Kids’ Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast

The severe respiratory virus believed to have sickened hundreds of U.S. children in Midwestern and Western states has now spread to the Northeast, health officials report.

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The Most Dangerous Drugs for Accidental Poisonings in Children

A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds.

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Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed

Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they’re actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates.

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Spotting, Treating Autism Symptoms in Infancy May Prevent Developmental Delays

Among infants as young as 6 months old who exhibited symptoms of autism, therapy provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the tots, a small new study suggests.

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What You Should Know About the Mystery Respiratory Virus Affecting Kids

More than 1,000 children across 10 states have been hospitalized, in what experts suspect is an outbreak of a rare respiratory illness called enterovirus-D68. Here’s what you need to know.

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This One Thing Predicts Whether Parents Will Refuse Vaccines for Kids

Doctors are still struggling to find effective ways to convince wary parents of the importance of vaccinating their infant children.

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Parent’s Smoking Affects Children’s Health for Years

Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years.

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Fitness May Boost Kids’ Brainpower

Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids’ minds.

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Childhood Mental, Developmental Disability Rates on the Rise

Rates of developmental and mental disabilities — ranging from speech problems to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder — have jumped 21 percent among U.S. children, according to a new report.

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More Unmarried Women Over 35 Are Having Kids

Fewer unmarried America women are having babies, with the notable exception of those who are over 35, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

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