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Friday, January 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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News >  Family

7 things to keep in mind when talking to kids about tough subjects

Still, we don’t want to leave our children’s education and understanding of these topics to the internet, a friend, or some random kid on the bus, do we? So we must have the discussions in order for our children to have the information they need from a source that they (and, frankly, we) can trust.

News >  Health

The power of building bonds while building muscle

The therapists and exercisers I interviewed for this article say that group workouts tend to build stronger bonds than, for example, adjoining cubicles, while enriching men’s lives by introducing them to a wider range of potential acquaintances.
News >  Health

Is alcohol sabotaging your diet?

A new study from Penn Nursing suggests that, if you want to lose weight and keep it off in the new year, you might want to think about cutting back on drinking. The study, which was led by Ariana Chao, an assistant professor of nursing who studies obesity treatment and binge eating, examined how drinking affected weight loss among 4,901 people with type 2 diabetes who participated in the Action for Health in Diabetes study. That study compared weight loss for people who underwent an intensive lifestyle intervention that focused on improving diet and exercise with those in a control group. The people in the intervention group were told about the calories in alcohol and advised to decrease drinking to reduce caloric intake. On average, people in the intervention group lost considerably more weight during the first year (around 9 percent of total weight) than those in the control group, who lost less than 1 percent of body weight.
News >  Health

How your at-home DNA test results could solve cold cases

For the past few decades, forensic DNA matching techniques have been used to make direct matches between a sample taken at a crime scene and a suspect who has been identified in a database. “But if you didn’t get a match, the DNA couldn’t tell you anything else,” said Ellen Greytak, director of bioinformatics at Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company based in Reston, Virginia. “What we’re doing at Parabon is essentially saying: There’s a lot more information in DNA.”
News >  Travel

Where the wild things are: An hour from London

Knepp Castle is a 3,500-acre estate that has been owned by the Burrell family for more than 220 years. They’ve always farmed it, despite the poor clay soil. But in 2000, the current owners, conservationist Charlie Burrell and his wife, the writer Isabella Tree, decided to make a radical change. They “re-wilded” Knepp, returning it to a state of minimal human intervention.