Consider all the child's symptoms, not just temperature.
February 28, 2011 A leading group of pediatricians is counseling doctors and parents against going overboard in treating mildly feverish kids with over-the-counter medicines. The pediatricians say keeping children comfortable should be the goal rather than reducing their temperatures to a particular number.
February 22, 2011 In a closely watched case, the high court ruled 6-2 that federal law shields vaccine makers from suits filed in state courts seeking compensation for injuries or deaths allegedly due to design problems with the vaccines.
February 17, 2011 Falls are the biggest problem and caused two-thirds of injuries. Cribs accounted for 83 percent of the problems over the 19-year study period. About 1 in 5 injuries was a concussion or other head injury that didn't break the skin.
February 16, 2011 With the abuse of prescription painkillers on the rise, doctors are now seeing an even more worrisome trend: the number of babies born addicted to painkillers, which has more than doubled in the past few years. Since this trend is so new, doctors are unsure what the future holds for these babies.
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February 15, 2011 A recent study has linked a child's chance of obesity to the amount of time his or her mother works. Researchers found that for every five months a mother worked, a child could gain a pound more than normally expected. Host Michel Martin discusses the findings and challenges of making kids eat right with the study's lead researcher Taryn Morrissey and regular "Moms" contributors, Jolene Ivey and Dani Tucker.
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Do kids and energy drinks such as Red Bull mix? Some pediatricians say no.
February 14, 2011 A paper in a leading pediactrics journal argues that because energy drinks have no health benefits and some risks, they ought to be consumed sparingly by kids and scrutinized a little more carefully by everyone else.
Niklas Capps gets ready for recess at Clara Barton Center for Children in Cabin John, Md., Feb. 11. Teachers at the school focus on promoting self-control.
February 14, 2011 Social scientists say three things matter for success in life: IQ, family's socioeconomic status and one thing that's easy to influence: self-control. A child's self-control in preschool helps predict possible health, substance abuse and financial problems later in life, researchers found.
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Fountain, the 3-year-old son of NPR member station reporter Sarah Varney, doesn't seem to have much interest in eating healthy foods.
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February 14, 2011 Sick of pleading with her toddler to eat just one pea, an NPR member station reporter decided to find out if there's a better way to deal with picky eaters. She found that enforcing the "clean plate club" rule may not be the best policy.
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Michelle Obama gives a talk at the North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., on Wednesday about her "Let's Move!" campaign.
February 10, 2011 Since Michelle Obama launched the "Let's Move!" campaign to fight childhood obesity, she's negotiated with schools to put in salad bars and with Wal-Mart to reduce sugar, salt and fat in its foods. Obama tells NPR that fresh vegetables and fruit, and a little bit of dancing can help move the needle on the scale.
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Brett Hallman had a surgery — as a 25-week fetus — to treat his spina bifida. Now, he's an active first grader who enjoys swimming and other sports.
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February 9, 2011 Doctors treating spina bifida report that surgery in utero reduces the paralysis and brain damage that often results when the defect isn't corrected until after birth. And children who had the prenatal operation were twice as likely to walk unaided later.
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February 9, 2011 For years, cases involving shaken-baby syndrome were often open-and-shut — with the last person to care for the child labeled the abuser. But Slate editor Emily Bazelon reports that a growing number of doctors say the syndrome could have alternate explanations.
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February 9, 2011 Wednesday marks one year since First Lady Michelle Obama launched her national initiative to help combat childhood obesity in the U.S. Her "Let's Move" campaign aims to offer healthier food at schools, as well as boost physical activity among kids. Host Michel Martin discusses the campaign's impact with Washington, DC elementary school principal Shannon Foster, parent Nakilah Dickey and pediatrician Dr. Leslie Walker.
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Marijuana buds tumble out of a jar.
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February 9, 2011 Australian researchers found that marijuana users who developed psychosis were 2.7 years younger than nonusers who became psychotic. Other sort of substance abuse sped up psychosis by two years, but alcohol alone showed no effect.
First lady Michelle Obama promotes the Let's Move! campaign and the NFL's Play 60 anti-obesity initiative on Sept. 8 in New Orleans.
February 9, 2011 This week, first lady Michelle Obama is promoting the first anniversary of her Let's Move! initiative — aimed at solving the problem of childhood obesity. Many in the public health community have applauded her efforts, but some Republicans say the campaign smacks of government overreach.
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February 7, 2011 Ten to 12 million people in the U.S. suffer from a food allergy, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — and the number is growing. Diagnosis and treatment can be difficult. The NIAID hopes the new guidelines will help physicians identify and manage food allergies.
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