- Vaccine skeptics try star power; moms encourage vaccines Updated: May-05-15 8:55 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Author, activist and Kennedy family scion Robert F. Kennedy Jr. brought his vaccine skepticism to the Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers not to do away with the philosophical exemption that allows parents to avoid having their children fully vaccinated.
- Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off Updated: May-04-15 1:16 pm
LOPEZ PASS, Washington - Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.
- Teen's battle with disease a daily routine of drugs, therapy Updated: May-04-15 9:08 am
CLINTON, Indiana - Kierstin Ritchey may look like a typical teenager, but she has been dealing with a "quiet disease" all her life.
- Jacksonville Jaguars player takes teen with cancer to prom Updated: May-04-15 5:40 am
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - A Jacksonville teen with liver cancer had a special date to her high school prom.
- Officials: Alcohol easy to get for underage buyers in NYC Updated: May-03-15 5:34 pm
NEW YORK - Underage decoys were able to buy alcohol at more than half of the hundreds of pharmacies, grocery stores and liquor stores that the state liquor authority targeted in an undercover investigation last year, officials said Sunday.
- Old, new tech used to research genetic disorders in children Updated: May-03-15 1:02 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kansas - The University of Kansas Medical Center is exploring genetic disorders in children with a combination of next-generation and century-old research methods.
- Indiana couple sues Anthem over insurer's autism policy Updated: May-02-15 6:09 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana couple whose son has autism is suing Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, alleging that its policy of denying coverage for autism therapy during school hours violates state and federal laws.
- Maryville College pairing students with autistic children Updated: May-02-15 2:26 pm
MARYVILLE, Tennessee - A new course at Maryville College is pairing students with autistic children.
- Event to benefit autism foundation honoring Newtown victim Updated: May-02-15 9:26 am
NEWTOWN, Connecticut - Runners and bicyclists are gathering in Newtown for what organizers are calling a "wingathlon" to benefit the foundation set up by the family of one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.
- Iowa community coalition aims to reduce teen pregnancy rates Updated: May-01-15 1:38 pm
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa - A coalition of entities serving youth and families in Marshall and Hardin counties has been meeting in response to 2012 public health data indicating that both counties bear some of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Iowa.
- Sperm bank wants judge to toss suit involving biracial child Updated: May-01-15 11:07 am
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois - A sperm bank in northeastern Illinois is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing it of mistakenly providing sperm from a black donor to a white Ohio woman, arguing that the baby was born healthy.
- Sperm bank wants judge to toss suit involving biracial child Updated: May-01-15 10:10 am
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois - A sperm bank in Illinois is arguing for the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing it of mistakenly providing sperm from a black donor to a white Ohio woman, arguing that the baby was born healthy.
- Simmons of 'Top Chef' joins school nutrition effort in NYC Updated: Apr-30-15 5:00 pm
NEW YORK - "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of childhood nutrition issues.
- Minnesota infant deaths reflect racial gap Updated: Apr-30-15 3:29 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A new report from Minnesota health officials says babies born to black mothers are more than twice as likely to die in infancy as children born to white mothers, giving the state one of the widest infant mortality gaps in the nation.
- Gov. Deal signs autism insurance bill for kids Updated: Apr-29-15 4:25 pm
ATLANTA - Many parents who have struggled to get medical help for their autistic children will now qualify for insurance coverage under a new law signed Wednesday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
- Medical grant program provides up to $10,000 for sick kids Updated: Apr-29-15 3:10 am
BALTIMORE, Maryland - The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation in Maryland says families are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in medical care and services not covered by health insurance.
- Single confirmed case of whooping cough in central Utah Updated: Apr-28-15 12:04 pm
SALEM, Utah - Health and school officials are warning parents that a case of whooping cough has been confirmed at Salem Hills High School in central Utah.
- Teen who fought cancer treatment heads home from hospital Updated: Apr-28-15 12:11 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A 17-year-old girl forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer has finished that treatment and was released Monday from a hospital where she had been confined since December.
- Chicago block named for 12-year-old cancer patient Updated: Apr-26-15 5:04 am
CHICAGO - A block in Chicago's Mt. Greenwood neighborhood has been renamed to honor a 12-year-old cancer patient who lives nearby.
- Tours of late moviemaker John Hughes' home to benefit kids Updated: Apr-25-15 4:04 am
LAKE FOREST, Illinois - The 21-room home of late moviemaker John Hughes is open for public tours to help fund health programs for underserved children and women.
- After vaccination vote, tearful senator defends decision Updated: Apr-24-15 7:32 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Two days after the Vermont Senate voted to end the philosophical exemption for parents who don't want their kids vaccinated, a senator opposed to the change delivered a tearful address about being attacked online, his father's death and how scientific uncertainty led him to his decision.
- Utah school helps teenagers with autism gain independence Updated: Apr-24-15 10:14 am
SALT LAKE CITY - It's Tuesday, and that means teens from the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning are shopping at Reams Food Store on State Street.
- Malaria vaccine is a letdown but could still reduce cases Updated: Apr-23-15 7:04 pm
LONDON - The world's leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, with final study results showing it doesn't work very well and that initial protection fades over time.
- Universities, health center participate in obesity project Updated: Apr-22-15 9:34 am
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Teams from three states are participated in a federally funded project to combat childhood obesity along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Colts quarterback gathers support for child health program Updated: Apr-21-15 4:21 pm