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Frequent Facebook use could increase eating disorder risk

Facebook use may affect eating habits.

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College women who spent 20 minutes in a laboratory looking at their Facebook page demonstrated weight and shape concerns that could increase their risk for developing an eating disorder, according to a study led by researchers at Florida State University.

Women who placed greater importance on receiving comments and “likes” on their status updates and were more likely to untag photos of themselves...

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Five children's book illustrators are finalists for award

"Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" is a finalist for

Five children’s books have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award competition. The award, given annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., recognizes excellence in children’s book illustration with a focus on wildlife and nature.

The finalists include “Cheer Up, Mouse!” written and illustrated by Jed Henry, “Frog Song,” illustrated by Gennady...

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New history and science books a kid likes

Cover of "How Does a Caterpillar Become a

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My 10-year-old son already gets a good dose of science at his STEM school, but even after a long, long day of studies, trumpet practice and exercise, he enjoyed reading the some of the new titles in the “Good Question!” history and science series from Sterling Publishing.

Geared toward readers ages 7 and up, the latest additions pose questions in their titles: for instance, “How Does a Caterpillar...

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How I made our morning routine better

Time to get up! Close up of alarm

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It started on a school morning when I tried to get Harrison to smile as he argued about wanting to stay in bed. As he pulled the blanket over his head, I jumped in front of him and in my hammiest karaoke voice belted out, "Thank God it’s Friday.”

He pulled the cover off his face and smiled faintly. I was on to something.

“Let’s make this our Friday ritual,” said Harrison, who by this...

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Gwyneth Paltrow's parenting comment mocked by working mom

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Great American Songbook event

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The "mommy wars" continue, and this week, Gwyneth Paltrow is in the hot seat for comments she made about parenting.

In an interview with E! News, Paltrow said she believes parenting is more difficult for a movie star than for a typical working mom with a 9-5 office job. The 41-year-old actress said:

"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know,...

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Meet 'Peter Panda Melts Down' author in Manhasset

Children's book author Artie Bennett will be at

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Children's book author Artie Bennett will be signing his new book, "Peter Panda Melts Down!" in Manhasset on Sunday.

Hailed as the "Dr. Seuss of your caboose," Bennett will also be reading his two other picture books"Poopendous!" and "The Butt Book."

"Peter Panda Melts Down!" follows Peter, a 3-year-old who throws tantrums -- in the car, in the library and in the supermarket -- when...

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Autism on the rise: 1 in 68 children diagnosed

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 kids

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Autism in children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed.

The new statistic is based on the number of 8-year-olds diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This represents a 30 percent increase in the prior two years (in 2008 it was 1 in 88), according to the CDC. "The number of children identified with autism...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Eric Carle favorites, Ocean Week and more

See three Eric Carle favorites -- "The Very

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to Ocean Week and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites' at Tilles Center (Route 25A, Brookville). Three performances for children ages 3 and up include...

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Autism-friendly performance of 'Aesop's Fables' Friday in Garden City

An autism-friendly performance of 'Aesop's Fables' is scheduled

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An “autism-friendly” performance of “Aesop’s Fables” will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday at The Long Island Children’s Museum Theater, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. The live performance has been adapted to create a supportive environment that addresses the needs of those on the autism spectrum and with other sensory sensitivities, according to the museum.

Sound and light levels will be modulated...

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Feeding the kids: Strawberry cream brunch cake

The Strawberry cream brunch cake can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious cake, perfect for a Sunday brunch or a sweet dessert. I found the recipe in “The Big Book of Bread" (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Strawberry Cream Brunch Cake(Makes 16 servings)

Ingredients(For filling)- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened- 1/4 cup sugar- 2 tablespoons...

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