How to Bullyproof Your Child

When my 10-year-old daughter was shunned by her friends a few years ago, we tried a surprisingly effective anti-bullying strategy. The trouble started during a play date when three little girls battled over who would wear the one sparkly gown for dress-up. It ended up my daughter’s prize, infuriating one of the girls who told…

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The Last, Best Press Agent

Several women were accusing Joseph R. Biden Jr., about to announce he was running for president, of touching them inappropriately. Sy Presten had a newsy item for the gossip columns. “Listen to this,” Mr. Presten said. He was sitting on a leather sofa in the living room of his apartment on West 26th Street. His…

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Trace metal exposure among pregnant women living near fracking wells in Canada

The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology last week revealed the findings of a 2016 pilot study that measured pregnant women’s exposure to environmental contaminants in northeastern British Columbia, an area of intensive natural-gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The study, directed by Marc-André Verner, a professor at the School of Public Health (ESPUM)…

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Systems biology of antibiotics

IMAGE: Dr. Ana Rita Brochado investigates the effect of antibiotics on bacteria. view more  Bacteria have fascinating properties. They adapt excellently to their respective environment, and they existed long before humans. Their toughness has led to the fact that bacteria have successfully spread all over the world for three billion years – even in places where…

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