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It's a Soda a Day for 1 in 4 Teens, CDC Survey Finds

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"Mom, I'm so thirsty! Can you please pass the milk?"
Not a request most parents of teens expect to hear, but, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the most favored drinks among American...
While many teens are still drinking soda, the amount of teens who consume it has dropped in the past 10 years.

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low, CDC Reports

Not only is the overall U.S. birth rate down, but women are having their children later in life, as well. Credit: Getty
Looks like all those free condom giveaways might be doing the trick, after all. The birth rate for U.S....
The birth rate for U.S. teens fell to the lowest level ever recorded in 70 years of tracking teenage childbearing.

Traumatic Childhood? Welcome to the (Really Big) Club

Say "ohm." Relax. You're not alone when it comes to carrying mental baggage. Credit: Getty Here's a bit of news to perk up your holiday spirits: The majority of people out there are as messed up as you are. A survey by the...
You may be messed up, but you're not alone.

New Program Gives Students Vaccinations at School

Henry Middle School student Jorge Aldana winces as Denver Health clinical project manager RN Kelly Busch gives him a shot. Credit: Joe Amon, The Denver Post First it was homework, then it was tests and now it's shots. Just one more reasons kids...

Swine Flu: Will Your Kids Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. That is the question parents are asking this flu season. Along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most family doctors are recommending that children and pregnant women, in particular,...

Parent Portal: CDC Resource Center

Parent Portal is a site created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide information on keeping children healthy and safe. If your kid has the sniffles and you are wondering if it's swine flu or a just a common cold, the Parent...

Free Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good?

The pharmacy in my local grocery store is currently offering free antibiotics as part of a health and wellness initiative. To promote the freebies, signs reading "You didn't pay for the germs. Why pay for the antibiotics?" are on display throughout...

Adolescent Vegetarianism on the Rise

When my daughter was a teenager, she went though a six-month period of vegetarianism. This change of diet occurred immediately after seeing the film Solyent Green. I've never seen that movie, but I understand it is a science fiction film that...

Flu shots, pregnancy and the unborn child

Hard to believe but it's already flu season again. Or, to be more accurate, it's really (hopefully) flu PREVENTION season. This week the Center for Disease Control whipped out a new, stronger than ever campaign to get pregnant women and young...

Flu shot during pregnancy protects newborn babies

For a decade, the CDC has recommended that pregnant women get a flu shot, because pregnancy can affect the immune system and because the flu can be dangerous to pregnant women and their unborn babies. Still, the vast majority of pregnant women don't....

Measles cases at a 12-year high

It's the time of year when school nurses across the country are looking over student's immunization records to make sure they've had all the shots they need in order to attend class. But as we've discussed here many times before, not all students...

War on obesity now targeting toddlers

What some parents view as "baby fat" might be considered "overweight" to a pediatricians, which is why weight management programs aimed at children as young as two years old have been developed. In response to doctors reporting seeing patients...

Flu season worst in four years

Yesterday, after three whole days of sunny weather here, the mood at preschool pickup was amazing. If you live in the north, you know what a few days of spring weather can do for the soul. Last week, we were all pale, shivering, and huddled still in...

How to tell if your plastic bottle is safe

Earlier this week, the Today Show did a segment on a topic that is beginning to get a lot of attention: the safety of reusable plastic bottles. Concerns about the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in many plastic bottles, has led the...

Glass is back, baby

My younger daughter was just weaning from the bottle when the news about bisphenol-A broke. I had been using a brand that was known to contain BPA (unbeknown to me, however) and that's just one more thing I have to add to my mama-guilt list. I quit...

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