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In Digital World The Humble Sticky Note Abides

November 29th, 2018
  By Ross Rubin, FastCompany.com     E-readers and tablets have us doing more of our reading on screens than ever before. The latter category, including devices such as the iPad Pro and Surface Pro, even offers pens for scribbling notes. Other lower-profile offerings, such as the Sony Digital Paper and the reMarkable tablet, use e-ink screens to closely mimic the experience of writing on paper, at least as much as technology allows today.   But while these products may veer toward delivering the utility and...
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Meth Is Back With A Vengeance

November 28th, 2018
  By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News     The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug has largely been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.   Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, according to a study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That dwarfs the rise in hospitalizations from other drugs, such as opioids, which were up by...
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The Price Of Cool: A Teenager, A Juul, Nicotine Addiction

November 28th, 2018
By Jan Hoffman, New York Times   READING, Mass. — He was supposed to inhale on something that looked like a flash drive and threw off just a wisp of a cloud? What was the point? A skeptical Matt Murphy saw his first Juul at a high school party in the summer of 2016, in a suburban basement crowded with kids shouting over hip-hop and swigging from Poland Spring water bottles filled with bottom-shelf vodka, followed by Diet Coke chasers. Got students struggling with addiction? Might start with getting into their world with our...
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Executive Producer Tim Tebow Invites Youthworkers & Coaches To “Run The Race”

November 27th, 2018
Watch Tim's invitation here. You probably have students and athletes in your ministry who know a lot about the Lord, but still have a bunch of questions that keep them from stepping across the line. RUN THE RACE is the story of Zach, a star high school running back with big plans on earning a scholarship to help he and his brother Dave escape their small town and their alcoholic father who abandoned them when their mother died. A busted knee threatens Zach’s dreams of a full-ride to college. For much of the film, Zach questions why...
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Bohemian Rhapsody Blows Up Box Office Globally

November 7th, 2018
Overcoming behind-the-scenes drama and mediocre reviews, Bohemian Rhapsody rocked its way to the second-best debut of all time for a music biopic, a testament to the enduring popularity of the 1970s and 1980s British rock band Queen among younger generations. The movie, from 20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films, blew past expectations in opening to $50 million in North America. The only music biopic to have done better is 2015's Straight Outta Compton with $60.2 million, even when adjusted for inflation. Bohemian Rhapsody —...
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Too Much Screen Time Could Increase Risk Of Depression In Kids

November 7th, 2018
  New U.S. research has found that just one hour of screen time can affect children's and teens' behavior. Even children as young as two are at risk of higher levels of anxiety and depression due to time spent on smartphones or watching television.   The study, by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of Georgia, looked at data gathered from the National Survey of Children's Health carried out in 2016.   The researchers analyzed 40,337 surveys completed by caregivers of children aged 2 to 17, who...
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