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'Bionic pancreas' offers glimmer of hope for parents of a diabetic

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As a parent of a Type 1 diabetic child, I hope and wait for a “miracle cure” for my daughter and others like her who manage the chronic disease daily.

Two words in recent news — “bionic pancreas” — brought the latest glimmer of hope for what a number of us in the T1D community pray would be the closest thing to a cure. Boston researchers said they had successfully tested the bionic pancreas,...

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Books for college grads and their parents

College graduates should check out "Living On Your

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If your college graduate is one of those lucky ones who can afford his own living space, you might want to give him "Living On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Money, Your Space, and Your Life," by Pierre A. Lehu (Quill Driver Books, $18.95). It has hundreds of tips on setting up a household, getting quite specific on items such as how to clean a toilet, basic tools to have in the...

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Wear flip-flops, get a free smoothie on Long Island today

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is giving away free smoothies

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There's no better way to celebrate summer than with a refreshing smoothie -- and when it's free, that's just icing on the cake.

Today, Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be giving away free, 24-ounce Jetty Punch Smoothies from 2 to 7 p.m. to any customer wearing flip-flops in honor of National Flip-Flop Day.

The cafes will be collecting donations for the brand's national charity partner, Camp...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Summer solstice, dance parties and more

Experience an enchanted family evening during which the

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From summer solstice celebrations to dance parties, rocket races and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Dolphin Dance Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) Saturday from noon-3 p.m., families can participate...

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Long Island Ducks to offer peanut-free baseball game on Saturday

It's a peanut-free afternoon with the Ducks on

Baseball-loving kids with peanut allergies may want to check out the Long Island Ducks on the afternoon of June 21 — it’s a peanut-free game at the Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Dr. in Central Islip.

“Everyone knows the line from the song, ‘Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,” Ducks director of group sales John Wolff said in a news release. “However, for some of our biggest fans, peanut...

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Feeding the kids: Chocolate peanut-butter buckeyes

The chocolate peanut butter buckeyes 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 decadent dessert. I found the recipe in "Cookie Doughlicious: 50 Cookie Dough Recipes for Candies, Cakes and More," by Lara Ferroni (Running Press; $16).

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Buckeyes(Makes 15 small buckeyes)

Ingredients- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter,...

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Yogi Beans debuts in the Hamptons this summer

Yogi Beans, a popular yoga-for-kids studio in Manhattan,

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Yogi Beans, the popular yoga-for-kids studio on Manhattan's Upper East Side, is coming to the Hamptons this summer.

Every Monday starting June 30 through Aug. 18, Yogi Beans will offer classes for children and new parents at a pop-up studio at The Art Farm (739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton). Babies and kids through age 10 will learn yoga poses that relate to nature with themes such as beaches...

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Long Beach summer movie nights for kids

"The Wizard of Oz" will be part of

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Watching movies on the beach this summer? You bet! The Civic Associations in Long Beach recently announced the 2014 CityMD Saturday Nights on the Beach, featuring kid-friendly movie nights and concerts.

The first concert kicks off this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on New York Avenue. The Grammy-nominated band, The Pop Ups, will be performing with choreographed dance numbers, puppets, dancing bugs,...

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'Frozen' baby name trends: Elsa, Sven on the rise

According to BabyCenter, more babies are getting "Frozen"

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The Disney "Frozen" effect strikes again. First it was adorable (and sometimes hilarious) renditions of the movie's hit songs on YouTube. Then, people were spending thousands of dollars on "Frozen" toys and dolls, and travel to Norway increased over this past year as well. Now, even parents can't 'let it go.'

BabyCenter reviewed a database of more than 555,000 names and it appears "Frozen"...

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Tour a garden, help Long Island families

The Garden Tour for Charity event will take

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If you've ever wanted to peek into a neighbor's backyard to assess their gardening skills, now's your chance. On Saturday, six homeowners will open their gardens for tour that helps families in need on Long Island.

Contractors for Kids, a Long Island not-for-profit founded in 2005 by Kevin Harney and Alan Nahmias that helps local families suffering financially due to the sickness or death...

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