Cough Syrup Doesn’t Actually Improve Coughs, Accidental Overdoses in Kids

When swallowing cough syrup, we expect the medicine to treat our coughs. But that’s just not the case. Chemists say cough syrups only coat your throat, blocking your body’s reflex to cough. So if the cough isn't improving, parents should not up the dose of cough medicine. According to the American Chemical Society, thousands of children are sent to the emergency room every year because of accidental overdoses of cough medicine. Cough syrups do have one known benefit: They can make you drowsy and help you get to sleep, which is likely very much needed. (CNN)



Amazing 4-Year Old Girl Reads 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This adorable little girl from Georgia grew up a super reader. She was challenged to read 1000 books before she started kindergarten – and she did it! She’s so accomplished in reading that the leader of the nation’s library invited her to the Library of Congress to be “librarian for the day.” What an amazing experience for her! (Washington Post)


Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary Divides Congress on “School Choice”

Donald Trumps recent nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary has divided members of Congress on education policies. DeVos is a strong advocate for school voucher programs, and other alternatives to public schools. However, some members of Congress believe her policies as secretary of education will dismantle public schools, which lead them to quickly form a new caucus to support the goals of public education during Trump’s presidency. (HuffPo)


Actress Kristin Chenoweth on ‘Lion’ and Being Adopted

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The famous actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth has always been vocal about being adopted as a child. So it’s no surprise that she went to see the film ‘Lion,’ starring Nicole Kidman – a real-life adoptive mother playing an adoptive mother. The film reveals many true struggles that adoptive children and their families face – especially ones with complicated histories.

Chenoweth applauds Kidman’s performance, saying “She simply nails it. She is the image of an understanding parent, whose love has no limits. (HuffPo) 


Photographer Captures Newborn Baby’s First and Final Moments

After years of trying to get pregnant, an Ohio couple finally became parents to a set of twins– one boy and one girl. The twins appeared healthy, but the little boy was born with many abnormalities and only lived for 11 days.

During that time, a photographer captured precious photos of brother, sister, mom and dad – all together.

"Pictures are just memories," said the photographer. "I know how much people cherish them, so I was really glad I was able to do that for them."  (13abc)

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