A child plays in a Beijing park. Health threats caused by pollution have become a major concern in China.
June 30, 2014 Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.
If you've noticed that kids seem to be better at figuring out these things, you're not alone.
June 30, 2014 When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.
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June 29, 2014 They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.
An elementary school student Shane Shorter gets a a dose of FluMist in Gainesville, Fla.
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June 27, 2014 The live vaccine nose spray protects children better, a federal panel says, but pediatricians aren't sold. They say it's too risky for the many children with asthma or compromised immunity.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo takes a water break during the 2014 World Cup soccer match between Portugal and the U.S. in Manaus, Brazil, on June 22.
June 27, 2014 To stop deaths from heat stroke, specialists say athletes and the rest of us should ease into a new sport, drink extra fluid, and — most importantly — get cool fast when body temperature spikes.
Workers with Doctors Without Borders prepare isolation and treatment areas for Ebola patients in Gueckedou, Guinea.
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June 27, 2014 The child was brought to a treatment center in the back of a pickup truck with his dying mother. Doctors knew his condition was dire. But they thought that maybe they could save him.
This might help with pimples, but be aware of risky reactions.
June 26, 2014 Many people use products using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat acne. The Food and Drug Administration says rare but dangerous allergic reactions have landed people in the hospital.
Doctors may be more hesitant to discuss environmental hazards than the risks of smoking and drinking.
June 25, 2014 Chemicals and other toxic substances in the environment can cause premature birth, birth defects and developmental delays, but obstetricians say they're reluctant to discuss the threats with patients.
Roughhousing is an essential — and fun — part of growing up.
June 25, 2014 Rough-and-tumble play is a vital part of growing up ... and a really fun part of parenting.
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June 25, 2014 The state has defined autism behavioral therapy as a type of medical benefit not subject to the mental health parity law, a move that allows insurers more latitude in limiting benefits.
Cuddling up to read a story with the very young helps them recognize words and learn vocabulary, researchers say.
June 24, 2014 Parents have been told they should read to their children early, but most don't think that means the day you bring Junior home from the hospital. Pediatricians say start now to help learning later.
No, your other right! Most parents would probably welcome some help when it comes to teaching teenage drivers.
June 23, 2014 A web-based program that puts Mom and Dad back in the learner's seat appears to improve their teenagers' driving performance, while getting them more time on the road.
First lady Michelle Obama at a roundtable for reporters in her office in the East Wing of the White House, on June 18.
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June 23, 2014 Leaders of the National School Board Association say they're concerned about "federal overreach on school meals." But the first lady maintains that now is not the time to turn back the standards.
June 20, 2014 Young adults who grew up in foster care are at higher risk for medical and mental health problems, but often don't have insurance. A little-known provision in the Affordable Care Act helps.
The cross country team may do more for your child's grades than the math tutor.
June 19, 2014 Children and teenagers who are aerobically fit and and have good motor skills do better academically, researchers say. But muscle strength doesn't help. And those motor skills may matter most.
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