April 8, 2013 Since most of the faces we encounter are emotionally ambiguous, we're forced into interpretations. And in the case of troubled teens, the perception of hostile faces all around can lead to aggressive behavior. In an experiment, researchers tried to retrain the way those kids interpreted faces.
April 5, 2013 The number of kids with dangerous levels of lead in their blood hasn't declined much in the past decade, as the government has remained focused on managing lead-based paint. Now researchers argue that more attention to contaminated soil is needed to prevent lead poisoning.
April 5, 2013 The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle that has spanned two administrations. The decision overturns a controversial 2011 action by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overruling the Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow sale of morning-after pill without a prescription or regard for a person's age.
April 2, 2013 Even if you give kids a more healthful school lunch, you can't force them to eat it. You can, however, make small changes to layout and presentation that will make options like fruits and vegetables more appealing to kids, say behavioral economists.
April 1, 2013 Some pediatricians are worried that babies who spit up are being misdiagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, and that's causing parents to opt for unnecessary prescription medications. Researchers found that using the word "disease" to describe spitting up can have a powerful effect on parents.
March 29, 2013 A government study of the medical records of 1,000 kids found no correlation between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. Experts hope the finding will allay some parents who worry that many vaccines on one day or in the first two years of life may lead to autism.
March 25, 2013 When abiding fear takes over some kids' lives, they respond with anger and aggression that's not premeditated. One psychiatrist says he's finding profound relief for a particular subgroup of these children in experimental research with the anesthesia drug ketamine.
March 22, 2013 Packaged toddler foods have surprisingly high amounts of sodium, with some packing almost half of a child's daily limit, according to a new survey. Too much salt early on could be setting children up for a lifetime of high blood pressure.
March 21, 2013 Little children understand the idea of sharing, but they'd prefer not to play along. But by age 8, the typical child decides that it's a good idea to follow through and be fair, researchers say.
March 21, 2013 For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it favors civil marriage for same-gender couples. The leading group of pediatricians in the U.S. also supports parents' full rights to adopt or provide foster care regardless of their sexual orientation.
March 20, 2013 Parents are routinely advised to switch toddlers to reduced-fat milk, a move many assumed would help protect kids against becoming overweight. But a new study is the latest of several to find that kids drinking low-fat milk tended to be heavier.
March 19, 2013 Anthrax has long been considered one of the most likely weapons a bioterrorist might use. Some researchers think the vaccine should be tested on children to find out if it would be safe to use in an attack. But a presidential bioethics commission says that first, researchers will have to show that children would face no more than "minimal risk."