Number of autism genes now tops 100
Number of autism genes now tops 100

The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report.

What kids -- and parents -- fear most at the doctor's office
What kids -- and parents -- fear most at the doctor's office

Fear of doctors is common among American preschoolers, and a trip to the pediatrician's office can cause equal anxiety for Mom and Dad.

Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity
Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity

Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

Skip the cold meds for kids under 6, experts say
Skip the cold meds for kids under 6, experts say

School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.

Path to obesity may start in preschool
Path to obesity may start in preschool

Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers, a large new study finds.

Fast foods' healthier options might not help kids eat better
Fast foods' healthier options might not help kids eat better

Promises of healthier kids' meals have drawn increasing numbers of families back to fast food restaurants, but most kids are still being served unhealthy options, a new survey finds.

With 80,000 flu deaths last season, experts urge vaccination
With 80,000 flu deaths last season, experts urge vaccination

Influenza killed an estimated 80,000 Americans during last winter's flu season, making it the deadliest season in more than four decades, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

Can too much screen time dumb down your kid?
Can too much screen time dumb down your kid?

If you're worried that too much "screen time" could be sapping your child's intelligence, new research suggests you might be right.

Booster shots safe for most kids who have vaccine reaction: study
Booster shots safe for most kids who have vaccine reaction: study

Most children who have mild to moderate reactions to a vaccine can safely receive booster shots, new research suggests.

More needs to be done to keep teen drivers safe, pediatricians say
More needs to be done to keep teen drivers safe, pediatricians say

Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns.

Milk straight from breast best for baby's weight
Milk straight from breast best for baby's weight

Breast milk from the bottle may not have as many benefits for a baby's weight as feeding straight from the breast, a new study suggests.

Boys lag behind girls in reading by 4th grade
Boys lag behind girls in reading by 4th grade

By fourth grade, girls in the United States read and write better than boys, a new study reveals.

As more U.S. women delay childbirth, multiple births may rise
As more U.S. women delay childbirth, multiple births may rise

More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it's not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows.

Parents blame smartphones, tablets for teens' sleep troubles
Parents blame smartphones, tablets for teens' sleep troubles

Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show.

FDA gets tough on juul, other e-cigarette makers
FDA gets tough on juul, other e-cigarette makers

Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to minors.

A needle-free flu vaccine in the mail? it might happen
A needle-free flu vaccine in the mail? it might happen

Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses -- what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine "patch" sent in the mail?

Acne advice for returning students
Acne advice for returning students

As if the start of a new school year isn't stressful enough, many teens may find their acne worsens when classes start, a skin doctor says.

Can teen drivers be scared into safe driving?
Can teen drivers be scared into safe driving?

Is it possible that showing teenagers the real-life consequences of risky driving might make them safer drivers?

Talking to baby might boost middle school success
Talking to baby might boost middle school success

Time spent reading to toddlers or having "conversations" with them helps boost their intelligence and thinking skills, even a decade later, new research shows.

Kids without access to good food face high blood pressure risk
Kids without access to good food face high blood pressure risk

Poor nutrition increases a child's risk of high blood pressure, a new study finds.