Cara joins her classmates for math using her robot.

Technology allows tyke to take classes from the hospital

Cara Smith spent just three days at Avilla Elementary before getting sick and going to Riley. Her treatments are expected to last through December, but technology is helping her not miss much of her kindergarten year.

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Study: Deaths rates rising in middle-aged whites

Federal researchers have reported — repeatedly — on worrisome increases in deaths from suicides and drug overdoses. And they have noted the bulk of those deaths have been white and middle-aged.

Alice de Pooter, 3, shows her surgery scar and the bulge from a pacemaker battery Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Tomball, Texas. An adult pacemaker saved Alice's life but specialists say pediatric medical devices built specifically for kids are a serious need. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Move to spur pint-sized medical devices to treat sick kids

The industry acknowledges medical devices designed specifically for children often lag five years to 10 years behind new technology for adults, and Food and Drug Administration statistics illustrate the disparity.