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Parenting in the Age of Awfulness


Kyle was absorbed in a videogame on his cellphone, so I asked his mom, “How long has Kyle had a stomach ache?” Mom said, “I’m thinking it’s been about two days.” Then Kyle replied,...
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Biopolar diagnosis in USA and Germany


Compared with a teenager in Germany, a teenager in the United States is about how likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder? About forty times as likely See Martin Holtmann and colleagues,...
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AP Computer Science exam rates among girls


In 1987, 34% of students who took the AP Computer Science exam were girls. What proportion of students who took the AP Computer Science exam in 2013 were girls? 19% Or to be precise, 18.6%. In 2013,...
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Physical Fitness in American Youth


What proportion of American kids 12 to 15 years of age meet minimum standards for physical fitness, based on their ability to walk and run? 42% Over the past decade, rates of obesity have been pretty...
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Obesity rates among American Children


In the early 1970s, 4% of American children 5 to 11 years of age were obese. In 2008, what proportion of American children 5 to 11 years of age were obese? 19.6% See Cheryl Fryar and colleagues,...
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ADHD Diagnosis in the UK and USA


Compared with a teenager in the United Kingdom, a teenager in the United States is about how likely to be diagnosed with ADHD? About 14 times as likely The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has...
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Female-to-Male ratio taking Spanish Literature and Culture AP exam


In 2013, what was the approximate female-to-male ratio among students who took the AP exam in Spanish Literature and Culture? 19 girls for every 10 boys To be precise: 11,740 girls took the AP exam...
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Prescription Antipsychotic Medications


Compared with children in Italy, children in the United States are about how likely to be on prescription antipsychotic medications such as Risperdal and Seroquel? About 90 times as likely To be...
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Blame Parents, Not Kids, for Sexting


If mom and dad installed monitoring software on their middle-schoolers’ phones, it would make a big difference. (Read article on The Wall Street Journal website) Earlier this year I visited a...
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