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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

Teach teens to cook, and they will eat better as adults.

That's the conclusion of a new study conducted at schools in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Participants reported on their cooking skills in 2002-2003 when they were aged 18 to 23, and they then detailed their meal-preparation habits in 2015-2016 when they were aged 30 to 35.

"The impact of developing cooking skills early in life may not be apparent until later in adulthood, when individuals have more opportunity and responsibility for meal preparation," said study author Jennifer Utter, from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand.

Having adequate cooking skills at ages 18 to 23 was associated with better nutrition at ages 30 to 35, including being more likely to prepare meals with vegetables most days, having fast-food less often, and having family meals more often, the findings showed.

The study was published April 17 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

"Opportunities to develop cooking skills by adolescents may result in long-term benefits for nutritional well-being," Utter said in a journal news release.

"Families, health and nutrition professionals, educators, community agencies and funders can continue to invest in home economics and cooking education knowing that the benefits may not be fully realized until young adults develop more autonomy and live independently," Utter concluded.

Source: HealthDay

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Engadget.

There's little doubt that mobile apps sometimes overstep their bounds by collecting more data from kids than the law allows. But how often does that happen? It might be more than you think. Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family- and child-oriented Android apps on Google Play were improperly collecting kids' data, potentially putting them in violation of the US' COPPA law (which limits data collection for kids under 13). Only a small number were particularly glaring violations, but many apps exhibited behavior that could easily be seen as questionable.

Of the 5,855 total apps included in the study, 281 of them collected contact or location data without asking for a parent's permission. Needless to say, those are red flags for any app targeted at kids. A further 1,100 shared persistent identifying info with third parties for restricted purposes, while 2,281 of them seemed to violate Google terms of service forbidding apps from sharing those identifiers to the same destination as the Android Advertising ID (which gives you control over tracking). About 40 percent of apps transmitted info without using "reasonable security measures," and nearly all (92 percent) of the 1,280 apps with Facebook tie-ins weren't properly using the social network's code flags to limit under-13 use (though they may not have realized they were using this info for law-breaking purposes).

The researchers are adamant that they're not showing "definitive legal liability." These apps maybe running afoul of the law, but it's up to regulators at the FTC to decide if they are. Without iOS data, it's also unclear how common this problem is across platforms.

Source: Engadget

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Source: Twitter

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iTunes Top 10 Singles - 4/20/18
1. No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande
2. Nice For What - Drake
3. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line) - Bebe Rexha
4. Cry Pretty - Carrie Underwood
5. Babe (feat. Taylor Swift) - Sugarland
6. You Make It Easy - Jason Aldean
7. Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons
8. The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
9. Never Be the Same - Camila Cabello
10. Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) - Post Malone
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 4/15/18
1. Roseanne
2. The Big Bang Theory
3. ACM Awards
4. Young Sheldon
5. 60 Minutes
6. James Comes: ABC News Interview
7. The Voice - Mon.
8. Mom
9. Blue Bloods
10. Survivor
Source: Nielsen Co.

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Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Rampage
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Source: Rotten Tomatoes