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Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Would Shift Funds From States That Expanded Medicaid

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:42:00 -0400

The bill's sponsors say their plan to reallocate federal health funding among states is more equitable. It also would cause largely Democratic states to lose funding while Republican states gain.

Macho Man, Little Princess: How Gender Norms Can Harm Kids Everywhere

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:17:00 -0400

Girls are vulnerable, boys are strong. It's a dichotomy that researchers observed in 15 countries around the world — and one that has big consequences for children's health and success.

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:30:11 -0400

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has weighed in on what teens and young adults (and their doctors and parents) need to know about safely getting piercings and tattoos.

Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Is it OK to take antidepressants or anxiety medicine during pregnancy? Recent research suggests women who need treatment can take these drugs. Doctors recommend the lowest effective dose.

PHOTOS: Children Caught In The Crossfire Of Rohingya Crisis

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:33:00 -0400

More than half the 400,000 refugees who have fled to Bangladesh are children. That presents a daunting challenge to aid workers.

FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers' Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:20:00 -0400

Following an investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to close a loophole that lets drugmakers skip pediatric testing of drugs to treat rare diseases.

Pet Store Puppies Linked To Campylobacter Outbreak In People

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:40:00 -0400

Adorable fuzzy puppies aren't usually thought of as disease vectors. But they come with germs, too. It's not clear how pet store puppies caused dozens of humans to get sick with Campylobacter.

Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Researchers set out to answer this question: Is there a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Turns out, that's a hard question to answer. The advice remains: Don't risk it.

Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 04:53:00 -0400

Forest fires have brought a smoky haze to the West, along with stinging eyes, sore throats and headaches to people far from flames. Unseen particles of ash also make it hard for some to breathe.

Mother Of 9 Goes Door-To-Door As Part Of Yemen's Anti-Cholera Brigade

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Volunteers are the unsung heroes in slowing the spread of the disease in the world's worst cholera epidemic.

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Irritation and gloom may seem like the default mode for teenagers, but parents can help them gain a more realistic and resilient way of thinking. A clinical psychologist explains how.

Using A Robotic Hand, She Wants To Throw Out The First Pitch For All 30 MLB Teams

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:50:58 -0400

At 7, Hailey Dawson loves baseball and tossing out that first pitch. Poland syndrome made it a challenge but a robotic hand made it possible.

Will Congress Continue Health Care For 9 Million Children?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:38:00 -0400

The popular Children's Health Insurance Program is up for renewal Sept. 30. Policy analysts say it's unclear whether a deeply divided Congress facing major deadlines will get the job done.

Fall Weather Headed Your Way? Time For Flu Shots

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:18:00 -0400

The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds us that shots — not a nasal spray — are the most effective way to protect kids 6 months and older against the flu.