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Over the past 30 years, the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. The prevalence of obesity in children aged 6-11 years increased from 7 percent in 1980 to 18 percent in 2012, while the percentage of obese adolescents...

source: Medical News Today

New recommendations are presented for meningococcal vaccination in a policy statement published online July 28. Michael T. Brady, M.D., from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, and colleagues updated recommendations for use of meningococcal...

source: HealthDay News via Medical Xpress

A new study finds that parents who used teaspoon or tablespoon units to measure medication were twice as likely to make an error as those who used milliliters.

source: Pharmacy Times

When most children take on a task, various brain connections fire up. But scans showed less of this neuro-boosting activity in kids with autism, according to a small new study. Moreover, children with more severe symptoms of autism displayed...

source: HealthDay News

Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, these wounds usually heal well if left alone, an expert notes. It's still important to recognize the warning signs of an adverse reaction to a brown recluse spider bite, warned Dr. Donna Seger, medical director of...

source: Vanderbilt University Medical Center via HealthDay News

A recent study suggests that most elementary-age students are OK with eating the healthier school lunches required by the USDA. Despite early complaints from kids when the new menus were introduced in the fall of 2012, researchers found that by the second half of the school...

source: Childhood Obesity via Reuters


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