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Seton Hall School of Medicine Brings Innovative Health Care to New Jersey

Health care in the United States has been a hot topic in recent years. As one of the most advanced countries in the world, we should strive to provide the best health coverage as well. To do so, we must examine the way in which our budding health care professionals are being trained. The Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine…

Can Stress Cause Both Mental and Physical Health Issues?

Countless Americans know the grueling daily grind all too well—it’s all about work, work, work. But beyond enduring their demanding jobs, people all over the country experience a variety of other personal, family and societal issues that pile even more stress onto their plate, making life even more difficult…

This NJ School System Uses LEGO Sets to Teach Science and Engineering

As one of the top public school systems in the United States, New Jersey’s public school system has employed a number of unique and stimulating curriculums to engage students. Clubs and other extracurricular activities found at middle and high schools further allow students to explore a wide array of educational topics…

Caldwell University Aims to Destigmatize Mental Health Issues

Maintaining a comfortable and focused mindset isn’t always easy for individuals living, working and learning in the excitement of the 21st century. Amid the everyday pressures that go along with trying to be successful, many people – including diligent college students – struggle with mental health issues…

Evolving Health Care Costs Heavily Impact New Jersey Businesses

In the current economic climate, countless families and individuals are affected by the ever-changing costs of health care and institutional care. But what some may not consider is that New Jersey businesses are also affected by these fluctuating costs. In the current evolving health care landscape…

Stevens Institute Student Becomes Role Model for Women in STEM

As a growing number of students enroll at colleges across the country, one trending topic focuses on young women in particular. Though more women are enrolling at higher education institutions every year, many still tend to shy away from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study…

The Money Coach Talks Slashing Debt and Improving Credit

One of the most difficult elements of our lives to manage is money. In many cases, we cannot control what happens in our lives and, consequently, our financial situation. Though maintaining a strong credit score and relinquishing debt may appear absurd or futile, financial experts, like The Money Coach, argue otherwise…

Essex County College Makes Aiding Immigrant Students a Top Priority

To many of those born outside of the United States of America, our country is viewed as a land of opportunity. Educational programs and vocational opportunities exceed what is available in a number of other countries around the world. For Essex County College, this means a concerted effort to accommodate immigrant students is a high priority….

Olympic Champion Missy Franklin Talks Swimming & Self-Critique

Countless individuals across the planet aspire to be professional athletes. For many, that dream begins as early as childhood. Although the globe is generously populated with talented professional athletes, only a minuscule percentage of them can call themselves “World Champions.” Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin, is among them…

LifeCamp Offers Inner City Kids Vital Lessons and More

We’re often reminded of the cliché “the children are our future,” but we rarely take a moment to think about what that really means. Educating our youth by encouraging their mental and physical growth and providing them with the tools they need to succeed are vital when attempting to create a better future for our world…

Prudential Financial Inc. Strives to Help those with Disabilities

The world can be a difficult place to navigate. For individuals with some form of impairment or disability, this challenge is magnified. Particularly when it comes to the workplace, many with disabilities face constant proverbial roadblocks. When everyday chores, traveling and even education is made more difficult…

RWJBarnabas Health Plans to Improve NJ Communities

Numerous factors go into creating a healthy community. On the flip side, things like unemployment rates, crime rates and poor community relations are just a few of the elements that can cripple a municipality’s economy. So, what can me done to mend an ailing community in need? One health care system, RWJBarnabas Health…

NJ Interior Designer Shares Tips for Creating A Dream Home

The interior of one’s home is a special domain, whether it’s consciously recognized or not. The colors, items and lighting that fill each room of a house, condo or apartment reflect the lifestyles and personalities of those who live there. One young New Jersey interior designer has made a career helping countless families…

High School Summer Abroad Program Creates Global Citizens

The United States of America is the third largest country in the world in terms of landmass and population. People travel from all over the globe to make the U.S. their home, continuously diversifying our nation’s already cosmopolitan culture. However, that alone doesn’t ensure our country’s youth are growing up as global citizens…

Real Housewives Star Siggy Flicker Offers Advice for a Happier Life

We’re often told that as long as we are true to ourselves and be the best we can be, we will be happy, whether it is on our own or in relationships. The road to that contentment may be long, but The Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star Siggy Flicker has some tips to make the journey as smooth and fulfilling as possible. Siggy Flicker, who is also a relationship expert…

Robotic Exoskeletons Improve Life for Stroke Victims

Near-fatal illnesses and neurological disorders have been claiming the abilities, comfort and happiness of countless individuals throughout history. In recent years though, scientific and medical advances have significantly improved to provide such individuals with a better quality of living. Robotic Exoskeletons may be the next step…

Jersey City Teacher Uses Art to Give Students a Voice

Artwork, in all of its mediums, is one of the world’s most powerful forms of expression and therapy. At the very least, it provides children, teens and adults with mild entertainment. At its most engaging, art can act as a support-system that provides solace, insight and emotional connections to countless individuals who share in the experience…

Georgian Court University President Advocates Cheaper College Tuition

From an early age, most children are taught about the importance of a college degree. (The benefits of which have been covered in a previous feature.) Since the job market has become even more competitive in recent years, a Bachelor’s Degree seems almost a necessity for those entering the working world. One major hurdle, though, is college tuition…

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“UNTUCKit” Bridges Gap Between Professional & Casual Shirts

It may come as a surprise to some, but many men consider fashion to be a significant aspect of their daily lives. As men reach an age for employment and begin to look for jobs, their appearance becomes increasingly important; that’s why countless male young adults are ditching their sweatshirts and graphic tees to invest in pea coats and button-downs…

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NJ Pre-School Uses the Outdoors as its Classroom

In the dynamic atmosphere of the 21st century, with kids captivated by electronics and new forms of media, teachers can find it difficult to engage students in important lessons. Though the tools for teaching are readily available, educators often have to think outside of the box in order to teach their students as effectively as possible…

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Ways to Support New Jersey’s Military Heroes

Every day, brave men and women put their lives at risk to travel to foreign lands and fight on behalf of the United States and other nations in need. Each and every individual within the United States’ military possesses an unparalleled amount of courage. Though these individuals received vast amounts of training and preparation for battle…

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Robotic Surgery Revolutionizes Patient Treatment and Recovery

In recent years, the US has made great strides in the advancement of technology; as our technological capabilities continue to grow and flourish, we are able to accomplish much more in varied fields such as construction, education and medicine. From fun, state-of-the-art home entertainment systems to vital, life-saving hospital equipment…

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Andy Anderson Talks Creating Safer Roads for Teens

No parent ever wants any harm to befall their child. With car accidents being the number one killer of teens across the county, parents and officials have worked hard to remedy this epidemic to create a safer world for every teen driver. That’s where NJ-native Andy Anderson comes in. Anderson leads the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition…

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Project Runway Winner Irina Shabayeva Discusses the Power of Fashion

Though some may not consider fashion a vital aspect of their lifestyle, it actually plays a large role in day-to-day life. Fashion sense is often utilized even when we don’t realize it, from dressing up for work to dressing down when casually hanging out with friends. The importance of fashion is something Irina Shabayeva passionately speaks about…

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Acclaimed Chef Brings Diverse Mediterranean Cuisine to NJ

New Jersey is one of the most cosmopolitan states in the country. It encompasses a number of vastly different living locations, from farms to cities, as well as varying demographics. This melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds allows the state to produce some delicious dishes; including a modern focus on Mediterranean food…

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Pro Golfer Morgan Hoffmann Helps Kids Lead Healthy Lifestyles

The physical and mental benefits of becoming and remaining fit and healthy are overwhelmingly abundant. Though we traditionally view exercise and other healthy habits as best practices to consider as adults, it is vital that kids recognize these values as well. One professional golfer in particular from NJ understands this…

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Claudia Mason Offers Teen Model Hopefuls Valuable Advice in New Book

The teenage years are never easy; from school to sports to relationships, teens have a number of things to worry about. When a child approaches 13, their responsibilities increase, their bodies change and their minds grow. Depending on a teen’s aspirations and decisions, these years can be even tougher. As was the case for Claudia Mason…

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NJ Teenager Starts Charity Providing Video Games for Hospitalized Children

We currently live in an era rampant with activities and entertainment fit for people young and old. From books and television to sports and video games, there are countless engaging activities that keep kids busy for hours. Many of these activities are designed to teach kids a number of valuable skills both physical and mental…

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RWJBarnabas VP Talks Importance of Women in Leadership Positions

Having a diverse workplace promotes positive elements that keep an office running smoothly and efficiently. From boosting morale and promoting a more comfortable working environment to encouraging an assortment of perspectives, a workplace with a variety of races and genders in leadership roles is important for all businesses…

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The Truth about Debt (And How to Finally Get Out of It)

It’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of spending. There are sales that convince you that you’re actually saving money if you make a large purchase. There’s pressure everywhere: To go on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. To buy the perfect gift. To buy the perfect outfit. To buy the must-have holiday toy.

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A Tasty Conversation with the Dessert Ladies of Stirling

The holidays mean festive tables piled high with a seemingly endless array of freshly baked desserts. There are the requisite delicious Christmas cookies, of course, but also pies, cakes, and sweet treats of all kinds. But what goes into those delectable desserts that you and your family enjoy?

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Teens & Distracted Driving: How to Keep Kids Safe

It’s a milestone every teen dreams of: That highly anticipated moment when they get their driver’s license. But while a license brings thoughts of freedom and the open road, it can also be dangerous for teens who don’t have good driving habits. In New Jersey, a teen crashes every 11 minutes…

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The Hidden Dangers of Salon Products

A day at the salon: The phrase conjures up calming images of reclining in a cushioned chair while you’re buffed, pampered and beautified. There’s nothing more relaxing or fulfilling than stepping out of a salon and flipping your freshly colored and styled coif. But while a day at the salon might…

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Meet the Teen Getting Kids Psyched about STEM

There’s a lot of talk about the importance of STEM education. But what exactly is STEM, anyway? Put simply, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: Four disciplines that students, particularly young women, are often discouraged from pursuing. But one New Jersey teen…

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Inside New Jersey’s Craft Beer Scene with NJ Beer Co.

Ah, beer. Who doesn’t love cracking open a cold one at the end of a long day? A frosty glass of suds is great for Saturday afternoon get-togethers. The clink of pint glasses can always be heard on Sundays from two friends debating their favorite football teams. But what’s in those pint glasses is just as important as who…

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New Jersey & Cuba: Future Business Partners?

When President Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba as part of the Cuban Thaw — the name given to the reestablishment of Cuban-U.S. relationships — it made international headlines. But the new policies have a potentially greater impact for New Jersey than merely offering up Cuba as a potential future…

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The Changing Role of Nurses

The nursing profession has been idolized, mocked and dramatized in pop culture, thanks to shows likes Nurse Jackie and movies like Meet the Parents. But ask anyone who’s spent time in the hospital, and they can tell you that nurses oversee the bulk of their care. But with rapidly changing technology…

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Learning to Live with Aphasia

Imagine waking up unable to speak. You couldn’t read or write — and had trouble listening. You couldn’t even tell your family you loved them. This is what it’s like having aphasia, a language disorder usually caused by a stroke. This happened to Rebecca Iovino, a married mom of two from New Jersey.

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How The Leaguers and Others Help At-Risk Families

Imagine a child with little food, clothes or shoes, living in a one-bedroom home, having to share a bed with three or four people, surrounded by drugs and violence. Many of these children drop out of school and get involved with the gangs — as it’s the only way they see to get out of poverty. But what can people do to help…

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How Music & Art is Helping Heal Patients

As anyone who’s ever been admitted to a hospital can tell you, they can be intimidating places. They’re sterile and often cold. And they’re even scarier places if you need treatment, but don’t have the means to obtain it. But Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is aiming to change all that…

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Meet the 10-Year-Old Cookie CEO Taking the World by Storm

Most ten-year-olds spend their spare time obsessing over Minecraft or trying to convince their parents to get them a hoverboard. And most six-year-olds can barely focus on their Legos long enough to pick them up off the floor, as any parent whose stepped on one can tell you. And then there’s Cory Nieves…

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Meet the High School Choir Helping Students with Disabilities

Music therapy is becoming a helpful tool in classrooms and private settings. (Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has used music therapy to help patients.) And now, one school is using the power of music to help students with special needs. Karen Gorzynski, choral director at Somerville High School…

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Is a College Degree Really that Important?

Paying for college: It’s a hot topic during the presidential debates … and around the kitchen table, as families face skyrocketing tuition costs. With the bulk of recent college grads struggling to chip away at seemingly insurmountable debt, many are asking the question, “Is a college degree really that important?”

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NJIT Strives to Expand Diversity in STEM Students

When it comes to college admissions, one specific trend is that more women are enrolling in universities across the country each year; however, women generally tend to avoid the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. With that in mind, one New Jersey university is looking to break this trend…

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The Benefits of Improving your Child’s Hearing

Every parent knows that taking care of children is a full-time job. And while every parent has a tough (yet rewarding) experience watching their kids grow, some parents are hit with more challenging obstacles than others; nearly 22 years ago, Sue Schmidberger became one such parent when her daughter was born 2…

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NJPAC’s Patricia Smith Discusses the Art of Poetry

The rhythms and emotions of truly fervent poetry can evoke a passionate sentiment in even the most hardened, brazen individuals. It is a centuries-old form of expressive art that has not died out as the years have progressed. Today, we see fewer examples of the metaphysical and Romantic poetry, but rather…

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The Cheer Me Up Foundation Aids Children in Need

The holidays are a particularly joyous time of year. Something about the religious observances, stunning lights, vibrant decorations, and joyous music evoke a special brotherhood. What makes this time of year even more special, though, is the time spent with loved ones, exchanging gifts, perhaps relaxing in front of a crackling…

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Artisan Cheese is this NJ Creamery’s Trademark

There is an art to fluently creating the creamy and mild flavors of various types of cheeses. From the milking process to the aging process, it’s often diligent work to craft what results in elegant wheels of cheese for countless consumers around the world. One New Jersey creamery and farm has become a nationally…

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Injury Can’t Keep This Inspirational Athlete Down

Even with technology keeping children indoors now more than ever, sports are and always will be a major part of a child’s life. Many players enter college with a burning ambition to join the NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL. Unfortunately, some lose interest, and some, like Eric LeGrand, have their careers halted unexpectedly…

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NJ Teacher of the Year Blends Reading and Technology

In recent years, books typically placed in the hands of children have been swapped out for cell phones and tablets. But one New Jersey teacher is striving to return this love of reading to the younger generation. However, instead of condemning technology, she utilizes it to get her students interested in literature…

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Newark Museum: Globally Recognized Excellence

For decades, public museums have flourished across the country. These houses of history give everyone from children to adults insight into the vastness of our planet. Some museums encompass an array of historical artifacts, while others showcase exhibitions flooded with innovative artwork. The Newark Museum…

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Girls on the Run Helps Girls Deal with Body Image

From television and movies to magazines and billboards, our society is constantly exposed to images that make us question our own body image. While we recognize that adult men and women are conflicted by qualms about their image, we are sometimes reluctant to acknowledge that even young children face these…

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The Modern-Day Challenges of a Working Mom

Over the past few decades, we have seen the traditional family dynamic shift significantly; whereas the husband was once the sole breadwinner, the wife now stands equally beside him. And while men certainly experience challenges juggling full-time work and spending time with family, these challenges may be…

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Holy Name Medical Center Offers Groundbreaking Virtual Training

As the years progress, our technological capabilities flourish and we are able to accomplish so much more. From state-of-the-art home entertainment systems to life-saving hospital machinery, we as a civilization can be proud of how far we have come. At Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, these advances…

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Family Magazine Helps Find Fun Day-Trips in NJ

As we venture closer toward the warmer summer months when children are out of school, parents around the state are looking for new, exciting destinations to bring their children. Whether you’re looking for a lengthy vacation or simple, fun day-trips, the Garden State is overflowing with fun and engaging attractions…

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Just How Dangerous is Social Media?

Over the past decade, we’ve watched our computers, tablets and phones dominate our lives. The growing relevance of these devices in our lives has become bittersweet; we are able to move through our days with greater efficiently. But over-reliance on technology and, in particular, social media runs the risk…

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New Grant Allows NJIT to Improve NJ Health Care

Even if you spend every day working out, eating your vegetables, and taking your vitamins, you may still one day need the assistance of a caring and knowledgeable health care physician. Because of this reality, American professionals strive to deliver the best quality health care to the countless citizens who are in need…

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Catching Mental Illness in Children Early is Key

Every parent wants the best for their child and is willing to do just about anything to provide them with the best education and care possible. In most cases, this is easier said than done. But for parents who have children with mental health issues, the situation can become exponentially more difficult…

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Doctor Dispels Mammography and Insurance Concerns for Women

In recent years, cases of breast cancer have decreased in women all across the country. While the knowledge we’ve gained over the past couple of decades has significantly aided us in battling and preventing breast cancer, technological advances – and their proper utilization – have ultimately made an…

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“Comedy Cures” Helps People with Chronic Illnesses

We’ve all heard the expression “Laughter is the best medicine,” but have likely never taken it to be wholly true. Laughter certainly eases the body and mind, and allows one to relax and disengage from reality; and while it’s wonderful to be able to flip on the television or take a seat at a night club, can it truly be…

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The True Value of Technology

Since innovations in textiles, iron-making, and steam power got the ball rolling during the first American industrial revolution over two and a half centuries ago, pioneering technology has played an enormous role in the lives of nearly every American. Today, we depend on a variety of advanced devices to help us…

Women Leaders Share Success Stories at NJBIZ Event

Everyone wants to be successful. No matter what field they are in, from medicine to education, most people strive to attain the highest honors and accolades they can achieve throughout their career. However, there are a number of keys to success that people should recognize while they are diligently working each day…

The Best Tips for Avoiding the Zika Virus

While summers are made for outdoor fun, including social gatherings and tons of time spent at pools and the beach, parents must often take precautionary measures to assure that their children are never affected by any summertime afflictions. These typically include sunburn, heatstroke, and, in some cases…

“The Sisters in the Brotherhood” Mentors Women in Carpentry

Though the country has become significantly more progressive over the past few years, fluently integrating different races, ethnicities and genders into various institutions and organizations, there area always ways we can better ourselves. Today, there’s a great emphasis on promoting women leadership…

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Shark Tank Star Offers Advice to Budding Entrepreneurs

From our first great ideas to our innovative “inventions” at a young age, we have all thought at one time or another that we could make a living as a successful entrepreneur. For many, that dream fades as we grow and find other passions and vocations. However, there are still those who strive to offer the world their…

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Media Now Plays an Important Role in Early Child Development

As the saying goes, the children are our future. So preparing our children today for the world they will face tomorrow is essential for raising a strong young mind. Through familiar techniques, and now the utilization of media, parents are able to strengthen the minds of their kids so they can fluently engage with the world around them…

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Non-Profit Group Looks to Enhance Pre-K Programs in NJ

When we explore issues and standards regarding education, we often look solely at grades Kindergarten through 12; but with such a narrow focus on this age group – especially when we only consider the schools in our district — we sometimes unintentionally ignore other learning centers and educational day care centers…

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“Your Best Age is Now” Author Discusses the Beauty of Mid-life

It’s printed on shirts, marked on posters, claimed amongst friends and posted on social media: “Age is just a number.” We tend to become aware of more health concerns the older we get, but if you take care of your body, it will take care of you. Despite the idea of middle age being widely encapsulated by the mid-life crisis…

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Randi Zuckerberg Offers Advice for Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Despite how far we’ve come advancing the world of technology, there is still so much more to accomplish. From further optimized web pages to creative new devices, there is a whole world of undiscovered tech that lives in the minds of young inventors and entrepreneurs that has yet to be brought to life.

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Helen Fisher Discusses the Science of Love in New Book

Ever since mankind first walked the Earth, countless individuals around the world have been immersed in the emotional sensation of being drawn to another person. This sensation is love, and it’s felt differently by each individual. But in truth, we don’t understand the feelings of love and attraction completely.

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The Give Something Back Foundation Helps College Students Graduate Debt-Free

Going to college after graduating from high school is almost unavoidable. Nowadays, a student’s time spent in high school revolves around college preparatory material. Though countless students across the country are excited to further their academic career, the accrued college debt

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Diabetes Educator Offers Effective Ways to Prevent Disease

A balanced diet and regular exercise keeps your body looking good and feeling healthy. In edition to promoting general wellness, they are also key elements in preventing a number of diseases and disorders, such as diabetes. Anyone can suffer from diabetes, so it’s important to take today’s tips into consideration.

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Jersey City’s Art House Productions Uses Art to Connect Community

The performing arts are an expressive and emotive art form. Acting and dance stretches over a variety of genres – across theater, film, and television – which makes the performing arts just as mental as they are physical. Art is a vital element to include in education and community programs, as it allows…

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Teen Idol Bobby Rydell Discusses Successes and Vices

Countless Americans have vices and obstacles that they must overcome every day. From minuscule habits to more serious concerns, very few individuals are exempt. However, many Americans often expect their most beloved idols, including celebrities, athletes and professional entertainers, to be exempt…

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