August 31, 2010 The latest snapshot of how women give birth in the United States is sobering. Almost a third of women giving birth for the first time have C-sections. In the late '90s, about 1 in 5 of all deliveries were by cesarean.
August 30, 2010 Take a look at the evidence, and you'll start fretting more about accidents and less about nefarious strangers when it comes to childhood safety.
August 19, 2010 After peaking in 2005, on-screen smoking in the top movies declined by almost half in 2009. Even so, 49 percent of top-grossing films that year showed some smoking.
A diagnosis of ADHD is an easy mistake for the youngest kids in a class.
August 17, 2010 Younger kids in a classroom appear more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Researchers suggest the findings show a bias that penalizes slightly younger kids for acting their age.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signs the Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act at the U.S. Capitol, August 10, 2010.
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August 11, 2010 In an unusual August session, House Democrats pushed through an aid package that will boost state Medicaid budgets. But, the lawmakers whiffed on extending a popular insurance subsidy for the unemployed.
Bacteria may be worse than bites at feeding time.
August 9, 2010 To minimize health hazards, young children should wash their hands regularly and not be allowed to touch pet foods and treats. Keep the dishes clean, too.
August 9, 2010 Researchers find that the age of puberty for girls continues to decline. Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital say the trend may be linked to the rise in obesity in U.S. children. They're studying environment and genetics as key factors.
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Elizabeth Carr, the first "test-tube" baby born in the United States, celebrates her first birthday with parents, Judy and Roger Carr, Dec. 30, 1982, in Norfolk, Va.
August 6, 2010 The first American baby to be born with the help of in vitro fertilization is now a woman and a mother. Almost three decades later, she gave birth to baby boy, conceived the old-fashioned way.
August 6, 2010 Citing health concerns, an inspector in Oregon shut down a little girl's lemonade stand at an art fair. A week later, a county official told the health department to lighten up on the rules.
More weight for mom, means more weight for baby.
August 5, 2010 As mom's weight rises during pregnancy, so do the odds that baby will be fatter at birth and later in life, too. A new analysis underscores guidelines that women minimize the weight they gain while pregnant.
Keep the bleach away from kids.
August 2, 2010 Common toxic products in the kitchen and garage can tempt curious kids. Despite a drop in injuries from household cleaners seen in emergency rooms, experts say there's more work to be done to prevent accidents.
There's been a rise in women giving birth outside hospitals.
July 30, 2010 An editorial in a leading medical journal says while studies have shown it's safe for moms to give birth at home, it's not clear the same is true for babies. It advises women with high-risk pregnancies opt to deliver in a hospital.
MillerCoors took the caffeine out of their alcoholic drink, Sparks, but others still make the combo.
July 29, 2010 Eight months ago, the Food and Drug Administration asked makers of beverages containing alcohol and caffeine to prove the drinks are safe. So far, nothing's been made public.
July 28, 2010 The Gulf oil spill has caused 10 times the number of beach closures so far this year, compared to all of last year, says a new report. Swimming in polluted water can increase the risk of pinkeye, hepatitis and neurological problems.
July 28, 2010 To prevent complications during pregnancy and afterward, women in England are being advised to get their weight under control beforehand.
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