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Playing Video Games May Boost Kids IQ, Study Finds

Children who play video games more than average may experience a boost in their IQ more than average, researchers say.

Researchers Discover the Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Veggies

Children are more eager to try new vegetables when offered a fun reward, study finds.

Are Vegetarian Diets Good for Young Kids?

A new study finds no significant differences in growth or nutrition measures among children following a vegetarian diet.

Marijuana Edibles Packaged Like Popular Snack Foods Pose Danger, Study Warns

Researchers find nearly 1 out of 10 marijuana edibles use the exact or similar branding as common snack products, including candy and chips.

Childhood Lead Exposure Linked to Abnormal Stress Response and Behavior Problems, New Studies Find

Early childhood exposure to lead is associated with a dysregulated heart rate during stressful events, researchers say.

‘Live’ Flu Vaccine Appears Safe for Kids with Asthma, New Study Finds

Live attenuated flu vaccine is no more likely to cause respiratory problems in kids with asthma than the inactivated version, researchers say.

Sleepless Kids at Increased Risk of Adult Insomnia, Study Finds

Insomnia symptoms in childhood don’t often go away on their own and can worsen into adult insomnia, researchers say.

Symptoms of Long COVID in Kids

Children can experience long COVID just like adults, experts say. The most common symptoms in kids include fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating.

Children with Diabetes at High Risk for Eye Problems, Study Finds

Children with diabetes face an increased risk of developing a condition that damages the retina… and the risk is significantly higher in kids with type 2 diabetes, researchers say.

HealthDay Now: What To Expect From Psychedelic Therapy

In a HealthDay Now interview, we spoke to award-nominated actor, Tony Head, a research participant in a Johns Hopkins clinical trial of psilocybin. Tony was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2011 and he shares how his experience with psilocybin helped him face his fears of dying.

Books Are Better than Digital Devices for Reading to Kids, Study Finds

Traditional print books are better for learning than digital devices, researchers say .

Most Parents Say Their Kids Aren’t Grateful Enough: Poll

Four out of five parents say their children aren't grateful for what they have and they worry they're giving them too many material things, a new national poll finds.

Halloween 2021 Less Scary as COVID Rates Decline

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers important tips to keep your kids safe and healthy when they're trick-or-treating.

OTC Cold Meds Dangerous to Young Children

Despite major labeling changes and FDA warnings, the misuse of cough and cold medications continues to take young lives, researchers find.


A Simple Way to Boost Kids' Reading Skills?

Extra-large letter spacing helps increase reading speed and accuracy in kids with and without dyslexia, a new study finds.

1 in 5 Kids Eating More Fast Food During the Pandemic: Poll Results

While 50 percent of families report eating healthier during COVID, 20 percent are serving fast food to their kids more often, researchers say.

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21 May
It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

It's a good idea to get children outside every day, but especially on Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play on May 21.

"Even as the COVID-19 pan...

20 May
Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who've developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.

"The evidence is accumulating th...

19 May
CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds.

The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Ro...

19 May
U.S. Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Keep Rising: CDC

U.S. Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Keep Rising: CDC

The number of American children affected by acute hepatitis of unknown cause continues to grow, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on ...

18 May
Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.

Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.

National guidance for child care programs calls for providing a...

17 May
FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

A single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.

The third shot can be given at least five months after healthy kids complete the two-dose vaccine series, the FDA said. Its act...

04 May
Only 1 in 5 Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5 When Available: Survey

Only 1 in 5 Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5 When Available: Survey

Only 18 percent of parents of children under 5 say they plan to get their child vaccinated against COVID as soon as they can, while nearly 4 in 10 say they will "wait and see" before getting shots for their child, a new U.S. survey reveals.

Nearly 3 in 10 (27%) said they...

03 May
3 More Children Have Died of Mysterious Liver Disease

3 More Children Have Died of Mysterious Liver Disease

A serious liver disease that's struck hundreds of young children worldwide has caused the deaths of three children in Indonesia, bringing the global death toll to at least four.

Nearly 170 children in 11 countries have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in recent months...

03 May
How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids With Autism

For some children with autism, there's a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal, a new study suggests.

The findings could help efforts to develop personalized treatments for autism patients with gastrointestinal problems su...

30 Apr
Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to...

28 Apr
Moderna Asks FDA to Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Children Under 6

Moderna Asks FDA to Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Children Under 6

Moderna announced Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 6.

It's the first vaccine maker to seek U.S. authorization of a COVID-19 shot for that age group.

28 Apr
Another Long-Term Health Issue Tied to Abuse in Childhood: Cholesterol

Another Long-Term Health Issue Tied to Abuse in Childhood: Cholesterol

The toll of child abuse is wide-ranging and long-lasting. Researchers warn that childhood abuse is tied to high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes in adulthood, raising odds for heart disease and stroke.

In contrast, those who grew up in nurturing homes are less likely to h...

27 Apr
Pfizer SeekS FDA  Approval of COVID Boosters for Children Ages 5-11

Pfizer SeekS FDA  Approval of COVID Boosters for Children Ages 5-11

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve emergency use of its booster shot for children ages 5 to 11.

The application hinges on a study of 140 children with no evidence of prior coronavirus infection. Their antibody...

27 Apr
Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

Babies and toddlers who've been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations, new research warns.

The study is the first to suggest that antibiotics m...

27 Apr
Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

The study inc...

25 Apr
WHO Says Acute Hepatitis Cases in Children Now Reported in 11 Countries

WHO Says Acute Hepatitis Cases in Children Now Reported in 11 Countries

The World Health Organization said it is investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis among children that now involves 11 countries, including the United States.

Among the 169 reported cases, at least one child has died from this inflammation of the liver and 17 childre...

24 Apr
As Pandemic Continues, Advice for Parents on How to Manage Anxiety in Kids

As Pandemic Continues, Advice for Parents on How to Manage Anxiety in Kids

Anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic is common among young children, and parents may wonder how to quell those concerns.

An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has some advice.

"Parents should have a clear idea of what their thoughts are about the virus...

22 Apr
Childhood Vaccination Rates Slipped During Pandemic: CDC

Childhood Vaccination Rates Slipped During Pandemic: CDC

Many kindergartners fell behind on their childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, U.S. health officials warned Thursday.

The drop has not been precipitous: About 94% of kindergarteners had their required vaccines during the 2020-2021 school year, a drop of about one p...

22 Apr
Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Guns have surpassed road crashes as the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens.

Gun-related deaths rose 29% among 1- to 19-year-olds from 2019 to 2020, according to a new University of Michigan study. In all, there were more than 4,300 gun-related deaths ...

20 Apr
Unvaccinated Kids Were Twice as Likely to End up in Hospital During Omicron Surge

Unvaccinated Kids Were Twice as Likely to End up in Hospital During Omicron Surge

Nearly 9 in 10 children ages 5-11 who were hospitalized for COVID-19 from mid-December to late February were unvaccinated, a rate that was two times higher than for vaccinated children, a new government study shows.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control a...

20 Apr
Over Half of American Parents Give Their Picky Eaters Supplements

Over Half of American Parents Give Their Picky Eaters Supplements

If your child is a picky eater and you feel you need to give them dietary supplements, you're not alone.

In a new poll of more than 1,200 U.S. parents with at least one child aged 1 to 10, more than half said they struggle to get their child to eat a well-balanced diet a...

19 Apr
Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

Some Pot Edibles Mimic Candy, Raising Dangers for Kids

Marijuana edibles that mimic the packaging of popular snack foods pose a risk to children, a new study warns.

Researchers looked at the packaging of more than 200 types of edibl...

19 Apr
Virtual Learning Didn't Slow Preschoolers' Reading Skills

Virtual Learning Didn't Slow Preschoolers' Reading Skills

Preschoolers can learn reading skills in a virtual classroom, University of Washington researchers say.

"Children are ready to learn to read at the age of 5. But the pandemic robbed children of the opportunity for in-person reading instruction," said Patricia Kuhl, co-di...

18 Apr
Health Officials Investigate Mysterious Hepatitis Cases Among Children in U.S., U.K.

Health Officials Investigate Mysterious Hepatitis Cases Among Children in U.S., U.K.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating an unexplained increase in severe liver infection in children around the world including in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The severe acute he...

18 Apr
Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

Lead Exposure Harms Kids in Many Ways

New studies add to the extensive body of research showing the many risks that lead poses to youngsters.

The association between

15 Apr
New Treatment May Curb Low Blood Sugar in Kids With Insulin Disorder

New Treatment May Curb Low Blood Sugar in Kids With Insulin Disorder

A new therapy corrects low blood sugar in children with a genetic disorder that causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin, researchers say.

15 Apr
Kids Think Farm Animals Deserve Same Treatment as Pets

Kids Think Farm Animals Deserve Same Treatment as Pets

Life would be much better for farm animals if children were in charge, a new British study suggests.

Unlike adults, children believe farm animals should be treated the same as people and pets, and children are less likely to view eating animals as morally acceptable.

...

14 Apr
Pfizer Says Its Booster Shot Bolsters Immune Response in Those Aged 5 to 11

Pfizer Says Its Booster Shot Bolsters Immune Response in Those Aged 5 to 11

Pfizer Inc. said Thursday that its booster shot raised levels of neutralizing antibodies against both the original coronavirus strain and the Omicron variant in children aged 5 to 11.

They said in a

11 Apr
Older Kids More Vulnerable to MIS-C: Study

Older Kids More Vulnerable to MIS-C: Study

Older children and teens are the most vulnerable to severe cases of a rare inflammatory disorder that can occur in youngsters who've had COVID-19, a new study finds.

It included 232 children aged 18 and younger who were admitted to 15 hospitals in Canada, Costa Rica and ...

04 Apr
Follow-Up Care Can Prevent Repeat ER Visits for Child's Asthma

Follow-Up Care Can Prevent Repeat ER Visits for Child's Asthma

After a child shows up in the emergency room in the throes of an asthma attack, follow-up care is the best way to avoid another visit to the hospital down the road.

But when researchers analyzed claims data on more than 90,000 asthma-related emergency department (ED) vis...

30 Mar
COVID Vaccine Safe for Kids Who've Had MIS-C, Small Study Suggests

COVID Vaccine Safe for Kids Who've Had MIS-C, Small Study Suggests

COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe for kids who have had a rare complication called MIS-C after being infected by the coronavirus, according to a new small study.

Some kids get

30 Mar
Rash Decisions: Many Triggers for Children's Skin Outbreaks

Rash Decisions: Many Triggers for Children's Skin Outbreaks

A sudden rash can be a puzzling and alarming symptom in a child. But as one expert explains, rashes are common in kids and often caused by eczema or an allergic reaction.

"Eczema is a disease that causes patches of dry skin, which is often accompanied by intense itching....

29 Mar
Mom's Use of Workplace Disinfectants in Pregnancy Tied to Eczema, Asthma in Kids

Mom's Use of Workplace Disinfectants in Pregnancy Tied to Eczema, Asthma in Kids

If you're a worker who plans to get pregnant, take heed of a new study that warns that pregnant women who work in hospitals and are exposed to disinfectants may be more likely to have children who suffer from asthma...

28 Mar
'Live' Type of Flu Shot Is Safe for Kids With Asthma: Study

'Live' Type of Flu Shot Is Safe for Kids With Asthma: Study

Yearly flu shots are especially important for kids with asthma as any virus can trigger an asthma attack. But in the not-too-distant future, these kids might be able to get a spritz instead of a jab, new research hints.

Current recommendations suggest

23 Mar
Moderna Will Ask FDA to Approve COVID Vaccine for Young Kids

Moderna Will Ask FDA to Approve COVID Vaccine for Young Kids

Moderna announced Wednesday that it will ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 6.

The company said that its request is based on interim results from its clinical trial that showed, even when give...

14 Mar
New Malaria Treatment Gets First Approval for Use in Children

New Malaria Treatment Gets First Approval for Use in Children

A new drug that can cure a certain type of malaria was approved in Australia Monday for kids and teens.

The approval was...

09 Mar
Mask Mandates Worked in Schools Last Fall, CDC Study Finds

Mask Mandates Worked in Schools Last Fall, CDC Study Finds

School mask mandates helped protect students and staff last fall as the Delta variant spread, a new government report shows.

Ironically, the finding arrived just as many U.S. school districts have dropped masking rules.

In the

08 Mar
Another Study Finds Bogus 'Conversion Therapy' Harms LGBTQ Teens

Another Study Finds Bogus 'Conversion Therapy' Harms LGBTQ Teens

There are serious mental harms and high financial costs associated with so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQ people, researchers report.

Conversion therapy attempts to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people "straight." Its safety and effectiveness ha...

01 Mar
Pfizer Vaccine Much Less Potent in Kids Aged 5-11

Pfizer Vaccine Much Less Potent in Kids Aged 5-11

Fresh data shows that Pfizer's COVID vaccine is far less powerful at preventing infection among children ages 5 to 11 than teens, a finding that could leave some parents of younger children worried.

The vaccine -- the only one authorized for that age group in the United ...

14 Feb
Kids' Poisonings Rise as More Parents Bring Pot Edibles Home

Kids' Poisonings Rise as More Parents Bring Pot Edibles Home

Edibles. In adults, they can be used recreationally or to help manage pain, nausea and anxiety. But these THC-loaded products, often sold as gummies, cookies and brownies, have fueled a four-year increase in the number of emergency calls for young children who mistakenly think...

07 Feb
Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

A new study finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn't happen in adults.

These findings could help efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine...

05 Feb
Your Baby's Developed a Cough: Expert Advice on What to Do

Your Baby's Developed a Cough: Expert Advice on What to Do

If your baby has a cough, you might immediately think it's COVID-19, but coughing is a common wintertime symptom, a pediatrician says.

Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers some advice on what to do when your

03 Feb
Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

The ne...

02 Feb
Gruesome Warning Images on Soda Labels Could Cut Consumption

Gruesome Warning Images on Soda Labels Could Cut Consumption

Images of fat-laden, diseased hearts and blackened, rotting feet might be the last thing you expect to see on the label of a can of soda that your child desperately wants, but would such drastic health warnings about the long-term dangers of sugar stop you from buying it?

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02 Feb
Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Its Vaccine for Youngest Kids

Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Its Vaccine for Youngest Kids

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize its two-dose COVID vaccine for emergency use in children under 5 while it continues to research the power of a third shot in these youngest Americans.

If the FDA grants the...

02 Feb
Getting Active Soon After Concussion May Aid Kids' Recovery

Getting Active Soon After Concussion May Aid Kids' Recovery

A return to non-contact physical activity three days after a concussion is safe and possibly even beneficial for kids, a Canadian clinical trial finds.

"Gone are the days of resting in a dark room," said study co-author Andrée-Anne Ledoux, a scientist at the Children's ...

02 Feb
Parents: What You Need to Know About Kids & COVID-19

Parents: What You Need to Know About Kids & COVID-19

As the number of U.S. children with COVID-19 continues to surge, there are a number of things parents should know, a pediatric infectious disease expert says.

"What used to be the average number of children with COVID for the whole hospital is now the average just for th...

01 Feb
Pfizer Will Ask FDA to Approve Its COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5

Pfizer Will Ask FDA to Approve Its COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5

Pfizer Inc. plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as soon as Tuesday to authorize its COVID vaccine for emergency use in children aged 6 months to 4 years old.

If approved, the two-shot regimen would become the first approved for use in children this young; ...

01 Feb
The 'Oreo Test' and Other Ways to Help Kids' Oral Health

The 'Oreo Test' and Other Ways to Help Kids' Oral Health

Worried your kid isn't brushing his or her teeth properly? You might want to try the Oreo test.

"If the child eats an Oreo and brushes their teeth and the parent can still see the Oreos, they need to be checking and helping them brush," said Elise Sarvas, a clinical asso...

31 Jan
Screens Near Bedtime Bad for Preschoolers' Sleep

Screens Near Bedtime Bad for Preschoolers' Sleep

It's crucial to keep preschoolers away from screens and other sources of light in the hour before bedtime if you want them to get a good night's sleep, researchers say.

That's because even a little bit of light exposure can trigger a sharp drop in the sleep-promoting hor...

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