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Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

In the past four months, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Utah and Washington have enacted laws declaring students may use sunscreen in school and at after-school activities, no doctor’s note required.

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
What’s the best way for children to lose weight? Here’s what the research says

What’s the best way for children to lose weight? Here’s what the research says

An increasing number of children and adolescents across the world are too heavy for their age, height and sex. Fortunately, new evidence reveals that there are proven, effective ways to tackle overweight and obesity in the young.

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

There are now more adults than kids living with congenital heart diseases, and medical training lags behind. Young adults who can’t find suitable doctors may drop out of care, and their conditions may worsen.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples, surprising even researchers

Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples, surprising even researchers

The study found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits.

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Abril was born convulsing, and doctors encouraged the family to send her to a pediatric hospice, but they decided to bring her home instead. Given her serious brain damage and severe cerebral palsy, Abril wasn’t expected to live past six months. But now her parents face deportation.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Free child car seat checks in King County

Free child car seat checks in King County

Several free child car seat check events are happening locally over the next few months for parents, parents-to-be and caregivers. Whether this is your first time installing a car seat in preparation for the arrival of a new baby or you’ve done this many times, installing car seats correctly can be tricky.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fearing deportation, parents worry about undocumented kids in California’s Medicaid program

Fearing deportation, parents worry about undocumented kids in California’s Medicaid program

In the current political climate, immigration and health advocates worry that children, like Luz’s son, will drop out of Medi-Cal and that new kids won’t enroll out of concern that personal information may be used to deport families.

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Throwing injuries in young baseball players: Is there something we are not considering?

Throwing injuries in young baseball players: Is there something we are not considering?

The majority of injuries in overhead throwers occur in the throwing arm. When including pitcher and position players, anywhere from 51 to 69 percent of all reported injuries occurred in the throwing arm.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

The Washington State Department of Health for the 2016-2017 school year, 85 percent of kindergartners had received the required vaccinations to start school Nearly 5 percent of kindergartners have an exemption or waiver from immunizations on file for a medical, personal, or religious reason.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
CHIP offers families with seriously ill kids more financial protection than ACA plans

CHIP offers families with seriously ill kids more financial protection than ACA plans

Kids with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable to health insurance changes, relying as they often do on specialists and medications that may not be covered if they switch plans. A new study finds that these transitions can leave kids and their families financially vulnerable as well.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More