December 30, 2010 A national estimate derived from a sample of emergency rooms around the country finds nearly 2,000 young people wound up in the hospital on New Year's Day in 2009 because of alcohol. Easier access to booze and less parental oversight are factors.
December 20, 2010 The good news is that, in theory, there are lots of U.S. doctors for kids. But the reality is that some parts of the country, such as wealthy suburbs and cities, are chockablock with them while others, mainly rural areas, are bereft.
Are this toy and meal OK with you?
December 15, 2010 When it comes to what kids eat, who should have the biggest say? People are chiming in on a post about a lawsuit filed against McDonald's in California. Vote in our survey.
A crystal bowl of M&Ms is ready for eating.
December 10, 2010 If you imagine eating lots of M&Ms, scientists have found you won't consume as many real ones when given the chance The results, from a study published in the journal Science, illuminate how our thinking about food influences how much we eat.
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December 9, 2010 People born in 2008 can expect to live 77.8 years, a decline of a little more than a month, from 77.9 years in 2007, according to a report just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
December 7, 2010 A vaccine against cervical cancer can also prevent genital warts in males. But that doesn't mean insurers are obligated to pay for boys and men to get vaccinated.
Better school lunches are in the works.
December 2, 2010 Soon the president is expected to sign into law changes to the school lunch program that would upgrade the fare for federally subsidized meals and clamp down on junk in school vending machines. It would also make access easier for the poor.
Nicole Andreacchio, second from the right, was seven months pregnant when she went to get vaccinated against swine flu in Maple Glen, Pa., in October 2009.
December 2, 2010 Data just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that half of pregnant women got flu shots last flu season, despite worries about how the swine flu immunization might affect them and their babies.
How does your child's spoonful of medicine measure up?
November 30, 2010 Nearly all of the top over-the-counter children's medications contained confusing dosing instructions, according to a new study. For example, the instructions on the bottle give teaspoon measurements, but the dosing cup marks milliliters.
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Scrubbing too much might be a problem, scientists say.
November 29, 2010 A new study is linking higher levels of triclosan to allergies in kids and Bisphenol-A exposure to changes in adult immune systems raises new health questions. But the concerns about these chemicals are far from settled.
November 29, 2010 A House committee investigation into Johnson & Johnson's spate of recent recalls continues for now, but when Republicans take over the committee in January, that could change.
November 29, 2010 Bravo Farms is recalling all of its cheese, including cheddar it makes for Whole Foods, after E. coli and listeria was found at its plant. Earlier this month, the company recalled gouda sold at Costco.
Mmmm. How about some flu germs with that stuffing?
November 24, 2010 We are a nation of procrastinators when it comes to getting a flu shot. That leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of respiratory illnesses, thanks to togetherness at Thanksgiving and other holiday times.
November 22, 2010 The House plans to take up the Senate version of the child nutrition bill in early December. It's paid for in part with promised food stamp money increases, but the Administration has promised it will fix that later.
When kids are sneezing, watch the meds.
November 22, 2010 Less than half of the country's babies and toddlers are going to the ER for cold and cough medicine related problems now. But older kids ER visits for these problems remain unchanged.
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