Michelle Nimmons (with the red shoe) poses with some of the students in her sex education program in Denmark, S.C.
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March 30, 2014 Denmark, S.C., once had one of the state's highest teen pregnancy rates, but in the past 30 years, sex education programs have helped lower that rate to one of the state's lowest.
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A boy waits to get vaccinated at an anti-polio campaign in Moradabad, India.
March 30, 2014 India declared itself polio-free on Thursday, but it isn't wasting time celebrating. Leaders are already applying the tools used to fight polio to end a disease that kills more than 150 kids each day.
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Getting kids to exercise regularly and eat right can reduce their risk of heart disease down the road.
March 28, 2014 High cholesterol isn't just a problem for adults; roughly 1 in 3 kids may have abnormal levels, too, a large study suggests. Kids as young as 9 or 11 should get a baseline check, pediatricians say.
It's not exercise, but at least kids can't eat potato chips while gaming on phones.
March 28, 2014 Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials. Or maybe it's just hard to pick up a chip while tapping away.
Eight-year-old Manish, who caught polio years ago, learns to walk with leg braces at a rehabilitation center in New Delhi on Thursday.
March 27, 2014 India and 10 other Southeast Asian nations have eradicated polio, health leaders say. The milestone means 80 percent of the world's population now lives without risk of the paralyzing virus.
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State numbers on autism probably don't accurately reflect children's health status, researchers say.
March 27, 2014 The number of children diagnosed with autism keeps rising, but researchers warn that it may be just because we're getting better at recognizing and treating the disorder.
Indian schoolchildren wait in line for food at a government primary school in Hyderabad, India. Consistent access to nutritious food and clean water is key to helping children thrive, researchers say.
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March 27, 2014 It seems to make sense that economic growth automatically leads to better nutrition for children, and better health. But an analysis of 36 countries finds that's not true.
Researchers say intervention in early childhood may help the developing brain compensate by rewiring to work around the trouble spots.
March 26, 2014 The organization of certain brain cells in children with autism seems already different from that of typical children by the sixth or seventh month of fetal development, a study hints.
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They're probably not thinking about breast cancer risk right now.
March 25, 2014 College students tune out warnings about the risks of heavy drinking. Pointing out that drinking increases the risk of cancer may help, researchers say. But will that matter on Saturday night?
Moms of young children don't have much time to go to the gym. But getting active with the kids is a win all around.
March 24, 2014 A child's activity level may be linked to how active busy moms are. Researchers in the United Kingdom say just small changes in how mothers engage with their children can get both parties moving.
Behavior issues like defiance and aggression are common, and short-term counseling can help parents and kids do better.
March 24, 2014 Defiance and other behavior problems are common in children, and counseling can help. Offering mental health care at the pediatrician's office made it much more likely that children would attend.
March 24, 2014 Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo of the Florida Department of Children and Families responds to Tell Me More's recent conversation on child abuse and neglect in the state.
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Dalton Conley lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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March 23, 2014 Irreverent dad and sociologist Dalton Conley says parenting books take the wrong approach. He wants to teach parents to make sense of available research in order to apply it to their own kids.
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Proponents of water birth say it's easier on the mother and more peaceful for the baby.
March 23, 2014 Women can give birth in water at a growing number of hospitals, but the nation's pediatricians and obstetricians say there's not enough proof that it's safe. Midwives say it's fine for many women.
March 21, 2014 A Miami Herald report suggests that almost 500 Florida children died of abuse and neglect, after authorities failed to protect them. Writer Audra Burch talks about the findings.
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