How TV Food Ads Penetrate the Brains of Children as Young as 2 Years Old

Researchers have found that preschool-age children who watch food ads on TV consume about 120 extra calories a day.


Artificial Sweetener Use Among Kids Rose 200% in Less than 15 Years

Low-calorie sweetener use among children rose 200% from 1999-2012, leaving health experts concerned about the potential long-term health effects.


Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardants Linked With Lower IQ in Children

Prenatal exposure to a group of chemicals formerly used as flame retardants called PBDEs lowers children’s IQ test scores, a meta-analysis shows.


Diarrhea-Inducing Parasite in Public Pools: How to Protect Yourself

A diarrhea-inducing parasite is on the increase in public pools and water parks. Learn how Crypto spreads, and how you can protect yourself.


Report: More Americans Are Emerging Victorious over Cancer

Cancer death rates are decreasing for men, women and children; and survival rates are improving. But are the numbers good enough?


Sandbox Sickness: Diarrhea-Causing Bacteria Found on Playgrounds

Clostridium difficile bacteria were found in sandboxes on public playgrounds in Madrid, and each sample was found to be antibiotic-resistant.


A Warning for Parents Who Let their Kids Play on a Trampoline

The parents of a 3-year-old boy injured at an indoor trampoline park was shocked to learn that kids under 6 shouldn’t play on trampolines.


Chemicals Banned in Kids’ Toys Found in Mac and Cheese

Phthalates, a class of endocrine-disrupting chemicals prohibited in toys, have been discovered in mac and cheese samples at concerning levels.


It’s Official: California Lists Monsanto’s Glyphosate as a Carcinogen

Glyphosate is now officially listed as a carcinogenic substance in California, under the state’s Proposition 65 law. RoundUp will soon have a warning label.


More Kids Are Getting Head Lice … Because of Smartphones?

Head lice are apparently being transferred by head-to-head contact when youngsters gather around smartphones or tablets to view pictures.


How Any New Mom can Lower Her Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Breastfeeding lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke in women, and the longer a woman breastfeeds, the greater protection she has.


How Anxiety, Low Self-Worth may Spark Countless Individuals to Overeat

Two new studies explore the anxiety and stress associated with people living in poverty, and how it leads to overeating and obesity.


Letting Your Baby Cry Himself To Sleep Is Safe, Study Finds

A new study shows that babies that are allowed to cry themselves to sleep don’t have higher stress levels or other problems down the road.


Study Reveals Yet Another Reason to Limit Kids’ Screen Time

Excessive TV watching is linked to obesity, poor physical fitness, and depression in kids. A new study says it may also lead to poor bone health later in life.


Brain Scans Catch Autism Months Before Symptoms Appear

In a new study, researchers were able to predict with up to 85% accuracy which infants would go on to develop autism based on MRI scans.


Pediatricians Advise Parents: No Fruit Juice for Kids Under 1

In a statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that fruit juice should not be served to children under 1 year old, as it provides no nutritional value.


EPA Delays Rule That Would Help Prevent Pesticide Poisoning

The EPA is delaying a proposed rule that would ensure the restricted-use pesticides, atrazine and chlorpyrifos, are applied safely by adult farmworkers.