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Toxic Chemical Threatens Safety of Students, Teachers at NYC Public School

Dangerous chemicals were found inside a Staten Island school. Credit: Getty Images Last night's snowstorm may not have closed down New York City public schools, but most of the kids at P.S. 36 in Staten Island will be kept home by th...Parents are keeping kids home from school after dangerously high PCB levels were found there.

Parent's Stress Has Major Impact on Children and Family, Survey Finds

Studies show parents' stress has a big impact on kids. Credit: Corbis Think you're good at hiding your stress from your children, or that your kids aren't affected by your freak-outs? Sorry, they're on to you. Parents tend to unde...Feeling stressed? Join the club -- and make room for your kids, too.

Want Your Family's Health Records in One Place? There's an App for That

We don't know about you, but organizing our family's medical records -- and getting them all gathered in the same place -- has topped our to do list for, like, years. You never know when you might need your kid's immunization records or your o...We don't know about you, but organizing our family's medical records -- and getting them all gathered in the same place -- has topped our to do list for, like, years.

How to Prevent Kids From Catching the Common Cold

Teach your kids to sneeze or cough into a tissue or their elbow to help prevent a cold from spreading. Credit: Getty Images With Halloween knocking at the door and Thanksgiving just around the corner, you know those dreaded sniffles an...Ah-choo! Cooler weather means it's cold season. Here are tips to help save on Kleenex this season.

Moms Underestimate Influence on Kids' Obesity

Moms have a big effect on obesity in children. Credit: Getty Images
Sure, you know your behavior influences what your kids do -- that's why you don't regale them with tales of your college drug haze or those one-night stands you had in your 20s. ...
Most moms in the United States underestimate their ability to help prevent obesity in their children, according to a recent survey by HealthyWomen, a leading women's health website.

Schools Are Doing Less Nitpicking Over Head Lice

Hey, parents -- your child with lice doesn't have to stay home! Um, sorry, teachers. Credit: Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT
We all dread that phone call from school -- you know, the one telling you your kid's hair is infested wit...
Case of head lice? Stop itching and get back to school!

Kansas School District Medication Policy Challenged

Throat scratchy? Better call Mom to bring a cough drop. Credit: Getty Images
Imagine having to rush to your child's school every time he scrapes his knee, or leaving work to apply sunscreen before he heads outside for recess. For parents with k...
Imagine having to rush to your child's school every time he scrapes his knee, or leaving work to apply sunscreen before he heads outside for recess. For parents with kids in the Wichita, Kan., school district, this is a reality.

Circumcision: Is It Right for Your Baby Boy?

The decision to circumcise is up to parents. Credit: Nicole Hill, Getty Images The debate over circumcision heated up when the Centers for Disease Control announced it may recommend circumcising all baby boys, but experts say the dec...

More U.S. Teens Getting Recommended Vaccines, Report Finds

A little pinch now can prevent a big illness later on. Credit: Getty Images
Just because your teens aren't little anymore doesn't mean they aren't susceptible to a host of fully-preventable diseases. And, as August is National Immunization A...

U.S. Kids, Parents More Likely to Have Conflict Than Europeans

Having trouble getting up the stairs? Sorry, your grown kids don't want to help. Credit: Ctd 2005, Flickr
Not getting along with your parents lately? Blame the American health care system. So says a new study by LiveScience, which found pa...

Opinion: Happy Meal Toy Lawsuit Is Out to Lunch

Will banning Happy Meal toys make kids eat healthier? Credit: Ben Stansall, AFP / Getty Images
Fighting childhood obesity is a good thing. Unfortunately, some folks are too focused on the toys in our kids' hands rather than the unhealthy food i...

Text Your Way to a Healthier Pregnancy

Pregnant women can now receive helpful tips on their cell phones. Credit: Getty Images
Pregnant women and new moms now have a new tool to help them through their pregnancies and their baby's first year: text message tips. Sent by a service c...

U.S. Sees Fewer Premature Births for Second Straight Year

Premature birth rates are on their way down. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
The risk of having a premature baby -- with the health problems that portends -- might be decreasing. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics report this ...

Day Cares Send Sick Kids Home Too Quickly, Study Says

Too sick for day care? Credit: Getty
You're crashing in on a deadline at work or in the middle of an intense conversation over lunch when the phone rings: It's the day care center calling to say your child is sick and needs to be picked up imme...

Boost Your Family's Health With Nutritious Garlic

If you're looking for a great way to add some flavour to your family's meals, garlic should be at the top of your grocery list. While it's often associated with dishes like garlic bread and Caesar salad, you can add garlic to just about any meal for ...

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