Latest Child and teen health News

Preteens can get vaxxed without parent under California bill

Jan. 21, 2022 17:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent under a proposal introduced Friday by a state senator who said youngsters “deserve the right to protect themselves” against infectious disease. Currently in...

La Salle coach raises awareness for daughter with leukemia

Jan. 21, 2022 10:45 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Emily MacGillivray treated her house like an obstacle course. The toddler, a tornado of energy, could be found after a scamper sitting on counter tops. “We never had a kid who constantly was climbing on things,” said Mountain MacGillivray, her father and the...

In kids' book, Sotomayor asks: Whom have you helped today?

Jan. 21, 2022 08:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Whom have I helped today?” That's the question Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells kids she asks herself every night before she goes to sleep. Her new children's book, “Just Help! How to Build a Better World,” challenges kids to ask how they will...

Early treatment could tame peanut allergies in small kids

Jan. 20, 2022 18:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Young children might be able to overcome their peanut allergies if treated at an early enough age, according to a study published Thursday. The researchers gave increasing amounts of peanut protein powder to a group of toddlers to build up their tolerance for...

Hospital to convert pediatric beds to boost adult capacity

Jan. 20, 2022 14:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The more than 40 inpatient beds at Boston's Tufts Children's Hospital will be converted to much-needed ICU and medical/surgical beds for adults, the hospital's operator announced Thursday. Wellforce Health System, which runs Tufts Medical Center and the children's...

Buckeye police say 3-year-old boy died from a medical issue

Jan. 20, 2022 14:01 PM EST

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye said the death of a 3-year-old boy at a home was due to a medical issue. They said officers were called to the scene around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The child was not breathing and police said first responders...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jan. 19, 2022 15:17 PM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. January 16, 2022. Editorial: A needed push to protect state’s infants Minnesota health commissioner should add congenital cytomegalovirus to newborn screening program. Minnesota is admirably poised to take a pioneering step...

Confusion, lawsuit follow Virginia governor's order on masks

Jan. 18, 2022 19:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's new Republican governor was facing pushback from Democratic lawmakers, school districts and a group of parents who sued him Tuesday over an executive order that aims to create an opt-out for classroom mask mandates. The order issued Saturday and set...

2nd South Dakota child under 10 dies after contracting COVID

Jan. 18, 2022 16:17 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A second child younger than 10 years old has died after contracting the coronavirus in South Dakota, health officials reported Tuesday. The state Health Department said the child was from Minnehaha County, which includes Sioux Falls. COVID-19 was “the...

Israel extends detention of ill Palestinian teenager

Jan. 18, 2022 12:09 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has extended the detention of a Palestinian teenager with a rare neuromuscular disorder who has been held without charge for a year in what authorities refer to as administrative detention, his father said Tuesday. Amal Nakhleh, who was detained in January...