Latest Child and teen health News

Amish family sues over end of NY religious vaccine exemption

Oct. 21, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — An Amish father who says childhood vaccines run counter to his family's religious beliefs is suing to overturn New York's ban on religious exemptions that let unvaccinated children attend school. Jonas Stoltzfus' lawsuit contends the law violates the constitutional right of religious...

Report: Detroit prenatal program had help at city hall

Oct. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A nonprofit program to prevent infant mortality enjoyed special treatment at Detroit city hall, and the mayor's chief of staff abused her authority by twice ordering employees to delete emails, a watchdog reported Monday. Detroit Inspector General Ellen Ha recommended discipline for Chief of...

Study points to virus as culprit in kids' paralyzing illness

Oct. 21, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious illness that can start like the sniffles but quickly paralyze children. The poliolike syndrome, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, is very rare. Since the first reports from California in 2012,...

Utah soccer star overcomes challenges as openly gay athlete

Oct. 18, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Carly Nelson loves everything about her goalkeeper's job description for the Utah women's soccer team, including the pressure of keeping opponents from scoring, having a unique view of the field and directing the defenders in front of her. "And, of course," she said, "wearing the...

Libya official: Gunmen kill 2 women, 3 kids near capital

Oct. 17, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed two women and three children of the same family while they were driving on a highway near the capital, Tripoli, less than a week after an airstrike slammed into a house killing at least three civilians, a health official said Thursday. The city has been the scene of fighting...

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...