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Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds

Only younger siblings struggled in some cases, which researchers said wasn't surprising

Psychological Disorders Affect 1 in 7 U.S. Kids Under 9: CDC

Parents' mental health, lack of medical care contribute to disabilities, researchers say

More Young Americans Support Gay Adoption: Survey

But tolerance still varies between teens and 40-somethings

Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

Study finds such youngsters more likely to be held back, or even expelled by fourth grade

Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done, Study Shows

Adding second shot at ages 4 to 6 is almost 100 percent effective

If Younger Sibling Arrives Before 1st Grade, Kids Less Likely to Be Obese: Study

But children who didn't have a younger sibling by first grade much more likely to be obese

Mom's Smoking May Put Kids at Higher Risk of COPD in Adulthood

Risk was almost tripled when mothers smoked heavily, but study didn't prove cause and effect

U.S. Pediatricians to Add Poverty to Well-Visit Checklist

One simple question might help families avert serious health risks, American Academy of Pediatrics says

Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study

Review of nearly 70 years of data found no protective effect; experts urge breast-feeding instead

Pot Smokers May Face 5 Times Greater Risk of Alcohol Abuse

Marijuana users also less likely to quit drinking, researchers say

Most Pediatricians Don't Ask About Mom's Depression

About 4 in 10 moms with young kids affected, which can have harmful effects on families, researchers say

Head Lice No Cause for Panic, Expert Says

But ask your pediatrician if a prescription remedy is needed

Simple Changes in Bad Neighborhoods Might Lower Teen Murder Rates

Adding streetlights, maintaining vacant lots could make a difference, researchers suggest

Health Tip: Soothe Your Child's Mood With Music

Promote concentration and ease anxiety

Supervised Exposure Therapy for Peanut Allergy Lasts, Study Finds

Even after a year-long break, kids maintained their tolerance

Loose-Fitting Football Helmets Tied to Worse Concussions in Teens

High schools should have athletic trainers check players' head gear for proper fit, doctor says

Health Tip: Is Your Child Stressed?

Watch for behavior changes

Lawn Mowers Can Cause Severe Injuries to Kids

Study found that more than half of accidents required amputation

Parents, Take Heed: Your Kids Copy Your Heart Health Habits

Study found that when a caregiver was obese or had a heart risk factor, children often followed suit

Young Athletes Pressured by Parents May Resort to 'Doping'

'Tiger parenting' can have dire consequences, researcher contends

iPads Often Used to Pacify Difficult Kids

Mobile technology the go-to tool of some frustrated parents, study finds

Fidgeting May Help Students With ADHD Learn

Study found symptoms increased when kids faced more challenging memory tasks

Pot Habit Early in Life May Alter Brain, Study Suggests

Regular marijuana users who started smoking before 16 had marked differences on MRI scans

Many Parents Downplay Value of Flu Shot, Poll Finds

Confusion about effectiveness, safety tied to low rates of immunization among U.S. kids

Paid Family Leave Tied to Decline in Child Abuse

California study found hospital admissions for abuse-linked head injuries dropped after policy enacted

For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being

Study did not find higher depression levels when parents backed children's choice

Gene Abnormality May Be Key to Down Syndrome, Scientists Say

Results might eventually lead to new treatments, study authors suggest

'Preemie' Babies May Face Long-Term Anesthesia Risks

Study tracked higher rate of complications up to age 22

Could Adults' Expectations Drive Up ADHD Diagnoses in Kids?

Rates of disorder have risen alongside increasing academic demands, researchers say

Parents' Depression, Anxiety May Contribute to Kids' Fussy Eating

If mom or dad had mental health issues, children were pickier about what they ate, study finds

Vaccine Has Cut HPV Infection Rate in Teen Girls by Two-Thirds: Study

Still, too few girls and boys getting vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer, other malignancies, researchers say

Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Oral health expert offers tips on preventing tooth decay

Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger

Researchers concerned about risks to children with developmental issues, as well as the stress on parents

Obesity Can Send Kids' Blood Pressure Soaring: Study

Losing weight can bring it back in line, expert says

Health Tip: Moms, Don't Neglect Your Health

Exercise, eat well and manage stress

Teething Makes Babies Cranky, But Not Sick: Review

But if infant has a fever while first teeth break through gums, it most likely points to illness, doctors say

Parenthood May Alter Immune System, Research Suggests

Raising a child seems to cause greater changes than response to flu vaccine or stomach flu

More Evidence That Poor Sleep Could Lower Teens' Grades

High school students who hit the sack before 11 p.m. had higher grades on average, research shows

Study Pushes 'More Is More' Approach to Shielding Kids From the Sun

Protective swim shirt, text reminders some ways to help reduce children's skin cancer risk

Standardized Test Scores Decline With Each Passing Hour of School

But, short breaks provide a mind boost, study suggests

Teen Dating Violence Is Target of New CDC Program

Twenty percent of girls, 10 percent of boys say they have been victimized by a dating partner, agency says

Study Ties Parents' Criticism to Persistent ADHD in Kids

If harsh comments focus on the child, rather than the behaviors, symptoms may linger, researcher says

Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table

Avoid injury while changing baby's diaper

Varied Diets May Not Curb Childhood Obesity, Study Suggests

Kids given more food diversity might be heavier, researchers find

Study Links Child Abuse, Neglect to Earlier Onset of Bipolar Disorder

Researchers also found greater risk of suicide and more severe manic and depressive symptoms