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152159078 rScientists learn than it's not all about genetics.

In the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about the ways that our genes set us up for certain diseases and ailments. However, scientists are now learning that other factors may be just as influential as genetics. Heart disease, for example, has many genetic risk factors. But this is not the only thing that plays into your risk of developing heart disease. Vitamin D and genetic heart conditions have a complex relationship that scientists have only recently discovered. Indeed, vitamin D plays an important role in preventing many genetic diseases.

1-sleep-deprived-teens-more-likely-to-engage-in-risky-behaviorTeens who don’t get as much sleep as they should have a higher chance of engaging in these risky acts. 

It’s no surprise that many teens don’t get the amount of sleep they should. Teens love staying up late partying, hanging with friends, or engaging in all of their social media. But they also stay up late for more important reasons, like studying for a test. According to a recent study, sleep deprived teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior, many of which will shock you! 

obesity-rates-decrease-in-children-ages-2-5A decrease in childhood obesity mean healthier trends. 

According to a new study in the journal of the American Medical Association, childhood obesity rates have dropped for those aged two to five by 43 percent. The study also reported there was only a decline of 8.4 percent in 2011 and 2012.

1-spice-up-the-brushing-routineHow to get the kids interested in brushing their teeth.

Sometimes I dread when it’s time to ask the kids to brush their teeth before bed. I have the hardest time getting the kids to brush properly, and wish they would enjoy having clean teeth at the end of the day. I don't want to force them to like it, but a part of me wishes there was a way I could make the kids enjoy it. So, how could I spice up their brushing routine?

teenagers-are-most-stressed-generation-in-americaHow’s your day going. Feeling stressed?

The annual stress study by the American Psychological Association found our country’s most stressed generation is our teens. This news should come as no surprise when you think of the typical day of an American teenager and what struggles they face going forward. While the honor of most stressed generation previously belonged to the Millennials, ages 18-33, this year the survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of APA found American teenagers now reign supreme on the stress totem poll.

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