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FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be. Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:06:00 -0500

Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat and what to avoid. But critics say it muddles matters.

Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:12:00 -0500

Parents have to weigh a lot of factors in deciding whether their kid should get a sick day. But day care centers may make the decision for you — and their rules are not always evidence based.

Study: What Was The Impact Of The Iconic Photo Of The Syrian Boy?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:00 -0500

Researchers from the University of Oregon wanted to know if the emotional response to the image translated into greater charitable support for Syrian refugees.

Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:50:00 -0500

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.

Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A new analysis of U.S. health insurance claims is worrisome, pediatricians say: More and more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Why Doctors Without Borders Is Adding Food To Its Medical Bag

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:32:00 -0500

In Nigeria, the food crisis is so severe that when MSF sees families to treat disease or provide vaccinations, they're starting to distribute food as well.

Women Still Need Folic Acid Supplements To Prevent Birth Defects

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Taking folic acid while pregnant reduces the risk of birth defects. But there may not be enough of the vitamin in enriched grain products, a federal advisory panel says.

They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Now she knows they can. Mireille Kamariza, who grew up in Burundi, is a graduate student at Stanford, working on a promising new test to detect the TB bacteria.

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:24:00 -0500

From birth through age 30 or so, our ability to recognize faces keeps improving, research shows. At first, kids discern adult faces better than other kids' mugs. Not so after adolescence.

Learning German In The Name Of Science And Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:27:00 -0500

Ninety young Syrian refugees are teaming up with neuroscientists in Leipzig to figure out the quickest and best way to teach German as a second language. Vocabulary first, or grammar early on, too?

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0500

In much of the U.S., demand for licensed infant care outstrips supply. Parents face lengthy waitlists, hefty waitlist fees, and few good options when returning to work after the birth of a baby.

Is The Warning That Creatine's Not For Teens Getting Through?

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:02:00 -0500

Researchers who surveyed 244 shops across the U.S. found that, despite label warnings, two thirds would recommend the dietary supplement to a 15-year-old football player trying to gain muscle.

Unexpected Risks Found In Replacing DNA To Prevent Inherited Disorders

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

In 2016, scientists combined the genes of three people in an effort to make a baby free of an inherited disease. But the process doesn't wipe out all faulty mitochondria, and could pose new risks.

In Puerto Rico, A Woman Infected With Zika Prays For A Healthy Baby

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500

Puerto Rico has experienced many more cases of Zika virus than the continental U.S. But health and educational services are scarce on the islands for children born with disabilities.

Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy or named his choices for top food-related jobs. But the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.