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Her pace in her space

HASLET, Texas – Kaitlynn Curtner was 12 when she went to a school counselor’s office in Round Rock with a headache on Sept. 2, 2011. She suffered a seizure in …


Quiet time OK for adolescents after concussion

It might seem sensible for parents to “cocoon” their children so they can recover from a concussion. That could mean five days in a darkened room devoid of superhero movies, …


A last-gasp effort, a first Christmas

SEATTLE – A Seattle baby was home in time for Christmas after local doctors bet on a last-chance, once-discarded treatment that uses liquid, not air, to inflate the collapsed lungs …


House Call: This isn’t your grandparents’ arthritis

When you hear “arthritis,” your first thoughts are probably of your parents, grandparents or an elderly friend. But it’s not only older people who get arthritis. Children can develop this …


The menace of magnets

ORLANDO, Fla. – Christin Rivas, 14, was fascinated by the small, round toy magnets that you can sculpt into shapes and use to perform magic tricks. Put a pen on …


Weigh emotional consequences of young dieters

CHICAGO – Counting calories is common for many, especially when trying to lose weight. But can there be emotional consequences from being put on a diet too early in life? …


Some districts opt out of healthier lunches

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals …


Idaho board to consider PE requirement

The Idaho State Board of Education agreed to hear public comment on proposed new statewide physical education requirements during its monthly meeting this week in Pocatello. The board also agreed …


University of Idaho cracks down on student drinking

POCATELLO – The interim president for the University of Idaho said the school is hiring additional staff, tightening up drug and alcohol use policies and enforcing restrictions on fraternity and …


Coping with your child’s ‘growing pains’

NEW YORK – I’m lucky: When I hear the phrase “growing pains,” I think of Kirk Cameron, not night aches. I never suffered from growing pains as a child, and …


Real kids eating real food

For years, cookbook writer Sally Sampson had wanted to write for children. No one was interested. But by 2010, the time was right. Alarm over rising rates of childhood obesity …


Hand transplants for kids planned

A Boston hospital is starting the world’s first hand transplant program for children, and doctors say it won’t be long until face transplants and other radical operations to improve appearance …


Pot sending more kids to ER

CHICAGO – Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. Medical marijuana items …


Saturday’s kid-focused event includes bike tune-ups, adjustments

Summer Parkways – the nonprofit groups that organizes giant car-free street parties where neighbors can bicycle and walk in the streets – is starting the season early with a child-focused …


Magnets remain despite risk to children

CHICAGO – Last summer Kelly Bruski went to the store with her sons to buy a birthday gift for her boyfriend. After the boys, now 6 and 9, chose a …


Teens are smoking and drinking less, but plenty use pot

One in six Washington youth ages 12 to 17 has seriously considered suicide, and 8 percent of students in eighth and 10th grades have attempted suicide in the past year, …


Preventing poisonings with kids

When you think of accidental poisoning, you may imagine a toddler drinking a liquid soap or eating a brightly colored cleaner. Unfortunately, for every child in the emergency department for …


School cafeterias may be among the best places for kids to eat

School cafeteria kitchens in Washington serve about 500,000 lunches a day. Most of that food isn’t prepared from scratch, although there’s a growing movement to bring scratch cooking to public …


Quicker gene test may help babies

WASHINGTON – Too often, newborns die of genetic diseases before doctors even know what’s to blame. Now scientists have found a way to decode those babies’ DNA in just days …


Schools start to wash hands of sanitizers

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer, once considered an easy eradicator in a germ-filled world, has lost some of its luster, including in some schools. Recent studies have shown that sanitizers don’t kill …


Persistent pertussis

Whooping cough has spread across Spokane County during the summer, surprising health officials who expected numbers to drop once kids left school. No one has died.


Training children to build immunity, fight germs

Maybe your kindergartner, so eager and bright-eyed in the first week of school, got pink eye in the second. Maybe your preschooler’s persistent sniffling has become her built-in beacon. Follow …


HOPE School focuses on auditory development

For local children born with moderate to profound hearing loss, help learning to navigate a noisy world can be found at HOPE School. Located in the Health and Sciences Building …


CDC says American children eat too much salt

CHICAGO – American children eat as much salt as adults – about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked …


blues

Oh, their aching necks, shoulders, rib cages and lower backs. As students haul themselves and their start-of-school supplies into classrooms this week, some may be risking injury. Packed too heavy …


Buffett gives more to kids’ charities

OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Buffett is celebrating his 82nd birthday by giving each of his three children a big present: about $600 million worth of his company’s stock for their …


Vision quests

Luke Nease was an unusually squirmy kid, but his mother never suspected vision problems. Luke regularly saw his pediatrician, who also never suspected the boy couldn’t see out of his …


Technology overload can spell eye discomfort

Good news, kids. Despite what your parents might promise, you probably won’t wreck your eyes by playing video games or poking at your cellphone for ridiculously long stretches of time. …


Activities offer huge benefits for kids

This is the time of year when we physicians see a lot of kids who come in for sports physicals and wellness examinations before starting school. It’s one sign that …


Teen marijuana use linked to later IQ decline

NEW YORK – Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests. The researchers didn’t find the same IQ dip for people who …