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Still Too Many Preterm Births in U.S., Report Finds

March of Dimes hands out a 'D' in its annual state-by-state report card

Gestational Period Depends on Structure of Placenta: Research

Human pregnancy is longer compared with some other mammals due to limited tissue connections

For Teens With Autism, Handwriting Problems May Persist

Deficits in reasoning skills more than motor skills likely to blame, researchers say

Video Games Not Harmful to Most Teens: Study

But a minority of 'problem gamers' may embrace unhealthy ways, research suggests

Study Urges Teens to Cut Down on Salt

Doing so could reduce risk of high blood pressure, heart disease later in life

Brain Organizes Itself for Introspection as Children Age: Study

Scans show how activity in disparate neurological regions coalesces as kids mature

Early Intro to Math Seems to Improve Kids' Skills Later

Preschoolers benefit from talking with parents about numbers, study finds

Painkillers in Pregnancy May Harm Son's Fertility, Study Suggests

European research links analgesic use to undescended testicles, but U.S. expert says findings are 'weak'

Many Kids Skipping Meals, Snacking Instead

U.S. survey finds they typically miss breakfast or dinner but get lunch at school

Childhood Abuse Linked to Diabetes Risk in Adult Women

Stress of physical, sexual abuse may lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, study author suggests

Obese Teens Likely to Be Obese Adults, Study Finds

Excess weight sets kids up for serious health problems, researchers say

Older Brothers More Likely to Bully

Older sisters more protective of younger siblings, Italian study finds

Overheating in Infants Can Lead to SIDS, Experts Warn

Multiple blankets, heavy clothing for sleep on cold nights increases the risk, officials say

Brain May Be More Developed at Birth Than Thought

Scientists found networks linked to daydreaming were fully formed in newborns

Gene Associated With Autism May Alter How Brain Functions

Scans show a 'disconnect' in brain areas linked to language in people with the disorder, researchers say

Half of Teens Treated for Depression Will Relapse: Study

Girls more prone than boys to illness' return within 5 years of therapy, researchers find

Eating Peanuts While Pregnant May Raise Child's Allergy Risks

Link found between moms-to-be who consumed them and nut sensitivity in infants

U.S. Preschoolers Getting Too Much Screen Time: Study

Combined hours between home and day care often exceed recommended 2-hour daily limit

Most Babies Start Sleeping Through Night at 2 to 4 Months

But doing so on family's schedule may take a while longer, researchers say

Mom's Suicide May Raise Child's Odds for Later Suicide Attempt

Swedish study found a near-doubling of risk, but no such effect if father had killed himself

Binge Drinking, Pot Could Put Teens' Intellect at Risk: Study

Test scores fell as substance abuse levels went up, researchers say

Fish Oil Pills Don't Affect Postpartum Depression: Study

Also no link to improvements in children's development, Australian study found

Pediatricians Issue New Iron Guidelines

Up to 15% of children under age 3 don't get enough, AAP says

Hurricanes Linked to Raised 'Fetal Distress' Risk

Rates spiked after Andrew battered South Florida, researchers say

Even a Little Weight Loss Helps Lower Blood Pressure in Obese Kids

Hypertension in youth can lead to heart disease later on, study authors note

Siblings of Autistic Children May Also Have Subtle Traits

Around 20 percent of siblings affected by language delays and other problems, study finds

Could Excess Computer, TV Time Harm Kids Psychologically?

Study suggests a link, but cause-and-effect relationship unclear, experts say

Danish Study Suggests Jaundice-Autism Link

But other experts say finding is very preliminary and call for additional research

For Many Gay Youth, Bullying Exacts a Deadly Toll

Recent reports of teens taking their own lives 'the tip of the iceberg,' one expert says

Breast-Feeding Less Common for Black Moms

Many prefer using formula or aren't aware of nursing's benefits, study found

Absent Father Might Mean Earlier Puberty for Higher-Income Girls

Findings add to previous research, but experts still can't explain link

Breast-Feeding for 6 Months May Prevent Infant Infections

The longer a baby is exclusively breast-fed, the lower the risk, research shows

U.S. Kids Drink Too Little Water: Study

And sugary beverages account for much of their fluid intake

Same-Sex Couples May Feel Pressure to Raise Heterosexual Kids

Expert urges society to support families in allowing children to be themselves

Aggressive Kids With ADHD May Not Need Antipsychotic Meds

Study suggests judicious tweaking of stimulant drugs, plus psychotherapy, may be enough

Teacher Interaction Key to Pre-K Success: Study

Kids spending most time in free-choice play make fewer gains, researchers find

Training Seems to Close Gender Gap in Spatial Ability

Small Israeli study eliminates divide through special program for first graders

Autistic Children Don't Seem to Yawn 'Contagiously'

Study suggests this behavior may signal a lack of recognition of others' feelings

Good Preschools May Prevent Problem Behaviors Later

Low-income tots who had high-quality child care were less aggressive at ages 7 to 11, study found

More Evidence That Vaccines Don't Cause Autism

Children exposed to high, low levels of thimerosal had similar odds for the disorder, study found

Brain Scans Could Spot Developmental Problems in Kids

Researcher suggests tests may give warning if child's brain growth is behind schedule

Autistic Toddlers Prefer to Gaze at Geometric Patterns: Study

Finding could help spot the disorder early, when treatments are most effective, researchers say

U.S. Pediatricians Decry Media's Portrayal of Sex

They urge more responsible programming, and ask doctors and parents to play a more involved role

Health Tip: Training a Toddler to Use the Toilet

Suggestions for easier potty training

Parents Who Clash More Likely to Spank Kids

Corporal punishment of 3-years-old twice as likely in these homes, study says

Health Tip: When Baby Throws a Tantrum

Here are possible triggers

More U.S. Teens Get Recommended Vaccines

CDC sees rise in shots against meningitis, whooping cough

High School Football Players Prone to Heat-Linked Illness

They're much more vulnerable than kids playing other sports, study finds

Being an Only Child Won't Harm Social Skills: Study

Kids without siblings just as popular as others, U.S. research shows

Tough Childhoods May Contribute to Adult Heart Disease

Abuse, poverty or social isolation can have longer-term consequences for health, expert says