning respect from these family movies

FAMILY TIME - Movies have a way of teaching us essential life lessons, sometimes without us even realizing it. Interestingly enough, some of the best lessons come from films made for children that the whole family can enjoy.

November 09, 2014 | Sarah Bringhurst Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why grandparents should give 529s, not baby blankets

If you're excited about a new grandbaby but worry what the economy will be like when they're ready for school, starting a 529 plan for their college education might make you their favorite grandparent-that is, when they're old enough to understand what it is.

November 09, 2014 | Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Moms talk significantly more to their babies than dads, study shows

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It's no secret that women tend to talk more than men, and a recent study shows female chatter has its benefits.

November 09, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 ways to be retirement rich

It's not all that surprising that, according to Gallup, Americans' No. 1 financial worry is whether or not they'll be able to afford retirement.

November 08, 2014 | Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Election season might change for the better thanks to social media

The Facebook "I voted" button has been a digital election tradition since 2008. Given that millions of people who clicked the button at a rate of 358,000 people per hour, there's an argument to be made that Facebook could boost voter turnout.

November 08, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Do you know where your money is going when you give to charity?

The best charities give most of their money to programs, not to administrative costs - like overhead, fundraising, and staff salaries.

November 08, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

App moves fast-food chains away from interpersonal customer service

The days of indecision and miscommunication in the drive-thru lane of a fast-food restaurant could be long gone. Taco Bell recently launched an app that enables customer to order and pay for it straight from a smartphone.

November 08, 2014 | Joseph Peacock Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Are preschoolers too young for CrossFit training? Supporters and critics weigh in

The new CrossFit Kids program for preschoolers, and those under 18 years old, may encourage physical exercise, but it may also create an unhealthy focus on physical appearance for children.

November 07, 2014 | Kelsey Clark Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Happy family dinners can keep your children in shape

Watch what you say at the dinner table because it may impact whether or not your children become overweight.

November 07, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mentoring, role models and poverty

Poverty is present all over the world. The United States is not immune to poverty - more than one in 10 Americans have an income below the poverty level. Although there is no consensus as to the cause of poverty, there are certain variables that are associated with it. For instance, a recent study published through Johns Hopkins University found that children born into poverty are more likely to live in poverty as adults. That is, poverty seems to perpetuate poverty.

November 07, 2014 | John Hoffmire Deseret News National | Hot Topics

It's not overpopulation that threatens the developed world

Many of us grew up hearing warnings about overpopulation - the crowding, the depleting of resources, the pollution and the inability of the earth to sustain so many people.

November 07, 2014 | Linda and Richard Eyre Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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Year-round school calendar: Will it benefit students?

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

September 22, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 simple ways to make your husband’s day a better one

Chances are your husband is not expecting a dozen red roses from you. However, he wouldn't mind hearing words of appreciation. Telling your husband how thankful you are for the things he has done or telling him how much you love him is a good start to making his day a better one.

September 22, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics

5 must-teaches to prepare your kids for adulthood

We teach our children to walk, talk, chew 32 times, brush their teeth, pick up their clothes and be kind to others. We teach them to turn off the lights when they leave a room and not to play with matches. We teach them to drive cars and send out thank-you notes. The list is endless. We teach them so much more than the schools they attend. We prepare them for life.

September 22, 2014 | Becky Rickman Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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Top colleges that take rich and poor kids

As students flood the campuses of the country's elite colleges this fall, those schools remain, mostly, enclaves of privilege. This persists despite the fact that there are many high schoolers from low-income families that make top grades and test scores in numbers that are twice the percentage in the general population as at prestigious universities.

September 21, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Bridging the gap: Can empathy be taught?

Every semester since 2006, Kevin Blair has taught an introductory course on poverty at Niagara University. And every semester, he finds a business student who is only enrolled in the class to fulfill a social science elective, or simply needed three more credits to graduate - not because the student is interested in poverty.

September 21, 2014 | Amy McDonald Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Woman's happiness most important to having a successful marriage

How happy a woman believes her marriage is has a direct impact on the quality of her husband's life, according to research in the Journal of Marriage and Family. And that holds "no matter how he feels about their nuptials."

September 21, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Life-affirming lessons learned in an airport

I recently flew across the U.S. from Oregon to Massachusetts via California. Spending several hours traveling allowed me to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes - people watching. And while you might think a cross-country overnight flight would bring out the worst in people, the opposite was true. I observed several moments that proved to me the world is inherently good, and I can be a part of it. Let me tell you about 6 brief experiences that inspired me.

September 21, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

One little girl learns the true meaning of delete

For little children, it is the small things in life that can completely destroy their day. When one little girl deletes a picture on the camera, tears quickly come. It can break our heart to see children cry over the smallest details but do we often find ourselves doing the same thing? Has your mood ever quickly changed because your favorite pair of pants are too tight and you're mad at yourself for putting on a few extra pounds? Do you find that you quickly lose patience when your child constantly whines? Or, do the tears start to come ...

September 20, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The day the chase ended

So what? Every boy in the fifth grade had a crush on her. Why should I be any different?

September 20, 2014 | Joe Walker Deseret News National | Hot Topics

When it comes to TV's future, Millennials hold the remote

It was a landmark week for the showdown between big cable, who tie online services to network subscriptions, and Millennial viewers, who prefer to watch much of their TV online and a la carte.

September 20, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

An experiment proves one secret to a happy family

It is no secret that parenting is hard. No matter whether your children are young, teenagers or even adults, your children need and deserve a parent who cares. Spending time with your children is important but it isn't just the amount of time you spend that matters, it is the quality of time. By making an effort to truly be present in your child's life, your relationship will grow and parenting may seem just a tad easier.

September 20, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Teaching your daughter about body image

Question:

September 19, 2014 | Kim Giles Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Did your child not get the "right" teacher this year?

Conversation heard between two parents standing in line at Giganto-Mart:

September 19, 2014 | Davison Cheney Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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