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Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function …


Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law

The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners jumped this fall from the previous year, with the percentage of students with all required vaccinations rising to 96 percent from 93 percent.


Elevations foundation a lifeline for families with child therapy needs

Elevations got its start when a group of therapists and a parent saw financial and insurance limitations restricting families’ access to needed therapies and therapeutic devices for motor, language, cognitive, …


Spokane 12-year-old learning how to live with Crohn’s disease

Nolan Stewart is an Honored Hero this weekend for the Eastern Washington Take Steps Walk, which raises money to fight Crohn’s disease and colitis.


Oregon officials clamp down on lead in Portland air

In a significant turnaround, Oregon officials are clamping down on lead in Portland’s air.


Rethinking kids and screen time

Children need interaction to learn. Learning is active; TV is passive. Playing with your friends is active; TV is passive. Discussing things at the dinner table is active; TV is …


Mayo expert on pediatric appendicitis treatment

A recent study published in JAMA Surgery suggests when chosen by the family, nonoperative management is an effective treatment strategy for children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis.


Why do children die? New Idaho team searches for links

BURLEY, Idaho – The death of any child warrants a closer look to search for ways to keep Idaho’s children safer. And there are many, the new Idaho Child Fatality …


House Call: Umbilical cord blood may be worth banking

Stem cells are amazing. They have the ability to become any other cell. Adults have a few of these cells, but newborns have many. These stem cells can be harvested …


Implant a first step for deaf kids

WASHINGTON — At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. Born without working auditory nerves, she can detect sounds for the first time …


Embracing his scars: Cranial birth defect in son leads mom to send care packages to others

SEATTLE – Anthony James Davidson, age 6, is happy to show strangers his “zoop-zoop.” That’s what the Seattle kindergartner calls the scar that zigzags across the top of his head, …


Doctors treating more children with kidney stones

PITTSBURGH – The first time the reddish color appeared in Bella’s urine, Loren Carroto blamed the ice pops her daughter had eaten at a birthday party. But the discoloration returned …


Activities help babies develop motor skills

SEATTLE – Just about the time McKenna Smith reached the age of 6 months, her parents noticed something odd. Their perky baby could grasp a table and stand, but she …


New screening allows baby to undergo treatment before ever getting sick

Ezra Dixon’s heartbeat dropped with every contraction, his umbilical cord circling his neck. So after Rachel Dixon delivered her second son in Everett on April 7, the Spokane native was …


Melanoma diagnosed decades later often linked to childhood sun damage

Oh, long, sunny summer days. So bright and inviting and treasured by schoolchildren. Oh, warnings about the dangers of the long, sunny summer days and the importance of sunscreen and …


Button batteries leading to injury, death in small children

PHILADELPHIA – Lincoln Punch was a week old in April 2011 when his 3-year-old sister found a pair of tweezers with a tiny light attached. The girl broke open the …


House Call: Keys to prenatal infection prevention

In the previous column about taking care of yourself before and during pregnancy, I mentioned avoiding infections. Today’s column will cover details about infections, their potential consequences, and prevention. Influenza …


Coeur d’Alene woman’s AirAllé machine offers new approach to attacking lice

Lice happened twice to Brianne Ball’s family, and it was a commitment for everyone involved: her three daughters, her husband, herself. One child would come home infested, and it would …


School districts adjust ‘no-nit’ policies, focus on effective treatments at home

Head lice will find few defenders. The parasites – found on human heads, eyebrows and eyelashes – survive by biting their hosts and feeding on their blood, and just the …


Cheney schools report decline in overweight students

All those vegetables, fruits, baked-not-fried potato chips and exercise at Cheney schools may be a rare win in the fight against childhood obesity. Numbers show a 2 percent drop in …


WSU makes plans to combat binge drinking

Washington State University will take new steps to try to reduce binge drinking and drug use by students, including scheduling more Friday morning classes and notifying parents if an underage …


CDC sees drop in number of obese children

ATLANTA – For years, doctors have been wringing their hands as more and more U.S. children grew fat. Now that may be changing, with the first evidence of a national …


Child abuse rates climbing in Spokane County

Child abuse rates are on the rise in Spokane County, according to a recent report by the Spokane Regional Health District. “We’re actually statistically significantly higher than what the state …


New retail, resource center for new parents

Forty-five hundred square feet might seem like a lot of space for a bunch of babies. But in creating their “natural parenting” retail and resource center Bella Cova, Heather and …


Toxic lead in children more common

NEW YORK – More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning, roughly twice the previous high estimate, health officials reported Thursday. The increase is …


Young chefs have an appetite to learn

Drake Johnson takes Cheney Middle School’s after-school ethnic cooking class because the 14-year-old likes to eat. Alicia Fowler, 12, has a practical reason: “I’m depending on being a chef when …


School lunches offer more nutrition, variety

When an 8-year-old says his favorite vegetables are broccoli and green beans, some people might be inclined to think the child is fibbing. Changes to the National School Lunch Program …


USDA crafting new school food rules

WASHINGTON – Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas. The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods …


Senator backs paying foster parents more

BOISE – Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday he said he saw a budget request that …


Drums a hit with autistic Washington boy

Ask Ian Engelsman his musical inspirations, and he’ll give you an earful. Dokken, Slaughter, Skid Row and Twisted Sister. White Lion, W.A.S.P., Judas Priest and, his mother’s favorite, Pink Floyd. …