Latest Child and teen health News

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Feb. 18, 2019 9:26 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial...

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy. The family's lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health. In a recent interview with The Times newspaper,...

Sugartown woman making difference in lives of sick children

Feb. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Sugartown woman is realizing her purpose through her mission to create personalized blankets for children struggling with life-threatening medical issues. Alison Greene says that with each blanket she creates, she pours a piece of herself into the threads in the hopes that her...

Sanford Health launches Child Life program in Bismarck

Feb. 16, 2019 12:42 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health in Bismarck has created a new program to help children in the hospital heal through music and entertainment. The Dakotas-based health care provider launched the Child Life program in November with endowments from the Sanford Health Foundation's "Above and Beyond"...

Minnesota bill could boost farm-to-school initiatives

Feb. 16, 2019 12:38 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would reimburse school districts for feeding students healthy, local foods through farm-to-school initiatives. Republican Sen. Mike Goggin and Democratic Rep. Todd Lippert recently introduced the legislation that would also offer...

Arizona lawmakers debate cap on children's health program

Feb. 16, 2019 12:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Advocates for a health insurance program for children from low-income families are pushing lawmakers not to let Arizona once-again become the only state to freeze enrollment in the program. Facing a daunting budget challenge during the Great Recession, Arizona capped enrollment in 2010....

Woman is 1st openly autistic person to practice law in state

Feb. 16, 2019 3:01 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At 3, Haley Moss was diagnosed with autism and doctors thought she may never be able to work a minimum wage job or live on her own. Last month, she became the first openly autistic person to be admitted to the Florida Bar. Not only did the Parkland native graduate from the...

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Feb. 15, 2019 6:05 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus. The House Health...

Judge: Hernandez's child can't sue NFL over brain disease

Feb. 15, 2019 1:34 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 6-year-old daughter of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the league's concussion settlement and can't separately pursue a $20 million suit over his diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease, a judge ruled. Yet Hernandez's death in 2017 came too...

Immigration spending pact has more than a border wall

Feb. 14, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A compromise on border and immigration enforcement cleared Congress on Thursday, giving President Donald Trump just a sliver of the money he wanted for his border wall. The White House said Trump would sign the bill and then declare a national emergency to try to shift money to...