October 12, 2012
On a recent sunny fall afternoon, students from Lake View High School streamed out of a nearby convenience store munching after-school snacks.
September 26, 2012
Call them what you may — tantrums, hissy fits, conniptions — but most parents of preschoolers endure them. They know the tantrums will subside in time, when the kids' language skills improve.
9:09 AM EDT, September 24, 2012
Kids should stay off trampolines at home and at the playground, U.S. pediatricians urged Monday, saying emergency departments across the country see nearly 100,000 injuries from the bouncy mats each year.
12:04 AM EDT, September 25, 2012
Former U.S. military leaders have identified a latent threat to the potential for a leaner, more agile fighting force: the school vending machine.
5:01 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
In the small northeast Ohio town of Massillon, a few miles from the National Football Hall of Fame, some 20,000 fans pack into a high school stadium, drowning out the roar of a real tiger mascot on the sidelines.
10:09 AM EDT, September 18, 2012
Kids and teens that had higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to be overweight or obese, in a new nationally-representative U.S. study.
5:26 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
Pediatricians' offices that offer more extensive counseling and information on safer sun practices are no more likely to have parents who follow that advice than offices that offer less intensive counseling, according to a new study.
4:13 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
U.S. schools took small steps toward encouraging students to make healthier food choices between 2006 and 2010, but there's still a lot of room for improvement, according to a new study.
August 29, 2012
With kids poised to delve into another school year, Madeline Levine has some advice for parents: Back off.
6:21 PM EDT, August 17, 2012
Amid growing concerns about concussions, more student athletes are having their brain function tested prior to injury in a procedure called baseline testing that is becoming increasingly mainstream.
12:09 PM EDT, August 21, 2012
Unhappy kids who watch a lot of TV ads may come to believe that material possessions are the key to feeling better, new research hints.
4:11 PM EDT, August 21, 2012
For youngsters who turn up their noses at fruits and vegetables, slapping a cartoon face on a healthy snack could make those choices more appealing, a new study suggests.
12:00 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
Babies and toddlers who went under anesthesia during surgery ended up having slightly worse scores on language and reasoning tests as 10-year-olds, in a new study.
2:21 PM EDT, August 17, 2012
Preschoolers who had less patience and worse self-control while waiting for treats in a classic behavior study ended up weighing slightly more as adults, a new analysis shows.
3:18 PM EDT, August 16, 2012
Years after they were first diagnosed, childhood cancer survivors - along with their brothers and sisters - missed twice as many school days as other kids, according to a new study.
7:59 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
Q: My daughter developed numerous hemangiomas, most of them on her face and stomach, when she was a few months old. She's now 6 years old, and they have not gone away.
3:38 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
The number of U.S. children who drink sugar-free beverages has doubled in the past decade, a new study finds — though the health implications of the trend, if any, are unclear.
10:58 PM EDT, August 13, 2012
Under a state law that took effect last year, schools are allowed to stock and use prescription medicine that can save the lives of students with severe allergic reactions. But when school nurses asked doctors to prescribe the epinephrine shots, better known as EpiPens, many encountered a problem:...
3:54 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed during almost one in three of all visits kids and teens make to psychiatrists in the United States, according to a new study, up from about one in eleven during the 1990s.
6:38 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
Sedentary officer workers aren’t the only people who may benefit from standing desks. A small but growing body of research is finding that children who stand at desks during school burn more calories than those who sit, information that could help in the battle against childhood obesity.
12:42 PM EDT, July 24, 2012
Strides made in the 90s to reduce risky sexual behavior among teens has largely plateaued, federal health data released today has found.
July 25, 2012
In a few weeks, thousands of parents, after saying goodbye to their children, will be driving away from college campuses with lumps in their throats.
8:28 PM EDT, July 25, 2012
A new study confirms something pediatricians and parents already suspected: One key to having happy, healthy and less depressed children is to have earlier bedtimes.
8:30 PM EDT, July 25, 2012
More and more kids seem to be participating in organized sports at ever younger ages. I know many 3-year-olds already playing on soccer teams, and kindergartners involved in football and lacrosse. Also, children are specializing in specific sports at younger ages, increasing the risk of overuse...
July 25, 2012
Attention, freshmen: You will likely pick up more than knowledge and new friends when you start college.
8:11 PM EDT, July 25, 2012
When your child is a picky eater, everyone has advice: Cook with your kids! Eat like a French person! Roast those Brussels sprouts!
July 18, 2012
Their parents joke that they spend so much time on their smartphones and computers, older teenagers are surgically attached to them. But spending a lot of time online does not necessarily mean they have the Internet search skills to find accurate information on birth control, according to a...
5:04 PM EDT, July 13, 2012
Active video games might help people burn more calories than couch-based screen time, but those who play active games tend to undo most of the difference if there's junk food available, says a new study.
10:36 AM EDT, June 11, 2012
Allowing pre-schoolers to help themselves to food is thought to teach kids healthy eating habits like portion control, but a new study finds that children eat just as much at self-served meals as they do when food is plated for them.
12:36 AM EDT, May 28, 2012
Kids in after-school programs often increase their own physical activity if they make friends who run and jump around more than they do, a new study from Tennessee has found.
7:39 PM EDT, May 16, 2012
Q: I've heard that the HPV vaccine is now being recommended for boys. Why? Does my 12-year-old son really need this?
9:11 PM EDT, April 25, 2012
Early on, when my kids were young, I had a two-seat sport stroller that I could push them in while I went running. I could also tow them in it behind my bike. It was great, until my daughter realized she could whale the tar out of her older brother and there was no way for him to escape. And that...
2:46 AM EST, February 27, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - All that virtual boxing, bowling and dancing along with video game systems might not be helping kids meet their daily exercise requirements, a new study suggests.
5:06 PM EST, February 15, 2012
On any given day at Coconut Creek Elementary school in Florida, it's likely that you'll find the children in an unlikely position: downward dog.