Child and teen health

April 24, 2019 - 9:43 am
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time that children under five should get: not very much. The U.N. health agency said Wednesday that children under 1 should not have any screen time while those under five should not spend more than...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019 file photo signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday, April 23, 2019, to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
April 23, 2019 - 9:16 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. The vote comes as the number of measles cases nationwide this...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2009 file photo, a mother holds her baby receiving a new malaria vaccine as part of a trial at the Walter Reed Project Research Center in Kombewa in Western Kenya. The World Health Organization said Tuesday April 23, 2019, that Malawi has become the first country to introduce a pilot program vaccinating children against malaria using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease. Although the vaccine only protects about one third of children who are immunized, those who get the shot are likely to have less severe cases of malaria. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)
April 23, 2019 - 3:52 pm
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease. Although the vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized, those...
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April 16, 2019 - 9:18 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Doctors are working toward a diagnosis and care plan for a baby boy who has spent the first three months of his life in hospitals after he was born without skin. Ja'bari Gray has been hospitalized since his birth on Jan. 1 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, the San Antonio...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, a lawyer holds a battery that was removed from a toddler's esophagus at a news conference in Jacksonville, Fla. A study published Friday, April 12, 2019 in the journal Pediatrics found a sharp increase in emergency room visits involving swallowed objects by kids under age 6. (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 12:52 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of young kids who went to U.S. emergency rooms because they swallowed toys, coins, batteries and other objects has more than doubled, a new study says. In 2015, there were nearly 43,000 such visits among kids under 6, compared with 22,000 in 1995, according to the study...
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Girls play in a yeshiva schoolyard, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in the Williamsburg section of New York. The city health department ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a neighborhood of Brooklyn on Monday to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the current measles outbreak. In issuing the order, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg that does not comply will face fines and possible closure.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 10, 2019 - 6:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's effort to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood is facing opposition, with lawyers for parents opposed to vaccinations promising to file a lawsuit challenging the order by Friday. But city health officials say they...
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April 10, 2019 - 4:25 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislation requiring physicians and nurses to care for children born alive after an abortion builds on recent pushbacks by activists opposed to abortion-rights efforts in other states. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday for the measure, which...
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A woman, right, who identified herself as Ester, passes a group of boys, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. Ester says that she does not believe that the measles vaccination is safe. The city health department ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a neighborhood of Brooklyn on Monday to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the current measles outbreak. In issuing the order, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg that does not comply will face fines and possible closure.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 09, 2019 - 4:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016 photo, a pharmacist holds a bottle of the antibiotic doxycycline hyclate in Sacramento, Calif. According to a study released on Monday, April 8, 2019, sniffling, coughing kids who were seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than kids who went to a doctor’s office or clinic. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 08, 2019 - 9:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Telemedicine may be leading to the overprescribing of antibiotics to sniffling children, a new study suggests. Kids with cold symptoms seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor's office or clinic, researchers found...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 28, 2019 file photo, an elderly woman is treated for suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Cholera is surging once more in Yemen, with more than 76,000 suspected new cases and 195 deaths in March, double the number in the previous two months, according to U.N. figures. Doctors point to the difficulty in controlling epidemics in a country where infrastructure has been decimated by four years of war. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
April 05, 2019 - 9:52 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Cholera is surging once again in Yemen, with the U.N. reporting that the number of suspected cases has doubled in March over previous months and doctors in overwhelmed health facilities fearing it could rival a 2017 outbreak that spiraled into the world's worst flare-up. The...
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