Latest Child and teen health News

AP Interview: Border official says aid needed to save lives

Jun. 20, 2019 3:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez fell ill in a holding facility at the U.S.-Mexico border, he was diagnosed with the flu and given medication, then sent back to a cell to recuperate on a concrete bench. But Carlos didn't get better. The Guatemalan migrant died May 20 from flu...

Correction: California-Vaccination Legislation story

Jun. 19, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 18 about changes to a vaccinations bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the group Educate. Advocate. remains opposed because the legislation now calls for using an existing state immunization registry instead of creating a separate database for...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's boasts, blasts and promises at rally

Jun. 19, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted with abandon in launching his 2020 re-election campaign, overreached in excoriating his critics and promised progress on his border wall and health care that is improbable at best. In those respects, his latest campaign rally was much like any other by the...

Dallas Zoo giraffe named after Cowboys' Jason Witten dies

Jun. 19, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Officials say a 1-year-old giraffe at the Dallas Zoo that was named after Cowboys tight end Jason Witten died during a medical exam. Zoo officials tweeted that Witten the giraffe stopped breathing Monday during a medical exam to prepare him for transfer to a zoo in Canada for a breeding...

US preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity

Jun. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren't a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010,...

More than 100 children die in India in encephalitis outbreak

Jun. 18, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — More than 100 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak in India's eastern state of Bihar, authorities said Tuesday. Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar said 106 children had died and more than 430 others between the ages of 4 and 10 were being treated at hospitals in Muzaffarpur...

Child death hike halts hospital's complex heart surgeries

Jun. 17, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Complex pediatric heart surgeries will not be performed at North Carolina Children's Hospital because of an increase in patient deaths. The News & Observer of Raleigh quotes hospital officials as saying heart surgeons won't do complicated procedures until an outside group can...

Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak

Jun. 16, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The battle to contain the worst U.S. measles outbreak in 27 years has a new front: summer camp. Vaccinations have been made mandatory this summer for campers and staff in several counties north of New York City that annually fill up with kids from the Orthodox Jewish communities that...

Doctors will conduct health checks at facility with preemie

Jun. 15, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

The teenage girl with pigtail braids was hunched over in a wheelchair and holding a bunched sweatshirt when an immigrant advocate met her at a crowded Border Patrol facility in Texas. She opened the sweatshirt and the advocate gasped. It was a tiny baby, born premature and held in detention instead of where the...

Judge: UPMC's 5-year deal with Highmark can't be extended

Jun. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 5-year-old agreement between two Pittsburgh-based health care conglomerates can't be extended through litigation past its June 30 expiration date, a Pennsylvania judge said Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson wrote that a clause in the 2014 consent decree involving UPMC...