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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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May 19, 2014 — Need another reason to get the kids to bed on time? The more sleep young children miss out on during early childhood, the more likely they are to be obese at age 7.
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Apr 3, 2014 — People who are exposed to light earlier in the day are slimmer, a study finds. That doesn't mean morning sunshine helps people lose weight. But it matches other evidence on light and health.
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Dec 16, 2013 — More and more people are using sleeping pills, but they can have side effects, including dangerous drowsiness the next morning. Sleep specialists say the best way to get a good night's sleep is to have a sleep routine, including going to bed at the same time each night.
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Oct 17, 2013 — While mice sleep, their brain cells shrink, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flow easily around them. The fluid can then clear away toxins. This finding appears to offer the best explanation yet of why animals and people need sleep.
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Oct 15, 2013 — Random bedtimes have more influence on a child's behavior than going to bed late, a British study finds. That was true at home and at school. Researchers say that failing to hit the hay at the same time every day may mess up circadian rhythms and brain development. Fortunately, the ill effects are reversible.
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Mar 1, 2013 — Getting enough sleep is as crucial as eating well and exercising. But with family life spinning faster and faster, solid shut-eye is sometimes hard to come by. That can hurt kids' health — and increase their weight.
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Nov 8, 2012 — A study finds combat soldiers who were heavy users of energy drinks were more likely to sleep less than four hours a night. But is the popularity of the drinks contributing to sleeplessness or just a reflection of it?
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Oct 17, 2012 — Researchers have found that fat cells become less responsive to insulin when sleep is lost. Over the long-term, fat accumulation can set the stage for Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and weight gain.
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Sep 11, 2012 — Too many bad nights' sleep can raise the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure. Researchers say highway noise should be added to the list of environmental pollutants.
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Sep 10, 2012 — Researcher say parents don't need to worry about their babies being emotionally scarred by crying while they're learning to sleep. Techniques like controlled comforting and camping out for managing infant sleep are quite OK, they say.
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