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Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up

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By Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University. In the past, kids couldn’t wait to get their driver’s licenses. Now? Not so much. Jenn Huls Teens aren’t what they used to be. The teen pregnancy rate has reached an all-time low. Fewer teens are drinking alcohol, having sex or working part-time jobs. And as…

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Thousands of doctors’ offices buckle under financial stress

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Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August.Caine is one of several parents who followed Dr. Heather Decker to her new location on the outskirts of Minneapolis, an hour and a half away. Many couldn’t get appointments for months with swamped nearby doctors.“I was kind of devastated that she was leaving because I don’t like switching providers, and my kids were used to her. She’s just an awesome doctor,” said Caine, a postal work... (more…)

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OSHA let employers decide whether to report health care worker deaths — and many didn’t

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As Walter Veal cared for residents at the Ludeman Developmental Center in suburban Chicago, he saw the potential future of his grandson, who has autism.This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free.So he took it on himself not just to bathe and feed the residents, which was part of the job, but also to cut their hair, run to the store to buy their favorite body wash and barbecue for them on holidays.“They were his second family,” said his wife, Carlene Veal.Even after COVID-19 struck in mid-March and cases began spreading through the government-run facility, which serves ... (more…)

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The best hot chocolate of all time. Seriously.

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The best part about winter is hot chocolate. I think we can all agree on that.Think of it: You’re out in the snow. Your feet are wet. Your toes ache. Your nose is running. You can’t feel your fingers. You have been shivering so long you don’t remember what it is like to not shiver.And then you come into a house and someone hands you a steaming cup of hot chocolate. And suddenly you are suffused with happiness and warmth.It doesn’t even have to be good hot chocolate. You have much the same reaction even if the hot chocolate came in powdered form out of one of those paper envelopes.So think of h... (more…)

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