Parker Todd, aka The Sickler

Parker Todd, aka The Sickler

By Charles Delange, age 12 Parker Todd was diagnosed with sickle cell disease (SCD), also known as sickle cell anemia, at 3 years old. At 11, he wrote The Adventures of the Sickler, a comic intended to help other young kids struggling with illness. Now 14 years old,...

Are Electronic Cigarettes Really Safer?

By JULIANNA BERROA, age 12 Research shows that electronic cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, some of which could make it harder for users fight off bacterial infections. PHOTO: Lindsay Fox/Flickr An electronic cigarette looks like a conventional cigarette with an LED...

Is Football Dangerous for Young Athletes?

By MAX BLAGODAR, age 10 Mentored by ELITE TRUONG There are 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions every year from sports and recreational activities. PHOTO: House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats A concussion is an injury caused by blow to the head or body....

Would You Like to Have a Food Co-op Near You?

By RIDA ALI, age 10 The North Carolina General Assembly estimates that there are more than 47,000 cooperatives in the United States, serving over 130 million people daily. PHOTO: Andy Piper A food cooperative,* or a co-op, is a supermarket where people go to buy good...

No Cigarettes At CVS

By CALUM WOLFE-THOMPSON, age 10 PHOTO: Chris Potter CVS Caremark, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, plans to stop selling tobacco products in October 2014. “Cigarettes and providing healthcare just don’t go together,” said CEO Larry Merlo, who hopes...