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02 Dec

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.

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17 Aug
The More Words Your Preschooler Knows, the Better They Do in Class

The More Words Your Preschooler Knows, the Better They Do in Class

Kids who enter preschool with good vocabulary and attention skills have a head start on academic success.

That's the takeaway from a new study of nearly 900 4-year-olds and t...

16 Aug
If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

While some may think of hearing loss as something that happens with age, it can also happen to kids.

Parents and teachers should consider hearing loss if a child's academic performance declines or he or she develops behavioral issues, lack of focus and depression, the Am...

15 Aug
Unpaid Time Off Work Rose 50% During Pandemic

Unpaid Time Off Work Rose 50% During Pandemic

U.S. workers without paid leave lost out on an estimated $28 billion in wages during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

The ...

15 Aug
One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

One Back-to-School Worry for Parents: Traffic Dangers

The dangers of school traffic is a major worry for many parents, a new poll finds.

In fact, a third of more than 900 parents surveyed last spring said speeding and distracted parent drivers are their main concern, and drivers who don't follow the rules should be banned ...

12 Aug
Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

Wind Can Uproot Kids' Bouncy Castles, With Tragic Results

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Inflatable bounce houses are big, colorful, cheap to rent and practically scream "childhood fun." So, what could possibly go wrong?

It turns out plenty. For one thing, the air-filled party staples are vulnerabl...

08 Aug
8/11 -- Race, Income Keeps Many Families From Letting Kids Play Sports

8/11 -- Race, Income Keeps Many Families From Letting Kids Play Sports

American kids who are poor or members of ethnic minority groups are missing out on the youth sports that have long been touted for building strong bodies and strong character, a new study reports.

It found that youngsters who are poor, or from Black or Hispanic household...

07 Aug
Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School Year

Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School Year

As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new.

Encouraging kids to make physical activity part of their lives has

04 Aug
8/9 -- Pandemic Brought More Woes for Kids Prone to Headaches

8/9 -- Pandemic Brought More Woes for Kids Prone to Headaches

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Add more frequent headaches in kids who are already vulnerable to them to the list of ills a...

03 Aug
Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions respons...

03 Aug
Financial Struggles Can Be Tough on Families, And Tough to Explain to Kids

Financial Struggles Can Be Tough on Families, And Tough to Explain to Kids

Financial pressures may have made this a year when some families can’t afford pricy extras, such as after-school activities or summer camp.

It’s OK to explain this to your kids, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who offered tips for the conve...

01 Aug
Having Kids Around Might Shield You From Severe COVID: Study

Having Kids Around Might Shield You From Severe COVID: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folks with young kids at home may be less likely than others to develop severe COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Children bring home colds from day care and school and give them to their parents, and it's thought ...

31 Jul
Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.

One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier.

Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the H...

26 Jul
Less Than Half of Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Youngest Kids

Less Than Half of Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Youngest Kids

Parents have had to wait a long time to have access to a COVID-19 vaccine for their kids under the age of 5, but a new survey shows many still won’t ge...

26 Jul
Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

TUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violenc...

25 Jul
Obesity Rates Continue to Climb Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Obesity Rates Continue to Climb Among U.S. Kids, Teens

MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids is obese.

From 2011 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020, rates of obesity rose for kids between 2 and 5 years of age as well as 12- to 19-year-olds, a new...

25 Jul
Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.

“Experiencing violent crime can resul...

22 Jul
When Genes Raise a Mom's Risk for Cancer, Is It OK to Tell Kids?

When Genes Raise a Mom's Risk for Cancer, Is It OK to Tell Kids?

FRIDAY, July 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It's important to talk to kids about family health risks, but the impact of sharing this kind of information has been unclear.

It's probably safe, according to a new study, but how are you supposed to do it -- ...

18 Jul
Half of Parents Don't Realize Impact of Screens on Kids' Vision

Half of Parents Don't Realize Impact of Screens on Kids' Vision

Most parents are overlooking simple steps to protect their kids' eyes from overexposure to electronic screens, a new nationwide poll shows.

One in 7 respondents said their 3- to 18-year-olds haven't had a vision test in two years. Yet half of respondents acknowledged tha...

14 Jul
Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

Decades of research have shown the power of skin-to-skin contact between preemies and their moms, but would the same technique, dubbed "kangaroo care," work with fathers?

Yes, claims a new...

13 Jul
Can Anxiety Disorders Pass From Parent to Child?

Can Anxiety Disorders Pass From Parent to Child?

From the ongoing pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak to the charged political landscape, New York City mom and entrepreneur Lyss Stern has been increasingly anxious.

Stern worries that she will pass all of this fretting down to her 8-year-old daughter, and a new study su...

12 Jul
Key Players in Keeping Kids Safe From Guns: Pediatricians

Key Players in Keeping Kids Safe From Guns: Pediatricians

Pediatricians may become the trusted middle men between gun owners and non-gun owners when it comes to talks about gun safety, a new study shows.

University of Pennsylvania researchers found parents were more open to politically sensitive discussions about gun locks and ...

11 Jul
Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, restful and - most importantly - regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.

Researchers found that

11 Jul
Babies' Babble Brings Big Learning Bonus

Babies' Babble Brings Big Learning Bonus

Babies' babble may be smarter than you think.

A new study shows that infants as young as 3- to 5-months of age can tell that the unintelligible sounds they make before they learn to talk can impact the people around them.

Traditionally, this babbling has been regar...

09 Jul
Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

Cycle Safe: Find the Right Bike Helmet for Your Child

Wearing a bike helmet can save the life of your young child or teenager, but it needs to fit well to really do its job.

A well-fitting bike helmet significantly reduces the odds of serious head injury or death due to a bicycle, scooter or skateboard accident, experts say...

07 Jul
U.S. Opens Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers

U.S. Opens Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers

The Biden administration said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that international makers of baby formula can continue marketing their products in the United States, to avoid any infant formula shortage in the future.

The move to help foreign suppliers who have had ...

06 Jul
About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

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06 Jul
Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to mariju...

06 Jul
Do Preteens Think About Booze, Pot? Survey Says Yes

Do Preteens Think About Booze, Pot? Survey Says Yes

Exactly when do your kids become curious about smoking or

05 Jul
Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their s...

30 Jun
Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

Many Parents Ignore Fireworks Safety

Many U.S. parents don't take proper precautions to protect their children from fireworks-related burns and injuries, claims a new survey released just ahead of the Fourth of July.

29 Jun
Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.

The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those wi...

29 Jun
Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours.

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28 Jun
Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the resulting media coverage is likely causing anxiety for many people, including children.

On Friday, the high court's ruling on

27 Jun
Postpartum Depression Can Hit Both Mom & Dad, Sometimes at Same Time

Postpartum Depression Can Hit Both Mom & Dad, Sometimes at Same Time

Most people have heard that women can experience depression after the birth of a child.

But the condition is not limited to moms: New dads can experience depression in the months after their baby is born, by all accounts an enormous life change. This can even happen simu...

24 Jun
Pediatricians' Group Urges Parents to Get Youngest Kids Vaccinated Against COVID

Pediatricians' Group Urges Parents to Get Youngest Kids Vaccinated Against COVID

Now that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for kids under age 5, a leading medical group urges parents to discuss it with their health care provider.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that parents ask their children's doctor or other clinician any ques...

21 Jun
Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on

15 Jun
Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies ...

14 Jun
Why Getting Along in Preschool Is So Important

Why Getting Along in Preschool Is So Important

The expression "plays well with others" is often tossed around to describe people who are less likely to ruffle feathers, and new research shows these sandbox skills really matter.

It turns out that kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experienc...

11 Jun
Pandemic Means Many Kids Didn't Get Lifesaving Swim Lessons

Pandemic Means Many Kids Didn't Get Lifesaving Swim Lessons

Many children missed out on potentially lifesaving swimming lessons during the pandemic, so parents should enroll them in classes as soon as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends.

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10 Jun
Singles or Couples: Who Sleeps Better?

Singles or Couples: Who Sleeps Better?

You might think that having the whole bed to yourself would leave you feeling more refreshed in the morning than sleeping with someone who might toss, turn or snore.

Yet, a new st...

10 Jun
Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

Hundreds of U.S. children die in pool and hot tub drownings each year, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents to redouble safety efforts this summer.

That's because many children have been away from the water during the past two years du...

03 Jun
Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

It's a startling statistic: A new study finds the number of kids accidentally poisoned by the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin has soared by 530% over the past decade.

F...

02 Jun
Team Sports: Good for Kids' Minds, Too

Team Sports: Good for Kids' Minds, Too

Kids who play team sports may win some mental health benefits, but the same may not hold true for those in solo sports, a large, new study suggests.

A number of previous studies have linked

25 May
Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

Beginning June 4, Abbott Nutrition will restart producing baby formula at a shuttered factory that's been central to the ongoing shortage of infant formula in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday.

The factory in Sturgis, Mich., has been closed since Febru...

25 May
Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Another Study Finds Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Just Fine

Children raised by same-sex parents are just as well-adjusted as kids raised by different-sex parents, researchers say.

In the new study, the researchers compared 62 Dutch children (aged 6 to 16 years) whose parents were the same sex with 72 kids whose parents were diffe...

23 May
Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indi...

23 May
3-Dose Pfizer COVID Vaccine Spurs Strong Response in Youngest Kids

3-Dose Pfizer COVID Vaccine Spurs Strong Response in Youngest Kids

Pfizer/BioNTech says a three-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine appears to provoke a strong immune response in the youngest age group of children - those aged 6 months to 5 years.

This is the only age group not yet approved for COVID-19 vaccination by the U.S. Food and...

23 May
Poll Finds COVID Low on Parents' Summer Camp Checklist

Poll Finds COVID Low on Parents' Summer Camp Checklist

When choosing a summer camp for their children, many U.S. parents prioritize location, cost and activities. Only one in 10 said COVID-19 precautions are important, a new survey reveals.

Among parents who said

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 pand...

20 May
Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

The bill, which is meant to help families in the

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