Science, Health, and Technology

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Understanding mental health: my experience

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Getting in touch with nature

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LGBTQ+ history is important too

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The bliss of exercise and nutrition

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Five ways to boost your productivity

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Jaiden Animations is the reason I’m in therapy

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Shy? Or something more?

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Ordinary excellence

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Love yourself

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The new goodbye

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Learning to love

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Mental health in the Latino community

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Living.

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Black women need more mental health support

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Adolescents and internet access

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Food deserts: bringing awareness during the pandemic

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Local business leaders reflect on surviving one year of COVID-19

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Mental health and the economy

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Vegans just want more positive change

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Why should we stop global warming?

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Have conversations about mental health

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Take mental health disorders seriously

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Owning a pet aids mental health

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Are you influenced by social media?

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The relevance of climate change

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How can school be better for teachers and students?

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The struggles of Black women and young Black girls in America

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Pandemic travel with my family

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Procrastination and you

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The vaccine of the year

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Why we need boredom

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What social media can do to all of us

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The ramifications of rising healthcare and drug prices

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Passion away from the screen

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Scalping should be illegal

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With my Android, it was my time to get roasted

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My family's fight with COVID-19

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Wake up, Bostonians — Our environment is falling apart

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The great American deceit

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The importance of a mother

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Deconstructing America's healthcare system

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Social media's 21st century rise and fall

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The foundation of makeup and teen self-esteem

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The Stigma with Teen Mental Health

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Racial Disparities & Public Health

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The Importance of the Arts in Our Society

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Don’t let virtue-signaling become the undermining juggernaut of activism

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Veterans should not carry the weight of war alone

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The connection between happiness and a meaningful life

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Women should be able to choose abortion

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The consequences of social media

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Teen mental dilemma: unheard

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How can pets benefit us during quarantine?

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Let's talk about mental health in school

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A sustainable future is imperative

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Menstrual products in school bathrooms

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Should schools set the foundation for life?

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The benefits of video games in quarantine

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Cancel culture is driving YouTubers away: Here's why it needs to stop

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The systematic racism in healthcare

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The female athlete triad: Why young runners are suffering in silence

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Taking a backseat on Zoom

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The connection between diet and health

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In the midst of a crisis we must hold on to the things that bring us joy