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HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:21:00 -0400

In the U.S., there are about 39,000 cancers associated with the human papillomavirus each year. Doctors say the new HPV vaccine may help reduce the number of cases.

Childhood Exposure To Lead Can Blunt IQ For Decades, Study Suggests

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:02:00 -0400

Researchers following a group of New Zealanders over the course of 40 years found an association between childhood lead exposure and declines in intelligence and socioeconomic status later in life.

For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Cytomegalovirus is everywhere, and it usually doesn't make people sick. But if a woman gets infected while pregnant, in rare cases it can cause serious problems for the baby.

Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Prior research points to an association between breast-feeding and higher intelligence, but a new study finds no causal link. The study does find that breast-fed kids are less hyperactive at age 3.

Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren't Cheaper Overall

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Many patients like the convenience of being able to quickly consult a doctor by text or phone or webcam instead of heading to an urgent care clinic. But the cost of consultations can add up.

States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourage Safe Sleep Habits

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The baby boxes that Finland gives to all new mothers are legendary. Now states in the U.S. are experimenting with them as a way to encourage safe sleep practices and reduce SIDS.

Nobody Wants To Drop Food From A Plane. But It's Happening

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:08:00 -0400

It's difficult. It's potentially dangerous. It's costly. And it's going on in South Sudan right now.

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:54:00 -0400

When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.

Social Media Star Has A 'Crazy Idea' To Help Somalia

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:55:00 -0400

Jerome Jarre wanted to raise $1 million, buy 60 tons of food and get Turkish Airlines to fly it in for free. How's he doing?

Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:02:00 -0400

Women often worry that exercise is dangerous during pregnancy, but the data shows it's almost always good for both mother and the developing fetus. As with so many things, moderation is key.

Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines In Teen Opioid Use

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:56:00 -0400

A pair of long-term studies found fewer children and teenagers are coming in contact with opioids, and that hospitalizations from the drugs are down. The same is not true for adults.

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:02:00 -0400

Julia has bright red hair, big green eyes and she loves to draw. She can be a little shy, but Elmo and Abby Cadabby don't mind. She's voiced by Stacey Gordon, whose son is on the autism spectrum, too.

Planned Parenthood Would Lose Millions In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:34:00 -0400

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that defunding Planned Parenthood would cause an uptick in births. Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid.

Nursery Products To Blame For Rise In Infant Injuries, Study Finds

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:52:00 -0400

The number of children injured by strollers, cribs, carriers and other nursery products is on the rise. Researchers say both parents and manufacturers can do things to limit injuries.

Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge — say, spinach smoothies -- sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all. Here's how.