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9 steps for green back-to-school preparation

As you get ready to send your kids back to school, why not take the opportunity to educate them about safeguarding our planet's environment?
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Could a little video game play be good for kids?

Kids who spend a little time playing video games each day might be more well-adjusted than those who never play, a new study suggests. More>>

Four back to school tips to stay organized

Getting ready for the back to school rush doesn't have to be hard. Here are some tips to get you and your kids organized. More>>

Preschoolers with special needs may gain from 'inclusion' classrooms

Preschoolers with special needs benefit from going to school with children who have strong language skills, according to a new study. More>>

Tennessee moms don't breastfeed their babies, report says Video included

The Centers for Disease Control ranks the Volunteer State among the worst in the country for the number of breastfed babies. More>>

Waistlines of U.S. kids seem to be holding steady

The waistlines of America's children and teens may have stopped expanding, a new study indicates. More>>

Good schools may be good for a teen's health, too

Low-income teenagers who get into a more rigorous high school may take fewer health risks than their peers at other schools, a new study suggests. More>>

Smoking while pregnant linked to ADHD in children

Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. More>>

TB rates among children may be higher than estimated

The global rate of tuberculosis (TB) in children could be higher than previously thought, a new study suggests. More>>

Kids on tight schedules may lose out

Which approach to parenting is best: tiger mom or free range? More>>

Guard your kids against bug bites this summer

Children love being outdoors during the summer, but they need to be protected from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and the diseases they may carry, experts warn. More>>

iPads may help boost speaking skills in kids with autism

Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests. More>>

Kids with ADHD more likely to abuse drugs

Children suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to try and abuse drugs, a new analysis finds. More>>

Caffeine affects teen boys, girls differently

Kids appear to process caffeine -- the stimulant in coffee, energy drinks and soda -- differently after puberty. Males then experience greater heart-rate and blood-pressure changes than females, a new study suggests. More>>

Delaying measles-related vaccines may raise seizure risk

Delaying certain routine immunizations past the first 15 months of life could boost the risk of fever-related seizures, new research suggests. More>>

Despite childhood obesity epidemic, few kids tested for cholesterol

Even though rising obesity rates are contributing to higher cholesterol levels among young Americans, less than 4 percent of U.S. children had their cholesterol levels checked between 1995 and 2010, new research shows. More>>

Kids with ADHD may also suffer family troubles

New research indicates that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to be part of families that are affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse. More>>

US task force: Doctors should give toddlers fluoride treatments

Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. More>>

Could energy drinks be wrong choice for some teens?

Teens who regularly drink energy and sports drinks tend to engage in some unhealthy behaviors, new research suggests. More>>

Nightmares may haunt bullied kids

New research suggests that kids who are bullied when they're younger may be more likely to suffer from nightmares and night terrors a few years later. More>>

By 9 months, baby's visual learning kicks in

By the time they're 9 months old, babies can use pictures to learn about an object and later recognize the real thing, researchers say.
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Language problems common for kids with ADHD

Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research. More>>

Too little sleep may add to teen health problems

Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds. More>>

If kids think someone's watching, they're more likely to wash their hands

Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent infectious diseases, and placing cameras over sinks might boost youngsters' hand hygiene, new research suggests. More>>

Childhood obesity adds nearly $20k to lifetime medical costs

Over a lifetime, direct medical costs for an obese 10-year-old will be nearly $20,000 higher than those of slimmer peers, according to new research. More>>

Could dads' obesity raise autism risk for kids?

Children born to obese fathers, but not obese mothers, may have a slightly higher risk of autism than kids with thinner dads, a large new study suggests. More>>

So long snow, hello pollen

Although it still feels like winter in many parts of the United States, it's time to prepare for spring allergies, an expert says. More>>

Having kids walk to school comes with risks, benefits

Many parents are understandably worried about letting their kids walk or bike to school. More>>

Teens' screen time may affect their bone health

Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway. More>>

Stronger muscles may mean better health for kids

Preteens with strong muscles may have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and body-fat levels than their less brawny peers, a new study suggests. More>>

Smoking bans linked to drop in premature births, kids' asthma attacks

Bans on smoking in public places and the workplace in North America and Europe are linked to a 10 percent drop in premature births and the number of children going to the hospital for an asthma flare-up. More>>

Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates. More>>

When moms get active, kids follow

Want to keep your little kids active? A new study suggests that mothers may be the key: Preschool children with more active moms appear more likely to be active themselves. More>>

Allergy season springs into bloom

Many people are happy to see the end of this long, cold winter, but those with pollen allergies might not greet spring with open arms. More>>

ADHD drugs linked to later weight gain in kids

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds. More>>

Mental illness to blame for 10 percent of kids' hospitalizations

Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds. More>>

Does your child's car seat weigh too much for LATCH?

Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems. More>>

Treatment costs vary for U.S. children born with heart defects

The cost of treatment for children born with heart defects varies widely across the United States, according to new research. And higher costs may not mean better care. More>>

'Eating for two' during pregnancy could pack on too many pounds

Overweight or obese pregnant women who believe they are "eating for two" are more likely to gain too much weight, a new study shows. More>>

Food allergies have nearly doubled among black children

Over the past two decades, reports of food allergies have nearly doubled among black children, a new study reveals. More>>

Schools add more fruits, veggies to the '3 Rs'

Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study. More>>

Baby 'sleep machines' could damage hearing

Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests. More>>

Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats

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Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But the company has drawn the ire of federal safety regulators who say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants. More>>

Infants at highest risk for childhood burns

One-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children, and the main causes of these injuries are hot drinks and hair irons, a new British study finds. More>>

U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns. More>>

Expectant mothers' colds may affect baby

The more colds and other viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the more likely her child is to have asthma, researchers report. More>>

Are electronic devices making kids nearsighted?

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(CBS Pittsburg) Computers, tablets, cell phones - is all this focusing on tiny electronic devices taking a toll on our childrens' eyes? "The parents come in here and say, 'oh, I was in sixth grade when More>>

Gov't wants to update food labels

America's food labels may get their first makeover in more than 20 years. More>>

Twenty U.S. kids hospitalized each day for gun injuries

Gunshot wounds send about 20 children to the hospital every single day in the United States, a new study says. More>>

Just for Kids Campaign to focus on asthma and other respiratory illnesses

(WJHL) - Niswonger Children's Hospital and WJHL are developing and implementing an educational campaign about asthma and other respiratory illnesses including RSV through vignettes and public service announcements to be broadcast on WJHL. The announcements will also be on wjhl.com/justforkids which will include more in depth information with links to the Niswonger Children's Hospital informative web site. In addition, Niswonger Children's Hospital professionals will periodically be live o... More>>

1 in 10 U.S. children now has ADHD

One in every 10 U.S. children has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but the steady rise in cases has started to slow, a new government survey shows. More>>

Breast milk with solid foods might stave off allergies

Giving babies solid food while still breast-feeding, and waiting until 17 weeks to do so, might protect the infants from food allergies, British researchers say. More>>

Exercise in pregnancy may boost baby's brain

Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research. More>>

Simple method may help predict tiny preemies' outlook

Doctors may be able to look at a few simple factors to better predict how very premature babies will fare in the short term, a new study suggests. More>>

Many more kids visiting ER for sports concussions

Many more children are showing up at emergency departments with traumatic brain injuries -- such as concussions -- from sports activities, a new study finds. More>>

Top 5 ways to work at home with young kids

The following tips can be used as a template to help level the work-at-home playing field. More>>

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    Iron deficiency anemia, or IDA is a blood disorder caused by a lack of iron in the body
  • E. Coli Infections

    E. Coli Infections

    E. coli is a bacteria and some strains are harmless and are naturally found in our intestinal tract. E. coli can spread through contaminated food or water or by other people who are infected. 
    E. coli is a bacteria and some strains are harmless and are naturally found in our intestinal tract. E. coli can spread through contaminated food or water or by other people who are infected. 
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    Teen Sleep Cycles

    It is recommended that teens get 9 hours of sleep each night. But puberty changes a teen’s internal clock delaying the time he or she starts feeling sleepy. 
    It is recommended that teens get 9 hours of sleep each night. But puberty changes a teen’s internal clock delaying the time he or she starts feeling sleepy. 
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    Inhalant Abuse

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    Peer pressure sometimes leads to drug and substance abuse. Inhalants provide a convenient way of getting high.
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    About Just For Kids

    Niswonger Children's Hospital and WJHL are developing and implementing an educational campaign of safety information through vignettes and public service announcements to be broadcast on WJHL.
    Niswonger Children's Hospital and WJHL are developing and implementing an educational campaign of safety information through vignettes and public service announcements to be broadcast on WJHL.
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