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Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:01:15 -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.

New Numbers On Child Labor Are Not Encouraging

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:11:00 -0500

A report from the U.N.'s International Labour Organization looks at how many children work, what kind of jobs they perform — and how to stop it.

Sam Kass: Can Free Breakfast Improve Learning?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:47 -0500

16 million children face hunger in the U.S., which can prevent them from performing well in school. Chef Sam Kass describes a simple solution with a potentially huge impact: free breakfast.

Myriam Sidibe: Would Fewer Children Die of Disease If They Just Washed Their Hands?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:00 -0500

Washing your hands with soap stops the spread of many lethal diseases. Yet most people don't wash their hands, even after using the bathroom. Dr. Myriam Sidibe wants to reverse this disturbing trend.

Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:19:00 -0500

Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later.

Getting Doctors To Stop Prescribing Codeine To Kids Has Taken Years

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:01:00 -0500

After the Food and Drug Administration told doctors to quit prescribing codeine to children after tonsillectomies because it could be deadly, some doctors kept on prescribing.

A Baby Exposed To Zika Virus Is Doing Well, One Year Later

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:51:00 -0500

Yaritza Martinez was infected with the Zika virus when she was 12 weeks pregnant. Doctors in Washington, D.C., are studying her son and other children to see if the virus has affected their health.

Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:13:00 -0500

It's not proof of cause and effect, but should be a warning, researchers say. Surveys showed teens — especially girls — who spent hours online daily were more likely than others to report depression.

Several States Roll Back 'Retroactive Medicaid,' A Buffer For The Poor

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:20:17 -0500

Retroactive payments offer protection for poor people who can be enrolled in Medicaid after becoming seriously ill. That process takes time, and the look-back provision helps guarantee coverage.

Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:07:00 -0500

The biological effects of lifelong exposure to racism or other sorts of discrimination can be complicated, scientists say, but likely tap into the same mechanisms as other types of chronic stress.

In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:01:20 -0500

Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think it's safe for them to light up.

Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:28:00 -0500

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.

A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:16:00 -0500

People who have Type-1 diabetes would love to be free of insulin injections and pumps. Researchers in San Francisco are now testing in animals an implantable pouch of living, insulin-releasing cells.

Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:20:00 -0500

Scientists have found an underlying reason why it's dangerous to drive when you're sleepy. Brain recordings show cells involved in perception fire more slowly in somebody who has been up all night.