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Hands-only CPR could save hundreds of thousands

Hands-only CPR could save hundreds of thousands

When a person’s heart stops beating, every second counts. However, bystanders often fear giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to a victim. Dr. Ruchika Husa, a cardiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, studies resuscitation science and also teaches CPR. She says there are many reasons people freeze or panic when a person collapses.

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 Everything we need to know about social media – we learned in

Everything we need to know about social media – we learned in

We live in a culture virtually enveloped by digital media, 24/7. For adults and children alike, social media has become central to our very identities -- both in how we interact with our close friends and family, and in the many ways we present ourselves to, and engage with, our broader worlds.

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Newborns know more than we think

Newborns know more than we think

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Tips for Playdates with kids of all abilities

Tips for Playdates with kids of all abilities

Playdates are beneficial for ALL children to practice critical social skills on which future relationships will be built. The benefits of playdates include: increasing confidence; improving social decision making; and practicing skills in an adult supervised yet natural setting. Playing together allows kids to be a part of the action vs. being quiet observers.

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Are you legally liable for your kids’ friends?

Are you legally liable for your kids’ friends?

Your children’s best friends are almost like your own children, aren’t they? Sometimes it seems like they practically live at your house - you feed them dinner, give them hugs and Band Aids, and help them with their homework. But what would happen if one of your kids’ buddies were to be injured in your home? Are you legally liable?

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Ready, Set, Camp!

Ready, Set, Camp!

You are considering a summer camp, but how to choose? There’s a camp that is ideally suited for every child, providing a summer of growth and fun whether your child attends a day or overnight camp, a specialized or traditional camp.

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Choosing swim lessons is as serious as selecting a pediatrician or school

Choosing swim lessons is as serious as selecting a pediatrician or school

Not all swim classes are created equal, it is vital to ask questions and visit before starting lessons USSSA Offers Advice on How to Make the Right Choice

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Free breastfeeding advice helpline

Free breastfeeding advice helpline

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Maternal and Child Health Program and Healthy Start, Inc. will collaborate to extend the Department’s free breastfeeding advice helpline hours for new mothers.

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Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Holidays bring joy and family traditions that warm the hearts of many. For those of us who have children with special needs, the holidays take on an entirely new dimension. Like everyone, we have shopping, cooking, decorating and preparation. However, there are additional ways in which we must ready our children for the holiday season. Children who have autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and self-regulation difficulties need some assistance to navigate the

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Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.

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