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Parents see adoption as chance to help others at home, abroad

Ashley and Nick Nabors are a family of two. But in a matter of time, they'll be a family of four.

November 26, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics


4 unexpected health risks of smartphone use

Smartphones - and the apps, photos and texts that come with them - are hard to resist. Americans log more than an hour of screen time on the devices each day, according to a December 2013 data analysis from Nielsen.

November 26, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Be thankful — there's a theology of gratitude

In her mid-20s, Sara Hagerty didn't seem to have much to be grateful for.

November 26, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News National | Hot Topics


What Taylor Swift's latest music video teaches us about jealousy

Taylor Swift's latest music video shows just how out of hand a relationship can get.

November 25, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Holiday calories can lead to rapid weight gain

The holiday season provides a plethora of delicious treats that act as the gift that keeps on giving - to your thighs.

November 25, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics


What's next for dead malls?

Last month, the National Retail Federation forecast 2014 holiday sales to increase a healthy 4.1 percent, higher than last year's actual 3.1 percent seasonal increase.

November 25, 2014 | Margaret Rock Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Google street view heads into chimpanzee habitat

GOMBE, Tanzania - If you've ever wanted to roam among the chimpanzee habitat Jane Goodall studied, Google has made it possible.

November 25, 2014 | Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Fitness app lets charities cash in on your daily workout

Gene Gurkoff started running marathons to raise money for Parkinson's disease when his grandfather was diagnosed with the disease. He ran a lot - eventually he would complete over 30 marathons. And yet, while he raised some money from friends and family, he could never raise big cash from corporate sponsors the way that a celebrity or sports star could.

November 24, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Stand for something, stand for yourself

Our parents, teachers and leaders admonish us to stand for something. We are supposed to be vertical for our values, our flag and our school fight song. Politicians tell us every couple of years what they stand for - a grand vision for America, a noble cause - and they stand against the invading horde of the enemy, the other party.

November 24, 2014 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News National | Hot Topics


How 'The Hunger Games' prepares kids to deal with terrorism

Since she volunteered as tribute in Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" in 2008, Katniss Everdeen has been called many things.

November 24, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Why you should allow your kids to make mistakes

Children commit various levels of mistakes – tying their shoelaces wrong, hurting a friend's feelings, cheating on an exam, lying to parents or physically putting themselves in danger.

November 24, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Stunning video pits science against music

NEW YORK CITY - When science and music come together, it can be a beautiful sight.

November 23, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics


When low-income housing is converted into luxury apartments

A high-rise near Wrigley Field in Chicago had tiny rooms with peeling paint, but it offered a home to those who were too poor to pass a credit check, save up first and last month's rent, or make the other stiff qualifications that make it difficult to get into housing in an urban market.

November 23, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


'Normal Barbie' comes with cellulite, acne and stretch marks

PITTSBURGH - The "Normal Barbie" is now available for purchase, and children can soon add stretch marks, acne and a touch of cellulite to their dolls.

November 23, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen Deseret News National | Hot Topics


3 things the Pope is saying about your family

Over 350 religious leaders, scholars and thinkers gathered at the Vatican in November for an interfaith conference emphasizing the importance of families to global societies.

November 23, 2014 | Megan Wallgren Deseret News National | Hot Topics


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Vaccinate the economy against disease

President Obama called on Congress in his State of the Union address to give more money to programs performing scientific research "so we can unleash the next great American discovery — whether it’s vaccines that stay ahead of drug-resistant bacteria, or paper-thin material that’s stronger than steel,” The Washington Post reported.

January 26, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


Want to help a sex trafficking victim get on her feet? Buy a handbag

A lot of sex trafficking activism focuses on getting the victims away from their traffickers and into safety. But what happens to victims after they are rescued?

January 26, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Child adversity, mental health challenge may speed up physical aging process

Maturing early may not be the only way children who face adversity age. Researchers have found that children who experienced childhood adversity or psychiatric disorders when young may age faster at a cellular level. Stress is also linked to health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

January 25, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


Is this the greatest water filter ever made?

15 nanometers. That’s how small the LIFESAVER® bottle 4000UF filters down to. What exactly does that mean? Well, the smallest known virus (Polio) is 25 nanometers. With this super-efficient filter, you can drink in peace knowing that it’s screened out all bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and microbiological waterborne pathogens known to man.

January 25, 2015 | Grant Olsen KSL | Hot Topics


Ebola outlook improving in West Africa

January has been good to the global Ebola effort. Health officials report that the disease is slowing down in West Africa, as they offer an optimistic outlook for 2015.

January 25, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Hot Topics


12 of NASA scientists' favorite images of the sun

In celebration of the 100 millionth image of the sun captured by a NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory instrument, scientists shared 12 of their all-time favorites.

January 25, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Are you part of the global 'baby shortage'?

Dropping birthrates and shrinking families are starting to have a negative effect on the global economy.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret News | Hot Topics


Australian mom removes heavy makeup from Bratz dolls, makes them more realistic

Australian scientist, artist and mom Sonia Singh grew up playing with dolls that were homemade or found at second-hand stores. Now, as an adult, Singh enjoys re-working discarded toys and giving them new life.

January 25, 2015 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News | Hot Topics


The strangest piece of marital advice that will save your relationship

Just prior to our marriage, we had gone to a wise and wonderful mentor as a young, engaged couple seeking marital advice. How do we make our marriage strong and durable? How do we become good partners? How do we find synergy? We were expecting to get some consulting on communication, on trust, on unity, on prioritizing each other; and instead he chose to talk about physical intimacy — about sex.

January 23, 2015 | Linda and Richard Eyre FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Sundance film questions student preparedness for the 21st century

The opening scenes of filmmaker Greg Whiteley’s latest documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month, “Most Likely to Succeed,” find his daughter Scout crying in frustration while her mother and fourth-grade teacher discuss Scout's performance.

January 23, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Have You Seen This? Freestyle unicycling will impress

UNIVILLE — Here on Have You Seen This? and around the Internet, videos of intense and sometimes random skills abound.

January 23, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics


7 substitute sayings for a healthier relationship with your teen

Avocado instead of butter? Chia seeds instead of eggs? Pinterest is covered in baking substitute charts to help you bake the world's healthiest cookies. While I can't say I have ever made avocado cookies, I do appreciate all the mid-cooking trips to the store these charts have saved me. (Out of baking powder? Grab the cream of tartar and baking soda.)

January 22, 2015 | Rachel Chipman FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Have You Seen This? Pet rat adorably refuses broccoli

VEGGIEVILLE — Based on the informal poll I just took in my head, people dwell within two camps when it comes to rats: First, they are foul scavengers who will eat anything as they live in dumpsters and sewers, and second, they live under hats and are master chefs a la “Ratatouille."

January 22, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics


Want success at work? Find a partner with these 5 personality traits

Companies across America want their employees' spouses to feel more included at the office, according to an article I wrote earlier this month.

January 22, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


Don't keep this secret from your spouse if you want a happier marriage

According to a new report cited by CNN Money, Americans lie to their spouses about what they spend their money on. The report said one in five Americans don't tell their spouse about a purchase of $500 or more. And 7.2 million Americans haven’t told their spouses about a secret bank account they have.

January 22, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics


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