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Does obesity affect school performance?updated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:12:00

Obese children and teenagers face a slew of potential health problems as they get older, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and certain cancers. As if that weren't enough, obesity may harm young people's long-term college and career prospects, too.

Obesity in teens leads to heart diseaseupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:12:00

Pat St. Claire tells us that new studies find teens who are obese are already showing signs of heart problems.

Schools given $25K to help kids moveupdated: Tue May 22 2012 16:00:00

As the district director of physical education and health literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Jayne Greenberg's annual budget is $0.

Breastfeeding is intuitive and easy? No!updated: Thu May 17 2012 13:09:00

Time magazine's recent cover story featuring Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her almost four-year-old son raised a firestorm about different styles of parenting. Along with the headline -- "Are you mom enough?" -- the piece makes every mother question whether she should practice attachment parenting and in the process, embrace all things natural. Wear your baby! Make your own baby food! Breastfeed! Sleep with your baby! Give birth at home -- and don't use painkillers!

Time's breast-feeding cover mom talksupdated: Thu May 17 2012 13:09:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to the woman at the center of Time magazine's breast-feeding cover story.

Non, the French are not better momsupdated: Wed May 16 2012 12:14:00

The "mommy war" between stay-at-home and working mothers is in danger of being overshadowed by another maddening contest: the one between mothers in the U.S. and France.

Booker, Frist fight childhood obesityupdated: Tue May 01 2012 07:15:00

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Former Senate Majority leader Dr. Bill Frist on new childhood obesity initiatives.

How to fix U.S. health careupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:57:00

Fareed Zakaria and Ali Velshi discuss the U.S.'s low health care ranking and health care views from around the world.

10 lesser known effects of health care reform lawupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:57:00

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a political, social, economic and medical hot potato: the health care reform law that was signed into law two years ago.

TSA blogger apologizes for breast-feeding incidentupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 14:40:00

Traveling while breast-feeding is no easy feat in the best of circumstances. When Transportation Security Administration officials don't follow the agency's rules, getting through the airport with the gear -- and a baby -- gets more difficult.

Giving back what cancer takes awayupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 17:00:00

CNN Hero Nancy Zuch and her daughter Morgan are giving young cancer patients a sense of normalcy.

Giving a childhood to young cancer patientsupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 17:00:00

Traveling down New York's Fifth Avenue, 4-year-old Joseph Mezzapesa sees his favorite store, Build-A-Bear Workshop, from the back seat of the family's SUV.

'Hard to be a little girl if you're not'updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 10:02:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with a high school student who appears in a controversial anti-obesity ad campaign.

Why is it so hard for kids to lose weight? updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 10:02:00

Lyn McDonald is doing everything right.

Obese children outgrowing kids' clothing and furnitureupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:30:00

In middle school, Taylor LeBaron struggled to fit into his seat. The desks in class had a ceramic plate attached to the chair.

Georgia's child obesity ads aim to create movement out of controversyupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 08:08:00

It started with the denial of a growing health crisis.

What to expect at well-child visitsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 08:11:00

If you're like most parents, you take your child to the pediatrician for regular checkups, vaccinations, and height and weight monitoring.

How to break up with your pediatricianupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 07:00:00

When Jennifer Aaronson, 41, a magazine editor and mom to two in Manhattan, was pregnant with her first child, she did what every baby book tells you to do: she interviewed doctors and found one she thought was a good fit.

My husband, the perfect momupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 07:36:00

Baby Abe won't nurse. Despite the fact that I've successfully breastfed his three siblings, despite the efforts of his pediatrician and two lactation consultants, this baby will not suck. Were he a Stone Age baby, born to a nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe, he would have long since been left out for the saber-toothed tigers and prehistoric wolves. He's lucky he was born to a 21st-century mom who refuses to give up.

Wal-Mart pulls batch of baby formulaupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 08:25:00

Wal-Mart recalled a batch of infant formula after a baby died in Missouri. Tests for the cause are in progress.

Agencies: No need for baby formula recallupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 08:25:00

A fourth infant has been discovered to have been infected with a rare, sometimes fatal form of bacteria that can come from baby formula, but there is no evidence the cases are related, federal health authorities said Friday.

Breast-feeding mom stages 'nurse-in'updated: Wed Dec 28 2011 22:28:00

A frustrated mom stages a breast-feeding sit-in at Target. CNN's Isha Sesay has more.

'Nurse-in' supports public breastfeedingupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 22:28:00

A mother who says she was harassed and humiliated by employees while breastfeeding her baby at a Target store in Texas last month prompted a nationwide "nurse-in" on Wednesday to show support for the public practice.

Officials search for source of bacteria that caused baby's death updated: Fri Dec 23 2011 19:54:00

Health officials will be comparing samples to determine if two newborn infants were infected with the same strain of the bacteria that led to the rare infections that killed one and sickened another in the past month.

Boy races go-karts to help kids with cancerupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 07:35:00

Seven-year-old Timmy "Mini" Tyrrell gets a high-five as he steps out of his go-kart at the King George Speedway in King George, Virginia.

FDA, CDC step in after baby's death raises questions about formulaupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 19:34:00

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday they are assisting in the investigation of a newborn baby who died of a rare bacterial infection that could be linked to powder-based infant formula.

A guerrilla approach to flying with kidsupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 11:11:00

"No, we can't have a snack yet."

Lunch prices go up for children of U.S. troops stationed overseasupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 23:56:00

When children of American servicemembers who are living with their parents overseas go back to school after the holidays, the Grinch will be waiting for them in the cafeteria.

Fewer U.S. babies being born early, report saysupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 02:28:00

When it comes to babies being carried to full term, the United States is improving, according to the most recent March of Dimes report card.

Is it OK to take antidepressants while breast-feeding?updated: Mon Oct 24 2011 09:59:00

I recently had my first baby and just learned I have OCD. My doctor put me on a very low dose of antidepressant and my symptoms are much better. I am breast-feeding my son and don't want to use formula but am worried about side effects. What problems should I look for?

Parents of conjoined twins in Cameroon plead for helpupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 15:03:00

They are so new to this world that they do not have names yet.

Stupid things parents do that put their kids at riskupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 09:21:00

Julie Perrault shudders when she remembers some of the dumb things she did when her kids were babies.

How safe is your car seat?updated: Thu Oct 20 2011 09:21:00

The Insurance Institute for Higway Safety has a new list of safe car booster seats for kids. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.

Get bumpers out of cribs, doctor group urgesupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 03:20:00

Bumper pads should never be used in infants' cribs, according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Low birth weight linked to autismupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 07:16:00

Babies who are unusually small at birth have a higher-than-average risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder later in life, a new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests.

Can you outgrow Kawasaki disease?updated: Wed Oct 05 2011 15:42:00

I had Kawasaki syndrome when I was young. My question is, can you outgrow Kawasaki syndrome? I have always wondered about it, and no one has been able to tell me yes or no.

Healthy diet may reduce risk of birth defectsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 17:02:00

Women run a lower risk of having babies with certain birth defects if they eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains during their childbearing years, a new study suggests.

USDA recalls beef headed for Georgia school lunchesupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 20:45:00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a Class I recall for 40,000 pounds of ground beef products intended for Georgia school lunches, due to possible E. coli contamination.

People.com: Formerly Conjoined Twins Healthy & Starting to Crawlupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 16:52:00

The news is good out of Memphis two weeks after the boys were separated

Pediatricians seek to KO youth boxingupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 07:19:00

Steven Galeano was a problem child. He couldn't stay out of fights and was "off the hook," his father Edwin recalls.

2010: When to call your pediatricianupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 09:42:00

We get advice from a pediatrician about when an illness is serious and warrants an immediate call to the doctor.

People.com: Once-Conjoined Twins Turn 10 - How They're Doingupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 08:28:00

Nine years after surgery, they endure health problems and live apart, but share a deep emotional bond

Comcast offers $10 Internet access for low-income familiesupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 12:18:00

Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.

Protecting kids from hungerupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 10:50:00

Kids who count on free or reduced school lunches eat less during summer - but one group hopes to fix this problem.

Ban unsafe chemical from baby bottles and cupsupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 09:40:00

Last month, China banned companies from manufacturing, importing or selling baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA), a potentially dangerous chemical routinely added to everyday plastic products.

2009: New fuel for BPA debateupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 09:40:00

A Consumer Reports study found lots of BPA in most canned foods. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on the implications.

How to talk to your kids' doctorupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 09:38:00

The doctor will see you now -- and the clock is ticking. Studies show you get only about 15 minutes of face time with your pediatrician during an average well visit, so you'll want to make every second count.

Is a used breast pump safe?updated: Mon Jun 13 2011 07:58:00

I'm eight months pregnant and plan to breastfeed. I will go back to work after a few months and am thinking about getting a heavy-duty double breast pump, but the new ones are very expensive. Is it safe to buy or rent a used one? I'm worried about the germs that might be inside the pump but can't really afford a new one.

Chinese conjoined twins fight for survivalupdated: Wed May 11 2011 22:54:00

Conjoined twin girls -- each with a fully developed skull, but sharing one body -- have been born in China, according to their father, who said the babies are suffering from a host of health problems.

Conjoined twins born in Chinaupdated: Wed May 11 2011 22:54:00

Doctors say separation is unlikely for conjoined twin girls who share a single body.

For schoolchildren, where's the water?updated: Tue May 10 2011 14:58:00

When 12-year-old Mason went to lunch each day last year, he could choose between orange juice and milk, but he couldn't get a cup of water.

People.com: PHOTO: Miranda Kerr Back to Work - and Breastfeedingupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 16:09:00

"Another day in the office ... Flynn is with me on set!" the model Tweeted of her 3-month-old son

Pediatricians urge tougher chemical safety lawupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 09:23:00

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday called for an overhaul of the 35-year-old federal law governing toxic chemicals in the environment, saying it fails to safeguard children and pregnant women.

Mother's milk stirs unlikely political debateupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 16:33:00

First lady Michelle Obama found herself at the center of an unlikely breast-feeding debate this week when three prominent conservative women criticized her for encouraging the creation of a "nanny state."

Is the U.S. a 'nanny state'?updated: Fri Feb 18 2011 16:33:00

CNN's John King holds a discussion on the IRS decision that breast-feeding is a medical expense.

She ate 162 school lunches -- and blogged itupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 09:22:00

After a year of eating school lunches, Mrs. Q survived to blog about it.

Mom fights for healthier school lunchesupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 09:22:00

In September 2010, school food activists told the government it was time to help districts serve better, healthier food.

Homemade incubator helps premature babies in slumupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 05:36:00

In her small clinic in Nairobi's Mathare slum, Alice Sibour has defied a shortage of medical equipment and come up with an inventive way to care for newborn babies.

Homemade incubator saves livesupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 05:36:00

A traditional birth attendant in Kenya takes on infant mortality with a homemade incubator.

2010: Obama signs child nutrition lawupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

In December, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law.

Feds to tighten school nutrition standardsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new proposed rule Thursday designed to strengthen school breakfast and lunch nutrition standards -- part of the Obama administration's attempt to crack down on an epidemic of childhood obesity.

How do I put my 11-year-old on a diet?updated: Fri Nov 26 2010 09:01:00

How do I put my 11-year-old daughter on a diet? She is 50 pounds overweight, though she only looks about 20 pounds over. She has a lot of muscle. She plays sports year-round.

Targeting childhood obesityupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 11:09:00

CNN's T.J. Holmes talks to Judith C. Rodriguez about what parents can do to combat childhood obesity.

U.S. earns 'D' for premature birthsupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 04:36:00

The United States is getting a "D" grade for its preterm birth rate, even though it is improving in most states, according to the March of Dimes.

Fish oil doesn't benefit new moms, babiesupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 20:06:00

Women who take fish-oil supplements during pregnancy are just as likely to experience postpartum depression as those who don't, and their babies' minds don't appear to develop more quickly, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Schoolkids deserve more than junk foodupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 10:18:00

Your kids deserve better. Because Congress failed to pass the Child Nutrition Bill last week, bad school lunches will remain bad.

Jamie Oliver's food crusadeupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 10:18:00

TED Prize-winning chef leads bid to educate Americans about healthy eating.

Breast-feeding law in Spain affects menupdated: Sat Oct 02 2010 13:38:00

CNN's Nadia Bilchik talks to T.J. Holmes about a law in Spain that allows men the same breast-feeding time off as women.

Spanish fathers entitled to breastfeeding leaveupdated: Sat Oct 02 2010 13:38:00

The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that working fathers in Spain have the same right to breastfeeding leave as do moms.

Obese kids more vulnerable to bulliesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 10:20:00

Children in Grades 3 through 6 who are obese are more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers, a new study has found.

Schools struggle to feed kids healthy foodupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 10:08:00

Dana Woldow issues a challenge to every member of Congress: "Try school cafeteria food in your district. Then see if you continue to make the same decisions about how you fund the program."

Clues found in mysterious childhood aging diseaseupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 17:23:00

Megan's hair was the first clue.

Schooling Lebanon's cancer kidsupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 11:18:00

Rima Maktabi meets a woman with the vision to give education to kids with cancer and the children whose lives she hopes to improve.

Cancer 'always in the back of my mind' for 3-time survivorupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 08:10:00

Jasan Zimmerman remembers running into his room, burying his head under a pillow and saying he didn't want to die. His mother chased after him and told him, "I'm not going to let you die."

Will 'Huge' TV show inspire real-life obese teens?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 09:13:00

Mia Procida, 14, will be starting her eighth summer at Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pennsylvania, at about the same time a new television show, called "Huge" rolls out on the ABC Family network.

People.com: Jennifer Aniston: I'm Not Eating Baby Food!updated: Fri May 14 2010 09:08:00

Despite diet rumors, she jokes to PEOPLE, "I've been on solids for about 40 years now"

Is it baby fat -- or obesity?updated: Wed Apr 21 2010 08:30:00

Desani Marshall was never really overweight, but she was always a little big for her age. During a checkup at age 4, her doctor pointed out to her mother that Desani was gaining weight more rapidly than he thought was normal. Six months later, she was still putting on pounds at a rapid pace -- a strong predictor of future obesity.

People.com: Josie Duggar Back in Hospitalupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 19:28:00

Fortifiers in her mother's milk led to problems and fluctuating vital signs

Small California town fears birth defects linked to toxic wasteupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 16:02:00

Spring in California's San Joaquin Valley is seemingly idyllic, with rolling hills and miles of fruit orchards. But what's happening in the small town of Kettleman City has people scared.

Toxic waste concerns townupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 16:02:00

Mothers in a California town fear that toxic waste may have contributed to their children's birth defects.

CNNMoney: Kids caught in Medicaid pay crossfireupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 13:07:00

A kid with a fractured leg highlights the problems Dr. Jaquelin Gotlieb's pediatric practice is having with Georgia's Medicaid system.

Labels urged for foods that can choke kidsupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 21:09:00

It's a silent, often overlooked danger that kills dozens of children every year, and it's easily preventable: choking to death on food.

Build a better hot dogupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 21:09:00

Redesign the hot dog? And now the pizza pie is being updated by pizza in a cone. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

First lady: Childhood obesity fight is about fitness, not looksupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:49:00

Michelle Obama says her call for the country to fight childhood obesity isn't about physical appearances, but rather quality of life.

Obama: Improve school lunchesupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:49:00

Michelle Obama answers a question about the importance of improving food at schools submitted by iReporter Amie Hamlin.

Michelle Obama's war on childhood obesityupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 15:34:00

The convenience store near my house is where I first became aware of the problem.

How to fight childhood obesity in 3 stepsupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 10:19:00

Worried about your child's weight? You can do more than just nag him or her about eating too much junk food. Implementing three healthy family habits--eating dinner together, making sure they get enough sleep, and limiting TV--may help.

SIDS babies have low serotonin levels, study findsupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 17:32:00

Babies who died from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, show lower amounts of the brain chemical serotonin, says a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

SIDS linked to brain chemicalupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 17:32:00

A new study finds babies who die of sudden infant death syndrome have low serotonin levels. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

People.com: Fans Flood Duggars with Messages of Supportupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 19:30:00

Viewers across the country offer prayers and best wishes for the family's premature 19th baby

Fans flood Duggars with supportupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 18:01:00

The arrival of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's 19th baby hasn't been easy -- and the future is still not certain for preemie Josie Brooklyn, born three months early on December 10 and weighing only 1 lb., 6 oz.

Tips for smart, healthy holiday travelupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 15:06:00

As if traveling with the kids over the holidays weren't tough enough, this year we must contend with airline surcharges and swine flu, as well as all the usual annoyances and delays that go along with traveling -- especially with children -- during the busiest travel weeks of the year.

Studies suggest overweight kids are coronary time bombsupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 09:50:00

Russell Pate was driving through a neighborhood one late afternoon when he noticed something odd.

Study: Childhood cancer survivors less likely to marryupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:34:00

Three years ago, Anne Willis mentioned to the man she was dating that she didn't know about her fertility, since she had undergone cancer treatment as a teenager. His response --"Oh, so you don't know if you're going be able to have kids?" -- was off-putting.

Report: More than 1M preemies die in first month annuallyupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 19:56:00

More than 1 million babies born prematurely die each year before they are a month old, the March of Dimes said Sunday in the first comprehensive global report on premature births.

Parents clueless when it comes to kids' growth chartsupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 17:43:00

Parents can check out growth charts -- a nifty graph that tells them where their child falls in relation to peers in terms of height and weight -- just about everywhere, from a child's vaccination records to the doctor's office.

Birth defects on the rise in Chinaupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 11:41:00

The number of birth defects in China are on the rise and the rate has nearly doubled in the past decade in Beijing and several provinces, a state-run newspaper reported Tuesday.

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