Latest Child and teen health News

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

May. 21, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The...

Cholesterol improves in US kids despite high obesity rates

May. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean...

Man sorry he urinated on memorial to boy who died of cancer

May. 20, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — A man caught on video while urinating on a park memorial marker that honors a 9-year-old boy who died of brain cancer says he made "a huge mistake" and wants to apologize to the boy's family. Police say Bryan Bellace, of Egg Harbor, urinated on the memorial while his friend, Daniel...

'Hippie' island off Seattle sees shift in low vaccine rate

May. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty, counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates. Since she began communal living on Vashon Island more than...

South Korea vows to send aid to North quickly, may send food

May. 20, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on plans to provide $8 million worth of medical and nutritional aid for North Korean children through U.N. agencies while it also considers sending broader food aid to the country, which says it is suffering its worst drought in decades....

Walmart releases plans for new Bentonville headquarters

May. 17, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart has released additional plans for its new 350-acre (142-hectare) northwest Arkansas campus that will include four quadrants connected by bike and walking paths, an on-campus childcare facility and a fitness center. The world's largest retailer said Friday that new buildings...

Former UK doctor jailed for groping female patients

May. 17, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former British doctor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for groping female patients including a 12-year-old child. Alan Tutin assaulted victims at the Merrow Park Practice in Guildford, 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of London, between 1980 and 2004. Judge Nigel Peters said...

4th death of migrant child since December raises new alarms

May. 16, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates raised new alarms Thursday about the U.S. government's treatment of migrant families after a 2½-year-old Guatemalan child became the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by border agents since December. "The death of a single child in custody of our government...

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

May. 16, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have it resolve other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a study finds. The results suggest there's a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers say longer study...

Correction: Oregon-Vaccine Exemptions story

May. 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 14 about vaccine legislation in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Washington state this year passed a law to end all non-medical exemptions for the measles vaccine. The Washington measure included religious exemptions. A corrected version of the story...