american academy of pediatrics

Marc Cohen, 5, uses a Sesame Street app on his tablet at home in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry

NEW YORK (AP) — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried. Since navigating a tablet generally doesn’t require […]

12/24/2013

Heidi Lappetito pedals her cargo bike while making a delivery of frozen salmon into Port Townsend, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Cargo bikes the new minivan for cycling families

SEATTLE (AP) — One fisherman uses a bike to deliver hundreds of pounds of salmon to local markets. A mom who regularly shuttles her two kids around town once tried to haul a twin mattress […]

12/06/2013

Examples of epinephrine pens that the Center for Disease Control and  Prevention guidelines recommend that schools stock to combat food allergies. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Food allergy awareness heads to president’s desk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives. That effort has now […]

11/13/2013

Over the counter products for controlling head lice are photographed in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

More lenient school lice policies bug some parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom. And some school nurses are no […]

11/08/2013

Amy Risinger, right, and her son Mark Risinger, 16, at their home in Glenview, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Doctors tell parents: Limit kids’ texts, tweets, online

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids’ tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat. The recommendations are bound to prompt eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group […]

10/28/2013

Bowl of white rice

FDA study says amount of arsenic in rice is low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn’t worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case. The agency released a study Friday […]

09/06/2013

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FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids’ favorite drinks. The Food and Drug Administration is […]

07/12/2013

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FDA closely watching added caffeine in foods

(AP) — Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer. The FDA is closely watching and wants to know more about their safety.

04/30/2013

Pediatricians offer first report on organic foods

CHICAGO (AP) – The nation’s leading pediatricians group is offering its first advice on organic fruits and vegetables for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents who want to reduce their kids’ exposure to […]

10/22/2012

Cheerleading needs sports safety rules

CHICAGO (AP) – The nation’s leading group of pediatricians says cheerleading should be considered a sport to make it safer. In a new policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says cheerleading has become a lot […]

10/22/2012

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