July 17, 2012 Years after chemical companies stop using BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, the Food and Drug Administration announces a ban. But consumer groups say FDA should do more and ban BPA from all food containers.
July 12, 2012 The World Health Organization says an investigation found that the fast majority of illnesses and deaths were the result of a severe form of hand, foot and mouth disease. Why it was fatal to so many children isn't clear.
July 12, 2012 How can families help self-harm sufferers become self-harm survivors? Commentator Barbara J. King and her 18-year-old daughter Sarah Hogg reflect together on Sarah's past cutting behavior, why it happened, and what factors helped in her recovery.
July 9, 2012 Scientists have found enterovirus 71 in samples taken from children sickened in Cambodia. The virus can cause hand, foot and mouth disease. Symptoms of that illness are consistent with those reported in an outbreak that has been seen since April.
July 4, 2012 Besides damaging your skin, the summer sun's ultraviolet rays can also hurt your eyes. Over time, exposure to UV rays can can raise the risk for cataracts and other eye problems. Take care by wearing proper sunglasses.
June 20, 2012 An advocacy group has complained to the Federal Trade Commission that Merck is improperly marketing the allergy remedy Claritin to kids. At issue are tie-ins with the movie Madagascar 3.
June 20, 2012 A Danish study suggest that light and moderate drinking during pregnancy may not be hazardous for the fetus. But the researchers advise that to be absolutely safe, women should refrain from drinking while pregnant.
June 14, 2012 Genes and the environment both shape health and development. But their effects are not always equal. Researchers in the U.K. say they've mapped hotspots where nature has a stronger influence, and others where nurture dominates.
June 12, 2012 Fighting childhood obesity is both a personal and a public mission for first lady Michelle Obama. She has rethought her daughters' diets, and she launched the Let's Move! initiative to encourage more healthful lifestyles. She talks about ways to get children to eat well, and her new book, American Grown.
June 11, 2012 Some 338 people have been infected with whooping cough in Oregon this year. But that's just a small fraction of the number of cases the state of Washington is reporting. Health experts say the booster shot is not 100 percent effective at preventing the disease, but people who have it are far less likely to get sick.
June 11, 2012 Soaring rates of allergies among children in recent decades have researchers puzzled. One theory says we're too clean, so kids' immune systems never learn how to deal with foreign invaders — even the harmless ones. Researchers now hope they'll find some answers by studying kids on farms.
June 8, 2012 Earlier this week, we led a chat on Twitter with Dr. Robert Block, a pediatrician who is president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about some tips for a healthier summer. He tackled questions ranging from how to pick a sunscreen to how to get kids to eat better.