By taking antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy, this Tanzanian mother lowered the risk of passing HIV to her daughter.
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February 28, 2013 Every year about 300,000 babies in sub-Saharan Africa are born with HIV. A new strategy aims to reduce these infections by putting every pregnant woman with HIV on drug treatment for the rest of her life. The approach has worked well, so far, in the small country of Malawi.
A guinea pig does its part for science and human relations by sitting on the lap of an autistic child.
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February 27, 2013 Autistic children may find it easier to socialize with other people in the presence of animals. An Australian study suggests that animals could help autistic children connect with therapists, teachers and their peers.
Donta Jackson's snack of choice is a bag of Skittles.
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February 27, 2013 Most parents think that their kids eat healthfully. But in reality, they may not know much about their kids' eating habits, especially as their children get older. Many kids don't talk to their parents about what they eat, and sneak unhealthy snacks after school.
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February 27, 2013 People across the country — and around the world — have been sharing their dinnertime tips and travails. See what everyone's eating, and share your own meal, in our Dinnertime Confessional photo blog.
A poll needs to ask about randomly selected children in households across the country to bring context to what's happening with kids like 7-year-old Henry Condes in Los Angeles.
February 27, 2013 NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health created a unique poll to gauge what children across the country are eating, drinking and doing as far as physical activity goes. Here's why.
Yvonne Condes helps her son Alec get ready for baseball practice.
February 27, 2013 Many parents struggle to find the time to get their kids the exercise they need. But some parents are trying to make walking and biking part of their daily lives, not something they have to schedule.
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From left: 8-year-old Celedonia, 3-year-old Gavin, Amy Spencer and Doug Brown gather around the kitchen as Doug prepares a fruit salad for dinner.
February 26, 2013 We'd all like to live the Norman Rockwell scenario, but for some families, the hectic pace of modern life means dinners are often more likely to channel The Simpsons. Studies suggest that regular family meals contribute to healthy eating habits. So what to make of this tradition in transition?
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For some kids who grow up in poverty, the bond developed with Mom is especially important in dealing with stress.
February 25, 2013 Researchers say that the heartbeats and breathing of babies may help identify the kids most likely to struggle with poverty later on. Biology matters, the scientists say, but so does baby's relationship with Mom.
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Giancario Gemignani-Hernandez, 2, of Pittsburgh has his ear examined by Dr. Alejandro Hoberman.
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February 25, 2013 The new guidelines for treating childhood ear infections are intended to reduce unnecessary antibiotics use. They say doctors should look at the eardrum to make sure a child really has an ear infection, instead of relying on symptoms. And if the child doesn't have severe symptoms, see if the ear gets better on its own.
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Have a talk about avoiding drug use early and often. And don't overshare.
February 22, 2013 Kids whose parents have talked to them about the dangers of drugs are more likely to think that using isn't OK. That message can become mixed when parents bring up their own experience. There's no need to lie to a child, but parents should be careful about offering too much information.
February 21, 2013 Last school year, 29 current and recent students at Harper High School in Chicago were shot. Eight of them died. The public radio show This American Life sent reporters to the school for a full semester, to find out more about living in what's being called a war zone. Tell Me More host Michel Martin finds out what they learned.
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Waiting may be hard, but it's worth it.
February 21, 2013 Pressure on doctors and hospitals to reduce the rate of early elective deliveries appears to be working. A detailed look at hospitals across the country finds births before 39 weeks are on the decline.
February 19, 2013 Tell Me More's parenting roundtable continues the conversation on children and weight. Is it ever OK to put a child on a diet, or will it set them up for a lifetime of self esteem issues? Host Michel Martin hears from parents. Cookbook author Anupy Singla, and fitness instructor Dani Tucker weigh in.
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February 19, 2013 When Dara-Lynn Weiss saw her daughter gaining a lot of weight, she put her on a strict diet. That decision made Weiss the target of criticism from her daughter, her friends and people who didn't even know her. Weiss talks about the experience, which she chronicled in her new memoir, The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet.
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Scientists found that darkness worked far better than they expected as a treatment for kittens with lazy eye.
February 14, 2013 Kittens regained sight in a blind eye after being plunged into darkness for 10 days. Researchers say that prolonged darkness may reset the brain to an earlier stage of development, allowing the kittens to recover their vision.
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