Latest Child and teen health News

St. Paul's program tries to understand black teens

Aug. 26, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Standing with two friends on a wooded shoreline about to push off in a hand-built canoe, Shaneka Williams was quick to admit she felt a little out of place. "I don't do this. I don't really like the water," the St. Paul teen said. "I don't really swim. Anything that has to do with...

State proposes new rules for troubled teen treatment

Aug. 25, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana health department is proposing new rules for licensing private residential treatment programs for troubled teens now that the agency has oversight of such programs. The proposed rules include licensing requirements, unannounced inspections and protocols for reporting...

Police: 7 adults shot at child's birthday party in Maryland

Aug. 25, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

CAMP SPRINGS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police chief says seven adults were injured when shots were fired at a child's birthday party a few miles southeast of the nation's capital. Prince George's County police Cpl. Nicholas Clayton tells The Associated Press that the shooting occurred Saturday night near the...

Guitarist with autism no longer plays in darkness

Aug. 24, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The only audience Zayne Harshaw trusted when he started playing the electric guitar was the darkness. He locked the bedroom door, turned off the lights and for months the then-14-year-old would strum alone, too fearful to let anyone see him working to mimic the music of legendary...

Officials: Teen at dance competition in Arizona had measles

Aug. 23, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Public health officials say a teenager competing in the World Hip Hop Championship in Phoenix has measles and may have exposed others at the dance competition. The Maricopa County Public Health Department said Friday the teen was infectious with measles from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11 at the Arizona...

International traveler with measles visited Disneyland

Aug. 23, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood tourist hot spots and the beach this month had measles and may have exposed others, public health agencies announced Friday. The girl arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 11 and went to the...

Illinois patient's death may be first in US tied to vaping

Aug. 23, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials said Friday that an Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died and that they consider it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and young adults. The Illinois Department of...

Anti-vaccine activist shoves California lawmaker

Aug. 21, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An anti-vaccine activist was cited for misdemeanor assault Wednesday after shoving a California lawmaker who has worked to limit exemptions for childhood vaccinations. Kenneth Austin Bennett, 54, livestreamed the confrontation on his Facebook, which shows him shoving state Sen....

Governor: Ohio Medicaid lead abatement plan gets federal OK

Aug. 21, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio's Department of Medicaid has received federal approval for its plan to enhance and expand Medicaid's lead abatement program. DeWine said in a release Tuesday that the Children's Health Insurance Program initiative was recently approved by the Centers for...

DC enacts emergency regulations to stop migrant kids shelter

Aug. 21, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has enacted emergency regulations to stop the federal government's plan to house unaccompanied migrant children there. The Washington Post reports the regulations by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's administration were adopted Friday and prohibit licensing facilities housing...