August 31, 2011 Chance are good that you consumed something sugary (or high fructose corn syrupy) in the last day. On any particular day, half the people in the U.S. drink a soda, fruit or sports drink, or similar calorie-rich beverage.
August 31, 2011 In the last two decades, neonatal mortality rates have declined. But in eight countries, including five in Africa, the rates have climbed. Overall, 41 percent of deaths in kids under five now happen during the period soon after birth.
August 29, 2011 Pediatricians should strongly discourage parents from letting their kids box and suggest sports that don't encourage intentional injuries, a new policy statement says.
A child receives a dose of vitamin A in Guatemala City.
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August 26, 2011 A review of clinical trials shows that vitamin A supplements reduced child mortality by 24 percent in low and middle income countries by preventing measles, diarrhea and vision problems in children.
Pharmacist Kristy Hennessee administers a vaccination against whooping cough at a Walgreen's pharmacy in Pasadena, Calif. last year.
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August 25, 2011 Autism isn't linked to childhood vaccines, according to a new review from the Institute of Medicine, but vaccines aren't free of risks. The committee found that most serious health problems were linked to two live vaccines, the ones for measles-mumps-rubella and chickenpox. Other vaccines causes allergic reactions in some people.
August 22, 2011 Even though the rate of falls from windows has declined some, more than 5,000 kids a year end up in emergency rooms after tumbling out of windows. The youngest kids are at the most risk.
Go ahead and jump, but hold your nose.
August 19, 2011 Brain-eating amoebas don't want to kill us; we just happen to be swimming in their rivers and ponds. An infectious disease expert says that holding your nose, and avoiding cannonballs, is one way to reduce the risk of infection while still being able to swim this summer.
August 18, 2011 Almost all school cafeterias now offer fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods; most are working on farm-to-school initiatives, too, a survey finds. Of course, the kids still have to choose them.
Judith Ursitti is a Massachusetts mother of two children with autism spectrum disorders. Her son, Jack, 7, has severe autism, while her daughter, Amy (not pictured), who is 11, has Asperger's.
August 15, 2011 The overall risk that a younger sibling of an autistic child will also have the disorder is 19 percent, a new study finds. If the younger sibling is male, the risk shoots up to more than one in four.
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A new fetal DNA test to determine a baby's gender could be more accurate and faster than an ultrasound, researchers say.
August 9, 2011 Tests that predict a baby's sex by testing a mother's blood for baby DNA are accurate as early as 7 weeks' gestation. But they're not approved for sale by in the United States. Parents whose children may have genetic disorders have to turn to labs in Europe to get the tests done.
When it comes to potty training advice, pediatricians don't have much science to look to.
August 8, 2011 Toilet training sparks strong feelings from parents. But there's very little evidence on what methods are best for children's health, both in the short term and through childhood. So parents must choose from conflicting advice on what will work best for their child.
Pediatricians recommend that kids acclimatize to the the heat by taking it easy the first two weeks of practice.
August 8, 2011 Children and teens can handle exercise on a sweltering summer day, doctors say. But withholding water doesn't toughen up an athlete. Coaches, parents, and kids all need to know how to avoid potentially deadly heatstroke. That's especially true when training for fall sports in August.
August 5, 2011 As many as 70 percent of 8-month-old babies consumed too much sodium, according to a study in the U.K. Many infants are eating the wrong kinds of foods — like canned, processed fare, researchers say. But even seemingly healthful options like bread and cereals can be loaded with salt.
August 3, 2011 Now researchers have confirmed what many parents see every day: Kids love to use electronic devices at the same time. The multitasking can make it even more challenging to figure out how much time kids are spending in front of screens.
Cans of fruit-flavored Four Loko in the liquor department of a convenience store in Miami in 2010.
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August 2, 2011 Emergency room doctors in New York report on 11 cases of young people who wound up in bad shape after drinking too much Four Loko. The beverage no longer contains caffeine, but the doctors worry the popularity of caffeine mixed with alcohol is here to stay.
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