July 07, 2020
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Guys with Dolls
Pretend parenting with a baby doll is a good way to figure out which dads-to-be could use help with their fatherhood skills. Read more >

Kids and Empty Calories
Over a quarter of the calories that kids and teens eat have no nutritional value. That's not good for growth and development. Read more >

Coming to a Convenience Store Near You
Suppose sodas and other sugary drinks carried warning labels the way alcohol and cigarettes do. Would obesity rates go down? Read more >

Hey Kids, Show This to Your Parents
Yes, video games can disrupt kids' attention and socializing, but the long-term effects aren't too bad. Read more >

Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters
Picky eaters can make mealtime a battleground. The more parents push, the harder they dig in. A lighter touch is better. Read more >

Rebellious Teenage Dogs
A study of seeing eye dogs finds that around eight months of age many, if not most, dogs become difficult. Don't worry, it's just a phase. Read more >

The Appeal of E-Cigarettes
Call it vaping or juuling, more and more teens are using e-cigs even though they know they're bad for their health. Here's why. Read more >

Time for a Change
With schools closed, many teens have been able to wake up later. That's a difference worth carrying forward into the next academic year. Read more >

The "Why" Chromosome
Kids like books that help them understand the world better. So they prefer stories with plenty of explanation over those with few details. Read more >

You Can't Fool Kids
Baby foods that add fruit to vegetables to get kids to accept veggies don't seem to do the trick. Here's how to get kids on board. Read more >

The Downside of Prince Charming
When boys subscribe to the idea that girls need protecting, they run the risk of developing less benevolent attitudes down the road. Read more >

Turning Kids into Savvy Consumers
You can make screen time a learning experience. Show kids the marketing tricks behind the ads they see. It could change their eating habits. Read more >

Kids These Days
Screen time can be a problem, but that doesn't mean it's all bad. In fact, it can advance some aspects of development. Read more >

Breastfeeding's Anti-Viral Effect
Breastfeeding, even a little, reduces the accumulation of dangerous viruses in babies' digestive tracts. Read more >

An Emotional Rescue
The way you give emotional support matters. Do it right and you make others feel better; do it wrong and it has the opposite effect. Read more >

Help for Anxious Kids
Children with anxiety do better when parents help them face what they fear rather than protecting them from what scares them. Read more >

Sexual Orientation and Teen Doctor Appointments
Doctor appointments can be tricky for teens who see themselves as non-binary. Most prefer for providers to bring up gender identity. Read more >

Inflammation and the Unborn
Diabetes, obesity and hypertension create low-grade, chronic inflammation that can cause neurodevelopmental problems in the unborn. Read more >

Copying Dad at the Dinner Table
Fathers have a big role to play when it comes to inspiring young kids to eat fruits and especially veggies. Step up and set an example. Read more >

Helping Out is Child's Play
Kids as young as 19 months seem to know what altruistic behavior is even if not all of them engage in it. Read more >

Drive By the Drive-In
Fast food is like a drug for preschoolers. It's a major contributor to the rise in child obesity. Read more >

Teens Don't Feel So Good
Researchers surveyed 21,000 high schoolers about how they felt. This is what they learned. Read more >

Risky Business: Crossing While Texting
Pedestrians who cross the street while on their phones put themselves at risk in at least five ways. Read more >

Household Cleaners As Asthma Triggers
Cleaning sprays are hard on babies, especially if they are scented. They stay in the air for hours and are linked to childhood asthma. Read more >

Pregnant Women Never Drink Alone
Drinking alcohol while you are carrying a child -- any amount at any time -- is a risk. Take a #Drymester. Read more >

Sitting and Depression
Sitting, whether in front of a screen or in a class, lowers kids' moods. Luckily, a little activity and less sitting can prevent this. Read more >

Put Down that Toddler Drink
Toddler drinks are a new market, meant to transition kids from formula or breastmilk to regular milk. They're really full of added sugar. Read more >

Treating Kids' Burns at Home
Children's skin is vulnerable to burns from scalding or hot surfaces. Cut the chances a skin graft will be needed by doing this immediately. Read more >

The Power of Praise
It's easy to see why teachers faced with disruptive students forget to praise good behavior enough. But it's their secret weapon. Read more >

Parents Don't Always Know Best
Parents can be a bit delusional when it comes to how much time their teen spends gaming. But there's good news, too. Read more >

Unnecessary Pediatric Care
Taking a child to the doctor for a cold or mild fever is an example of low value healthcare. It's usually a waste of healthcare resources. Read more >

Flame Retardants Breed Reading Problems
PBDEs have been banned for a while, but they persist in the environment, disrupting brain development. Kids pick them up in the womb. Read more >

The Promise of E-Books
When parents read with their kids, it's interactive. E-books can take that engagement to another level. Read more >

How to Life Coach Your Kids
Some preteens need more guidance than others when it comes to dealing with peers. Here's how parents can figure out what their kid needs. Read more >

Life's Lessons for the Self-Absorbed
Narcissism is a compelling, but not an endearing, quality. A little rejection -- think jobs, relationships -- can help. Read more >

Sidestepping Food Allergies
Exposing babies to foods like eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and milk early on makes kids less likely to go on to develop food allergies. Read more >

Parents, Make a Media Plan
Toddlers spend an average of two hours a day in front of a screen by age three. That's way more than guidelines recommend. Read more >

Breathe Easier in Two Days!
When air quality improves, the benefits for health -- especially breathing issues like asthma -- are nearly instantaneous. Read more >

Escape From the Food Desert
Online grocery shopping can be more than a convenience. It can be a way to get fresh, foods to people who live far from a supermarket. Read more >

The Breakfast Rush Hour
Mornings are busy, but kids who regularly eat breakfast average scores that are two letter grades higher than kids who don't. Read more >

Preventing Skin Cancer --Teens Lead the Way
Warnings about sun safety seem to be working: Melanoma is on the rise -- except when it comes to teens and young adults. Read more >

Sugar Goes Undercover
Babies and toddlers get way more sugar than most parents realize. Here's where it's all hiding and how to avoid most of it. Read more >

An Acetaminophen-ADHD/Autism Link
When a pregnant woman takes acetaminophen or gives it for a baby's fever, she triples the child's risk of autism and attention deficits. Read more >

The Foods You Can't Stop Eating
Certain ingredients -- think things like chips and bacon -- spark our appetites. Here's how to break the cycle. Read more >

Formula to Rival Breast Milk
Adding a component of milk lost in homogenization back in can make formula more like breast milk. Read more >

The Write Way to Help Preschoolers
Kids write to communicate even when they don't know any or many letters. Preschool teachers need to emphasize writing beyond penmanship. Read more >

Breastfeeding Helps Mothers' Health, Too
Breastfeeding seems to help balance some of the metabolic problems pregnancy can bring, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Read more >

Foods to Lift Your Mood
When depressed students were encouraged to eat a healthier, Mediterranean diet, they felt happier, even weeks after the shift. Read more >

Jumping Jack Class, It's a Gas
The quickest way to help kids learn may be to get them to exercise right at their desks. Their gains could put them ahead a semester. Read more >

A United Front Against E-Cigs
E-cigarettes are dangerous, especially for teens. Schools, parents and taxes can play a role in reducing their availability and allure. Read more >

Get Sleep, Get Good Grades
Researchers have figured out why women do better than men on tests in certain science classes. Sleep is a big part of it. Read more >

Social Media and Teens' Mental Health
Many teens spend time on social media each day, but only some develop mental health problems. Others gain community. Read more >

Empty Stomach, Bad Decisions
It doesn't matter if it involves choices about food, money or music -- being hungry makes you impulsive. Read more >

Mom's Anemia Can Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids
Anemia early in a woman's pregnancy can spell trouble for fetal brain development, raising the risk of attention deficits and autism. Read more >

The Power of Positive Moments
Positive experiences have an impact on kids that can last into adulthood, protecting them from adversity. And it doesn't take much. Read more >

Getting Serious About Gun Violence
Gun violence kills nearly as many youth as automobile accidents do. A special issue on gun violence offers proven ways to reduce the danger. Read more >

Parents, Teach Your Kids about Sex
It turns out that parents do a pretty good job of educating their kids about sex -- if they are willing to make the effort. Read more >

Golden Retrievers to Go
Spending time with animals can reduce stress in as little as 10 minutes. Call it fur power. Read more >

Preventing Peanut Allergies
Exposing infants to peanut proteins early is a good way to reduce their risk of an allergic reaction. Here's how to do it. Read more >

Snack Strategies
A study of kids' snacking found two easy ways parents can help overweight kids take in fewer calories. Read more >

Asking the Right Questions
For preschoolers, story time is not just about books and reading; when parents and teachers ask the right questions, it's a teachable moment Read more >

The Risks of E-Cig Regulation
Limiting the appeal of e-cigarettes could increase traditional cigarette use among young adults. Read more >

Behind the Failure to Launch
Can't shake your grownup kids? Parents may be partly to blame when adult children don’t move out of the house. Read more >

Smartphones, Dependent Humans
Are you tense or impatient when you aren't able to check your smartphone? You are not alone. Read more >

Food Phobic
Food neophobia is an extreme form of picky eating and can lead to chronic health problems. Read more >

The Secret to Eating for Two
A good diet is crucial for moms-to-be -- and their children. Some women over-supplement; others eat too many empty calories. Read more >

How News of Racial Injustice Affects Kids
News stories of racial bias, violence and social injustice can affect kids deeply, sowing the seeds of depression and PTSD. Read more >

Suicide Rates Are Surging Among Adolescents
Kids live in their own social worlds -- online and off. This makes it harder for parents to know where to find any suicidal warning signs. Read more >

Good Job, Dad
Dads get criticized a lot -- mostly by their spouses. Such comments don't tend to lead to improved parenting, however. Read more >

Old at Heart
Most of us think of heart disease as an adult problem, but the arteries of kids tell a different story. Read more >

How Fighting Obesity Helps Fund Schools
Philadelphia’s tax on unhealthy beverages helps locals in more ways than one. Read more >

Give Your Kid a Nature Vaccine
Kids who grow up spending time in nature -- it doesn't matter where -- have better mental health as adults. Read more >

How to Win Over Picky Eaters
Make these two changes to help expand your child's food repertoire and improve his or her nutrition. Read more >

Fine Young Moralists
Kids as young at three know what's right, and they aren't afraid to stand up for it. Read more >

Food Vouchers Offer Improved Nutrition
The quality of the food offered through WIC program vouchers has gotten better. That has made a difference in children's development. Read more >

Do-Nothing Diet Drinks
Kids who drink artificially-sweetened beverages end up consuming more calories than kids who don't. Read more >

Teen Suicide
Teen suicide rates are rising, particularly for girls. A team of researchers offers a picture of the problem and advice for parents. Read more >

A Teachable Moment for Health
The best way to help kids develop healthy eating habits is to start explaining why they matter early on. Read more >

Water Boys -- And Girls
Some kids don't drink any water in a day, preferring sweetened drinks. This can add a pound a month. Read more >

The Hard Work of Empathy
There's a way to make feeling empathy less emotionally and mentally taxing. It's pretty simple. Read more >

A Closer Look at Kids' Appetites
Some believe kids should be allowed to eat freely, to make sure they are adequately nourished. It's more complicated than that. Read more >

The Dirt on Lead Exposure
Kids are exposed to lead in soil as well as pipes, especially if they live near major roads. Attention and memory problems are the result. Read more >

Choose Foods, Not Supplements
Nutritional supplements have some concerning associations with heart disease, cancer and health in general. Buy good food instead. Read more >

The Difference Between Solitude and Loneliness
Being alone is not the same as being lonely. Taking a little me-time is a sign of mental health. Read more >

A Picture Book is Worth a Million Words
Reading to kids exposes them to thousands, even millions, more words than kids whose parents don't do story time. Read more >

For Mothers-to-Be: An Anti-ADHD Diet
A child's chances of developing attention deficits goes up when their mothers had the wrong balance of these nutrients prenatally. Read more >

Go Team, Get Happy
Kids who play team sports are happier than those involved in less structured activities, at least if you believe their brain scans. Read more >

Eating to Ease Asthma
Certain foods lessen kids' asthma symptoms; others tend to make them worse. Read more >

A Traffic Cop for Your Diet
Choosing foods that are healthy and better for the environment is a lot easier when signs point the way. Read more >

Little Explorers
Kids get more out of experiences if parents are there to encourage them to explore -- but just a little. Read more >

Eating Well for Less
It does take planning, but healthy foods are within the reach of even those on a limited budget. Read more >

Bad News for Egg Lovers
Eggs are the perfect protein, but eating more than three or four eggs a week is risky for your heart. Read more >

Why People Hurt Themselves
Not all people who cut or otherwise injure themselves are suicidal. It is often the case that it's a way to release emotional pain. Read more >

Don't Try This at Home
Parents who wouldn't think of smoking at home or in the car seem to have a different standard when it comes to vaping. Read more >

Parks, Your Happy Place
Parks are healthcare providers. As little as a 20-minute visit left people feeling happier, even those who couldn't easily move around. Read more >

Parents on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Having children definitely cuts into your sleep, and it goes on for years, a study finds. Read more >

Parents Are the Key to Kids' School Performance
What kids really need to succeed in school is a parent who they know is involved and there for them. Nothing else matters as much. Read more >

Good Friends Are Good for Your Love Life
Teens' friendships, not their romantic relationships, are the best predictors of romantic success in their 20s. Read more >

Low-Cost Cold Protection
Parents give their kids vitamins, supplements and medications to prevent colds. They really should focus on something simpler. Read more >

Spare the Rod? Yes, Please
Physical punishment often leads to bad behavior in adulthood. Better to find some more effective strategies. Read more >

The Vaccine Too Many Doctors and Parents Skip
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents seven types of cancer, yet few teens and preteen receive it. Read more >

Getting Fat on Advertising
Here's an easy step you can take to reduce your child's risk of becoming overweight: Opt for ad-free TV. Read more >

The Power of Happy Memories
Remembering the good times -- not just the bad -- can help teens build resilience and avoid depression. Read more >

A Welcome Drop in Cancer Rates
Rates for many types of cancer are down, but screening is a big issue. Read more >

The Attention Span of a 5-Year-Old
In kindergarteners, attention training boosts not only attention, but intelligence and brain function. Read more >

Don't Make Screen Time Rewarding
Parents who make time on digital devices a special treat end up creating even bigger problems for themselves and their kids. Read more >

Keep Your Chromosomes Strong
Because it damages chromosomes, a folate deficiency can lead to dementia and mental disorders as well as birth defects. Read more >

Doctor Confidential
Too few doctors give young adults private, one-on-one time to discuss sensitive issues and confidentiality. Read more >

Drunk on Snapchat
Some binge drinkers like to post their partying on social media. But the platforms can be used to help problem drinkers, too. Read more >

Hold the Shellfish?
serious food allergies are far less common than we tend to think, but you can develop them even in adulthood. Read more >

The High Fructose Factor
Low income people used to be thin from lack of food. That has changed. Here's why. Read more >

Middle Schoolers at Risk
Social issues, anxiety and conduct problems can put middle schoolers at risk of substance use. Knowing the risks, parents can take action. Read more >

Skimping on Insulin
Many Americans cut back on insulin because of its high cost, a dangerous practice. Other countries don't have this problem. Read more >

Personal Care Products and Early Puberty
Many shampoos and soaps contain endocrine-disrupting compounds that mimic the action of hormones. This is not good for girls' development. Read more >

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
The holidays mean high calorie foods are everywhere -- at work, at parties and at home. You need a game plan to keep your weight in line. Read more >

Babies Up Late
One reason some babies have a hard time sleeping at night is that they don't get enough exercise. Here's one way to help them along. Read more >

Fake Fruit
When students pick juice at lunch, healthier food choices and overall nutrition suffer. Read more >

Obesity and Childhood Asthma
About a quarter of all childhood asthma diagnoses may be completely avoidable. Parents just need to take action. Read more >

The End of Flu Season?
Researchers are zeroing in on a flu vaccine that would cover all influenza viruses and last longer, too. Read more >

Ending Premature Births
Certain fatty acids appear to reduce a woman's risk of giving birth early. Here's how to get them. Read more >

Good Sports
Focusing on a sport too soon is bad for kids physically, mentally, and socially. Read more >

Imaginary Friends, Imaginary Worlds
Many kids have a rich fantasy life, one they may share with other kids. Parents shouldn't worry; it's a sign of something good. Read more >

Feeding Your Wild Cat
House cats still have a bit of the jungle in them. It's important to feed them with that in mind. Read more >

Early Intervention Lasts for Years
Addressing childhood behavioral problems early can bring brain changes that persist into adulthood. Read more >

Marijuana Users' Memory Issues
Marijuana can interfere with learning and memory, particularly in teens and young adults. One thing brings it back. Read more >

The Pleasure in Others' Misfortune
We all experience schadenfreude, but we don't like to think about it too much. Now researchers untangle its roots. Read more >

Tanning Outside the Law
There are laws governing who can use tanning salons and how often. But enforcement is lacking, and teens are at risk. Read more >

Build Strong Bodies Two Ways
Bones need good nutrition and exercise to be strong, but one of these ingredients is far more important. Read more >

Put Two Babies in Front of a Screen...
When it comes to learning language, social interaction makes a difference. infants learn better in twos. Read more >

Talk About Sex...Often
An ongoing series of smaller conversations with kids about sex and staying safe works better than one awkward talk. Read more >

Chains Retreat from Healthier Kids' Meal Options
Fast food chains said they'd improve the nutritional quality of kids' meals, but that hasn't happened. Read more >

Brain Development, 24 Hours a Day
School is not the only place where kids' mental abilities grow. Three other areas make a big difference, too. Read more >

Help for Parents of Picky Eaters
Fussy eaters can drive parents crazy. Try these tips and maintain your sanity. Read more >

Bacteria to the Rescue!
A daily probiotic routine could reduce the need for antibiotics in the future, especially for kids. Read more >

An In-Class Exercise Break
When kids exercise briefly in class a few times a day, their schoolwork and moods improve. They also burn calories. Read more >

Teens with the Arteries of a 50-Year-Old
Teens who smoke or drink have an advantage over their adult counterparts: Their arteries can recover. Read more >

Time for Breakfast
There are programs that pay for and provide breakfasts for school children. So why do so few kids take advantage of them? Read more >

Naps' Important Brain Work
Kids who miss their naps can be a pain to be around, but there's an even bigger reason to be sure they get enough sleep. Read more >

Air Pollution Enlarges the Heart
Even relatively light air pollution -- the kind most governments don't regulate -- causes the heart walls to stretch and thin. Read more >

Parenthood Can Be Depressing
The demands of an infant are hard on dads, too. In fact, depression is almost as common in new fathers as it is in mothers. Read more >

How Much Sunscreen is Enough?
Most of us apply too little sunscreen to get the protection we seek. DNA damage is the result. Here's a good rule of thumb. Read more >

A Solid Night's Sleep
Introducing solid food while breastfeeding and before infants are six months old can give babies and their parents sleep they need. Read more >

A Medical Bum's Rush
Too often, doctor visits are rushed affairs and patients leave feeling no one has listened to them. You have options. Read more >

Social Media as a Trigger for Attention Deficit Disorder
Kids who use social media a lot are more likely to develop ADHD. Or is it that those at risk for attention problems like social media? Read more >

Greenspace Is Good Medicine
Spending time in nature can protect you from diabetes and heart disease. Maybe it's time your doctor prescribed a trip to to the park. Read more >

Folic Acid's Brainy Effects
Pregnant women take the B vitamin folic acid to prevent spinal bifida. But it does more. Read more >

Parents, Cars and Cell Phones
Parents who use their cell phones while driving their kids around are not only endangering lives, they are setting a bad example. Read more >

Cultivate Five Habits to Protect Your Kids
Mothers who follow these five healthy habits cut their children's risk of becoming obese by as much as 80 percent. Read more >

Three-Year-Olds' Self Control
Most adults believe that 3-year-olds today are less able to wait for a reward than kids were 50 years ago, but they're wrong. Read more >

That Pain in Your Neck
Physical therapists are seeing more neck, shoulder and back problems thanks to this tech device. Some ideas for avoiding injury. Read more >

Help for a Terrible, Very Bad Day
Parents who encourage their kids to interpret slights and hurtful moments in a non-hostile way help reduce aggressive behavior. Read more >

It's a Dad's World, Too
Most programs for new parents don't focus on fathers at all. And that is a lost opportunity. Read more >

Helicopter Parents Don't Help
Kids with over-controlling parents have a harder time managing their emotions. Here's what you can do. Read more >

A Head Start Lasts a Long Time
Pre-K programs for low-income kids don't just help them do better in kindergarten. The boost they offer lasts on into elementary school. Read more >

A Game-Changer for Asthma
A medication approved for treating eczema appears to relieve asthma symptoms and could change the course of the disease. Read more >

Grandmothers and ADHD
The drug DES was banned in 1971, but it may be causing attention problems in the grandchildren of women who took it. Read more >

Preemies' Antibiotic Overload?
Infections are a serious risk for premature infants, but too many are given antibiotics without clear evidence of a problem. Read more >

Clothes Call at the Barbecue
Chemicals -- PAHs -- from grilling not only get into your lungs and food, they get into your clothes as well. Read more >

The Heart of a Woman
Given that pregnancy and menopause place extra burdens on women's hearts, OB-GYNs need to be on the front lines of women's heart health. Read more >

Find Your Inner Math Whiz
A free online course is designed to change students' and adults' self-defeating ideas about math. It seems to work. Read more >

The Daily Mile
When kids walk, jog or run a mile a day, good things happen to their stamina, attention and weight. Read more >

Turn Up the Radio
The bonding that happens when parents and kids listen to music together pays lasting dividends. Read more >

C is for Cannabis
Legalized marijuana means that more babies are exposed to cannabis in the womb. The effects are not good. Read more >

Brain Circuits Tied to Depression and Obesity
Brain abnormalities that make food less pleasurable and promote depression appear tied to each other. Read more >

Help for Kids with Short Fuses
Being able to control one's emotions is a life skill many struggle to master. The good news is that programs to teach it actually work. Read more >

Class Schedules and Body Clocks
Students who are not morning people tend to get a raw deal at college. It affects their grades. Read more >

A Cheeseburger with a Side of Phthalates
Eating out in fast food places raises the level of these chemicals, found in plastics, in your body. The consequences aren't good. Read more >

Low-Tech Protection from Norovirus
It's behind most of the outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhea around the world. Protecting yourself from it is, actually, pretty easy. Read more >

Math Skills Begin at Home
Parents lay the groundwork for math skills simply by counting and even cooking with their kids. Read more >

The Sad Stats on Obesity
Obesity rates are climbing in children and adults, creating a potential public health crisis. Prevention is far easier than losing weight. Read more >

Fuggedaboutit and Feel Better
There appears to be something to be said for suppressing negative emotions. It may help reduce the risk of depression. Read more >

The Bottom of the Healthcare Heap
Healthcare in the U.S. costs way more than it does anywhere else, and it delivers less. Read more >

The Mind of a Girl, The Body of a Woman
Girls who reach puberty before their friends do can experience problems that last into adulthood. Read more >

Vaccination Nation
Parents who worry about vaccinating their kids have one less thing to be concerned about. Read more >

Overconfident Online Learners
Whether it's how to throw a curveball, sand a floor or do the moonwalk, online videos make it look easy. And that's a problem. Read more >

One Way to Reduce Healthcare Inequality
A New York City program that enabled families to earn money to pay for health and dental care could serve as a model nationwide. Read more >

A Depression Awareness Program for Teens
Teaching teens to spot depression is a powerful way to help kids get the counseling they may need. Read more >

Before You Buy that Toddler Drink
They are marketed as the best way parents can be sure kids get the nutrition they need. But the labels can be deceiving. Read more >

Protect Your Preschooler
The risk sun exposure poses to nursery schoolers' skin is often overlooked. Take the opportunity to protect your kids. Read more >

Infants Born to Opioid-Addicted Mothers
Deaths from opioid overdoses are alarming, but the drugs are harming newborns, too. Read more >

Don't Get Started
It's amazing how easy it is to get started smoking. Nearly 70% of those who try cigarettes end up hooked. Read more >

Taking It to the Trees
You might think kids' attention suffers when teachers take classes outside. Not so. Read more >

Thrills and Spills on the Hill
Olympic skiers and snowboarders make it look easy. Here are a few tips to keep injuries to a minimum. Read more >

Meals Are for More than Food
The emotional atmosphere around your family table has a big impact on children's development. Read more >

Sleeping with the Fishes
Children who eat fish tend to have IQ scores that are five points higher than those who don't. Here's the reason why. Read more >

When Work Life Takes over Personal Life
Flex-hours, freelance and working from home sound great. And they can be. But you need to set some boundaries. Read more >

The Scary Odds on Obesity
Over half of today’s kids are likely to be obese by the time they are 35 years old. Here's how parents can buck the trend. Read more >

School Daze: How Schools Rob Kids of Sleep
The quickest way to help teens get more sleep is for schools to change when classes begin. Read more >

Smartphones and Suicide
Teens, particularly girls, who spend more time on their phones are more likely to be depressed, even suicidal. Read more >

A Day Without A Cell Phone
People forced to go through a day without their phones made some telling discoveries. Read more >

Smart Gamers
Certain video games reward memory, strategy and planning, and reflect players' IQs. Others don't. Read more >

Talking about Numbers Teaches Language
Working on numbers with your preschooler helps them learn language, too. Read more >

Dust Off Your Social Skills
Actual human interaction has benefits that texts and social media can't duplicate. Read more >

The Gap in HPV Vaccination Rates
Human papilloma virus can bring on cell changes that lead to cancer. How we can raise vaccination rates. Read more >

The High Cost of Pollution
The death toll from pollution is far greater than that from war. And the young are those most affected. Read more >

More and More Teens Are Losing Sleep
The number of teens who don't get enough sleep has risen dramatically since 1991. You can probably guess why. Read more >

Is Your Child an Orchid or a Dandelion?
Kids become picky eaters for a number of reasons. Genes seem to play a role...along with issues of control. Read more >

Long-Term Iron Supplements Benefit Low Birth Weight Babies
Babies born weighing under 5 pounds often develop behavioral and cognitive problems as kids. Iron supplements can prevent these issues. Read more >

Turning Asthma Inside-Out
Few would have thought exposure to pets, dirt and cockroaches would reduce the threat of asthma, but it seems they do. Read more >

Making A Game Out of Sex Ed
Teens need information to make smart choices about sex. A video game may be the best way to give it to them. Read more >

What Your Difficulties Teach Your Kids
Letting your kids see you struggle turns out to be a really good way to teach them to persist. Read more >

Why You Don't Want to Tell Your Kids They're Smart
Kids praised for being smart are more likely to cheat or give up. Here's what to do instead. Read more >

Gun Laws Make a Difference
A nationwide study in the U.S. finds that stricter gun laws reduce ER admissions and deaths. Read more >

SNAP Falls Short
The nutrition assistance program doesn't begin to cover the cost of a diet that satisfies government guidelines. Is it good enough? Read more >

Back to School
If backpacks don't fit right, or weigh too much, they can cause back problems. Tips from an orthopedist. Read more >

Why Teens Take Risks
It's not about their brains after all. It's about curiosity and exploration. Parents can help. Read more >

Bright Girls, Smarter Women
Believing you are smart and believing you can work your way to an intelligent solution are two very different things. Read more >

What Keeps Parents Up at Night
A national poll identifies 10 of the biggest fears parents have when it comes to their children's health and safety. Read more >

The Long Arm of Breakfast
Eating breakfast helps kids do better in school, and now it appears it does something even more important. Read more >

Close Protection
Having close friends, more than being part of a peer group, gives teens a hedge against self-doubt, depression and anxiety. Read more >

Don't Resist Your Feelings
Pushing away feelings you'd rather not have can backfire. To boost your well-being, embrace them. Read more >

Help for the Food Shy
Infants' temperaments tend to predict their willingness to try new foods, but that doesn't mean parents should give up trying. Read more >

Troubling Searches on Suicide
Google searches about suicide rose dramatically when the TV series, 13 Reasons Why, aired. Many clinicians are concerned. Read more >

ADHD Drugs' Protective Effects
Stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall can help people with ADHD focus. They may have other benefits, too. Read more >

Dining with Dad
Fathers are good for many things, but giving kids healthy food just doesn't happen to be one of them. Read more >

Moms' High Fat Diet Jeopardizes Kids' Mental Health
Here's another reason to watch your weight and diet when pregnant: it can leave your child vulnerable to depression. Read more >

An Artificial Sweet Tooth
Artificial sweeteners are not a free ride. They tend to make people crave sweets, leading to weight gain and worse. Read more >

A Big Fat Controversy
The American Heart Association's new advisory should help clear up confusion about which fats to eat and which to avoid. Read more >

An Emotional Education
When schools help kids understand their emotions and their relationships with others better, it produces lifelong dividends. Read more >

Can Parents Be Too Supportive?
Parents can be too supportive, at least in a study of third graders. But the issue may be trickier than that. Read more >

Stop Weight Gain in Its Tracks
Giving overweight kids prebiotics sets them up to gain far less weight than their untreated peers -- about 10 pounds less. Read more >

Diaper-Free Babies!
Some parents are choosing to skip diapers altogether and using elimination communication to get their babies to go. Read more >

Brain Food
Two studies find that kids with higher levels of this antioxidant do better academically. Read more >

Mommy-Shaming: Fight Back
Everyone is an expert when it comes to raising kids. What's a mother to do about the criticism -- well-intentioned or not? Read more >

Is 19 the New 60?
Kids and teens are only about as active as the average 60-year-old, according to a new study. Read more >

Good Potato, Bad Potato
Potatoes can be good for you, but they can also send you to an early grave. How you cook them is what counts. Read more >

Decadent Vegetables
When veggies sound like an indulgence -- chipotle-roasted corn, sizzling green beans -- they go over a lot better. Read more >

The Power of Perceptions of Control
Parents who believe their actions affect their kids have kids with fewer problems and more resilience. Read more >

The Myth of Teenagers' Shrinking Brains
It had been thought that teens' brains shrink during adolescence. That’s far from true. Read more >

No Juice, Baby
If you've been giving your little one juice in his or her sippy cup, it's time to reconsider. Check out the AAP's new guidelines. Read more >

Smart Toys, Worried Parents
Giving your child a toy he or she can talk to sounds ideal, until you consider privacy and hacking. Read more >

Fidget Toys -- Calming or Distracting?
Fiddling with hand-held toys can be therapeutic. The idea is they focus attention and reduce anxiety. But is this always the case? Read more >

Pups Help Kids Cope
The challenges of school and growing up are much easier to handle with a dog by your side. Read more >

Stop! Before You Hand Over that Cookie
Overweight kids are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and a variety of life-altering and expensive health problems. Read more >

Setting Kids Up to Stay Slender
Children who find it hard to handle their emotions are more likely to become overweight. There is a simple way for parents to help. Read more >

Beware Third-Hand Smoke
Even if you don't allow smoking around your kids, the toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke linger, affecting their health. Read more >

Time for Lunch... And Recess
Kids eat more vegetables and waste more food depending on when lunch and recess are scheduled. Read more >

Why Kids Drop Out
Life crises contribute to many kids' decision to leave school. A little help navigating these rough times could prevent it. Read more >

Violent Video Games Increase Violence
There's a link between the violence that we experience virtually and the violence that we act out in reality. Read more >

Sexism and Video Games
Playing video games is significantly associated with sexist attitudes, a French study has found. It's about how women are depicted. Read more >

Better Schools, At No Cost
Enrichment doesn't have to cost money. Trusting, deep relationships at school can have a huge academic impact. Read more >

Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Low-Calorie, Really?
Labels promoting "low content" are best seen as marketing tactics, not as signs of healthful products. Read carefully. Read more >

Don't Give Up on Kids' Nutrition
Even though most parents know what their kids should eat, they often don't push the issue, preferring the path of least resistance. Read more >

Few Parents Store Opioids Safely
Too many parents store opioid pain relievers where kids and teens can get them. Read more >

It's the Behavior, Not the Vapor
Vaping, inhaling the vapor from e-cigarettes, seems safe enough, but study after study finds it's a gateway to smoking. Read more >

My Selfie is Better than Yours
Selfies are fun when you are the one taking them. Others' selfies are another story. Read more >

Same-Sex Marriage Reduces Teen Suicide
The sexual confusion of the teen years can be brutal for teens questioning their sexuality. Legalizing same-sex marriage has helped. Read more >

E-Cigarettes Aren't Stopping Kids From Lighting Up
Yes, smoking is down, but it has seemingly nothing to do with e-cigarettes. Read more >

Naughty or Nice?
With kids, personality traits are pretty contagious. So it matters who their friends are. Read more >

The Power of Mistakes
We all make mistakes. Some of us are better about using them to good advantage, however. Here's why. Read more >

A High Tech Sleep Hazard
High tech baby monitors use sensors to keep track of respiration and heart rate. They may not help and can make parents crazy. Read more >

"Really, Really Smart"
When 7-year-olds are asked to pick someone really smart, they choose differently than they did when they were five. Read more >

The Case for Taking Teen Depression Seriously
Many parents see emotional turmoil as just part of adolescence. But it may be a sign of something more serious that therapy can change. Read more >

Childbirth Is a Dark Time for Some New Moms
The anxiety and depression that can haunt new mothers are finally receiving the attention they deserve. Read more >

For Kids with Behavior Problems — Cybercycling
The exercise that virtual reality cycling programs offer can make a big difference for kids who find it hard to deal with school. Read more >

Dinner In A Box?
Yes, lots of us are short on time. But if prepared foods are your only meal plan, it's time to make a change. Read more >

France Outlaws Spanking
Fifty-two countries have laws against spanking. Not only does spanking not work, a study finds, it may bring on some undesirable behaviors. Read more >

Preventing Miscarriage
Miscarriage is heartbreaking. For some women the end of disappointment may be in sight. Read more >

Breastfeeding? You Need to Supplement Vitamin D
Breast milk is spectacularly good for infants, but it doesn't offer enough vitamin D...unless mothers take one of these steps. Read more >

Obesity's Bad Effect on Babies' Development
Infants born to overweight parents are at risk for developmental delays in a number of areas. Read more >

The Nutritional Mother Lode
Magnesium can cut your chances of a heart attack or stroke, as well as making other healthy contributions. Here's how to get it. Read more >

Maybe This Will Help You Quit
Cigarette smoke contains lots of chemicals, not just nicotine. Think ammonia, arsenic, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, lead and uranium. Read more >

Kids Meals Are Heavy on Calories
Most meals marketed to teens and kids have way more calories than they should. What to look for. Read more >

Childcare's Dirty Secret
There's too little handwashing going on at many daycare sites, and kids pay the price. Read more >

Autism and the Flu Vaccine
Childhood vaccinations don't cause autism spectrum disorders. But what about moms' flu vaccines? Read more >

Whole Milk to the Rescue
Low-fat milk appears to be making kids fat, yes, fat. Read more >

Stealth Salt
Most kids eat far more salt than they should, a CDC study says. And they have the blood pressure to prove it. Read more >

Keeping Sleeping Babies Safe
New guidelines to guard against sudden infant death suggest that babies are safer in your room. Read more >

Put An Egg in It
Simply adding eggs to salads greatly increases your absorption of two key nutrients. Read more >

A Big Fat Summer Vacation
Free access to high calorie foods and hours in front of screens mean that vacation makes many kids fat. It's better at school. Read more >

Math Prejudice
In kindergarten, girls and boys are equals when it comes to math. But by second grade... Read more >

Raising a Reader
Many parents don't realize how easy it is to help kids learn to read, but their involvement makes a huge difference. Read more >

Sleepy Kids Become Fat Kids
When children don't get enough sleep, they don't just get cranky; they eat much, much more. Read more >

Why Combo Meals Are A Bad Deal
The “free” sodas and extras in combo meals add calories that pack on the pounds. Read more >

Vitamin D Stimulates Stem Cells and Embryonic Development
A lack of vitamin D in umbilical cord tissue can result in fewer fetal blood stem cells and the potential for problems later in life. Read more >

The Soda Lobby's Unhealthy Influence
A new report shows how Coca Cola and Pepsi spend millions lobbying to keep soda consumption high. Read more >

The Outrage Diet
Appealing to teens' budding sense of social justice can undermine the allure of junk food. Read more >

A Spoonful of Medicine Helps the Medicine Go Wrong
When measuring doses for children, there's a right way and a way that almost guarantees you'll get it wrong. Read more >

Kids' Soccer Injuries Soar
The number of visits to the ER each year among young soccer players rose by 78%. Injuries were even more common for those over 12. Read more >

A New Take on Food Allergies
It turns out to be a good idea to expose kids to eggs, peanuts and other foods linked to allergies — even gluten. Read more >

A Pill to Improve Kids' Reading Skills
A Swedish study found children who received this supplement read faster and better. Read more >

Why Sex Ed Doesn't Work
Teens have some pretty good reasons for giving their sexual education programs low marks. Read more >

Try This, Baby
Parents worried about toddlers' eating habits should be aware that babies are taking in way more than food during mealtimes. Read more >

Laser Pointers Are Not for Kids
When kids look at laser pointers, severe and lasting eye damage is often the result. Read more >

Standing Desks Go to School
Giving students standing desks to use during the school day makes a big difference in BMIs and obesity. Read more >

Help for Kids Facing Surgery
There's a surprising way to reduce kids' anxiety before surgery, no drugs required. Read more >

FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps
There's a good reason the antibacterial soaps and body washes on drugstore shelves will have to be reformulated or removed within a year. Read more >

Child Abuse Shortens Lives
Women who were abused in childhood don't live as long as those who weren't. Men are less affected. Read more >

Houseplants Clear Indoor Air Pollution
Houseplants can play an important role in air quality — as filters for common household chemicals. Read more >

Scientific American Takes On Soccer
FIFA, soccer's governing body, thought it had found a way to prevent over-age soccer players from competing. But no. Read more >

School Meals Pack on the Pounds
The meals schools serve low-income students help them learn. They also make them overweight. Read more >

Big Waistlines, Shrunken Brains
Being overweight can age your brain 10 years. Read more >

E-Cigarettes, The Coolness Factor
Kids like e-cigarettes mostly because they seem cool. But are e-cigs safer than smoking tobacco? Read more >

A Little Quiet for Toddlers
Background noise makes it hard for toddlers to pick up language. So turn off the TV. Read more >

Your Child's “Overnight Therapy” — Sleep
Every parent knows what a tired child is like. What they may not know is that sleep problems can create emotional problems. Read more >

Government-Subsidized Obesity
The U.S. government gives farmers subsidies to grow the crops that make us fat. Read more >

It's About Turf
Many of the injuries high school football players suffer are the result of the surfaces they play on and could be avoided. Read more >

ADHD: Exercise Helps People Focus
Short periods of exercise can help people with ADHD get motivated and stay focused. Read more >

Superheroes Dressed As Vegetables Rescue Kids' Diets
More evidence that if you market veggies like snack foods, kids will come. Read more >

Zika in Utah
The Zika virus has killed an elderly person in Utah and infected another. The CDC is investigating. Read more >

With Sunblock, The Customer Is Not Always Right
The sunscreens we like may not give us adequate protection, depending on what we're doing outdoors. Read more >

Early Bedtimes for Toddlers Cut The Risk of Obesity Later On
Preschoolers who go to bed around 8 pm are half as likely to become overweight teens. Read more >

A Lesson in After-School Obesity
Children's food environments, especially their route home from school, can build healthy or unhealthy snacks into their diets. Read more >

Protect Your Baby's Microbial Diversity
Breastfeeding and avoiding antibiotics are two ways parents can safeguard the diversity of their children's gut microbes. Read more >

Antidepressants for Kids?
An international review study found only one antidepressant was reliably useful for those under 18. Read more >

Daughters' Weight Is a Parental Minefield
Parents of overweight teens may be tempted to remind/nag their children not to eat. Don't. Do this. Read more >

Junk Food Celebrities
Pop stars who promote soda and other unhealthy foods don't mean to add to the burden of teen obesity, but they do. Read more >

To Increase Activity, Keep It Local
Teens exercised an hour more a week simply by building mild exercise nearby into their daily routine Read more >

An Accident Waiting to Happen
Teenagers drive more — and cause more accidents — during the summer. Parents can do a lot to reduce the risk. Read more >

How Economics Affects Our Ability to Delay Gratification
Resisting temptation is not always a good thing, at least not when rewards are scarce. Read more >

Gluten-Free Kids: A Bad Idea
A gluten-free diet can be life-saving if you have celiac disease, but it can cause nutritional deficiencies in others. Read more >

Would You Like a Perforated Intestine with That Burger?
Wire bristles from the brushes used to clean grills can land people in the hospital. Read more >

Foods That Reduce Aggression
Violent, antisocial kids behaved better when their diets were rich in this nutrient. Read more >

Diet Soda Can Make Your Baby Fat
Drinking artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy makes infants likelier to be overweight. Read more >

The Attention Span of a Two-Year-Old
Children's ability to pay attention appears to be affected by the amount of attention their parents pay to things. Read more >

Fertilizer for Babies
Breast milk is a complex mix of over 200 sugars that gets newborns off to a strong start. Read more >

The Road to Fewer Ear Infections
Ear infections are down in the U.S. thanks to less smoking, more breastfeeding and some precautions all parents can take. Read more >

Rethinking Peanut Allergies
Exposing children to peanuts may help prevent serious allergic reactions, but talk with your pediatrician first. Read more >

Too Many Moles?
Conventional wisdom has it that people with lots of moles need to be extra worried about skin cancer. But other factors are more important. Read more >

Smartphones: Not So Smart in A Crisis
Smartphones can give us physical directions, but they are pathetic at emotional support. Read more >

What Transgender Kids Need From Their Parents
If your child feels his or her gender ldentity is different from their biological sex, your support can make a huge difference. Read more >

Distinctive Deaths, State-by-State
Where to go to find the most unintentional gun deaths, fatal police encounters and traffic fatalities. Read more >

Asthma Attacks Follow School Breaks
Children with asthma often end up in the hospital shortly after school vacations. There's a reason for this. Read more >

A High Price to Pay For A Tan
Tanning salon regulars raise their risk of melanoma by 500%. Read more >

Mothers-To-Be Need Fish
Pregnant women who eat more fish have children who grow up to be smarter. Read more >

Why “BPA-Free” May Not Mean Much
Supposedly safer, BPA alternatives like BPS still seem to disrupt our hormones. Read more >

HIV Screening Falls Short
Patient confidentiality is a a big reason many teens and young adults avoid going for HIV testing. Read more >

Better Learning Through Collaboration
Kids look at more of the angles when they solve problems and make choices if they work with others. Read more >

Help for Parents Hoping to Curb Sugary Drinks
Sometimes it's hard to keep kids from drinking sugary beverages. Warning labels on soft drinks can help. Read more >

Water and Weight Loss
Something as simple as putting electronic water dispensers in city schools can help reduce obesity and improve health. Read more >

It's A Game! It's An Ad! It's Advergame!
Candy companies are getting really sneaky in their efforts to get kids to eat more junk. Read more >

Mexico's Successful Sugar Tax
Mexico's tax on sugary beverages has had an impressive impact on consumption and, hopefully, health Read more >

Pregnant? Join The Group
It's important to see a doctor when you are pregnant, but it may be even better to do it with other mothers-to-be. Read more >

No Parents Necessary
Doctor visits are a prime time for teens to take charge of their health. Parents can be obstacles. Read more >

Unpacking The Sensory Overload of Autism
The brains of children with ASD have less of a neurotransmitter that helps us filter out competing stimuli. Read more >

Attention Deficit Diagnoses Rise Sharply
Rates of ADHD have shot up 40% over the past eight years, particularly among girls. Read more >

The Size of An Order of Fries
The size of an order of fries has tripled in the past 50 years. Time to go retro. Read more >

Parents, Dial Down the Pressure
High expectations can be good for kids. But when they are unrealistic, they can backfire. Read more >

What Millennials Do and Don't Know About Health
Millennials have grown up with fitness apps, farm shares, and online health sites. So are they healthier? Not necessarily... Read more >

The Breakfast of Academic Champions
A bit of attention to what you child eats in the morning can make a difference in their GPA. Read more >

The Two Faces Of Social Media
The time teens spend on Facebook can increase stress. But there's another, beneficial, side to it. Read more >

Soothing With Song
If you’re trying to calm your baby, try singing. It works even better than talking. Read more >

Antibiotics Are Making Kids Fat
The more antibiotics a child has growing up, the likelier he or she is to be packing some extra pounds. Read more >

Parents, Keep Pushing The Fruits And Veggies
What kids eat in childhood makes a big difference in what their hearts look like 20 years later. Read more >

A Consolation Prize For Parents Of Moody Teens
Parents caught in the undertow of adolescent mood swings take heart: they don't last forever. But for some, problems may run deeper. Read more >

The Soda Tax
Berkeley, CA has decided to tax sugary-drinks in a effort to reduce consumption. Will it work? Read more >

Caramel Apples’ Bad Press
It's not hard to protect your family from the bacteria that can lurk in caramel apples. Read more >

Late Bedtimes Bring Weight Gain
It doesn't matter how long they sleep — when teens stay up late, their body mass increases considerably. Read more >

Compulsive Texting And Academic Achievement
Some teens find it difficult to stop texting or ignore texts. Compulsive texting can cause academic problems. Read more >

Exercise Helps Kids Cope With Bullies
Bullying can erode victims’ mental health. But there is a way to reduce these terrible effects. Read more >

Fathers Shine At Bedtime
Dads beat Moms when it comes to reading at bedtime. Their style is best for kids’ language development. Read more >

Theater As Therapy
A theater program that pairs autism spectrum disorder children with child actors helps teach social skills. Read more >

Gut Microbes Give Babies A Leg Up On Asthma
Infants with a particular mix of microbes are less likely to develop asthma. Read more >

Parents And Bulimia: From Part Of The Problem To Part Of The Solution
Parents used to be viewed as a cause of bulimia. Now they are part of an effective treatment. Read more >

A Low-Cost Fix for Jaundice In Newborns
Infants with jaundice may no longer need to spend extra time in the hospital. And that's good news for new parents. Read more >

Do It For Grandma
Getting a flu vaccine does more than protect you — it prevents the virus from endangering seniors in your community, too. Read more >

Kids Eat Better At Daycare Than At Home
Amazingly, kids eat a healthier diet at day care than at home. And the extra calories they get at home are a major source of weight gain. Read more >

Short School Lunch Times Mean Less Nutrition
Many school children don't have enough time to eat a decent lunch, even if they want to. They need 25 to 30 minutes. Read more >

Social Media's Emotional Costs
The pressure to keep up with social media, particularly at night, does not do anything good for teens’ mental health. Read more >

Emotional Stories Make Emotionally-Savvy Kids
When kids understand emotions better they can manage their own emotions and behavior better, too. Read more >

The Damage Sugary Drinks Do To Kids’ Hearts
Soda and sports drinks don't just encourage obesity. They can raise blood fats to dangerous levels. Read more >

Kids, School and Headaches
Back-to-school brings headaches for many kids. The stress and change of schedule are two reasons. Read more >

Caught On Camera: Kids Behaving Normally
Cafeterias are putting more fruit and veggies on kids’ trays. But are they eating them? Read more >

It's Not About The Calories
Our rising obesity rates have led us to equate food with calories. But we really should be counting nutrients. Read more >

High Protein Breakfasts Help Kids Lose Weight
Kids eat less later when they eat more early in the day. Give your kid an egg for breakfast. Read more >

Helping Kids Develop A Healthy Relationship with Food
Some children love the taste and smell of food. This isn't bad, as long as parents help them learn to know when to stop. Read more >

Don't Blame The Egg...
Age-related Infertility may have less to do with eggs than the environment in which they live, suggesting a new route to IVF success. Read more >

Sometimes Picky Eating Is Something More Serious
Lots of kids are picky eaters. But selective eating can be a sign of a more serious set of issues. Read more >

The Case of The Disappearing Bees
Bee colonies are collapsing worldwide. Now we may finally know why. Read more >

Overcoming the Fear of Vaccines
Parents who refuse vaccines do it to protect their kids. When they see the damage not vaccinating can do, they often reconsider. Read more >

Those Lazy, Hazy, Unhealthy Days of Summer
Summer vacation used to be full of activity, but screen time has changed that. What parents should do. Read more >

A Move Worse than Headers?
When kids play soccer, concussions are a worry. But parents may be looking in the wrong place to protect their kids. Read more >

Logging In for A Diagnosis
Symptom checkers help patients decide whether a trip to the ER or doctor is necessary. So how good are they? Read more >

There's No Place Like Home
When you eat out, you consume far more fat, calories, and salt than when you eat at home. Fast food isn't even the biggest culprit. Read more >

New Plastics Are As Bad As the Old
Phthalates enter the body through cans and plastic bottles,containers and wrap. Two new forms, supposed to be safer, aren't. Read more >

DDT Exposure in Utero Linked to Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life
Daughters of mothers exposed to DDT are four times more likely to develop breast cancer. Read more >

The Veggie Chronicles
What's the best way to get babies to like veggies? You can try being sneaky, or you can try a different way that seems to work. Read more >

Nut Case
Eating nuts is even better for you than previously thought. But more is not better, and peanut butter may not count. Read more >

Brain Training Begins on the Field
Organized sports are one of the best ways to prepare young children for school. They help kids learn self control, among other qualities. Read more >

Drugs Disrupt Sleep and Kids’ Brain Development
Drugs used to treat ADHD, depression and psychological problems interfere with sleep, and this is a problem for the developing brain. Read more >

Life in the Texting Lane
The texting lane one university installed on its stairs was all in fun, but not everyone sees it that way. Read more >

When Parents Micro-Manage
Even when parents are warm and caring, their “helicoptering” can reduce self esteem — and worse. Read more >

With Autism, Early Treatment Offers Lasting Benefits
When parents and therapists work with young children at home, one-on-one, benefits continue even after treatment has ended. Read more >

Clogged Hearts and Minds
Trans fats slow your memory just the same way they clog your heart. Read more >

One Reason You May Feel Anxious — Too Much Sitting
When you feel anxious, sitting may seem like a good idea, but it could make it worse. Read more >

Kids in U.S. Drinking Too Little Water Each Day
Inadequate hydration affects children’s physical, emotional, and mental functioning. Ideas for helping kids get enough. Read more >

Don't Malign Millennials, Mentor Them
Hey, Boomers, stop complaining. What if you had had YouTube and video streaming at age 18? Read more >

Don't Cut That Cord — Yet!
Waiting a little longer to clamp the umbilical cord may help neurodevelopment – especially in boys. Read more >

Segregation Is Bad for The Brain
Even today, African Americans who attended segregated schools are proof that there is no separate but equal when it comes to education. Read more >

Time to Can The Soda
Simply substituting water for sugar-sweetened soda can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Cell Phones, Boredom and Playgrounds
It is hard to avoid turning to your cell phone at the playground. But you should. Read more >

Eat Well and Prosper: Healthy Menus Bring Restaurants More Business
You might think junk food is good business, but when menus get healthier, so does the bottom line. Read more >

A Miscarriage of Miscarriage
Miscarriage is almost never a woman's fault. Most often, it's because the fetus is not viable. Read more >

Widely Varying Calorie Counts Undo Many A Diet
It's easy to gain weight when the calories in one dish (like pizza) vary so much from slice to slice Read more >

Which Matters Most to Mental Health — Family Or Neighborhood?
Finally, an answer to the the question, Which matters most, genes or the environment? Read more >

Parenthood Puts An End to Couples' Equal Workloads
When a first child arrives, couples' equal workloads go out the window. But it's not all dad's fault. Read more >

Potassium's Blood Pressure Protection Racket
The culprit in high blood pressure may not be salty foods. It may be a different mineral. Read more >

What Legalizing Marijuana Means for Adolescents and Children
Pot may be legal for adults in some states, but it's not for kids. Experts outline policies to protect developing brains. Read more >

The CAN Approach Makes Healthy Food Choices Effortless
You can easily eat well. Just make sure nutrition food is convenient, attractive and a normal part of your life. Read more >

Taking a Step Back from a Stressor May Be the First Step in Recovering from It
Taking a mental step back from a problem may be just the trick to solving it. Read more >

Anti-Texting Laws: An Early Report Card
When states have laws that are designed to penalize texting, they help save lives. Read more >

The Unexpected Helps Babies Learn
Learning becomes almost effortless when the unexpected happens. Read more >

Helping Others Can Ease Social Anxiety
When teens with social anxiety help others, they come to feel more comfortable in their own skin. Read more >

Health Benefits Increase with Exercise Intensity
It pays to exercise as vigorously as you can. Being winded and sweaty is a very good thing. Read more >

In Synch: The Power of Moving Together
Singing or playing in unison fosters emotional harmony. It's a good way to get children cooperating. Read more >

Professional Chefs Help Improve Kids’ School Nutrition
When chefs develop the recipes used in school lunchrooms, kids eat better. But it takes time. Read more >

Breakfast Is Part of a Healthy...Educational Policy
Simply feeding low-income kids a decent breakfast raised test scores 25 percent. It's one of the easiest reforms around. Read more >

Half of Parents Are Unaware of Safe Pitching Guidelines
If parents don't know about the safety guidelines designed to protect young players, how can they help their kids? Read more >

Food TV: Entertainment, or License to Indulge?
Cooking show mavens who try to duplicate TV meals at home gain more weight. Read more >

Depression in the Parents Can Trigger Behavior Problems in the Kids
Parents' moods are not lost on their children. A parent's depression can create behavior problems. Read more >

Parents Who Share Too Much
When parents share their children's every move on YouTube or Facebook, it can create problems with privacy and identity. Read more >

Use of Marijuana May Have Lasting Effects on Memory
Marijuana use in adolescence may have lasting effects on memory. Read more >

Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Infants’Gut Health
Children who go on to develop type 1 diabetes have less diverse microbiota. Read more >

Progress in The Search for the Cause of Peanut Allergy
Two studies put a dent in peanuts' reign of terror among parents of school children. Read more >

Sugar-Sweetened Energy Drinks Associated With Inattention and Hyperactivity
Energy drinks can bring on attention and hyperactivity problems in children and teens that interfere with school. Read more >

Mothers’ Milk Primes Infants’ Digestion
Breastfeeding adds diversity to the microbes in babies' guts, which can make the transition to solid food easier. Read more >

Children's Heart Health Begins at Home
It's not just what you feed your kids that makes them healthy adults. Intangibles like impulse control and friends have a big effect, too. Read more >

Another Health Risk of Sugary Soda: Early Menstruation
Daily consumption of sugary soda can lead to early menstruation in girls. Read more >

Age A Factor in Sports-Related Brain Injury
Football players who started young are more likely to develop memory problems later in life. Read more >

Calorie Counts Give Parents Pause When Ordering for Their Children
When menus show calorie counts and an estimate of the exercise needed to work them off, people order smarter. Read more >

A Simple Switch Raises Kids' Fruit and Veggie Consumption
When schools made this simple, no-cost change, kids ate more fruit and vegetables at lunch. Read more >

Too Much Milk is Bad for Kids' Waistlines
Milk is good for you, but parents may be tempted to let kids have more than is good for them. Read more >

How Much is Too Much When You Have a Food Allergy?
If you have a food allergy, vague warnings tell you little about the actual risks. Here's help. Read more >

Fast Food Can Slow Kids' Brains
Fast food can make kids fat. It doesn't do anything good for their brains, either. Read more >

Small Screens Can Be a Big Problem at Bedtime
There are some good reasons why having a phone in the room at bedtime makes kids so tired the next day. Read more >

Family Pets Improve Autistic Children's Social Skills
Cats, dogs and other pets give children with autism a way to learn how to deal with others and assert themselves. Read more >

How Light from E-Readers Disrupts Your Sleep
The blue light computers and other screens emit can make it hard to get a restful night's sleep. Read more >

Musical Training Improves Language Processing and School Performance
Musical training can make a difference in children's ability to process language and learn in school. Read more >

Prescription Meds Can Turn Teens into Drug Abusers
Teens prescribed anti-anxiety and sleep medications are more likely to abuse drugs later on. Read more >

Cozy, Comfy, and Dangerous
Nearly half of all infants are put to bed with bedding that poses a risk of SIDS and suffocation. Read more >

What School Lunch Guidelines Need to Work Better
The environment of school cafeterias — and the amount of time kids have to eat — can have a big effect on how well kids eat at lunch. Read more >

Helping Babies Learn to Love Vegetables -- The French Way
In France mothers have a trick for getting infants to like vegetables. It works wonders. Read more >

Energy Drinks Land Young Children in The ER
The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is dangerous to children. It can cause seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Read more >

Immersion Blenders May Leak Toxic Chemicals into Food
Some brands of hand blenders contain toxic chemicals that may be transferred to food. Not good for kids. Read more >

Cafeteria Food Faces Off Against Brought-From-Home
School lunches take a lot of abuse, but a new study finds that they are healthier than we think. Read more >

BPA Exposure Linked to Handling Register, Gas, and ATM Receipts
Thermal papers like register and ATM receipts can transfer the endocrine disruptor BPA to the skin, especially if skin lotions are used. Read more >

How Far You Have to Walk to Work Off a Soda
It takes 50 minutes of running or five miles of walking to work off the 250 calories in a can of soda. Read more >

Chemical in Broccoli (in High Doses) Appears to Reduce Symptoms of Autism
A chemical in broccoli, sulforaphane, reduces the social symptoms of autism symptoms. But only in h Read more >

Experts Agree: Violent Gaming is Linked to Aggression in Kids
The exact relationship between violent video games and violence and aggression among children isn't clear, but the fact they are linked is. Read more >

Rising Asthma Rates Appear Related to BPA Exposure
BPA may be behind the uptick in asthma among children. Read more >

Multitasking Linked to Changes in the Brain
Multitasking may result in a loss of density in gray matter in a key brain area. Read more >

Curiosity Primes the Brain to Learn
Curiosity literally makes the brain more open to learning. We may be able to use this finding in schools. Read more >

Immature Connections Among Brain Networks May Be Behind ADHD
The connections among brain networks in people with ADHD are immature. Can they be helped to develop normally? Read more >

A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
Markers in the blood of people who are or will become depressed offer a step forward in early diagnosis and treatment. Read more >

Experts Recommend Getting the Flu Shot as Early as Possible
Get the flu shot as early in the fall as possible. There are a few exceptions. Read more >

Dry Roasting May Hold the Key to Peanut Allergies
Peanut allergies are almost unknown in Asia. How they are prepared may be the reason. Read more >

Pruning the Hedges of Autism
“Neural pruning” helps kids' brains become more efficient. This happens less among children with ASD. Here's why. Read more >

Brain Development Puts the Brakes on Kids’ Growth
There's a reason why toddlers' heads are too big for their bodies: Their brains are using most of what they eat. Young minds need to be fed properly. Read more >

Young People with Depression Have “Hyper-Connected” Brain Networks
The brains of depressed people have different, more intense patterns of connections. What does that mean for treatment? Read more >

Biceps, Triceps and White Matter: Exercising the Brain
The white matter in the brains of kids who are in good shape is denser and able to process information faster than those who aren't fit. Read more >

Certain Occupations Make Parenthood Even Harder
Certain jobs make being a parent even more stressful. Read more >

Nature Really Does Nurture
Mothers who spend more time in green spaces are less likely to have low birth weight babies. Read more >

Antibiotics in Early Life — and in Utero — May Bring Obesity Risk Later On
Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >

Promising New Technique for Monitoring Early Brain Development in Infants
A new technique makes it possible to predict developmental delays more accurately. Read more >

Crowdsourcing May Help People Make Smarter Food Choices
There's a new reason to take pictures of your meals — you can use them to get support and feedback to eat better. Read more >

Good News at the Wrong Time Isn’t Good News at All
The timing of good news is almost as important as the news itself. Read more >

Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
Electronic cigarettes may help some smokers go smokeless. But kids are picking them up like they're harmless consumer products. Read more >

Early Lead Exposure in Children Linked to Depression and Anxiety
In addition to harming brain development, lead exposure is also linked to emotional problems like depression and anxiety. Read more >

Kids Choose Healthier Foods When Parents Spend Time Cooking
Time spent in the kitchen pays off in more than just good nutrition. Kids who eat mostly home-cooked meals choose healthier food when out. Read more >

Genetic Risks for Autism Come into Focus
A large new study of the genetic underpinnings of autism finds that sudden mutations play almost no role in the disorder. Read more >

Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can Make You Drink More
When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, they tend to drink more. Read more >

Organic Foods Show Clear Nutritional Benefits
Not only do organic foods offer far more polyphenols and other antioxidants, they have far fewer pesticide residues. Read more >

For Kids, Sports Are about Much More than Just Winning
For kids, winning isn’t the best part of sports. Knowing what is most important can keep them engaged — and fit. Read more >

At the Intersection of Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer
The obese suffer from chronic inflammation in fat cells. This not only can bring on diabetes, it may also promote cancer. Read more >

What Looks Like Depression in Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Something Else
“Depressed” people with diabetes may not be clinically depressed – they may just be reacting to having an illness. Read more >

Preschoolers More Likely to Recognize Unhealthy Food Brands
What parents eat has the biggest effect on kids' food choices. But it would help if carrots or apples had the branding that junk foods do. Read more >

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pregnant women living near agricultural areas where pesticides are used have a far higher risk of having a child with ASD. Read more >

Sun Worshipper or Sun Addict?
Some people need the sun the way an alcoholic needs a drink. And the health risks can be just as severe. Read more >

Children from Divorced Homes May Be at Risk for Weight Problems
Children of divorce are more likely to be overweight or obese. Especially boys. Read more >

Early Exposure to Allergens Can Boost Infant Immunity
When it comes to allergens and bacteria, early exposure may be better than no exposure. Read more >

Environmental Influences May Be Behind Autism in Some Children
Older parents are more likely to have a child with ASD. It may be that exposure to environmental influences plays a role. Read more >

ADHD Stimulant Treatment May Help Prevent Smoking
People with ADHD are often smokers and face serious health problems. Stimulant drugs for the disorder may reduce this risk. Read more >

Kids Need Early and Repeated Exposure to Veggies
You know the best way to keep kids healthy and at a good weight is to be sure vegetables are part of their diets. Here's how to make that happen. Read more >

Body Fat, Obesity in Kids Linked to Getting Too Little Sleep
Kids who don't get enough sleep have more body fat and are more likely to be obese. Read more >

Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Vaccinating for the flu earlier can curb a pandemic. So can washing your hands. Read more >

Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >

Home Food Environment Affects the Quality of Your Diet
Some homes are like Superfund sites -- toxic to healthy eating. A few changes can make eating better a lot easier. Read more >

Children Prefer Being Helpers to Helping
If you want your children to clean up, try enlisting them as helpers, rather than asking them to help. It makes a difference. Read more >

Bullying's Effects Seen in Adulthood
We tend to think of bullying as schoolyard behavior, but it can affect victims even as adults. Read more >

Kids' Food Portions Mirror Parents' Food Portions
Avoid that "finish your dinner" fight. Young children need smaller portions. Better they ask for more than not finish. Read more >

Physicians Take on Gun Violence
Because of their special understanding of family issues, doctors can play a big role when it comes to preventing gun violence, according to a new ACP policy statement. Read more >

Marijuana's Bad Effects on the Brain
Marijuana may ease the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy, but it also leaves certain brain areas abnormally enlarged. Read more >

Active Moms Raise Active Kids
Parents' own activity levels have a big effect on how active — and healthy — their children will be. Read more >

Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >

Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >

Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >

Mephedrone Just As Dangerous, and Perhaps More Addictive, Than MDMA
Mephedrone, a newer club drug has effects similar to those of MDMA, but it appears to be more addictive. Read more >

Violent Video Games and Aggression
Playing violent video games makes kids prone to seeing others as hostile and acting aggressively. Read more >

Little League Pitching Can Do Major League Damage
Young pitchers’ arms are prone to injuries, especially from certain types of pitches. Read more >

Study Finds One Way Genes Are Affected by Lifestyle
We don't choose our genes, but as we age we make choices that can affect them, and that can make all the difference. Read more >

It Pays to Offer Healthy Food Options
Having a few healthy options at the concession stand can improve waistlines and still maintain the bottomline. Go team! Read more >

Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >

Raw Milk Doesn't Ease Lactose Intolerance
There may be benefits to raw milk, but easing the symptoms of the lactose intolerant isn't one of them. Read more >

Teens' Breakfast Behaviors Predict Metabolic Syndrome
Kids who don't eat in the morning aren't just depriving themselves of nutrients, they are setting the stage for major health issues down the road. Read more >

The Road to Obesity Begins in Infancy
Overeating is so easy, even a child can do it. Parents and pediatricians can nip the tendency in the bud. Read more >

Scientists Begin to Understand Why Autism Is More Common in Boys Than Girls
Now we know why boys are more genetically susceptible to autism. Read more >

More Evidence for Bullying's Emotional Toll
Bullying casts a long shadow. There are things parents can do to reduce the emotional, physical, and psychological damage. Read more >

Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >

Can Childhood Memories Be Trusted?
Our memory for childhood events is usually modest. The details we recall are often added later. Read more >

Down with The Good and Up with The Bad: Food Costs Fuel Obesity
When fruits and veggies cost less, people weigh less. High-priced soda helps, too Read more >

Study Reaffirms the Key Roles Oxytocin and Chloride Play in Autism
Oxytocin helps babies' cells adjust to the shift from womb to world. ASD kids' cells appear to lack this transition, and that may be possible to change. Read more >

To Ease Babies' Colic — Probiotics
Probiotics can help reduce infants' colic, easing babies' discomfort and parents' stress. Read more >

Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >

Tips for Avoiding Screen-Related Eye Fatigue
You can ease the strain of hours in front of a screen. Start by giving your monitor a high-five...and blinking. Read more >

Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. Read more >

Home Visits Help New Parents
Nurses' visits to new parents not only provide answers to questions and ease stress, they reduce healthcare costs considerably. Read more >

Healthy Eating May Be as Easy as Following Traffic Signals
When cafeteria food is labeled green, yellow, or red according to its nutritional value, people make healthier choices. Genius! Read more >

A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >

Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Does making kids take servings of nutritious food actually improve their diets? Nope. Bribery works better. Read more >

Potentially Dangerous Fracking Chemicals Found in Ground Water
Fracking increases the levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in the water supplies near sites. Read more >

Student-Teacher Relationships Are Key to Early Education
Teachers' responsiveness to preschoolers' questions and needs is even more important than what's being taught. Read more >

Cell Phone Angst
We all love our cell phones, but they can increase anxiety and make us miserable. Read more >

Men and Women's Neural Networks Reflect Sex Differences
A new kind of brain scan tells us a lot about why women are better at meetings and men at maps. Read more >

Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >

Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >

Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >

Fitness Declining Among Children and Teens Worldwide
Kids today are slower and less aerobically fit than their parents were. It's a global problem. Read more >

Vaginal Delivery Is A Viable Option Following Caesarean Birth
Women who had a C-section with their first child often are successful giving birth vaginally for the next. Read more >

Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better Read more >

Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Can Exceed That in R-rated Films
Beware the gun effect. PG-13 films are more violent than those rated R. Read more >

Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Overtraining is the main way kids injure themselves. Specializing in one sport is also a problem. Read more >

Musical Training Improves the Brain's Sensitivity to Sound, Speech
People who have studied music for a few years tend to hear better because their brains process sounds more rapidly. Read more >

Exercise During Pregnancy Can Improve Infant Brain Development
Exercise makes pregnancy and childbirth easier. It also seems to boost infant brain development. Read more >

Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
Oral sex is not the protect from STDS that many think it is. In particular, herpes is more likely to be transmitted. Read more >

Too Many Bike Riders Without Helmets End Up in the ER
Helmets can only help prevent injury when kids wear them. Parents need to insist. Read more >

Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >

Exercise Improves Teens' Academic Performance
Teens who exercise moderately to vigorously every day do better academically. But no, running a 10K can't replace studying. Read more >

Brief School Counseling Program Helps Teens Cope
Offering teens a couple sessions of therapy can go a long way to nipping mental health problems in the bud. Read more >

Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Irisin, the magic molecule of the moment, turns bad fat into good and helps exercise boost the brain Read more >

Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
Little of the mercury in our blood actually comes from fish. Go for those omega-3s! Read more >

Psoriasis Drug Has Potential As Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Alefacept, a drug used to treat psoriasis, helped diabetics produce their own insulin. Read more >

Skype Me! Social Interaction Feeds Language Development
The back-and-forth of social interaction -- gestures, eye contact and reactions -- are very important to learning language. Read more >

State Bans on Harmful Chemicals Appear to Help
Brain-damaging compounds from flame retardants have dropped significantly since PBDEs were banned. Read more >

Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >

New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Treatments
New technology may make it possible for ASD kids to guide their own treatments. Read more >

Nap Time is Learning Time
Preschoolers need their naps, even, or especially, in school. Read more >

Oxytocin and The Pleasure We Get from Being Social
The hormone oxytocin helps stimulate human connection. It also appears important to experiencing ple Read more >

Bad Nutrition: Baby Food Is Promoted for Babies Too Young to Need It
Breastfeeding is best for babies six months old and younger. Read more >

Lead Exposure Linked to School Suspension
Children exposed to lead are almost four times more likely to be suspended from school. Read more >

Simple Routines Help Kids Lose Weight
Just a few small changes at home help kids avoid the kind of weight gain that leads to obesity. Read more >

Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >

Circumcision Rates Are Falling, Says CDC
The decision to circumcise -- or not -- is less standard procedure and more an informed parental choice these days. Read more >

Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
Our ideas about the "right" amount of sugar in the diet may need adjusting. Weight is not the issue. Read more >

Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >

Eczema May Make Infants Vulnerable to Food Allergies
Irritated, inflamed skin may set the autoimmune response leading to food allergies in motion. Read more >

Brain Development Appears Influenced by Regular Bedtimes
Regular bedtimes for kids are important for brain development. Read more >

Researchers Cast Doubt on The Virtues of Low-Fat Milk
Whole milk is fattening, right? Not so fast says a group from Harvard's School of Public Health. Read more >

Breastfeeding Promotes Brain Development
Breast milk builds the fatty covering around nerves so babies' brain circuits become superhighways. Read more >

Childhood Iron Deficiency's Long-Term Effects
Babies with low iron run the risk of a range difficulties that persist into adulthood. Read more >

Singing with Others Synchronizes Hearts and Minds
People who sing together also share changes in heart rate. Read more >

For Millenials, Global Downturn May Have A Silver Lining
If you survey high school seniors, the global downturn has had some positive, as well as negative, effects. Read more >

Hand Gestures Help Kids Pick Up Language
The more we “talk” with our hands – using gestures to express meaning – the easier it is for children to understand and pick up new words. Read more >

BPA Appears to Increase the Risk of Obesity in Teenaged Girls
The plastic additive BPA has been linked to obesity in teenaged girls. Read more >

Sensory Enhancement Helps Autistic Children Connect
Lemons and bubblewrap. Kids with autism improved with sensory focused therapy. Read more >

Expectant Mom's Diet May Determine Child's Bone Health
Mothers' prenatal diets appear to set the stage for children's bone development for years after birth. Supplements are not enough. Read more >

When Good Hikes Go Bad
Over half of all hikers are seriously under-prepared. Here are 10 items you need to bring with you — even for a short hike. Read more >

Road Kill: Nearly Half of Teens Text While Driving
Half of all teens text while driving, a danger for all. Parents are the front line of defense. Read more >

Certain Migraine Medications Should Not Be Taken during Pregnancy
When taken during pregnancy, certain migraine medications may affect a baby's mental abilities. Read more >

Kids Need Magnesium for Healthy Bones
When it comes to bone density, children need magnesium as much, if not more than calcium. Read more >

Tweaking a Balkan Bed Bug Remedy
The fuzzy leaves of bean plants have been used to trap bedbugs for centuries. Read more >

Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >

Kids with Autism Focus on the Essentials
Kids with ASD copy the actions of others differently. This tells us a bit more about how they see things. Read more >

Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >

Public Pre-K Exceeds Its Goals
Pre-K programs can help kids with school readiness and bring unexpected side benefits that last a lifetime. Read more >

CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >

Teens' Relationship Problems Predict Their Struggles as Adults
When parents help teens navigate peer social relationships, they improve kids' adult relationships down the road. Read more >

Bacteria Offer New Hope for Acne Prone
People with acne have a different mix of bacteria on their skin than those who don't. Read more >

Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >

What Texting Does to Your Neck
Sitting bent over a phone or tablet or laptop puts a huge strain on your neck. The pain has a name: text neck. Read more >

Exercise Improves Self Control, Decision-Making
Exercise can help us exert more self control. It enhances the brain's ability to solve problems, plan, and make decisions. Read more >

Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >

Aerobic Fitness Raises Scores on Reading and Math Tests
Fitness is more important to academic performance than most people realize. Read more >

The Bitter Truth about Sugar
The World Health Organization reviews the global effects of sugar on obesity. Guess what they found. Read more >

Bullying Leaves Long-Lasting Psychological Effects
The effects of bullying can be long-lasting, especially for those who have been both bully and victim. Read more >

Smarter Lunchrooms Help Kids Make Better Lunch Choices
Children need to be encouraged — not forced — to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more >

BPA Exposure Damages Male Reproductive Tissue
A new study finds human fetal cells are highly sensitive to the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A. It's not just about lab animals anymore. Read more >

Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Ibuprofen can occasionally lead to serious kidney problems in children. Read more >

Eating More Fast Food Is Linked to Kids' Risk for Asthma and Eczema
Eczema and asthma have been linked to fast food consumption in kids. Another reason rates are soaring. Read more >

The School Day Needs More...Recess
In Japan, schoolchildren are given a 10-15 minute break every hour. Recess is important to cognitive, physical and social development. Read more >

Kindness Is a Key to Kids' Happiness and Popularity
When kids are encouraged to be kinder, they also end up being happier and more popular. Read more >

Good Partners Make Good Parents
Wondering what kind of parent you will be? Certain qualities make it pretty easy to predict. Read more >

The Power of Social Media Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Dieting is easier when you are part of a community. The Internet is a natural place for kids and teens interested in losing weight to gather. Read more >

Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >

Better Language Skills Help Kids Cope with Emotions
Helping kids with language development gives them the tools to express their emotions, rather than act out. Read more >

Study Skills and Motivation More Important to Math Than Smarts
Math is not all about smarts. Motivation and going beyond rote memorization are more important. Read more >

How Old is Too Old for Santa?
Concerned about telling your children about Santa? A psychologist says, back off. Read more >

Cartoons and Videos Calm Kids Headed to Surgery
The Power Rangers have a new role: easing kids' fear of surgery. Read more >

Treating ADHD with Medication Reduces a Person's Risk of Criminal Behavior
Crime and medication? People with ADHD are less likely to commit crimes if they take medication. Read more >

Too Many Toxic Chemicals Making Their Way into Food
Probably the easiest way to lower acrylamide exposure is to avoid or minimize eating potato chips, tortilla chips and French fries. Read more >

Cheerleading: Pediatricians Call for Improving Safety
Cheerleaders should be coached and conditioned just like any athletes. Serious injuries are on the rise. Read more >

Flame Retardants Affect Children's Brain Development
Flame retardants may cause delays in children’s brain development. Read more >

Even a Little Alcohol When Pregnant Puts a Child's IQ at Risk
Drinking alcohol while pregnant carries serious risks to a child's IQ. Read more >

Kids' Generosity Needs Monitors
Is our “ungenerosity” innate? Read more >

Clear Expectations Mean Better Student Behavior
Bullying and disruptive behavior are big problems in schools. So why not teach kids how to behave? Read more >

Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
Tick-borne diseases are rising steadily. And it's not just Lyme disease anymore. Read more >

Why Teenage Fear Lingers
Problems with anxiety often show up in adolescence. A study shows why, and why it's hard for teens.. Read more >

Free Fruit for Kids = Less Junk Food
Making fruit freely-accessible is a good way to raise kids' fruit consumption, and reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks they eat. Read more >

What A Lack of Sleep Does to Metabolism
People who sleep too little have reduced insulin sensitivity, leading to weight gain and diabetes... Read more >

HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >

Organic Foods May Be Healthier for Kids After All
Organic fruits and veggies may be better for kids' developing brains - but any kind of fruits and veggies are better than none. Read more >

Screen Media Hinders Child Development
Screen time is physiologically distinct from other sedentary activities like reading or being read to. And that's a problem. Read more >

New Research Points to Viral Acne Treatment
Despite what the infomercials say, a cure for acne remains elusive. But scientists may have found... Read more >

Off-Label Antipsychotic Use Continues to Rise, Especially in Children
Off-label prescribing for kids is way up. So are their serious side effects. The search for... Read more >

Progress on Two Fronts in Our Understanding of Autism
Researchers may have found a treatment for one form of autism. Read more >

Dioxin's Harmful Effects Span Generations
Dioxin persists in the environment, and the body, for a very long time. It appears its effects can.. Read more >

Temper Tantrums
Nearly all preschoolers have tantrums sometimes, but perhaps surprisingly, daily tantrums are not typical behavior. Read more >

BPA Linked to Obesity in Kids and Pre-Teens
Children and teens with high levels of BPA were over two and a half times more likely to be obese... Read more >

Big Test? Get Some Sleep
Getting less sleep before a big test is more likely to reduce your learning than improve it. Read more >

Sugary Drinks, the Obesity Epidemic, and New York City's "Soda Ban"
For people predisposed obesity, drinking lots of sugary beverages "amplifies" the effects of one's genes. Read more >

Shy Preschoolers May Be at a Disadvantage
Children who are quiet or withdrawn may not reap the same benefits of education as the outgoing ones. Read more >

Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >

Metabolic Syndrome and Cognition in Adolescents
Childhood obesity can affect the brain, shrinking areas connected with memory and reducing performance on IQ and achievement tests. Read more >

Can Memories Be Strengthened During Sleep?
But don't try it in place of studying. The brain does pick up, or at least cement, information while Read more >

Healthy Diet Leads to Better IQ in Kids
There is strong evidence that what an infant eats from six to 24 months can have a significant effect on IQ at eight years of age. Read more >

Relationships, Not Schoolwork, Are the Key to a Good Future
When it comes to well-being later in life, having friends is more important than good grades. Read more >

A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Antibiotics appear to fatten up kids the way they fatten up cattle. Needless to say, this is not... Read more >

Children with Food Allergies: Parents Need To Do More
Too often children with food allergies are exposed to foods that can bring on a severe reaction. Adults need to be on guard. Read more >

Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >

Online Infant Sleep Safety Information May Be Inaccurate
It is unwise, and sometimes even dangerous, to trust all the health information you find through search engines. Read more >

Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >

Dental Filling Material Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children
Fillings with a form of the chemical BPA raise the likelihood that a child will have emotional... Read more >

Influencing Flavor Preferences Begins During Pregnancy
What you eat while you are pregnant can influence your baby's food and flavor preferences. Read more >

Vitamin C Supplementation and Smoking During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and smoke (not a good combination), taking vitamin C can help prevent damage to the your unborn baby's lungs. Read more >

Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >

Many Patients Look to the Internet for a Medical Education
Many people use medical websites to help them learn about their conditions, but not as a substitute for an office visit. Read more >

Nearsightedness in Children is More Common Than Expected
Nearsightedness, not being able to see things in the distance, is affects about one in six children by age 16. Read more >

Give Me More Space: A Novel Strategy For Dyslexic Readers
It appears that having more space around letters and words makes it easier for people with dyslexia to understand printed text. Read more >

Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >

Us or Them: Who's to Blame for Our Sugar Problem?
In the "war" against obesity, it seems that the soda industry wants to shift the blame to consumers. Read more >

What's Waiting for You in Your Hotel Room?
If you're staying in a hotel or motel this summer, some unwelcome "guests" may precede you. Read more >

Oxytocin May Hold Even More Promise for Treating Symptoms of Autism
Oxytocin, the mother-infant bonding hormone, activates the "social" areas of the brain.... Read more >

Teens Showing Ominous Signs of Cardiovascular Trouble to Come
Overweight adolescents show early warning signs of cardiovascular disease. Read more >

Touch and Hearing May Be Linked
The better a person's hearing, the better his or her sense of touch. These senses may share... Read more >

A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with... Read more >

Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >

Text Messaging Increases Flu Vaccinations
Text messaging is proving useful to promoting public health - as long as it isn't done while you are Read more >

Why Babies Don't Come with a Manual
A survey of child-rearing books over the past 50 years finds many contradictions, but offer... Read more >

Adolescence, A Global Health Issue
With nearly two billion adolescents worldwide. If you think that's scary, consider the health risks. Read more >

Teens, Alcohol and Benign Breast Disease
Teen girls who drink have an increased risk of benign breast disease and ultimately, breast cancer.. Read more >

Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Children's Brainpower
If you use sunscreen to protect your child's skin, are you also preventing vitamin D synthesis... Read more >

A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >

Losing Weight May Not Change Body Image
Losing weight may not make body image issues disappear. Read more >

No More Tears: Comforting Baby after Vaccinations
The five S's calm babies who have just felt the sting of a vaccination; it's likely they can help... Read more >

Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >

Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren't.. Read more >

Print Referencing Helps Preschoolers Learn to Read
When children come to understand that the story they love is also a thing in print, it can inspire.. Read more >

Home Visits for Asthma: Healthcare that Works
For kids with asthma and their parents, home healthcare visits save time and money... Read more >

Special K Can Lead to Ongoing Bladder Problems in Its Users
The club drug Special K or Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems in the people who use it.... Read more >

Harmful Chemicals, Unlisted on Labels, Can Lurk in Everyday Products
Worrisome compounds can appear in even the most "natural" household products... Read more >

Brown Rice Syrup: Trading Fructose for Arsenic?
Brown rice syrup, used in baby formulas and energy bars, contains arsenic, exceeding safe limits... Read more >

Failing Has Its Benefits For Kids
Teaching kids that failing is a part of learning can give them the confidence to do well. Read more >

Hiding Veggies in Other Foods May Not Be the Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Hiding vegetables in children's food can backfire. Read more >

Parent Training Could Help Manage the Difficult Behaviors of Autism
Training parents helps them help their children behave better.... Read more >

Kids' Sugar Consumption Down, But Not Enough
The Centers of Disease Control have released a report on sugar consumption. Read more >

A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
Antidepressants can literally be lifesavers for people with depression. Read more >

Headphones: More Powerful than a Locomotive
Headphone use can turn deadly when shutting out the world means being unaware of approaching traffic... or trains. Read more >

Teen Weight Loss Programs May Work Better Without Parents
Parents have long been key players in helping their kids lose weight. But for teens, peers may... Read more >

Physical Activity and School Performance
Children do better in school when they have more opportunity for physical activity, not more time at a desk. Read more >

Physical Punishment Takes A Toll on Kids' Mental Health
Physical punishment does more harm than good to a child and encourages aggressive behavior. Other methods are more effective. Read more >

Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >

Humble People to the Rescue
Need help? Call on your humble friends. Those who are arrogant may let you down. Read more >

"Western" Diet May Contribute to ADHD
Sugar, preservatives and allergies have been thought to contribute to attention deficits... Read more >

Preschool Attachment and Teen Obesity: Is There a Link?
Teens rated as less attached during infancy were almost 2.5 times more likely to become obese... Read more >

More Education Improves IQ
An extra year or two of education can raise IQ significantly, even if the students are already teens Read more >

Children May Eat More When Served Less
There is a really simple way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables: reduce the size of their main course. Read more >

The Overuse of Allergy Tests
Many allergy tests are unnecessary. It helps to know what they show and what they don't. Read more >

When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >

Study Links PFCs to Poor Vaccination Response
Children's immune response to vaccines was greatly reduced if they had been exposed to a common... Read more >

The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >

Children's Powers of Positive Thinking
At what age do children learn that one can choose to see a situation in a more positive light? Read more >

Lead Poisoning: Proposed New Guidelines for Identification, Prevention, and Treatment
Because many of the effects of lead on young children are irreversible, they have troubling implications for the potential children... Read more >

Play and the Impact of Poverty
Underprivileged kids have less chance to play at school, at home, in their neighborhoods... Read more >

Preference For Salt Shaped Early in Life
When introducing solids, parents should try to avoid giving infants cereals and crackers with... Read more >

Children and Family Violence
The brains of children exposed to family violence show changes similar to those of soldiers... Read more >

Hope for Overweight Children
If obese or overweight kids lose the weight as they become adults, the associated health risks also seem to vanish. Read more >

Procedure Helps Babies Who Have Trouble Breastfeeding
"Tongue-tie" or tether tongue makes it hard for babies to latch on to the breast. It can be easily diagnosed and corrected. Read more >

Energy Drinks Responsible for More ER Visits
Energy drink-fueled visits to the ER have risen 1600 percent since 2005. Read more >

Eating Canned Soup Raises BPA Levels in Your Body
Soup cans may contain BPA, a known toxin. People who ate canned soup had higher levels of this toxin in their bodies. Read more >

Infants' Social Reasoning Emerges Early
At 5 months babies know who is naughty or nice, by 8 months, they like to see a bit of justice done. Read more >

Too Much Iron Might Be Harmful to Infants
Having a hemoglobin, or iron, level that is too high carries many of the same risks as having a level that is too low. Read more >

Autism Spectrum Disorders Linked to a Variety of Genetic Mutations
Autism spectrum disorders are increasingly being linked to different genetic mutations... Read more >

Women with PID May Be at Risk of Infertility
Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >

Kids and Cholesterol: New Guidelines for Screening
Current recommendations call for children to first be screened for high LDL cholesterol between age 9 and 11. Read more >

A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >

An Over-Abundance of Neurons Linked to Autism
Runaway neuronal growth in the prefrontal cortex, in the brains of kids with autism. Read more >

Preschoolers Learn Language From Each Other
Other children are often the best teachers when it comes to language skills. Read more >

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated in Infants
Generally speaking, infants with colic do not need acid-suppressing drugs, which carry a number of risks. Read more >

Gestational BPA Linked to Developmental Problems in Girls, Not Boys
Higher BPA levels during pregnancy are linked to cognitive and emotional problems in children. Read more >

Dyslexia and IQ: Are They Related?
The same techniques that help dyslexic children decipher language can help children with low IQ.. Read more >

Carbonated Soda Consumption Raises Risk of Teen Violence
Heavy soft drink consumption (5+ cans a week) has been linked to an increased risk of violent behavior and alcohol consumption. Read more >

Toddlers and TV: The AAP says No!
Children under two are not yet mentally equipped to learn from a screen. They benefit most from hands-on play with others. Read more >

Cartoon Viewing Reduces Children's Higher Cognitive Functioning
Fast-paced cartoons and other shows can reduce, at least temporarily, children's ability to plan and organize. Read more >

A False Positive for Miscarriage
When ultrasounds to diagnose miscarriage are inaccurate, healthy pregnancies may be terminated. Read more >

Early Introduction of Solid Foods Doesn't Affect Baby's Growth
Introducing solids earlier may increase an infant's weight gain in the near term, but has little overall effect. Read more >

The Brain Can Form New Connections between Cells into Young Adulthood
Contrary to popular belief, the brain can form new connections into adulthood... Read more >

Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >

Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >

Researchers Show that "Paying Attention" May Distort Reality
The mind is notorious for playing tricks, but researchers discover paying attention can mislead us.. Read more >

Parks and Play: How To Get Our Children To Exercise More
Parents who want to encourage physical fitness should take their children to a playground or park with other active children. Read more >

College Students Fail at Good Nutrition
Most college students don't even eat one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. Guess how many... Read more >

Breastfeeding May Help Brain Development
Infants, particularly preemies, who were breastfed scored higher on reasoning and language tests at age 5. Read more >

Impulsive Children Become Impulsive Adults
The brains of impulsive people are different from those who can delay gratification. Read more >

Fewer Boys Being Circumcised
The decision to circumcise a newborn boy is one that is best made after looking at all the information available. Read more >

Hookah Smoking: Not Safe At All
Hookah lounges are on the rise in California and with them, tobacco use... Read more >

Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >

Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >

How We React to Stress Influences Performance
How you interpret your stress can influence how you perform on tests. Read more >

Backpack Safety
Backpacks should be the right size, well-padded, and loaded so weight falls on the middle of the back, rather than on shoulders. Read more >

A Nagging Problem
Kids' nagging can wear down moms' resistance. But a study found some winning strategies... Read more >

Where There's Smoke, There Are Developmental Problems
Secondhand smoke sharply increases the risk of a child's having neurodevelopmental disorders like learning disabilities and ADHD. Read more >

Pack Kids' Lunches Safely
Putting an ice pack in your child's lunch box may not be enough to keep the food at a safe temperature. Other tactics may be needed. Read more >

Parenting and Temperament: Does "Goodness of Fit" Matter?
Certain styles of parenting are more beneficial for children with difficult temperaments, such as the anxious or depressed. Read more >

Study Links Folate to Better Grades
Folate, a B vitamin, and folic acid, its synthetic version, have been linked to better school performance. Read more >

Hidden Veggies Increase Kids' Intake
Including some pureed vegetables in foods your children already love is a good way to help them on the path to healthier eating. Read more >

Speech Processing May Be at the Heart of Dyslexia
The root of dyslexia may be in speech processing, a surprise to researchers... Read more >

Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Just Hype?
Dog dander thought to be hypoallergenic may not be as allergen-free as hoped. Read more >

Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >

Asthma Linked to Cockroach Exposure
A study of middle-income kids with and without asthma found that cockroaches are a factor in asthma Read more >

"Late Talkers" Turn Out Just Fine
Children with language delays have no more behavioral or emotional problems as adolescents than other kids. Read more >

The Latest Cell Phone - Cancer Study Finds No Link
A new review study finds no good evidence of a cell phone-brain tumor connection... Read more >

Why Rocking Yourself to Sleep Works
Break out the hammocks. Rocking to sleep is not just for babies. It offers a deeper sleep... Read more >

How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
Gels that glow under black light can be used to teach kids to wash their hands more thoroughly. Read more >

Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies: Where are they Treated?
Too often, children with behavioral or emotional issues are taken to the ER. Read more >

Prolonged Bottle Use Linked to Obesity
Children still being bottle-fed at two years old are 33% more likely to be obese. Read more >

Kids' Brains Change as They Learn New Math Skills
Children's brains change as they learn math skills. Adults' too, hopefully. Read more >

The Color Red Boosts Speed and Intensity of Performance
Looking at the color red actually boosts the strength and speed of our physical reactions. Read more >

Violence in Cartoons Does Not Make Them More Enjoyable
Contrary to popular belief, kids do not enjoy violent cartoons any more than nonviolent ones... Read more >

Children with Asthma Prescribed Antibiotics, Contrary to Guidelines
Nearly a million kids a year are prescribed antibiotics for asthma, another unnecessary use. But why Read more >

Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >

FDA Panel Urges New Instructions and Dosing on Infant Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does not appear to reduce kids' pain, just their fever. Read more >

Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >

Reducing Stress May Boost Success Rate with IVF
Reducing stress can improve the odds of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Read more >

Pesticide Exposure May Affect Kids' Cognitive Function
A banned residential pesticide is linked to lower IQ in kids. Read more >

Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >

FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >

Many People Rate Themselves as Normal Even When Overweight: What's Changed?
People who are seriously overweight tend not to see themselves as being as heavy as they are... Read more >

Study Finds Opioids Taken During Pregnancy Increase Birth Defects
If you are pregnant or trying to beome pregnant, check with your doctor before taking any medication — even herbal preparations. Read more >

Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >

Exercise Boosts Tests Scores, Thinking Ability
Intelligence scores rose by four points with just 40 minutes of play a day... Read more >

Starting Baby on Solids Too Soon May Pose Obesity Risk Later
Introducing solid foods too early raises the risk of obesity... Read more >

100 Innings a Year or Less for Young Arms
Pitching too much can damage young (and old) arms. It is important to limit the number of pitches to reduce the risk of injury. Read more >

Diet and ADHD: The Debate Continues
Are kids with ADHD just exhibiting an allergic response to certain foods? Read more >

Helping Overweight Children by Teaching Parents
Educating parents about healthy lifestyles and nutrition is a very good way to reduce childhood obesity. Read more >

How to Beat Test Anxiety
Writing about your anxiety may help release some of its grip and enable you to perform more in line with your ability. Read more >

Proposed Guidelines Will Make School Food Healthier
Updates to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program lower fat and salt and increase greens Read more >

Kids' Friends May Be Big Influence on Grades
Kids' friends may have a bigger influence on how well they do in school than parents do. Read more >

Surgeon General: End Barriers to Breastfeeding
The Surgeon General addresses the reasons women don't engage in this free, healthy practice... Read more >

Infant Formulas Are Not All the Same
When it comes to babies' weight gain, not all formulas are alike. Which is right for your baby? Read more >

High Sugar Intake in Teens May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Teens who eat a diet high in added sugars have higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides. Read more >

Baby Fat May Predict Childhood Obesity
Don't assume a chubby baby is a healthy baby. Don't deny infants food, but when solids are introduced, make healthy choices. Read more >

Anesthesia-Related Deaths During Childbirth Drop, But Still Present Risk
The number of women who die from general anesthesia during childbirth has dropped, but epidurals... Read more >

BPA Lowers Women's Fertility in Study
Women having trouble conceiving may want to consider their exposure to BPA and learn how to limit it Read more >

Cytomegalovirus May Affect Newborn Health
Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >

Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >

Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >

Revamping School Nutrition from Vending Machines Up
Vending machines full of junk food? A new landmark nutrition bill is a game changer. Read more >

Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >

Many Kids Skipping Meals and Snacking Instead
When kids skip meals, they snack instead which raises the chance they will take in empty calories... Read more >

Synthetic Marijuana Worse Than the Real Stuff
Synthetic marijuana, often legal and sold at convenience stores, can be more deadly than the real thing. Read more >

Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Don't smoke at home. Secondhand smoke appears to affect children even more than it does adults. Read more >

New Mothers' Brains May Grow Larger
The thrill and pleasure of a new baby appear to stimulate brain growth, particularly in areas... Read more >

CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >

More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Teens' hearing has gotten worse. It may be from having the iPod or MP3 up too loud. Read more >

Literate Mothers Boost Children's Test Scores
For young children in poor communities, having a mom who reads is a huge boost to school success. Read more >

Evidence that Violent Media Desensitizes Teenage Boys
Boys used to violent video clips have less response to them. Does this increase the likelihood... Read more >

AAP: Infants Should Be Screened for Iron Deficiency at 12 Months
Breastfed babies should have iron supplements beginning at four months old. All babies should be checked for iron at 12 months. Read more >

Dogs Can Ease the Stress of Autism
Having a service dog reduces undesirable behavior and eases kids' (and parents') stress. Read more >

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?
Women who experience morning sickness are less likely to miscarry than women who do not... Read more >

Too Much Screen Time Bad for Kids' Psychology
Limiting kids' TV and computer time can improve their ability to pay attention and reduce the risk of psychological problems. Read more >

Sports Drinks: Soda in Disguise?
Don't let the term, "sports drink" fool you. Often these drinks have nearly as many calories as soda. Reach for water instead. Read more >

Can Tooth Health Reduce Preterm Births?
Taking care of gum disease while you're pregnant may reduce the risk the risk of preterm birth. Read more >

Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. Read more >

FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >

Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >

Contagious Yawning Teaches Researchers About Social Development
Contagious yawning is familiar to most. But did you know it is a form of normal social bonding... Read more >

Eye Injuries from Laser Pointers
Laser pointers can damage eyesight. Parents should teach kids the risks and know the power of any pointer their child uses. Read more >

More Young Athletes Reporting Concussions
The best medicine for concussion is rest. Young children need even more rest after a concussion than teenagers do. Read more >

It's Quality, Not Quantity, of Sleep That's Important for New Moms
Even though they may total enough hours at night, interrupted sleep is what hurts new moms. Read more >

Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >

Youngest Children in Their Class Most Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Before accepting a diagnosis of attention-deficit disorder, consider whether your child is young for his or her grade in school. Read more >

Earlier Onset of Puberty in the U.S.
More and more girls are beginning puberty between ages seven and eight. Read more >

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Data to Aid Decisions
If you have had a cesarean section, you may still be able to deliver a child vaginally. Read more >

Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Babies born to mothers who received Earned Income Tax Credits weigh more, a sign of greater health. Read more >

Too Much Mac-N-Cheese? Lure Your Kids to Healthy Eating With a Little Fun
Adding some fun activities to meal preparation improves kids' attitude toward fruits and vegetables. Read more >

Kids Read More When They Pick the Books
Let your child choose his or her summer reading books. Reading anything helps keep those skills sharp and helps in school. Read more >

Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >

Why Are So Many Children Overweight?
When it comes to helping kids lose weight, exercise is very important; but reducing calories is the most important first step. Read more >

Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >

Car Seats Should Stay in the Car to Avoid Accidents
Don't leave your baby unattended while in his or her car seat - especially outside the car. Serious injuries can happen. Read more >

TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >

Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >

Fructose May Increase Fat Cells in Kids
If fructose didn't already have a bad enough rap, now it seems to help kids' fat cells proliferate. Read more >

A New Look At Postpartum Depression
New mothers have elevated levels of MAO-A, an enzyme known to deactivate neurotransmitters that affect mood. Read more >

Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >

Pro-Anorexia, Pro-Bulimia Websites All Too Common, Study Finds
Parents should be aware that there are pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia (pro-ana and pro-mia) websites which encourage these eating disorders. Read more >

FDA Issues Warning for Parents to Measure Carefully When Giving Babies Vitamin D
Make sure your baby gets the proper amount of vitamin D Read more >

Parents Should Be Cautious with Autism Sites, Researchers Say
Be cautious about what websites you use for research Read more >

Pregnancy, Sunlight, and Multiple Sclerosis Risk
The risk of multiple sclerosis increases in parts of the world that receive less sun. Read more >

Food for Thought: Pesticide Exposure and ADHD Risk in Children
Pesticide exposure may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more >

Does Mozart Really Make Your Kid Smarter? New Study Says "Nein."
There’s little evidence that exposing your child to Mozart will actually improve their IQ. Read more >

Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >

A Simple Way to Eat Less
Keep serving platters off the table during meals and reduce calories by 20%. Read more >

Parents, Especially Dads, Affect Teen Smoking
Father-child communication is more important than many may realize, particularly when it is about things like cigarette smoking. Read more >

Vitamin D: Are Babies Getting Enough?
When babies begin to eat solids they are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Read more >

Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >

Mothers' Diet Can Lower the Risk of Eczema, Wheezing in Children
What a woman eats when pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce her child's chances of asthma and eczema. Read more >

Mother-Infant Bonding Hormone Oxytocin May Help Those with Autism
Oxytocin, a hormone, may help some autistic kids gain social skills. Read more >

Youth Sports Without All the Injuries
Sports injuries among child athletes are increasing. Many injuries can be prevented by getting proper rest, stretching after games... Read more >

Herbs and Pregnancy: Does Natural Mean Safe?
The use of herbal preparations, in any stage of life, but particularly during pregnancy, should not be taken lightly. Read more >

Researchers Help Children Build Tolerance to Peanuts over Time
Some children with peanut allergies can become less dangerously allergic through immunotherapy. Parents should not try this on their own. Read more >

Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >

Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychosis
Study finds omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help prevent youth psychosis. Read more >

SIDS and Serotonin: Is There a Connection?
The cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not yet known, but low levels of serotonin may play a role. Read more >

A Simple Test for Concussions
A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >

"Artificial Pancreas" Helps Control Nighttime Blood Sugar in Young Diabetics
Used during sleep, the system, which calculates and administers insulin, was far more effective at preventing nighttime hypoglycemia. Read more >

Blood Test Tells Baby's Sex Early in Pregnancy
A simple blood test may replace amniocentesis as the best means for determining a baby's sex early in utero Read more >

Autism Clusters Around the Highly Educated, Study Finds
Autism appears to be more common among the children of the well-educated. But is this just the result of more frequent diagnosis? Read more >

Better Relationships Cut Teenage Weight Gain
Negative emotions can contribute to overeating or binge eating. Therapy aimed at improving social skills can therefore help prevent weight Read more >

Kids' Mental Health Needs Often Unmet
Treating children for mental health problems can reduce the risk that the problems will get worse. Read more >

Early Daycare and Childhood Asthma: Are They Related?
Daycare may actually lower the risk of developing asthma even though it may raise the risk of infection. Read more >

Adolescent Behavior: Expectations vs. Reality
When teenagers feel alienated from their families, they are at greater risk for sadness and depression. Read more >

High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy: When and Why Should It Be Treated?
High blood sugar during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, is a major health risk for mothers and babies. Read more >

Preterm Birth and the Risk of Autism
Being premature doesn't in itself raise the risk of autism, but complications affecting the brain do. Read more >

Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >

Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >

Raising Safer Teen Drivers: What Works?
As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your child safe on the road is to set rules and pay attention to their activities. Read more >

Universal Newborn Bilirubin Screening: An Ounce of Prevention?
Newborns' bilirubin levels are routinely monitored as a way of preventing possible brain damage... Read more >

High Quality Day Care: An Escape Route for Children of Poverty
Daycare that offers children living in poverty a chance to learn school-readiness skills and exposure to role models helps them keep pace... Read more >

Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >

Getting Online Support May Help College Kids Tackle Drinking
College students who have harmful drinking patterns can be helped to rein in their drinking by receiving personalized online feedback. Read more >

Bullies and Victims Both At Risk for Future Mental Health
Both bullies and the victims of bullies may suffer from mental disorders in later life. Read more >

A Quiet Routine Makes for an Easier Bedtime
Having a consistent and peaceful nighttime routine helps babies and toddlers fall asleep more easily. Read more >

Little Boy Blue: Depression in Toddlers
What does a depressed toddler look like? He may be unable to enjoy things that used to be fun or not thinking as clearly as she used to. Read more >

"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >

No Place Like Home: Premature Infants, Socioeconomic Status, and Development
As important as medical intervention is for premature infants, the home environment is just as important. Read more >

Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. Read more >

A New Look at the Cause of Colic
Bacteria may play a major role in causing the discomfort of colicky babies. Read more >

Helping Parents Change Children's Health Habits
Having confidence in your ability to change behavior even in the face of obstacles is a critical asset for an effective parent. Read more >

Xylitol Syrup: Better than a Spoonful of Sugar
Xylitol, a plant extract that prevents the growth of bacteria on teeth, reduces cavities. Read more >

Teen Smoking: The Influence of Movies and Team Sports
For teens, playing team sports helps reduce the risk of starting smoking. Read more >

Colicky Babies and Depressed Dads: Is There a Connection?
Excessive crying lasts for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, during which a baby can't... Read more >

Adolescent Health: So Many Teens; So Little Care
Parents may want to request that their teen‘s doctor discuss safety, diet, smoking, sexuality and other topics. Read more >

Weighty Matters: The Risks of Obesity During Pregnancy
Obese women pass on insulin resistance -- abnormally high insulin and blood sugar levels -- to their infants in utero. Read more >

Get Milk!
Only half of males and one-fifth of females between the ages of 19-30 get the recommended amount of calcium. Read more >

Pacifiers and Breastfeeding: Is There Really A Problem?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. Read more >

Let Them Drink Water
Between the 1970s and the early 2000s, the rates of obesity in children ages 2-11 years nearly doubled. Read more >

Sleepless in Adolescence
The Internet, television and online videos and games are all responsible for a reduction in the amount of sleep that teens receive nightly. Read more >

Turn off the TV and Talk to Your Baby
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children do not watch TV or videos before age two years. Read more >

Improving Children's Mental Health: An Updated Agenda and a Roadmap
Resilience, the ability to thrive in the face of extreme adversity, is a reason why some children develop successfully while others fail. Read more >

McDonalds or McFamily?
Adolescents have notoriously poor diets. Read more >

Sunshine, Vitamin D, and a Lifetime of Healthy Bones
Third trimester maternal vitamin D levels, modulated through sun exposure, may have a "programming" effect on developing fetal bone growth. Read more >

This Is Your Brain on Fish
Teenage boys who ate plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, primarily through consumption of fish, had improved memory and cognitive skills. Read more >

Breast-Feeding and SIDS: Another Opportunity to Decrease Infant Risk
Breastfeeding may be another effective way to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. Read more >

Gradual Exposure to Peanut Protein May Help Develop Tolerance to Allergy
Giving children with peanut allergies tiny amounts of peanut protein can help build tolerance over time. Read more >

Flat Feet: Not the Achilles Heel for Young Athletes
Flat feet used to have the reputation of causing painful feet in adulthood as well as poor motor skills but research is finding differently. Read more >

Off the Couch, Onto the Bike
Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways children can avoid becoming overweight. Read more >

Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
A common enterovirus may be the tipping point in a chain of events that cause beta cells in the pancreas to stop producing insulin and diabetes... Read more >

Smoke Signals: How Parents' Habits Influence Children's Behavior
If both parents smoke, there is almost a three-fold increase in likelihood their teen will start smoking. Read more >

Violent Video Games Dampen Players' Reaction to Others' Pain
Playing violent video games and watching violent films make people insensitive to others' pain and less likely to notice others' distress. Read more >

Teens, TV and Depression
Adolescents who watch excessive TV are more likely to show signs of depression when they become young adults. Read more >

Helping Children Get What They Want
Researchers have developed a light-emitting headband that may soon help children who can't speak to communicate their preferences. Read more >

Look Both Ways and Hang Up
Children are more likely to put themselves in danger when crossing the street if they are talking on a cell phone. Read more >

Recess Benefits Students' In-Class Attention and Behavior
Recess provides children with a critical change of pace and a chance to recharge, making the children less fidgety and more attentive. Read more >

Honey Tops Cold Meds for Symptom Relief
A study found that honey provides better relief of nighttime coughs and runny noses and better sleep than did commercial cold medications. Read more >

Meditation, Anxiety, and ADHD
People with ADHD have a hard time filtering out stimuli present in the environment and deciding which deserve their attention. Read more >

Kids and OTC Cold Meds Don't Mix
Roughly two-thirds of children's emergency room visits come from kids drinking OTC cold medication while unsupervised. Read more >

Salmonella in Peanut Butter: Outbreak Continues
The plant in Georgia responsible for the outbreak of salmonella has been found. What the FDA has to say about finding the peanut butter on shelves... Read more >

Mother-Infant Bonding: Up in Smoke
For newborns whose mothers smoke, withdrawal from nicotine occurs during the first five days after birth. Read more >

Strong Bones for Tiny Preemies
Although premature infants' bones grow in length and circumference, the quality of the bones themselves is often poor. Read more >

Exposure to Alcohol in the Womb Leads to Altered Connections in the Brain
It is not clear that drinking any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Read more >

Nutrition Preschool: A Trip to the Grocery Store
One of the best places to teach kids early lessons on eating healthfully may be while they are riding in the grocery cart. Read more >

Fear Reaction Different in Anxious and Depressed Adolescents and Adults
The neurotransmitter serotonin is important in regulating the fear response. Read more >

Exercise Helps Moderate Anger in Overweight Children
Exercise appears to reduce children's anger as it increases fitness. Read more >

Far Beyond The Three R's
Social skills, such as knowing how to resist peer pressure, endure beyond childhood and support a person's success in adulthood. Read more >

Obese Children's Arteries Are Just as Bad as Middle-Aged Adults'
The vascular "age" of obese children is like that of middle-aged adults, based on the amount of plaque build-up. Read more >

It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing
Loud sounds damage the ear's hair cells, turning a lush "pasture" of these cells into a burned-out wasteland. Read more >

A New Approach to Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Keeping a fan going in an infant's room appears to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Fish Consumption Spur Early Child Development
Mothers who eat fish while pregnant and who later breastfeed their infants see better early physical and mental development. Read more >

Television's Effects on Children's Attention and Play
Television distracts children from their own play, interfering with cognitive development. Read more >

Eating Cake May Help Children Kick an Allergy to Eggs
Egg allergies are very common in children, but overcoming them may be as simple as exposing kids to small portions of cooked egg. Read more >

Empathetic Young Moralists
Keep in mind that your seven-year old has a pretty good idea of the difference between right and wrong. Read more >

Focusing on Infant Pain Relief
Newborns who felt repeated pain showed changes in neurologic development and in their immediate and future behavior. Read more >

What Parents Should Know About Coxsackievirus
It's summertime and children are gathering on playgrounds and in sandboxes and pools. Read more >

The Water's Not So Fine
Next time you decide to take the family to the beach or the local swimming hole — even if your local health department has not issued a health warning — you might want to leave the younger kids at home. Read more >

Greening Cities May Reduce Childhood Asthma
The lack of trees in urban areas may be behind the rising rates of asthma there. Read more >

U.S. Kids Under-Vaccinated
From 2003 and 2004, a time when a toddler up to 18 months old should have received about 14 shots of several different vaccines. Today, even more shots are recommended. Read more >

More Autism or More Diagnoses?
This is a question that researchers have been struggling with for decades, as developed nations such as the United States have seen an alarming rise in the number of children diagnosed as autistic. Read more >

Less TV and Computer Time Helps Kids Lose Weight
A new study has found that cutting the amount of time kids use the TV or the computer in half had two positive effects: the kids ate a lot less and they lost significant amounts of weight. Read more >

Vitamin D in Childhood Lowers Diabetes Risk
Giving young children extra Vitamin D supplements may help prevent type 1 diabetes later in life, says a new study. Read more >

Cleaning Products and Your Child's Lungs
Using strong cleaning products while pregnant may put your child at risk for breathing problems. Read more >

Getting Our Children off the Road to Heart Disease
We spend 18 years teaching our children how to walk, talk, read and drive, but many of us drop the ball when it comes to teaching them how to eat right. Read more >

Childhood Vaccine Not Linked to Autism
Do vaccines given to infants and very young children somehow promote autism? This is the idea that researchers have been investigating and parents have been debating since a 1988 study of 12 children suggested such a link, provoking a wave of concern. Read more >

Keeping Young Athletes' Shoulders Healthy
A few minutes practice and exercise each day will keep a young athlete in shape, and ready to play. Read more >

Cars & Childhood Asthma
Some children are genetically predisposed to develop breathing problems when exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >

Vaccine Vs. Ear Infections
As many parents can tell you, a small child who is prone to ear infections can make the whole family miserable. Read more >

Summer Academics? Yes and No, Say the Experts
In an increasingly competitive world, many parents push their kids to do schoolwork during the summer. Read more >

The Children of 9/11
Nearly 73 percent of children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center catastrophe developed a psychiatric illness in the years following the event. Read more >

U.S. Child Health System a Failure?
In February of 2007, a U. Read more >

Childcare Critical in Language Development
Children in low-quality childcare lag behind those in high-quality care in language development, according to new research. Read more >

Two Cochlear Implants Better than One
We hear better with two ears, so maybe it's not so surprising that deaf children who receive cochlear implants hear better when they have them in both ears. Read more >

Pregnant Smokers May "Program" Their Kids to Smoke
Pregnant smokers may "program" their children to become smokers suggests the latest research. Read more >

Neurosurgeons Back Child ATV Ban
A group of neurosurgeons is renewing calls for a ban on the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) by children under age 16 after a 10-year review of injuries caused by the vehicles. Read more >

Obesity and Your Baby's Diet
Minimally processed, natural food can help protect your baby against obesity later in life, according to the latest research. Read more >

Not By Breast Alone
Giving breastfed babies a bit of solid food may help ward off food allergies. Read more >

Cod Liver Oil - It Really Is Good for You
Decades ago, children dreaded the very words "cod liver oil. Read more >

Violence and Inner-City Kids
Think of how rattled you might be if you lived in constant fear of a gun going off. Read more >

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