University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl last week in Miami.
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September 29, 2011 An NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll finds 21 percent of Americans believe autism is linked to vaccines. Most people believe vaccines work. Among those with concerns about vaccines, uncertainty about long-term health effects is the biggest fear.
A nurse vaccinates a child against pneumonia at a healthcare center in Managua in January. Nicaragua received pneumococcal vaccines from the GAVI Alliance.
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September 27, 2011 The GAVI Alliance will introduce the rotavirus vaccine, which protects against diarrhea, in 16 developing countries. Some 18 countries will also get the pneumococcal vaccine, which could cut deaths from pneumonia and meningitis.
Saying no to vaccines is getting harder in Washington state.
September 27, 2011 Parents who don't want to meet state immunization requirements for school now have to obtain a certificate of exemption from a licensed health care provider.
Construction at the new Nemours Children's Hospital, at the medical city at Lake Nona, Fla., in late 2010.
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September 26, 2011 Most big children's hospitals are nonprofits, but you wouldn't know that looking at the bottom lines of many of them. They're pouring billions of dollars into new buildings, adding beds and equipment and staff at the same time Washington, the states and employers grapple with health care spending.
September 26, 2011 Research shows children are hardwired from birth to prefer sweets, which may have once been an evolutionary advantage. But it appears they begin to scale back on their sugary preferences once they stop growing.
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Teens that frequently dine with their families report better quality of relationships with their family members as well as a smaller chance of using drugs.
September 22, 2011 Sitting down for family dinners can help teens steer clear of drugs and build better family relationships. But it's not just the meal that equips them with an advantage.
September 19, 2011 Every minute counts during a well-child visit. During the 15 years that ended in 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics added 53 new things that pediatricians are supposed to work into the conversation.
Trevor Reese, 13, gets his diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis booster shot from pediatric nurse practitioner Jenny Lu in Tustin, Calif., in August.
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September 19, 2011 The HPV vaccine has been attracting all the controversy lately, but dozens of states mandate that teens and preteens get other vaccines. California is in the midst of getting 3 million children immunized for whooping cough in an effort to stop an outbreak there.
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September 15, 2011 Dr. Oz isn't the only one whose testing has turned up arsenic in apple juice. But his methods have been challenged, and the Food and Drug Administration maintains the drink remains safe to consume.
September 15, 2011 A federal judge in Florida ruled that the right of doctors to free speech wouldn't interfere with gunowners' rights to bear arms. She enjoined a state law that effectively restricted what doctors could ask patients about gun ownership.
September 15, 2011 Now there's money riding on Rep. Bachmann's claims that a cervical cancer vaccine is harmful. Two prominent bioethicists said they will pay more than $10,000 if claims that the HPV vaccine caused mental retardation can be proved.
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Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann during a Republican presidential debate Monday in Tampa, Fla.
September 13, 2011 The American Academy of Pediatrics said there is no validity to statements that a vaccine against cervical cancer is dangerous and can lead to mental retardation.
September 12, 2011 Children who watched the fast-paced cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants did less well on tests of attention and memory, according to new research. Children who watched a slower PBS show, and children who colored, did better. Other studies have show long-term effects from fast-paced or violent shows.
Potatoes, especially served like this, are at the center of a school lunch debate.
September 7, 2011 All year, a fight has been raging over the potato's proper role in school lunch and breakfast programs. Potato industry lobbyists and senators from potato-growing states are fighting efforts to limit spuds' appearances in the lunch line.
September 6, 2011 Children living with a smoker in the house miss about one extra school day per year. And if two adults in the house smoke, children miss 1.54 more days compared to kids from nonsmoking households.
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