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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…

6 Tips for Living with a Partner Borderline

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"Only6because isverydifficult to findmore."

By FGuzzardi
We are a psychologically sophisticated society. Emotional difficulties are now shared openly — not only by celebrities but by your average person. It’s not unusual for people to tell friends that they have an anxiety disorder, anger management problem, depression, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorder, substance abuse problem, OCD or ADD.
Yet, there is a widespread psychological disorder that most people know little or nothing about. Why? Because its symptoms are largely interpersonal, causing many to view it as a relationship issue, not a mental health one. Also, people shy away from the term because of its unflattering name: Borderline Personality Disorder.

“Borderline? Am I going over the edge into an abyss? Oh my gosh! Next topic.”
Enough ignorance. Let’s review the major symptoms of people who have borderline personality disorder (BPD):
They have turbulent and stormy relationships, making it difficult to k…

How Global Citizens Consume News

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2014News Republic, a news app that aggregates global news for smartphones, tablets and wearables announced today the results from an annual global survey on how and why people consume news.s News Republic compiled nearly 14,000 responses from people across the world – including the U.S., France, Germany, U.K., Italy and Spain. "News, it seems, is the connective tissue of humanity," said Gilles Raymond, chief executive officer and founder of News Republic. "In every country surveyed,  'To feel connected to the world' is the top reason given for following the news." The survey analysis sheds light on similarities and differences in how nationalities engage with the news. Furthermore, the results provide interesting insights into gender's role in engagement with the news. Similarities In News Consumption Globally 1 out of 2 readers in every country surveyed share the news to show support for a subject.Although national news is…

Autism Speaks Flip-Flops on Vaccines and Autism, Walks Away From Prevention

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WATCHUNG, N.J., July 10, 2014  -- There was a time when the world's largest autism charity strongly urged the U.S. government to examine the possibility of a vaccine-autism link. "We believe that the question of whether immunization is associated with an increased risk for ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] is of extremely high priority" wrote Dr. Geraldine Dawson, former Chief Science Officer for Autism Speaks, in a 3000-word letter to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) of Health and Human Services. She also warned: "Recent studies point to a key role of the immune system in the biology of ASD, raising questions about the effects of the significant immune challenges associated with vaccinations, particularly when delivered in combination and early in life." That same year (2009), Autism Speaks advocated for federal dollars to be spent on vaccine safety research. That was then. This is now. Autism Speaks has flip-flopped on vaccines, disre…

Jimi Hendrix and the Rasta Rock Opera

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WASHINGTON, July 3, 2014  -- The Jim Hendrix Foundation has endorsed the debut album of the Rasta Rock Opera titled "Respect and Love Revolution" as the most important musical score of this generation.  As a preview to the upcoming Rock Opera release, a Hendrix style version of the Star Spangled by Stevie Marco, with Jimi Hendrix live footage superimposed, was released on YouTube on July 1st 2014.
This stunning production by acclaimed director Brad Baerwald of Studio 51, Dunkirk Md., accompanied by entertainment photographer Teo Lee, has utilized the newest technology to merge the two epic performances into one.
Film clips of Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 where he lit his guitar on fire and smashed it, as well as live performances from Woodstock, Berkeley, and with the Band of Gypsy's are featured in this Epic film.  
The soundtrack of the guitar performance of the Star Spangled Banner is all Stevie Marco as he appears opposite Jimi playing his ver…