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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
In this photo provided by The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a healthy volunteer receiving the NIAID Zika virus investigational DNA vaccine as part of an early-stage trial to test the vaccine’s safety and immunogenicity. This is the first administration of this vaccine in a human. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES VIA AP Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

WASHINGTON — Wanted: Volunteers willing to be infected with the Zika virus for science.

It may sound bizarre, but researchers are planning just such a study — this winter, when mosquitoes aren’t biting — to help speed development of much-needed Zika vaccines.

The quest for a vaccine began less than a year ago as Brazil’s massive outbreak revealed that Zika, once dismissed as a nuisance virus, can harm a fetus’ brain if a woman is infected during pregnancy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Q. Since my eyes started to go, I’ve been hallucinating and I’m afraid to tell anyone about it. Any ideas?

Hallucinations can be a symptom of a variety of problems — both physical and mental. They can be caused by schizophrenia, dementia, depression, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, fever, drugs, and alcohol. You should see a doctor immediately about this symptom.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
COURTESY UNITED HEALTH CARE

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

Children face unique eye health challenges, including injury, infection, reading difficulties and nearsightedness.

According to the American Optometric Association, 80 percent of what a child learns is through his or her eyes. The inability to see clearly can affect a child’s physical, mental and social development, which in turn can affect academic and athletic performance andself-esteem. Many times a child is unaware and won’t complain if their vision isn’t normal.

Monday, August 22, 2016
The lazy days of summer are ending for millions of children as they grab their backpacks, pencils and notebooks and return to the classroom for a new school year. No more staying up late during the week. Farewell to sleeping in. And, hello homework! AP PHOTO/SETH PERLMAN, FILE Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

WASHINGTON — No more staying up late during the week. Farewell to sleeping in. And hello, homework!

The lazy days of summer are ending for millions of children as they grab their backpacks, pencils and notebooks and return to the classroom for a new school year.

Some facts and figures to know as the new school year begins:

ENROLLMENT AND COSTS

Monday, August 22, 2016

How can you ensure your child heads off to school this fall with the best possible foundation? Follow these 10 tips and watch your child thrive.

1 Enforce healthy habits: You can’t perform well when you don’t feel good. To help your child have the best chance at doing well in school, make sure she follows healthy habits at home. Choose a bedtime that will give your child plenty of sleep, and provide a healthy breakfast each morning. Encourage exercise, and limit the amount of time she spends watching TV, playing video games, listening to music or using the computer.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Backpacks come in all sizes, colors, fabrics, and shapes and help kids of all ages express their own personal sense of style. And when used properly, they’re incredibly handy.When worn correctly, the weight in a backpack is evenly distributed across the body, and shoulder and neck injuries are less common than if someone carried a briefcase or purse.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The last thing your child needs to worry about is uncomfortable school shoes, because they’ll be wearing them day in, day out, for up to eight hours a day. They will need to be made from quality leathers for durability to cope with all those playground games.

Start-rite says it’s important to get feet measured and buy school shoes that have been properly fitted, because their bones are not fully developed until they reach their late teens.

Monday, August 22, 2016

These fail-safe tips come from OneMind Dogs, a dog teaching method out of Finland used by some of the world’s top agility trainers and their four-legged competitors.

Here are OneMind Dog’s’ tips on ‘how to speak dog’ — creating a deeper connection between people and their dogs:

• Dogs don’t make ‘mistakes’: A dog’s behavior is a direct response to the signals they get from us humans. Instead of blaming your dog, consider why the confusion or accident occurred. Remember, the behavior that is reinforced (consciously or not) is the behavior your dog will continuously display.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Kaitlyn Matula, daughter of Joseph and Kathleen Matula of Lansford, received academic honors at Alvernia University by making the dean’s list for the spring semester.

Matula is a senior majoring in business administration.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must have a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better and must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
John and Kathleen Spirk

John and Kathleen Spirk are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this month.

The couple was married on Aug. 14, 1976, at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Trachsville. They met at Bloomsburg University and have been going strong ever since.

John and Kathy are lifelong residents of Bowmanstown and are enjoying their retirement years together by exploring around the states in their RV.