Steer clear of the tanning salon, doctors tell teens.
February 28, 2011 Artificial tanning beds greatly increase the risk of skin cancers and should be banned for teens, a leading group of pediatricians says. Most people get 25 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18.
Consider all the child's symptoms, not just temperature.
February 28, 2011 A leading group of pediatricians is counseling doctors and parents against going overboard in treating mildly feverish kids with over-the-counter medicines. The pediatricians say keeping children comfortable should be the goal rather than reducing their temperatures to a particular number.
February 17, 2011 Falls are the biggest problem and caused two-thirds of injuries. Cribs accounted for 83 percent of the problems over the 19-year study period. About 1 in 5 injuries was a concussion or other head injury that didn't break the skin.
Do kids and energy drinks such as Red Bull mix? Some pediatricians say no.
February 14, 2011 A paper in a leading pediactrics journal argues that because energy drinks have no health benefits and some risks, they ought to be consumed sparingly by kids and scrutinized a little more carefully by everyone else.
February 11, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service decided breast-feeding supplies are medical equipment and therefore can be deducted from taxes. Lawmakers and moms rejoiced.
Hold off on this mess until baby is at least four months old.
February 7, 2011 Formula-fed kids who started on solid food by four months were six times more likely to become obese as preschoolers. For kids who got breast milk, there was no difference in obesity risk tied to when solid foods were introduced.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 47 percent of moms were in the labor force in 1975. By 2008, that number rose to 71 percent.
February 4, 2011 The link wasn't explained by other factors, including the amount of TV watched or the time of day moms worked. The weight gain was small, about a pound, and no reason for moms to feel guilty, the lead researcher says.
Not all young girls avoid dirt. Hannah Rose Akerley, 7, plays in a gigantic lake of mud at the annual Mud Day event in Westland, Mich., last July.
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February 3, 2011 How girls are socialized may account for some disparities in the illnesses that affect them compared with boys. Young boys are more likely to be allowed to get dirty, which may expose them to more germs that help temper their immune systems.
For best behavior, don't let her play alone.
February 2, 2011 Girls who play video games with Mom and Dad tend to be more helpful and less aggressive. The same can't be said for Junior.
A 2005 school lunch in London of chicken, french fries and a brownie. England passed a law in 2006 to improve school nutrition.
February 1, 2011 Scotland and Japan started revising their school lunch programs years ago to focus more on nutrition and health. The U.S. is just now getting around to making big changes.
January 31, 2011 The new USDA nutrition guidelines are pretty good at telling us what to eat, like more vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat milk. It's a little less clear when they're telling us what not to eat.
Just because this fruit's on the front of your food package doesn't mean it's really inside.
January 21, 2011 A natural foods advocacy group points out that food marketing of blueberry-flavored products can be deceptive when those products don't have any real blueberries in them.
A student at Carlin Springs Elementary School receives a flu shot last January in Arlington, Va.
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January 21, 2011 FDA says there have been 42 cases of febrile seizures in young children after Fluzone shots as of Dec. 13. The findings are preliminary, and federal officials are looking to see if the vaccine is to blame or something else is going on.
January 14, 2011 The latest recall, stemming from quality problems at Pennsylvania factory, covers various batches of Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain and various other medicines made before April 2010.
The California Department of Public Health found excess lead in some of these cherry bars.
January 14, 2011 Candy Dynamics is pulling all flavors of the bars ever produced because a cherry-flavored batch was found to contain more than 20 times the amount of lead allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.
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