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Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

That fidget spinner your kid can’t put down? It turns out it may be putting children at risk for lead exposure. That’s according to a report out Thursday from a consumer advocacy group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Inflatable attractions like bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides have increased in popularity in recent decades. But they can be dangerous and they are often unregulated. A Stateline analysis estimates bounce houses were involved in 20,700 injuries last year.

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

The mutations, which occurred in children but not their parents, were found in both protein-coding and regulatory portions of the genome, researchers report.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program leaves states facing difficult choices about who will continue to get health coverage.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

The serious form of the Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) typically strikes boys between ages 4 and 10. Most are diagnosed too late for treatment to be successful, and they often die before their 10th birthday.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

Nearly 8 million kids participated in high school sports last year, the most in U.S. history. The shocking deaths of young student-athletes have prompted some states to weigh major changes.

August 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visitor programs help new parents raise healthy children and overcome poverty, substance abuse, depression and domestic violence. The federal home visiting program provided guidance to 160,000 parents and children in 2016 – but its funding is now in doubt.

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

Combination vaccines mean kids need fewer injections overall. By adding several antigens (the part of the germ that stimulates the immune system) together in one vaccine, we can protect kids against up to six diseases in a few shots.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
More immigrant children in U.S. illegally to receive health care

More immigrant children in U.S. illegally to receive health care

Twenty-seven states allow immigrant children with legal residency to access Medicaid, and those states are entitled to matching federal Medicaid dollars. But the bigger need, advocates for immigrants say, is for children without legal residency, whose family incomes are often low enough to otherwise qualify them for Medicaid.

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

“Babies’ skin is less mature compared to adults, and infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio. These factors mean that an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects.”

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More