For kids' sports, diversification is best
For kids' sports, diversification is best

If your kid is highly skilled at hockey but wants to try basketball, new research suggests you shouldn't worry about whether that might cost your child a college scholarship.

Tracking preemies' head size may yield IQ clues
Tracking preemies' head size may yield IQ clues

Head-size measurements can help screen for long-term IQ problems in very premature or very low birth weight babies, researchers say.

Even young football players not immune to damage from head injuries
Even young football players not immune to damage from head injuries

The long-term effects of head injuries in football players begin at a young age, a new study finds.

Arm yourself against the coming flu season
Arm yourself against the coming flu season

If the last flu season is any indication, you need to take steps now to protect yourself against infection, an infectious diseases expert warns.

Colleges strain to keep up with students' mental health concerns
Colleges strain to keep up with students' mental health concerns

As stigmas surrounding mental health issues have eased, more U.S. college students are seeking help for emotional problems, a new study finds.

Sleep may speed kids' recovery from concussion
Sleep may speed kids' recovery from concussion

Good sleep helps speed young athletes recover from a concussion, a new study reports.

Obesity may harm kids' academics, coping skills
Obesity may harm kids' academics, coping skills

Obese kids may have extra difficulty with schoolwork and coping under stress, a preliminary study suggests.

Antibiotics during infancy may up childhood obesity risk
Antibiotics during infancy may up childhood obesity risk

Babies who are prescribed antibiotics before they're 2 years old may be more likely to become obese children, new research suggests.

Dad's age may play role in pregnancy outcomes
Dad's age may play role in pregnancy outcomes

More men are delaying fatherhood, and new research suggests that might raise the risk of both birth complications and infant health problems.

Building tolerance helps kids with wheat allergy
Building tolerance helps kids with wheat allergy

Giving trace amounts of wheat to children with wheat allergy shows promise in treating the allergy, according to new research.

Keeping your teen driver safe
Keeping your teen driver safe

Rules for new drivers instituted in Massachusetts back in 2007 have led to fewer car crashes, including fewer deadly crashes, among drivers in their teens.

Common chemical tied to language delay in kids
Common chemical tied to language delay in kids

Children may suffer delayed language skills if their mothers come in contact with common chemicals called phthalates in early pregnancy, new research suggests.

Getting flu shot annually won't undermine its effectiveness in kids
Getting flu shot annually won't undermine its effectiveness in kids

Does getting a flu shot every year diminish its power to protect children?

Obesity a painful reality for 1 in 6 U.S. youths
Obesity a painful reality for 1 in 6 U.S. youths

One in six American kids struggles with obesity, and minorities struggle the most, a new report shows.

Don't blame just air pollution for asthma in kids
Don't blame just air pollution for asthma in kids

Children with asthma who live in areas with dirty air require emergency medical care more often than those with less exposure to air pollution, a new study finds.

Kids with autism, delays more likely to be overweight by age 5: study
Kids with autism, delays more likely to be overweight by age 5: study

Children with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity, a new study finds.

Disabling hip ailment is another health risk for obese kids
Disabling hip ailment is another health risk for obese kids

Childhood obesity has been linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and early heart disease, but new research now ties it to a sometimes crippling hip condition.

Experts sound warning about 'baby boxes'
Experts sound warning about 'baby boxes'

Cardboard baby boxes are gaining fans, but are they as safe as cribs and bassinets?

Number of autism genes now tops 100
Number of autism genes now tops 100

The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report.

What kids -- and parents -- fear most at the doctor's office
What kids -- and parents -- fear most at the doctor's office

Fear of doctors is common among American preschoolers, and a trip to the pediatrician's office can cause equal anxiety for Mom and Dad.

Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity
Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity

Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

Skip the cold meds for kids under 6, experts say
Skip the cold meds for kids under 6, experts say

School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.

Path to obesity may start in preschool
Path to obesity may start in preschool

Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers, a large new study finds.

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