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HOME & GARDEN
May 26, 2012 | By Jill Cargerman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
We're at Cirque du Soleil on the beach, amazed and giggling and holding hands. It's a children's wonderland. We're not children - my husband and I are in our 40s. But we're having the time of our lives, until we recognize a couple we know across the big top … also in their 40s, there with their small children and disapproving looks. We don't have children. We are conspicuously alone, in an altered state, and have been caught falling out of our seats with delight, popcorn spilled in our laps, tears streaming down our cheeks from the sheer joy of it all, not to mention tripping.
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SCIENCE
November 5, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Scientists studying the degree to which brain function, parental involvement and environment determine antisocial outbursts in children have found that social support and intervention can successfully moderate misbehavior. Researchers at the University of Michigan studied the amygdala - the part of the brain that processes fear and impulsive reactions - for clues about extreme behavior in children. The amygdala is associated with aggressive behavior, anxiety disorders and depression.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Ted Rall
California has become one of the first states to legally recognize more than two parents per child. But who's in charge?  ALSO: On letters from climate-change deniers Video: Cyclists and drivers can be road pals Olympia Snowe: This is no way to run a country Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
Artist Nick Cave's colorful "soundsuits" can often elicit childlike wonder in adults, but they're a pretty great time for children too. At this workshop in Cave's craft, kids will trace their bodies in paper and fashion a soundsuit all their own. But when they try to wear it to school for a week straight, don't say you weren't warned. Fowler Museum, UCLA. 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. fowler.ucla.edu.
NEWS
August 2, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Have food and beverage commercials aimed at kids gotten better since companies like Kellogg's, Nestle, Coca-Colo Co. and McDonald's Corp. pledged to cut back on ads featuring unhealthy fare? It depends on how you define “better,” a new study finds. Food and drink advertising on TV is big business, adding up to about $745 million each year, according to the study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. More than half of those dollars are spent trying to reach kids under the age of 12. Those ads work: Other studies have shown that as kids are exposed to a greater number of enticing commercials for sugary drinks, salty snacks and meals cooked in deep fryers, the heavier they get. So a group of researchers from the University of Illinois in Chicago hunkered down with TV ratings data from Nielsen Media Research.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Efforts to discourage overuse of antibiotics in kids have been successful -- but not successful enough, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Their study, which was published in the health agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that antibiotic prescribing rates for kids 14 and younger who had visited physician offices dropped 24% between 1993-94 and 2007-08, from 300 antibiotic courses to 229 antibiotics courses per 1,000 office visits.  Doctors prescribed antibiotics 26% less often for kids with sore throats, and 19% less often for kids with colds.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2009 | Juliette Funes
At age 6, Danny Rodriguez was waking up at 5 a.m. every weekend with his family to sell flowers at farmers markets throughout Oxnard and help other farmers sell their food. Now 13, he continues to help his field worker parents run the small business, which garners little income because of diminishing sales. "There are days when there's enough, and there are days when there aren't," his mother, Lilia, said. "But we have to keep fighting."
NEWS
December 13, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Sugary cereals may not be what kids really crave for breakfast, a new study says. Sounds wrong, doesn’t it? Yet the findings show that kids cut their sugar consumption at breakfast almost in half by eating low-sugar cereals. And what’s more: They liked the low-sugar cereals. The study published in Pediatrics on Monday let 91 students attending summer day camp choose between high-sugar or low-sugar cereals. They also were offered low-fat milk, orange juice, bananas, strawberries and sugar packets as part of their meal.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
A child's impulse to instantly spend a monetary windfall from grandma is understandable. But is it healthy? Even if he or she is just a kid?    Youth financial literacy expert John Lanza says it's important for parents to create good habits now so children don't have to break bad habits later. "Kids get the spend message as early as 2," Lanza said in an email. "Therefore, it's really important that they are exposed to equally powerful messages about sharing [charitable giving]
NEWS
June 25, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It’s a lap desk, an easel and a carry-all. It’s Crayola’s new Color Wonder Table Top Easel ($19.99) for tots. Unlatch and open the top of the lap desk, and it forms a pyramid with a finger-paint tray on the inside. The finger-paints show up in color only on the included paper, so spills won’t make a mess on other surfaces. The whole package measures 13 by 10 inches. Info: CrayolaStore.com , (866) 896-5445,
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