September 13, 2013 Lessons in optimism from very ill children inspire pediatric oncologist Jim Olson in his hunt for better treatments for brain tumors. If a boy too sick to get out of bed can still find a way to have a snowball fight with his older brother, then Olson figures he can find ways to improve brain surgery.
September 12, 2013 Eight outbreaks of measles have infected at least 159 people so far this year, the CDC reports. All of the outbreaks were caused by people traveling internationally and bringing the virus back to the U.S. Communities that don't vaccinate children for religious reasons were hardest hit.
September 12, 2013 Food allergy experts are rethinking when to introduce toddlers and babies to the foods most likely to cause allergic reactions. It's a shift away from earlier advice to delay the introduction of the foods to help prevent allergies.
September 11, 2013 A Reuters investigation has detailed the practice of shuffling unwanted children from one set of guardians to another with the government exercising little or no oversight.
September 10, 2013 Ask a 9-year-old how likely it is that his bike will be stolen, and he'll probably lowball the risks — even after you tell him the odds. Researchers say children and teens aren't very good at applying data about on dangers, which may explain their seemingly irrational decision-making.
September 5, 2013 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.78 million students in the U.S. have tried electronic cigarettes. Their use has risen dramatically in just one year.
September 5, 2013 Lots of parents yell at their teenagers, but harsh verbal punishment is associated with more bad behavior on the part of the kid. Research shows that yelling is ineffective for changing behavior. A step back and a deep breath may be better options.
September 3, 2013 Even infants too young to discern the meaning of words seem better able to learn while listening to the sound of human speech than while listening to nonsense — speech run backward. Little surprise there, perhaps, but a study shows that recordings of lemur calls spark learning, too.
August 27, 2013 Since the rollout the rotavirus vaccine for infants in 2006, the spillover benefits to children and adults who weren't immunized have been enormous. Hospitalizations due to the stomach virus have dramatically declined in those populations, too.