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Resolving Conflict Is Always A Great Thing

10.12.2015 (12:43 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

rciaJenny couldn’t believe how right the world felt. She and Danny had made up. Her mother had stopped nagging her. And her teacher had given her an A on her book report. What had happened to make them all change?

It all started with a speaker who had come to talk to the Students for the Environment club. Instead of talking about the ozone layer or acid rain, the speaker talked about the need for opposing groups in the town to come to an agreement on the proposed building of a multistory parking garage next to a downtown park. “The problem won’t be solved until we resolve the conflicts with those who have opinions different from ours,” he told the students, who had been attending city council meetings where there was heated debate on the issue.

Then he talked about what …

Accidents Happen, But Why Provoke Them?

07.12.2015 (5:20 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

accdntIt’s no accident that the number-one threat to the health of teens and young adults is–accidents. Overall, teens are very healthy. Everyone assumes that. Very few teens die each year compared to other age groups. But of the teens who do die, the three leading causes of death–accidents, suicide, and homicide–don’t include one single disease.

Though the total number of teen deaths each year is low, these statistics are still tragic. (For each teen death, there are also 41 hospitalizations and 1,100 emergency room visits.) The accident statistics are especially tragic because the U.S. Surgeon General has estimated that as many as 50 percent of these accidental deaths and injuries could have been prevented. But how? Experts say the first and most important step in preventing accidents is to assess risk.

We often hear accidents described as events we can’t control. …

Inflammation: It Can Help You

28.11.2015 (9:03 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

infmtSara watched the ball come toward her in the goal. She waited, waited, then dove. As she fell on the ball, knowing she had blocked the shot, she felt a sharp pain in her knee.

The tiny white-haired woman put aside the paper she had been reading and glanced at the clock: 6 p.m. Time to start dinner. With a deep sigh, she started to get up. As she started to stand, she involuntarily let out a sharp cry. Her eyes watered momentarily from pain, but she was standing. Her legs felt too bent and weak to hold her as she started toward her kitchen.

Ana had been sitting in the same place for an hour. Good, that was the bell. The exam was over. As she stood up, her knees cracked audibly. She paused for a moment to allow the …