Latest Child and teen health News

Parents mad over vaxxed-only kids' comedy basketball show

Jan. 16, 2022 12:13 PM EST

ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town is coming under fire from parents after it scheduled a free comedy basketball show that is restricted to vaccinated children. The Feb. 6 show in Ansonia features the Harlem Wizards, a professional touring team in the tradition of the Harlem...

Making his voice heard: Teen with autism marks 250th podcast

Jan. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Even before there was an audience, Jackson Robol had a knack for talking sports. His parents would hear him calling play-by-play as he watched football and basketball upstairs and wonder if their son, who has autism, could benefit from having his voice heard...

Alabama mulls literacy act change as reading scores improve

Jan. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More than half of Alabama elementary school teachers are now trained in the science of reading, and the state is seeing major increases in summer learning participation, according to a recent report by the Alabama Reading Initiative. “We have to raise our...

FACT FOCUS: Posts mislead on nonprofit vaccine rules

Jan. 14, 2022 17:38 PM EST

Critics of vaccine requirements are misrepresenting policy changes taken by Make-A-Wish Foundation and a Ronald McDonald House Charities facility to protect the children and families they serve from coronavirus. Both nonprofits have enforced COVID-19 vaccine rules in recent months,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 14, 2022 17:16 PM EST

Boston Globe. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Qualified progress on qualified immunity State commission recommends some worthy reforms, but punts on larger question of whether to change controversial rule that shields police officers from legal liability for abuse. ...

Record number of Alabama kids hospitalized with COVID-19

Jan. 14, 2022 16:15 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A record number of children are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alabama, health officials said Friday as the state's largest public school district prepared to switch to virtual classes because so many staffers are out. Of nearly 2,100 people hospitalized...

Maine considers new screening to protect baby health

Jan. 14, 2022 15:56 PM EST

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine might begin mandating screening for a virus that can cause hearing loss and other health problems in newborns. A bill introduced Wednesday would require screening for cytomegalovirus, which is also known as CMV. Bill sponsor Sen. Cathy Breen, a Falmouth...

Brazil starts vaccinating children after weeks of delay

Jan. 14, 2022 14:47 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Fifteen Brazilian children received COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, marking the start of an effort that was delayed several weeks by the federal government's reluctance to endorse the immunization of children. The country’s health regulator issued approval on...

Romania to launch COVID-19 jabs for children aged 5 to 11

Jan. 14, 2022 08:36 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Children in Romania aged between 5-11 will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 starting late January, authorities said, as the country grappled Friday with a virus surge and low adult vaccination rates. Parents or legal guardians can schedule...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 13, 2022 16:58 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 11 The Washington Post on “why Democrats should push hard on voting rights”: Speaking in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden tried to reinvigorate Democrats’ push to pass two...