California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger OKed a bill that requires school districts to offer students free water.
September 30, 2010 California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will require school districts to provide students with free drinking water where they eat. Supporters of the legislation say it will help combat obesity and improve students' performance.
September 30, 2010 A second House hearing will zero in on Johnson & Johnson's handling of quality problems affecting children's medicines and adult-strength Motrin. A key question centers on whether the company hushed-up recalls of affected products.
Geochemist Gabriel Filippelli in an Indianapolis garden. Filippelli's research shows that many urban gardens may have soil contaminated with lead
Courtesy of Gabriel Filippelli
September 29, 2010 Soil in abandoned urban lots reclaimed by gardeners may be contaminated with lead, a toxic heavy metal. But gardening there can still be safe with the right testing and precautions.
September 28, 2010 A Henry Ford Hospital ear surgeon says don't use cotton swabs to clean your ears because accidents with them can lead to deafness, paralysis and vertigo. A Michigan grandma found out the hard way.
September 27, 2010 Bayer can now sell a birth control pill that contains a B vitamin shown to reduce the risk of certain kinds of birth defects. Called Beyaz, this version of the pill is the latest to be touted for reasons beyond preventing pregnancy.
Better school lunches may cost food stamps program some promised increases.
September 24, 2010 There are a lot of reasons to pick apart the Senate bill that funds the school lunch program, but some say passing it now might be better than getting nothing later.
California state Sen. Mark Leno sponsored a bill to require schools to offer free drinking water to students.
September 24, 2010 A survey of California schools found that 40 percent don't offer free drinking water in cafeterias. A bill on the governor's desk aims to change that. State Sen. Mark Leno is trying to do something about that,
September 22, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration says the formula containing the bugs poses no immediate health risk. But infants who drink it could get stomachaches that might lead them to refuse food.
September 21, 2010 By stopping all new children-only coverage before the effective date of a federal mandate guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, the companies are sidestepping one of the first planks of the federal health law.
Lithium button batteries are a growing source of injuries to children.
September 20, 2010 When a young child swallows a small battery, the symptoms can be mistaken for a respiratory infection. But button-style batteries can damage the esophagus, if they're not removed quickly.
September 20, 2010 Even without Food and Drug Administration approval for use in kids, gastric bands are becoming a popular choice for teens undergoing weight-loss surgery.
September 17, 2010 The state health department now says there have been nine death — all babies. The infants were 2 months old or younger when they got sick. Eight were Hispanic.
September 16, 2010 Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) has asked J&J's Bill Weldon to testify about the company's handling of quality problems with over-the-counter medicines, including Children's Tylenol. A spokesman said Weldon will comply.
Prescription drug use is up in the last 10 years, with about 48 percent of Americans now taking at least one medicine.
September 3, 2010 Kids tend to take medicines for asthma and ADHD. For older folks, drugs to treat blood pressure and cholesterol are most common. The proportion of Americans taking at least one drug has risen to 48 percent, the CDC says.
September 1, 2010 Dropping off your wide-eyed 18-year-old on campus for the first time? Here's what college health officials say students and their parents need to keep in mind for a healthy school year.
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