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In Brief...

Is Going Back to School Right for You?

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The phrase "back to school" doesn't just apply to kids. Many adults are headed back to the classroom in hopes of starting a new career or improving their odds of promotion within their current job. In fact, according to the ... Read more

Winning Savings on Sports Apparel and Equipment

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by Valerie Spate
The parents of young athletes know that while sports equipment and apparel can be quite expensive, it rarely gets used long enough to need replacing. Instead, most of these items are outgr... Read more

Moms on the Run in the Twin Cities

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Women all over the Twin Cities are dropping pounds, making new friends, and improving their health. Their secret? Moms on the Run! Designed for all fitness levels, Moms on the Run was initially created to move even the most inacti... Read more

Biggest Bully Apologizes

By Helice "Sparky" Bridges Founder and CEO Difference Makers International "The deepest desire in the human spirit is the craving to be acknowledged." -William James, Father of American Psychology DID YOU KNOW?... Read more

Little Book, Big Noise

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If you haven't heard about it yet, you will soon. Maybe you've even read a PDF version of it? We're dying to know what you think about Go the F&%* to Sleep! Here's Read more

Valentine's Day Should Come More Than Once a Year

We came across this blog post and thought it had a pretty universal appeal. How do you plan to celebrate Valentine's Day? Seriously, what ... Read more



Best 1-Bowl Holiday Cookie Recipes


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by Gail Belsky


There's the warm and fuzzy image of holiday baking with your kids, and then there's reality: smeared hands, gloppy spills and flour everywhere. You can't escape the mess altogether, but these one-bowl cookie recipes will help you minimize it -- while maximizing the fun. They're quick, easy and virtually stress-free. Try them:


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Sniffle-proof your whole family


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This isn't just the start of holiday season; it's germ season as well. That's why many of us will be hacking away and looking a lot like Rudolph before winter is over. "The average adult gets one to three respiratory illnesses each year, and women, especially if they're moms, tend to catch even more," says Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona and coauthor of The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu.

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Crowdfunding a Genome Sequencing Project


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World's first crowdfunded genome sequencing project uncovers 4-year-old's unknown genetic disease


Rare Genomics Institute, Ivy League medical research center identify novel gene variant


St. Louis, MO - The Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), a non-profit organization that uses genome sequencing and other biotechnology to help children with rare genetic diseases, and an Ivy League medical research center have jointly identified a new gene variant in four-year-old Maya Nieder that may indicate a brand-new disease.


This finding marks the first time that a patient-initiated, crowdfunded genome initiative project has uncovered the genetic basis of a rare disease.


Suffering from global developmental delays, Maya has undergone multiple operations, is unable to speak, and has difficulty hearing. Despite visiting countless physicians, her condition had remained unexplained for years. Doctors agreed that "something genetic" was responsible for her condition, yet six genetic tests - each screening for a myriad of known genetic defects - yielded no definitive explanation.


"When you've been looking for the answer for three and a half years, you don't really expect one anymore," said Maya's mother, Dana Nieder, who began working with RGI in the spring of 2011.


By turning to the Internet to raise funds from a large base of donors, RGI is pioneering a funding model for rare disease research. In an overwhelming response, donors across the United States contributed more than $3,500 to the research project for Maya Niede ...Read more