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DNA tests show prenatal promise

February 28, 2014 The Associated Press A DNA test of a pregnant woman’s blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. more »»

 
 
 
Junk food ads to be cut from schools

February 28, 2014 The Associated Press WASHINGTON — It’s not just about what America’s kids are getting in the lunch line. more »»

Labels to make shopping easy

February 28, 2014 The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you’re unlikely to stop after half a cup. more »»

Study: Drop in obese toddlers

February 28, 2014 The Associated Press ATLANTA — Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. more »»

Guidelines to reduce C-sections urge waiting

February 21, 2014 WASHINGTON — Show more patience in the delivery room: That’s the prescription being given to the nation’s obstetricians. more »»

Book explains why parenting is ‘All Joy and No Fun’

February 21, 2014 Parenting is a life-changing, meaning-infusing, deeply profound experience. It is also, day by day, a huge drag. more »»

Colorado pot aids kids with seizures, worries doctors

February 20, 2014 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Fig. more »»

More talking to babies helps their brains

February 17, 2014 WASHINGTON — Using videos that claim to teach toddlers, or flash cards for tots, may not be the best idea. more »»

Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda

February 17, 2014 The Associated Press CHICAGO — Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. more »»

Obesity prevention: Kids’ risk starts before school age

February 5, 2014 Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. more »»

Docs: Limit kids’ texts, tweets, online

November 4, 2013 CHICAGO — Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids’ tweeting, texting & keep smart phones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat. more »»

Families tackle gift-giving, offer tips, ideas

November 1, 2013 Cathy Foor of Altoona and her family are trying something a little different for Christmas this year, and they’re keeping their fingers crossed that everyone is happy with the outcome. more »»

Little hand, curious minds; Keep holiday decorations out of reach

November 1, 2013 A lot of things change when you have little kids around, and one of those is how you decorate at Christmastime. more »»

Apps are everywhere! How to check out what’s appropriate for your teens and our picks

November 1, 2013 When it comes to mobile apps, teenagers are a tough crowd. Unlike preschoolers or grade schoolers, educational apps chosen by mom and dad probably won’t satisfy teenagers. more »»

The more the merrier -- Large families make it work and high fun

November 1, 2013 There are seven children in the Smithmyer house, ages 10 to 5 months. But there’s always room for more, according to their parents Dan and Krista of Bellwood. more »»

Kids bored after the holidays? Have a plan

November 1, 2013 Every person who has young children knows that just a few days after Christmas, no matter how many great toys Santa brought, their kids will be clamoring that they have nothing to do and they’re... more »»

Explore 'country' in family-friendly Nashville

November 1, 2013 Nashville — the birthplace of country music. Whether you want to teach your kids about country music or just experience the cowboy lifestyle, Nashville is the place to be. more »»

Studies test how early in life to peak inside DNA

November 1, 2013 WASHINGTON — Little Amelia Sloan became a pioneer shortly after her birth. more »»

Study: Most twins can be born without C-section

November 1, 2013 Expecting twins? You probably don’t need to schedule a cesarean section. Most moms can safely give birth without surgery, a big study finds. more »»

Tooth Fairy inflation: Prices near $4

September 2, 2013 NEW YORK — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3. more »»

 
 

KITS After-School Program April 24, 2014

The Salvation Army and Skills of Central PA have collaborated to provide a free after-school program to children in first through sixth grade. This program is offered 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. more »

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Happy 5 to my super hero

April 21, 2014 Dear Johnny, You sure surprised us last night. As we gave you one last hug as a 4-year-old, you began to cry. “I don’t want to turn 5,” you whispered, with a pouty lip. “I just love being 4. more »

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