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How Growing Up In Poverty Rewires A Child’s Developing Brain

The stress of poverty makes it harder for kids to learn. But neuroscientists are helping parents and teachers bridge the gap. #ProjectLiteracy

The higher the income, the more likely it is that a child will have access to books. Image via Abbey Hendricksen/hownowdesigns/Flickr.

Decades of scientific research have suggested that a child’s early life experience has the power to profoundly affect their learning. One of the most predictive factors is socioeconomic status (SES), which recent research has honed in on, especially as it pertains to literacy. SES is a standardized measure of a particular family’s social, educational, and economic position in relation to others and can offer insight into learning outcomes for kids across class and cultural lines.

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Here’s How Hard It Is To Get A Mammogram In America

I’ve been trying to get my boobs squished between two plates of glass for over a year

After the House GOP pulled its nearly universally reviled proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, I confess I celebrated. There was really nothing of merit to the plan.

Yet we can’t forget that our health care system remains deeply flawed, especially for women, and I should know: I’ve spent the last year trying and failing to get a mammogram.

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Why Do Some of Us Take Action and Others Stand Idly By?

A new book says you might want to blame your slacktivism on your brain.

A woman prepares to speak at a #BlackLivesMatter protest of the death of inmate Sarah Reed. Image via Flickr user Wasi Daniju (cc).

Donald Trump. Police brutality. Income disparity. Diminished reproductive rights. There’s certainly no shortage of outrage-inducing topics these days, but that doesn’t change the fact that real work is required to bring about true reform and social justice. Yet all too often, even the most passionate among us slip into slacktivism, dispatching the occasional hashtag or Facebook scuffle rather than finding ways to get involved and actually do something to address the issues we care the most about.

There’s a reason we do this, and it isn’t because millennials are self-entitled, or because we’re all hypocrites. It actually has to do with the way our brains naturally evaluate risk—making us more reluctant to take on the responsibilities of true activism.

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