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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends delaying classes for all teens until at least 8:30 a.m. It says lack of sleep has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends delaying classes for all teens until at least 8:30 a.m. It says lack of sleep has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Pediatricians’ Rx for teen school problems: Later start times

CHICAGO (AP) -- Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

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It’s homework time again

Our kids spend a third of their day in school, but the work doesn't stop there. Perhaps the most dreaded part of back-to-school, for both students and their parents, is the return of homework.

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Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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US colleges may screen West African students for Ebola

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

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Dogs affected by kids going back to school

Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer.

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How heavy is your child’s backpack?

Picking out a new backpack can be one of the more exciting parts of returning to school. Unfortunately, many of these backpacks will be jammed with heavy books throughout the school year.

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Backpack rules for back to school

It's just a few weeks before kids start carrying around backpacks stuffed to the brim with notebooks, textbooks and even a laptop or tablet. But all that weight being carried around can be a threat to kids' backs.

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Parents urged to discuss bullying with kids

With another school year about to begin, New Jersey parents are being encouraged to sit down with their kids and talk about bullying.

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Holderness Family Creates 'Baby Got Class' back to school video
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‘Christmas Jammies’ family creates new ‘Baby Got Class’ parody

Remember the Holderness family? They're the one's that created the infamous 'Christmas Jammies' video. Now the Holderness family has returned just in time for back to school.

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Phasing in bedtimes for back-to-school readiness

Any sleep structure that was embedded in our children during last school year was most likely thrown out the window this summer.

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Amy Wright’s back-to-school shopping tips

A couple of years ago I passed along a few basic tips for back to school shopping.  Here's an update for 2014.

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