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A closer watch: Webcams in newborn ICUs a growing business

October 25, 2012 NEW ORLEANS — Corey Harrington spent the first month of his life in intensive care 150 miles from home, but his parents could see him any time thanks to a webcam in the premature baby’s incubator in... more »»

No talking: Sign language class teaches students a different way to communicate

October 25, 2012 The Associated Press SULTAN, Wash. — No talking is allowed in Sherry Knox’s advanced American Sign Language class at Sultan High School. more »»

Local family tries to raise funds, awareness for Fragile X?Syndrome

October 22, 2012 Stacey Kopco of Martinsburg thought she was treating her son, Zachary, when she took him to see one of his favorite childhood characters, “Sesame Street’’ star Elmo, at a stage performance. more »»

Kids, no kids? What happens when couples disagree?

October 22, 2012 NEW YORK — Ken Budd fell for his high school sweetheart all over again when they reconnected after college. Both were 25 when they married. more »»

Coaching your own kid brings both pressures and rewards

October 15, 2012 Your son tosses the game-winning touchdown pass, so of course you want to pump your fists and cheer like a mania. more »»

Groups lend a hand to teachers with classroom pets

October 1, 2012 LOS ANGELES — For many children, their first pet is a virtual one. Experts say many children who enter the first grade can play video games but few have a pet to play with. more »»

Mishler schedules Family Theatre

September 22, 2012 If you take a child to the theater, he will want to go again. If you go again, chances are he’ll be hooked. At least that’s what folks at the Blair County Arts Foundation are counting on. more »»

Festival to highlight Italian food, music, culture

September 21, 2012 By Beth Ann Downey bdowney@altoonamirror. more »»

Hastings mother has become an advocate for awareness of syndrome that endangers identical twins in the womb

September 18, 2012 By Beth Ann Downey Ashley Orosz was 14 weeks pregnant with twins, and something didn’t feel quite righ. more »»

Local author’s book takes on teen pregnancy

September 10, 2012 As a social worker for 25 years in Blair County, Lisa Covitch saw first-hand the devastating effects teen pregnancy can have on young girls and their families. more »»

Local colleges offer various services and activities to help new students with big transition

August 27, 2012 Failing a test or missing Mom’s home-cooked meals are not the main contributors to new college students’ feelings of homesickness, according to local residence life and health and wellness... more »»

Teddy Bear Town sets record for largest collection

August 6, 2012 HILL CITY, S.D. — As a child growing up in foster care in Minnesota, Jackie Miley never had the quintessential childhood toy: the teddy bear. The 63-year-old resident of Hill City, S.D. more »»

Doctors use eggs to reverse egg allergies in children

August 2, 2012 First peanuts, now eggs. Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them. more »»

Children born with Down syndrome, other conditions can thrive

July 25, 2012 Not long after the birth of their son, Scott and Wendy Zook of New Enterprise were flooded with sympathy cards. Their baby boy Zachary (now 2) was healthy and thriving, but he had Down syndrome. more »»

Parents' volunteering helps schools run smoothly

July 25, 2012 Christine Barry spends most of her vacation days at Logan Elementary School in Altoona. more »»

Money 101: Show your kids how to earn it, spend it and save it

July 25, 2012 Money doesn’t grow on trees, or in magic money machines for that matter. This is what many kids believe, thanks to credit cards and today’s tendency toward instant gratification. more »»

Whole family benefits from a designated homework area

July 25, 2012 By Jen Zbozny Mirror Moms Tina Cunningham of Hollidaysburg recently created a study area for her 8-year-old daughter, Norah. But she didn’t just clear off half the dining room table. more »»

Little libraries promote reading

July 25, 2012 By Sarah Harteis Mirror Moms “Take a book. Return a book.” This is the motto of the fast growing Little Free Library organization (LFL). more »»

Is there a Dad Divide to go with the Mommy Wars?

July 25, 2012 By Leanne Italie The Associated Press NEW YORK — Hey, Mr. Mo. more »»

Laundry detergent single-dose packs pose threat to children

July 25, 2012 Poison Control Centers in Pennsylvania are informing parents with young children on the dangers of new single-dose laundry detergent packets or “pods. more »»



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