Latest Child and teen health News

Officials say death of Montana teenager was vaping-related

Oct. 16, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials say a teenager in Montana has died of a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services said Tuesday it was the state's first recorded death connected to e-cigarette use. Officials...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

Pedestrian finds baby alive in bag along Indiana roadway

Oct. 16, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Southern Indiana police say an infant found abandoned inside a bag left near a roadway is alive and healthy. Seymour police say a person walking their dog found the child Tuesday afternoon along a fence row about 20 yards (18 meters) from a road on Seymour's southeast side. Officers...

Scrutiny of vaccine exemptions banishes some from schools

Oct. 16, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Carl and Kerri Schwartz say they have good medical reason for not vaccinating their disabled 11-year-old son, Thorn, and until recently his local public school went along with their family doctor's advice. That changed, the Schwartzes said, when New York state did away with religious...

UN: 200 million children under 5 eat too little or too much

Oct. 15, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One-third of children worldwide under age 5 — about 200 million youngsters — are either undernourished or overweight, undermining their full potential to grow and develop, the U.N. children's agency said in a report Tuesday. UNICEF also said almost two-thirds of children...

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 3 civilians in Tripoli

Oct. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike slammed into a house in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Monday, killing at least three civilians and wounding two others including a child, health authorities said. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting between rival militias since April. The U.N.-supported but weak government...

Boy dies after falling from wagon at children's hospital

Oct. 11, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama boy has died after falling out of a wagon that's commonly used at a children's hospital in Birmingham. Red wagons have been used for years to transport young patients and supplies at Children's of Alabama. The facility has solicited donations of a certain type of Radio...

Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year

Oct. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children's agency said Wednesday. The Central African nation is also battling an Ebola outbreak that has killed about half that number since August 2018. Since January, more...

Save the Children warns of cholera spike in Yemen's north

Oct. 9, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A children's advocacy group is warning of a spike in cholera cases in northern Yemen affecting hundreds of thousands of children and their families as a result of an increase in fuel shortages. Save the Children said Wednesday that fuel shortages have resulted in a jump in food prices and, as...

Yemeni officials say explosive device has killed 4 children

Oct. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni health officials on Tuesday said an explosive device has gone off near the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, killing at least four children. The explosion took place late on Monday in the town of Wadi Nakhla in the southern district of Hays, the officials said. Two other children...