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Toddler Milks: Filling A Nutritional Need Or A Marketing Niche?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:21 -0500

When parents transition a baby from breast milk or formula to cow's milk, it can seem like a big jump. We talk with a researcher who looked at just what's in the array of toddler drinks on the market.

This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:49:00 -0500

The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer in women and some cancers in men. It's most effective when given early in adolescence. But a new analysis finds only 29 percent of teens get it by age 13.

U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:19 -0500

In March, many U.K. grocery stores will check IDs for energy drink purchases. Teachers, nutritionists and public health researchers have called for the measures — as has celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:01:19 -0500

Overall, this season's vaccine is about 36 percent effective in blunting or preventing flu, health officials say. That's better than earlier predictions, and good enough to prevent flu in thousands.

Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

Several Planned Parenthood chapters and other groups are suing the federal government because they say their grants for sex education and pregnancy prevention were canceled without explanation.

McDonald's Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals By 2022

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

The company says in the next four years, 50 percent or more of its kids meals will meet new nutrition criteria, with 600 or fewer calories per meal and caps on calories from sugar and saturated fat.

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:03:00 -0500

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:28:00 -0500

The Senate agreement is now before the House, which needs to act by midnight to avert a shutdown. The deal appears to include almost every health priority Democrats have been pushing in recent months.

Nurse Calls Cops After Woman Seeks Help For Postpartum Depression. Right Call?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500

A package of mental health bills in California aims to make it easier for new moms to get help and to build awareness among more health workers of postpartum mood disorders.

Former Google Executive Warns Smartphones Keep Us Hooked

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:17:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology about how to protect children and ourselves from what some call the "crisis of online addiction."

How Trump's Funding Cuts Threaten 'Basic Health Program' Plans

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500

The elimination of cost-sharing reduction subsidies slashes payments for a program that provides low-cost health insurance in New York and Minnesota.

Budget Delays Bring Uncertainty To Health Programs For The Needy

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:39:49 -0500

With another federal budget deadline looming, there's a push to add provisions to a spending bill that would help community health centers and other providers of health services for low-income people.

A 13th Child Is Raped And Killed — And A Pakistani City Is Up In Arms

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:37:00 -0500

The rape and slaying of 7-year-old Zainab Amin caused a political crisis aimed at officials who are accused of failing to protect the children of Kasur.

Indiana's Brand Of Medicaid Drops 25,000 People For Failure To Pay Premiums

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:52:00 -0500

The state built some key conservative policies into its experimental expansion of Medicaid. Lawmakers, health officials and patient advocates across the U.S. are now keenly watching the results.

Teenagers Are Still Eating Tide Pods, But Don't Expect A Product Redesign

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:46:00 -0500

The pace of poisonings in the so-called Tide Pods Challenge continues to grow. The candy-like appearance of the packets draws easy criticism. Procter & Gamble says it's not planning a new design.