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School-Based Program Can Change Kids' Lives

A Seattle project was linked to better education, mental health 15 years later

C-Section Might Boost Baby's Asthma Risk

Large study suggests the procedure impairs healthy immune response

Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids

After-school aerobics helped youngsters feel better mentally, physically, researchers say

'Self-Embedding' a Troubling Trend Among Teens

Patients typically wound themselves, then place objects in the wound, researchers say

Children of U.S. Farmworkers Often Uninsured

Problem is worst among migrant, immigrant families, study finds

TV, Internet Causing Kids Harm: Report

Media in general is boosting rates of obesity, other woes, experts say

Folate in Early Pregnancy May Boost Wheezing in Baby

Infants born to moms who took it in first 3 months more likely to have respiratory woes

Low Childhood IQ Tied to Risk of Later Mental Disorders

While mechanism is unclear, findings may help improve treatment for psychiatric problems

Scans Show Sound-Processing Deficits in Autistic Kids

Difficulty may underpin language, listening impairments found in disorder, study says

Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons

Stylists, beauticians may be affected by phthalates in these products, experts say

Hair Beads Spurring Head Trauma in Kids

And hard plastic versions often aren't visible on CT scans, experts note

Parents Often Choose ER for Routine Kids' Care

Wait times, frustration with primary care doctors driving the trend, study finds

CDC Monitors Shortage of Hib Vaccine

The shot protects against infection that can cause meningitis, pneumonia in young children

Early HIV Treatment Best for Babies

It saves lives and slows the progression of AIDS, study confirms

Child-Care Relationships Tied to Kids' Stress Levels

At school or home, they can raise long-term health risks, studies say

Bariatric Surgery Before Pregnancy Benefits Moms, Babies

Weight-loss procedure may change fertility, nutritional needs, study suggests

Drugs to Treat Lung Damage in Preemies May Harm Brain

Even when given before birth, glucocorticoids tied to cognitive, motor control problems in mice

Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children

Trees, parks get inner city kids moving, study finds

High-Fat Diet While Pregnant May Produce Obese Kids

It may lead to permanent changes in the fetal brain, study says

Chemical in Plastics May Cause Fertility Problems

Exposure to BPA might lessen chances of successful pregnancy, research suggests

U.S. Gets a 'D' for Preterm Birth Rates

March of Dimes says 18 states plus Puerto Rico and District of Columbia get failing grades

U.S. Teens Brimming With Self-Esteem

But parent-instilled 'overconfidence' may be spurring unrealistic expectations, study suggests

Brain Scans Show Bullies Enjoy Others' Pain

Neurological 'reward centers' lit up as they watched injuries occur, study found

Counseling Can Combat Youth Violence

And referrals should start with emergency room doctors, study says

Most Parents Don't Overreact to Child Gene Tests

They weigh the results as they do family history, study finds

Kids With Parent in War Zone Face Behavior Risks

Children 3 and older more prone to act out than those without deployed kin

Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk

Women need not be frightened but should limit consumption of stimulant, experts say

Health Tip: Obesity and Your Child

Finding the right weight-loss program is essential

Grandparent Caregivers Cut Kids' Injury Risk in Half

Findings challenge widespread belief that older sitters raise likelihood of harm

Many Unlicensed Teen Drivers Put Safety Last

Driving drunk, skipping seatbelts more common for adolescents illegally at the wheel, study finds

Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia

Symptoms eased faster when it was added to antibiotic therapy, study found

Breast Milk Molecule Gives Mom's Immunity to Baby

Antibody pathway to mammary glands channels protection against intestinal bugs, study says

Kids Who Drink Before 15 Face Poor Health as Adults

They're 2 to 3 times more likely to develop substance dependence, study says

Interventions to Promote Breast-Feeding Succeed

Education before and after birth helps new moms participate, task force says

General Anesthesia Tied to Developmental Woes in Kids

But findings are preliminary, and no reason to keep children from needed surgery, experts say

Many Kids Lack Insurance, Despite Having Insured Parents

More than 3 million children fall into this category, study suggests

Infants Can Tell Happy Music From Sad

Study illustrates the rapid development of the human brain

Inactive Teens at Risk for More Behavioral Problems

Exercise reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety in adults, too, study says

Why Some Kids Are Bullied From the Start

Study finds early aggression, harsh parenting, economic status combine to make a victim

Lack of Insurance Raises Abused Babies' Death Risk

Poorer access to care may play a role, experts say

Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers

High-risk homes with disengaged moms defined pattern, but not for young girls, study finds

Family Income Impacts Children's Health

Big gaps exist between states, and between poor, middle- and upper-class families, study finds

Drinking Before 15 Boosts Risk of Later Alcohol Abuse

Study suggests delaying imbibing as late as possible, until 18 or older, is best

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Best for Traumatized Youths

But study also finds too many clinicians still using unproven treatments

Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development

Mom's careful choice of foods offers both physical and mental advantages, study says

Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk

Study found doing so before 9 months decreased chances of skin condition by 25%

Nasal Insulin Won't Shield At-Risk Kids From Diabetes

The treatment had no effect in keeping the disease at bay, researchers say

Boys as Socially Aggressive as Girls: Study

Indirect hostility by spreading rumors, gossiping, excluding others, a guy thing as well

Parental Involvement in School Has Its Limits

Overprotective moms and dads need to learn when to let go, expert says

Parenting Plays Key Role in Infant's Response to Stress

While genes affect physiological development, mom's behavior changes effect, study says