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NPR reports on children's health and medical news including health insurance, new treatments for diseases, and child product safety recalls. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

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Window Blind Cords Still Pose A Deadly Risk To Children

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:02:22 -0500

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

This Year, Consider Giving Presence Instead Of Presents

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:02:21 -0500

Science says consciously spending time with our loved ones is more important to them than receiving expensive presents.

In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.

Diphtheria: What Exactly Is It ... And Why Is It Back?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:33:55 -0500

It's thought of as a disease of the past. But now there are outbreaks in Yemen and Bangladesh.

Vaccine Safety Concerns Shut Down Immunization Campaign In Philippines

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:38:00 -0500

It took 20 years and $1.5 billion to develop a vaccine for dengue, a deadly mosquito-borne virus. After it finally got approval in many countries, a complication has surfaced.

Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It's Discreet Enough To Vape In Class

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:58:00 -0500

Teens say they like the JUUL e-cigarette because it's sleeker than other devices and teachers don't notice it. But researchers say teenagers who vape are more likely to move on to cigarettes.

The Problem With World AIDS Day

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:32:00 -0500

The U.N.-mandated event is both a blessing and a curse for AIDS activists like Twesigye Jackson Kaguri.

Number Of American Children In Foster Care Increases For 4th Consecutive Year

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:11:31 -0500

Parents' substance abuse is one of the items driving authorities to remove kids from homes.

Trump's Claim That GOP Tax Bill Would Hurt The Wealthy Continues To Be Challenged

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:35:00 -0500

The tax changes proposed by Republican lawmakers would impact President Trump's personal finances. This week, he said: "This is going to cost me a fortune," but experts say that's far from the case.

Advocates For Patients With Rare Diseases Defend Tax Credits For Orphan Drugs

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:16:00 -0500

The Republican tax plan could reduce or eliminate federal tax credits that reward companies for developing drugs to treat rare diseases. People who benefit from the medicines have objected.

Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:40:00 -0500

After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

Is YouTube's Algorithm Endangering Kids?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Many videos on the site feature popular characters in upsetting and violent situations, and some videos of children have attracted pedophilic comments. YouTube says it is toughening its approach.

Apps Can Cut Blue Light From Devices, But Do They Help You Sleep?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:02:00 -0500

Lots of phone and tablet apps promise to improve sleep by filtering out the blue light from device screens. But that won't help if the reason you're not getting enough shut-eye is caffeine or stress.

Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Young people say they want more guidance in navigating love and relationships. So new classes at some schools are less about the "plumbing" and more about the passion.

Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:46:00 -0500

When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.