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Language problems common for kids with ADHD

Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research.

Too much codeine still prescribed to U.S. kids

Emergency room physicians still hand out hundreds of thousands of codeine prescriptions for children every year, despite warnings that kids' responses to codeine vary wildly.

Father time: Make every day Father's Day

This Father's Day, take a minute to think about the kind of dad you want be.

Five ways to teach your kids the value of a dollar

Financial literacy is one of the most important subjects for a child to learn and carry with them into adulthood, and yet, it is one of the least taught subjects. 

Campfire precautions can protect kids from burns

Campfires are exciting for kids but they also can be dangerous without supervision and simple precautions, an expert warns.

Crankier babies may get more TV time

Fussy and demanding babies are likely to spend slightly more time plopped in front of a TV or computer screen when they're toddlers than are "easier" babies, new research finds.

Kids' concussions defined by where they live

City kids are more likely to suffer concussions playing sports while children in rural areas tend to sustain these head injuries while using dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles, a new Canadian study finds.

Aspirin advised for women at high risk for pregnancy complication

Pregnant women at high risk for the serious condition called preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin every day after their first trimester, according to a new draft recommendation by an influential U.S. panel of experts.

Could daughter's cancer risk be affected by father's age at birth?

A father's age at the time of his daughter's birth may affect her risk for breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Teens' screen time may affect their bone health

Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway.

For greater happiness, spend your money on 'life experiences'

Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study.

Popular kids may be targets for bullying

Becoming more popular might have a downside for teens -- it may increase their risk of being bullied, researchers say.

Parental messages that stress no alcohol do get through

Making it clear to your teen that underage drinking is unacceptable is a highly effective way to reduce the risk that he or she will use alcohol, a new survey shows.

Lung ultrasound can spot risk of respiratory failure in pregnancy

A lung ultrasound can quickly reveal if a pregnant woman with a serious condition called preeclampsia is at risk for respiratory failure, according to a new study.

Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.

Spanking triggers vicious cycle

Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests.

How you parent is partly genetic

Genes may play a major role in parenting styles, according to a new study.

Head lice growing resistant to standard meds

Most head lice found in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, a new study cautions.

Lower IQ, worse heart fitness in teens linked to risk of early dementia in men

Having a lower IQ or poorer fitness at age 18 might increase a man's risk of developing dementia before age 60, a new study suggests.

ADHD drugs linked to later weight gain in kids

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds.

Teens often copycat others who drink and drive

Want to make sure your teen doesn't drive while intoxicated? You might want to start by making sure he or she doesn't go riding with peers who have been drinking or using drugs.

Mental illness to blame for 10 percent of kids' hospitalizations

Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds.

Taking pride in the nursery

Think ahead and design a room that will evolve with your baby as she grows.

For young couples, violence can harm both sides

Teens and young adults involved in relationship violence are more likely to suffer depression, a new study indicates.

Rising e-cigarette use tied to more smoking in teens

Teens who have tried electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes, according to the authors of a new study.

September peak month for kids' asthma flares

Many parents know that allergies are seasonal, but fewer may realize that the same is true of asthma: A new study suggests the riskiest time for children with asthma is September, as they head back to school.

Alcohol near start of pregnancy linked to premature babies

Women who drink before they conceive or during the first three months of pregnancy might be at increased risk of having a premature or small baby, new research finds.

When smartphone is near, parenting may falter

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table.

Despite media companies' claims, your baby can't learn to read

Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests.

Does your child's car seat weigh too much for LATCH?

Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems.

Treatment costs vary for U.S. children born with heart defects

The cost of treatment for children born with heart defects varies widely across the United States, according to new research. And higher costs may not mean better care.

Food allergies have nearly doubled among black children

Over the past two decades, reports of food allergies have nearly doubled among black children, a new study reveals.

Schools add more fruits, veggies to the '3 Rs'

Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.

Kids' body image shaped by parents

Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.

Mysterious polio-like illness strikes kids in California

A rare "polio-like syndrome" has caused paralysis in about 20 children from across California, according to a report released Sunday by physicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Doctors slower to prescribe high blood pressure meds to younger patients

Doctors wait longer to prescribe blood pressure drugs to young adults than to older patients, a new study finds.

Fever in first trimester might raise risk of birth defects

Babies born to women who suffer a fever early in pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of certain birth defects, a new review finds.

Safe sex education must start long before teens engage in sex

Having a stable home life as a child, nice friends and success at school reduces the odds of getting sexually transmitted diseases as a young adult, according to a new study.

Mother's voice on special pacifier helps preemies learn to eat

Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say.

Kids with A.D.H.D. may benefit from 'brain wave' training

New research suggests that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from getting a type of training during school hours that monitors their brain waves to help improve attention.

Bullying may have lasting health effects on kids

Kids who are picked on by their peers may see lasting effects on their physical and mental well-being -- especially if the bullying is allowed to persist for years, a new study suggests.

'Talking' medical devices, apps continue to evolve

They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies.

Premature babies benefit from adult talk

Premature infants face a number of challenges, including a known risk of language delay. 

President's panel calls for more girls, boys to get HPV vaccine

Too few American girls and boys are getting vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), the President's Cancer Panel reported Monday.

Teen pregnancy rates much higher for girls with serious mental illness

Teenage girls diagnosed with major mental illness are much more likely to give birth, according to a new study from Canada, suggesting such girls should become a special target for anti-pregnancy efforts.

Is technology creating a world of sickly couch potatoes?

The increasing number of people in developing nations who own televisions, computers and cars might explain rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in those countries, a new study suggests.

Illnesses traced to Uncle Ben's rice; Commercial-size packages recalled

Recent illness outbreaks at schools in three states have prompted the recall of 5- and 25-pound bags of Uncle Ben's Infused Rice products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

Infants at highest risk for childhood burns

One-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children, and the main causes of these injuries are hot drinks and hair irons, a new British study finds.

Epidural may beat patient-controlled painkiller for childbirth

Epidurals are better pain relievers during labor than patient-controlled doses of a fast-acting painkiller called remifentanil, new research suggests.

Babies born to moms over 35 may have lower risk for certain birth defects

Women in their late 30s or 40s are often told that the odds of delivering a baby with a birth defect rises with age.

U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns.

Expectant mothers' colds may affect baby

The more colds and other viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the more likely her child is to have asthma, researchers report.

Study ties home births to higher infant death rates

The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say.

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life

'Sensitive' older sibling may help boost preschoolers' language skills

Preschoolers from big families tended to score a bit lower on one vocabulary test. However, in cases where those kids had a sensitive big brother or sister, the vocabulary disadvantage disappeared.

First trimester appears crucial for baby's heart health

Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates.

Shoulders take a pounding in high school football

Football players and wrestlers are the high school athletes most prone to shoulder injuries, and they're more likely to injure their shoulders in competition than in practice, a new study shows.

Type 2 diabetes is often a family affair

A new study points to a possible added risk factor for Type 2 diabetes: a wedding band.

Shopping carts can pose big danger to little kids

Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store.

Extra sleep in morning may help teens stay alert in class

Delaying the morning school bell might help teens avoid sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Later school start times appear to improve teens' sleep and reduce their daytime sleepiness.

Fast food not major culprit in kids' obesity

Fast-food consumption is often blamed for the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. children. But a new study finds that poor eating the rest of the day is most strongly linked with weight issues.

Why parents mix up their kids' names

Parents are more likely to confuse their children's names when they sound alike, a new study reveals.

Genes may be to blame for hard-to-handle toddlers

DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers, a new Canadian study suggests.

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice.

Alternative therapies widely used for autism

Nearly 40 percent of preschoolers with autism are getting some kind of complementary or alternative therapy for their condition.

When a common cold becomes more dangerous for kids

Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk.

Get your kids cooking with you

Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.

Preemies' 'excessive' crying tied to risk of behavior problems later

Premature babies who cry a lot may be more likely than other preemies to have behavior problems by the time they reach preschool, a new study suggests.

Temporary fever may occur when kids under 2 get 2 shots at once

Young children who receive flu and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time are at increased risk for temporary fever, a new study reports.

Breast-feeding might reduce moms' odds of rheumatoid arthritis

Women who breast-feed may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life, new research suggests.

Kids' suicide risk similar for all newer antidepressants

When it comes to treating depression in children, newer antidepressants all seem to carry about the same risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, a new study shows.

The cold, hard truth about surviving bitter winter weather

The record-shattering cold weather that's gripping much of the United States can pose extreme health risks, doctors warned Monday.

Fido really can recognize your face

Dogs can recognize the faces of familiar people and canine pals, a new study finds.

When winter fun isn't so fun

Winter sports and snowy day activities provide lots of exercise and fun, but there's also the risk of injury, an expert warns.

Teen drivers become distracted quickly

Teen drivers quickly move from focused to distracted while behind the wheel, and this raises their risk for accidents, a new study finds.

Big strides made in battle against pediatric AIDS

The effect that AIDS is having on American kids has improved greatly in recent years, thanks to effective drugs and prevention methods. The same cannot be said, however, for children worldwide.

Mother-daughter team preaches gospel of HIV prevention

Fortunata Kasege was just 22 years old and several months pregnant when she and her husband came to the United States from Tanzania in 1997. She was hoping to earn a college degree in journalism before returning home.

Girls' brain connectivity happens sooner than for boys

New brain research suggests one reason girls mature faster than boys during their teen years.

Keep the holidays merry for kids with diabetes

The holidays are a potentially dangerous time for children with diabetes, an expert warns, and parents need to take steps to keep them safe.

1 in 6 fathers doesn't live with his kids

Almost one in six fathers doesn't live with his children, according to new research that looked at how involved dads are in their children's lives.

Bad night's sleep may raise blood pressure in kids

Kids who don't get enough sleep at night may experience a slight spike in their blood pressure the next day even if they are not overweight or obese, a new study suggests.

Youngest child often not as small as mother thinks

Many mothers think their youngest child is smaller than he or she actually is, according to new research.

Brain chemicals may signal which preemies will have delays

A potential new way to identify premature infants at high risk for delays in motor skills development may have been discovered by researchers.

Gov't wants tighter rules on antibacterial soaps, body washes

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps.

Start your own Christmas morning traditions

Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.

Early puberty in girls might be linked to bad behavior

Girls who hit puberty early might be more likely than their peers to get into fights or skip school, a new study suggests.

Kids' liver transplant success varies by race

White children in the United States have higher liver transplant survival rates than blacks and other minority children, a new study finds.

Rise in U.S. high chair injuries stuns experts

Young children are falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010.

Prevent home heating from becoming a safety hazard

Following home-heating safety measures will help keep you and your family safe this winter, experts say.

How worried are parents about kids' online safety?

Parents' concern about their children's online safety might vary according to their race, ethnicity and other factors, a new study suggests.

Ecstasy use on rise again among U.S. teens

The number of U.S. teens who wind up in the emergency room after taking the club drug Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years, raising concerns that the hallucinogen is back in vogue, federal officials report.

Brain connections strengthen as kids sleep

As young children sleep, the connections between the right and left sides of their brains strengthen, according to a small new study.

Preemies show subtle differences in brain development

Premature infants with no obvious problems in the structure of their brains may still have subtle chemical differences compared with full-term babies, a new study finds.

Smaller classes may be key to high school friendships

When it comes to making friends in high school, the classes a student chooses seems to set the course, a new study finds.

DNA can predict unusually tall height

DNA can be used to predict taller-than-average height, a new study finds.

Could good manners help spur holiday weight gain?

Politeness and consideration for fellow diners could play a role in holiday weight gain, a new study suggests.

Keeping holidays happy when a loved one has Alzheimer's

The holidays can be a difficult time when a loved one has Alzheimer's disease, but there are ways to keep the season happy and memorable, an expert says.

Thanksgiving craft ideas for keeping kids busy

Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.

New study paints grim health picture for obese teens

Severely obese teens are at increased risk for a host of serious health problems as adults, including asthma, kidney disease and sleep disorders, according to a new study.

Drinking milk as teens might not protect men's bones

Boys who drink more milk during their teenage years might not see any drop in their risk for hip fractures as adults, new research suggests. Just the opposite: Their risk actually might rise.

Working moms spend more time parenting than dads

Although today's fathers pitch in with routine child care more than dads did a few decades ago, a new study finds that mothers are still doing more. Even when both parents work outside the home.

Best road trips, coast to coast

Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.

Exercise in pregnancy may boost baby's brain

Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research.

With flu season here, docs offer tips to stay healthy

With another flu season fast approaching, those in the know offer ways to guard against infection or deal with the flu if your efforts fail.

Weight-loss surgery safe for very obese teens

Researchers say they have some good news for severely obese teens who decide to undergo weight-loss surgery: These patients are at low risk for major surgical complications.

Parents favor email medical consults for kids' minor illnesses

Most American parents would prefer email consultations with doctors instead of office visits when their kids have minor illnesses, a new poll finds.

Kids who exercise more may get better grades

Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students' academic performance, according to a new U.K. study.

Family-friendly historical trips

Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.

Women in labor may be fine taking in nourishment

There may be good news for moms-to-be: A new study finds that women in labor and delivery may not have to forgo all nutrition or rely solely on ice chips to rehydrate, as is typically the case now.

Lower smog levels tied to lower birth weights

Pregnant women exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to have low-birth-weight babies, a new study suggests.

Irregular bedtimes lead to behavior problems in kids

A regular bedtime might guarantee more than a good night's sleep for both kids and their parents -- it turns out that a regular bedtime can make for a better-behaved child, new research suggests.

Bullet wounds kill 8 percent of US kids treated in hospitals

A new study confirms the high danger posed by gunshot wounds in kids: Hospital statistics from several U.S. urban areas reveal that at least 8 percent of children who were shot died.

Surviving a power outage with kids

Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.

BeLuvv Guardian is a LoJack-like system for tracking small kids

The Guardian is a small, tracking device to be worn by a child as a bracelet or necklace. When combined with a mobile application, the radio chip communicates with the parent's mobile device and can send an alert when the child has traveled too far away.

Parents' feeding choices may raise baby's risk for celiac disease

Delayed introduction of gluten to a baby's diet and breast-feeding longer than one year appear to increase the risk of celiac disease, researchers report.

How to raise cultured kids

Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.

Whooping cough outbreaks tied to parents shunning vaccines

New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families.

The smart mom's kitchen

Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.

Child's chronic illness can affect the whole family

Parenting a chronically ill child can cause stress that affects the whole family.

5 digital ways to stay close to grandparents

These days, extended families are more likely to be spread out. The good news is, today's grandparents are more tech-savvy than they were even five years ago.

The biggest car seat mistakes parents make

With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week.

Asthma care critical during pregnancy

Asthma control during pregnancy is vital because uncontrolled asthma can cause harm to mothers and their babies, according to a new review.

Some painkillers tied to certain birth defects in study

Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests.

Changes in household routines help reduce kids' obesity

Small changes in household routines, such as limiting TV time and increasing sleep time, can help minimize excess weight gain in young children at high risk of obesity, according to new research.

Commercial baby foods fall short for nutrition

Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.

Is social media making your kids less smart?

Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?

Back-to-school tips may help ease sensory overload in kids

Transitioning from summer to a new school year is hard for any kid, but it is particularly difficult for children who have trouble processing new sensations.

For teens, favorite tunes may impair driving

Music may soothe the savage beast, but a new study argues that novice teenage drivers who rock out to a playlist of favorite tunes may end up with impaired motor skills.

Take kids to get their flu shots early

As soon as the updated seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, parents should bring children aged six months and older to get vaccinated, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Parents' goals guide ADHD treatment choice

Parents' goals for treating their child's attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to steer the treatment in a distinct direction, new research shows.

Boys have higher death rates from many causes

Males may be the more vulnerable sex when it comes dying young -- not just from accidents, but from a range of causes, a new study finds.

What is 'play' to a child with autism?

When free to choose, kids with autism pick games that engage their senses and avoid games that ask them to pretend, a new study finds.

Readmission rates for children may not reflect hospital performance

Unlike the case with adult readmissions, higher hospital readmission rates for children may not necessarily indicate poor quality of care, according to new research.

Stuttering may not cause emotional woes in preschoolers

Preschoolers who stutter typically do not suffer emotional or social problems because of it, and even tend to have stronger language skills than their peers, a new study suggests.

More links seen between autism, ADHD

Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 20 times more likely to exhibit some traits of autism than children without ADHD, according to a new study.

3 ways to relive your favorite summer memories

A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.

4 best train trips in America

When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.


How toddlers' TV time can hurt kindergarten success

Toddlers who watch too much television have a more difficult time when they start kindergarten, a new Canadian study suggests.

Hispanic teens more likely to abuse drugs

Hispanic teens are more likely to abuse illegal and legal drugs than their black or white peers, a new report finds.

Lead exposure tied to early risk of school suspension

By the time they reach the fourth grade, children exposed to lead are nearly three times more likely to have been suspended, a new study contends.

Men's share of housework may depend on career choice

How much time a man spends doing housework is related to the type of job he has, a new study suggests.

Having more siblings might lower your divorce risk

The more brothers and sisters you have, the less likely you are to get divorced, a new study contends.

Ruling out unneeded ankle X-rays for kids

By using a simple rule to assess children's ankle injuries, doctors could reduce the use of X-rays by 22 percent -- and so spare kids unneeded radiation exposure, according to a new study.

Obesity risk factors may vary for boys, girls

While some behaviors increase the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, new research shows there are gender differences.

Childhood tummy aches may be tied to adult anxiety, depression

Stomach pain is a common childhood complaint, and now a new study suggests it may place some kids at higher risk for anxiety disorders or depression as adults.

Healthy summer snacks for kids

This summer make your own kid snacks rather than purchasing premade snacks. You'll have a better idea of what your kids are eating and you'll probably save money at the grocery store.

One in three teens "just not interested" in driving

Less than half of all American teenagers get their first driver's license within a year of becoming eligible to drive, a new study from AAA says.

Early discipline tied to less use of drugs, alcohol in teens

Correcting disruptive behavior in young children could help prevent them from using alcohol and drugs when they're teens, researchers report.

Mother's personality influences breast-feeding decision

A mother's personality can affect whether she decides to breast-feed, according to a new study.

Smart technology may help kids with autism learn, communicate

Already embraced by millions for their portability and ease-of-use, new Canadian research suggests that smart technologies also serve as therapeutic tools autistic children.

Growing up poor may raise odds for smoking

Poor children are more likely than their wealthier counterparts to smoke cigarettes, but less likely to binge drink and no more likely to use marijuana, a new study reveals.

Don't let playground injuries spoil the fun

Playgrounds can offer children a great place to get exercise and have fun, but parents need to be aware that there is a risk for injuries and know how to prevent them.

Watch out for backyard allergy triggers

Allergy and asthma triggers can turn your backyard from a summer oasis into a place of misery if you don't take precautions, experts say.

Many low-income moms struggle to afford diapers

Diapers can take a big bite out of the family budget, and now a new survey of low-income moms finds that many struggle to afford enough diapers to regularly change their babies.

Family history of cancer may raise risk for other types of tumors

A family history of cancer raises your overall risk of developing cancer, including types of cancer far removed from those suffered by your relatives, according to a new study of 23,000 people.

U.S. adults support smoking ban in cars with kids

Eighty-two percent of American adults support banning smoking in cars when children younger than 13 are in the vehicle, according to a new survey.

TVs toppling onto tots at alarming rate

Falling television sets continue to be a source of serious injuries to young children, a new study shows.

Best beaches for families

Here are five sandy locations that offer something for everyone.

Divorce in early childhood may harm adult ties with parents

If parents divorce when their children are young, the split can affect how secure these children will feel about their relationship with their parents as adults, new research shows.

Concussion prevention: Pass on pricey football helmets

Newer, heavier and more expensive football helmets will not lower a player's risk of concussion, new research finds.

Kids mimic parents' TV viewing habits

If you want your kids to spend less time parked in front of a television, you need to set the example.

Physical punishment in childhood tied to health woes as adults

Children whose parents use "harsh" physical punishment such as slapping or shoving may end up in relatively poorer physical health as adults, a new study suggests.

Irregular bedtimes may sap kids' brainpower

Going to bed at different times every night appears to reduce children's brainpower, a new British study suggests.

Bad bosses may be toxic to employees' families

When workplace stress spills over into your personal life, your family's well-being can also suffer, new evidence suggests.

Breast milk supply may be linked to insulin production

Insulin plays an important role in making breast milk, according to a new study that may help explain why many mothers have difficulty producing enough milk to nurse their baby.

Baseballs, softballs often to blame for kids' facial fractures

Most sports-related facial fractures among children occur when they're trying to catch a baseball or softball, according to new research. These injuries are relatively common, and they can be serious.

Boys with guns at high risk of assault

Many violent young people carry guns, a new study shows.

Fireworks displays spark safety concerns

Fireworks add sparkle to Independence Day festivities but they need to be handled with care -- and by adults, a prominent group of U.S. surgeons says.

New 'active' video games may give kids more exercise

Newer-generation "active" video games give a slight boost to children's physical activity levels at home, according to a new study.

All-terrain vehicle injuries to kids on decline for now

Safety experts have long warned that all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, pose serious threats to kids, who may not have the strength or judgment to safely operate the bouncy, heavy machines.

Even younger babies 'prep' themselves to be picked up

Babies as young as 2 months know when they are about to be picked up and prepare themselves for it, according to a new study.

Tick safety tips for kids at summer camp

When children head off to outdoor camps this summer, they need to be protected from ticks and tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, experts say.

How dirty is your public pool?

What are the odds that we'll actually get sick by going swimming in a pool?

You can boost your baby's vocabulary

If you have a baby who's learning to talk, you may feel the need to chatter incessantly to boost her vocabulary, but a new study says another factor is crucial: the ability to provide non-verbal clues.

Are breast-fed kids more upwardly mobile?

Breast-feeding, a practice already linked with many health benefits, could help a child become more upwardly mobile as an adult, British researchers report.

Kids' pitching injuries rising

Despite the introduction of pitching limits in youth baseball, throwing injuries requiring surgery are increasing at a dramatic rate in the United States. 

Could 'moderate' drinking be safe during pregnancy? Video included

Children of women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant don't appear to have any neurodevelopmental problems when it comes to balance, a new British study suggests.

Minority kids with autism less likely to use specialty services

Black and Hispanic children with autism are markedly less likely than children from white families to receive specialty care for complications tied to the disorder, a new study finds.

Sibling bullying can lead to depression, anxiety in victims Video included

Being picked on by your brother or sister may seem like a normal part of growing up, but for some kids the bullying may be a source of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests.

Drowning prevention measures to keep kids safe in water

Every day in the United States, three children drown. Although many people expect a drowning child to splash and yell for help, these accidents often happen quietly without anyone noticing.

Flu shots at school boost vaccination rates

Offering flu shots at elementary schools could reduce the number of flu cases and deaths among children, a new study suggests.

Summer deadliest time of year for teen drivers Video included

Summer is the most dangerous time of the year for teen drivers and distracted driving is often the reason why, experts say.

Young parents don't stress over kids' media use

Having grown up with gadgets galore, young parents aren't as worried about the potentially corrosive effects of too much screen time on their offspring, a new study suggests.

Fewer families struggling to pay medical bills

The proportion of families in the United States that can't keep up with their medical bills declined between 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Family fun: Homemade gifts for Father's Day

This year, get a little creative with your kids and make Dad feel special with a homemade treat.

Kids poisoned by medical marijuana

Legalizing marijuana may have unintended consequences. Since medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado, more than a dozen young children have been unintentionally poisoned with the drug, researchers report.

Military families may need help with mental health

A leading pediatricians' group is highlighting the plight of children in military families in a new report.

Tots' sleep differences due to genes, environment

A new study of twins suggests that genes may play a big role in how long babies and toddlers sleep at night, while environment is key during nap time.

Genes may boost woman's risk of postpartum depression

Pregnant women with specific alterations in two genes may be at increased risk of suffering depression after giving birth, a small new study suggests.

Living near major roadways in pregnancy tied to respiratory woes in children Video included

A child whose mother lived near heavy traffic while pregnant faces a relatively higher risk for developing a respiratory infection before the age of 3, a new study suggests.

1 in 5 U.S. kids has a mental health disorder

As many as one in five American children under the age of 17 has a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to a new federal report.

Even low levels of lead hamper kindergartners' reading skills

Even children with low levels of lead in their blood score lower on reading-readiness tests when they begin kindergarten, a new study found.

More kids diagnosed with mental health disabilities

Significantly more U.S. children have a neurodevelopmental or mental health disability than did a decade ago, according to new research.

Many parents texting, phoning while driving their kids Video included

The vast majority of parents admit to being distracted in some way while driving their young child around, a new survey reveals.