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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

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LENMAR Unleashes the Mutant™ Supercharged Portable Power Pack that Simultaneously Charges Four Smartphones

CAMARILLO,Calif., April 23, 2014 / -- Lenmar Enterprises, Inc. has unleashed the Mutant™, announcing availability of its newest high-capacity portable power pack built to deliver undead power for tablets, smartphones and USB devices. Packing a monster 20,800mAh (milliamp hours) into a sleek, 1.1-pound unit, the Mutant is Lenmar's most powerful external battery pack ever offered for portable devices.   
A beast in the portable power category, the compact and stylish Mutant is easily stored in a purse, backpack or briefcase. For families and work groups on the go, the Mutant is capable of charging four smartphones at the same time or two tablets and two smartphones simultaneously at maximum charge speed. With four high-output USB ports and a total combined output of 6.8A, the Mutant can recharge an iPhone® up to 10 times or an iPad™ up to two full times.





New campaign aims for international cooperation to protect sentinel species

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 /-- Penguin lovers around the world will unite to observe World Penguin Day on April 25th, and The Pew Charitable Trusts is joining the celebration by announcing the launch of the first global effort aimed at protecting penguins wherever they live.
Eighteen species of penguin range from the cold of Antarctica to the equatorial heat of the Galapagos Islands. Interference from humans in the form of pollution, habitat degradation, introduced predators, and overfishing is affecting the health of penguins. Climate change, which melts and shifts sea ice, adds to the challenges facing these birds. Most species are in decline, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

 

 

 

 

IRIDEX Announces Proprietary MicroPulse™ Technology For Treatment Of Eye Diseases Caused By Diabetes And Age-Related Macular Degeneration Featured On 'American Health Front' Program


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 22, 2014 / -- IRIDEX Corporation (Nasdaq: IRIX) today announced that an educational story based on its innovative MicroPulse™ technology for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), was recently featured on the Washington, D.C. edition of "American Health Front," a health news program focused on advances in medical techniques and technologies. Neal Adams, M.D., a board-certified ophthalmologist and principal at DC Retina in Silver Spring, MD, presented an overview of the MicroPulse technology, a promising, tissue-sparing laser therapy that allows the tissue to cool between laser pulses, minimizing or preventing tissue damage.

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