Latest Child and teen health News

California first to cover health care for all immigrants

Jun. 30, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Thursday became the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants living in the country illegally, a move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year. ...

California late start law aims to make school less of a yawn

Jun. 30, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

When Hansika Daggolu’s junior year of high school starts in the fall, she’ll be watching to see if a later first bell under a new California law means fewer classmates are heads-down on their desks for afternoon naps. The overall mood, she suspects, will lift as well if her...

Elmo, 3, joins youngest Americans in getting vaccinated

Jun. 29, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

V is for vaccine. Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street." In a public service announcement posted to YouTube, the beloved 3-and-a-half-year-old “Sesame Street” star talked...

FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for fall

Jun. 28, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

Some U.S. adults are a step closer to getting updated COVID-19 boosters this fall, as government advisers voted Tuesday that it’s time to tweak shots to better match the most recent virus variants. The Food and Drug Administration will have to decide the exact recipe but expect a...

Gunmen kill 2 policemen, polio worker in northwest Pakistan

Jun. 28, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on Pakistani police escorting a team of polio workers Tuesday during a door-to-door inoculation campaign in a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold, killing two policemen and a polio worker, police said. No one immediately...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jun. 27, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Detroit Free Press. June 24, 2022. Editorial: Supreme Court ruling would make abortion illegal in Michigan. Voters can fix it. In a 6-3 ruling Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that granted American women the...

Parents reflect on death of child with rare heart disease

Jun. 25, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kristen Graves and her family traveled back home, from Shepherdstown to Christiansburg, Virginia, with love and a little bit of sadness in their hearts. They returned to their former hometown on June 15, having lived in Shepherdstown about a year, to...

Congress approves free student meal extension through summer

Jun. 24, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

Congress passed a bill Friday that aims to keep up the expanded, pandemic-era distribution of free meals for all students this summer. Final passage of the Keep Kids Fed Act in the U.S. House came less than a week before rule changes for child nutrition programs were set to expire...

Moderna COVID-19 shots now an option for older kids in US

Jun. 24, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There is now a second COVID-19 option for kids ages 6 to 17 in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced it is recommending Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and teens. This group has been able to get shots made by...

Experts endorse Moderna COVID-19 shots for kids ages 6 to 17

Jun. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An expert panel backed a second COVID-19 vaccine option for kids ages 6 to 17 Thursday. Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and adolescents. This group has...