Latest Child and teen health News

Mother tells judge her daughter on life support is 'sassy'

Dec. 12, 2019 5:41 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The mother of a 10-month-old girl on life support testified Thursday that her daughter is “sassy” and enjoys cartoons, as a Texas judge considered whether a Fort Worth hospital can remove life-sustaining treatment because doctors say the infant is in pain and her...

Illinois sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth marketing

Dec. 12, 2019 5:02 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has become the latest state to sue the country's biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Juul Labs Inc., used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors and misrepresented the amount of nicotine in its products. State Attorney General Kwame Raoul...

Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda

Dec. 12, 2019 2:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration despite concerns about how he will confront the growing problem of underage vaping. Hahn, a cancer specialist and hospital executive, won confirmation to the role of FDA commissioner with a vote of...

Alabama infant mortality rate hits record low

Dec. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s infant mortality rate has reached a record low, but racial disparities have persisted, state health officials announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced the 2018 infant mortality rate was the lowest in Alabama history with 7.0 deaths per...

MD youths needing psychiatric care find long waits, drives

Dec. 11, 2019 6:28 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The first time Jeannine LeMieux’s daughter was hospitalized for a psychotic episode, she was only 8 years old. LeMieux took her daughter to a hospital emergency room near her home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where it was determined that she needed to be hospitalized....

Mother, child attacked by rabid raccoon

Dec. 11, 2019 2:09 PM EST

WESTON, Conn. (AP) — A mother and her young child who were attacked by a rabid raccoon at a school bus stop in Connecticut last week are undergoing rabies treatment, an animal control official says. The child was getting out of a vehicle last Thursday when the raccoon “came out of nowhere”...

UN: Nearly a half-billion in Asia-Pacific still going hungry

Dec. 11, 2019 2:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and eliminating hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a report released Wednesday by UN agencies. Data compiled by the United Nations show slow progress and even...

UK's Johnson pushes his Brexit message as election nears

Dec. 10, 2019 9:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With two days until Britain's election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's final push to drive home his key message about Brexit was overshadowed Tuesday by criticism of his ham-fisted response to the image of a sick child sleeping on a hospital floor and allegations that he exploited a terrorist...

Maricopa County records 1st pediatric flu death this year

Dec. 10, 2019 1:37 PM EST

Metro Phoenix has recorded its first pediatric flu death this year, a reminder of the importance of vaccination, Maricopa County health officials said Tuesday. The county Department of Health said the child who died was an infant under 6 months old and thus too young to be immunized through vaccination. Dr....

Opponents drop bid to block California vaccination law

Dec. 9, 2019 10:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents on Monday dropped their attempt to block California’s new law cracking down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children's vaccinations. They had floated two measures that could have put the Jan. 1 law on hold until voters considered...