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People.com: Octuplet No. 8 Safe at Homeupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 11:53:00

Jonah Angel Suleman, now 4 lbs., 10 oz., has joined his 13 siblings and mom Nadya

People.com: Two Octuplets Released from Hospitalupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 13:38:00

"I'm anxious, but I'm ready," Nadya Suleman tells PEOPLE as sons Noah and Isaiah head home

Study: Average preemie costs $49,000 in first yearupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 11:52:00

The average cost of medical care for a premature or low birth-weight baby for its first year of life is about $49,000, according to a new report from the March of Dimes Foundation.

Cancer fundraiserupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 10:06:00

A nonprofit group is raising money for cancer research by shaving heads as Judy Fortin reports.

Charges filed against clinic co-owner in abortion caseupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 12:11:00

Criminal charges were filed against the co-owner of a Florida clinic where a teenager claims she sought an abortion, but instead gave birth to a baby that the woman allegedly threw in the trash.

Extremely premature infants more likely to test positive for autismupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:35:00

Children who are born more than three months premature have double the expected rate of autism at age two as full-term children, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Extreme multiple births carry tremendous risksupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 14:44:00

After the birth of octuplets this week, some doctors are questioning the ethics and medical practice that contribute to extreme multiple births.

The best alternative medicine for childrenupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 16:33:00

Nursing is supposed to be a calming, tranquil time for a newborn, but when Deb Kruse-Field put her son, Luke Field, to her breast, instead of cuddling up and eating, he arched his back and screamed.

Fertility treatments linked to certain birth defectsupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 09:16:00

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that infants born as a result of assisted reproductive technology, or ART -- such as in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs -- are two to four times more likely to be born with certain types of birth defects than infants conceived naturally. But, the study's lead author says, the overall risk is still relatively low.

Time.com: Fans Reduce Infants' Sudden Death Riskupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 17:40:00

A new study shows that turning on a fan at night can protect infants from sudden unexplained death

Why infants still die from SIDSupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 10:42:00

When Melissa and Rudy Haberzettl's son Jacob was born in November 2006, he was perfect in every way -- full-term, healthy weight, and a champion eater. Like many new moms, Melissa was determined to follow doctor's orders: She breastfed Jake exclusively, put him to sleep on his back, never exposed him to cigarette smoke, and kept soft toys and bedding out of his crib. And Jake thrived. "He was such a happy baby, always looking around and cooing," remembers the Colorado Springs, Colorado, mom.

Time.com: Chemical Linked to Baby Deathsupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 17:00:00

Scientists have new evidence that the brain chemical best known for regulating mood also plays a role in the mystifying killer of seemingly healthy babies -- sudden infant death syndrome

Baby needs a shotupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 13:09:00

CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen answers questions about vaccines for babies.

Should I vaccinate my baby?updated: Thu Jun 19 2008 13:09:00

Five years ago, Kathye Petters-Armitage's first child received the exact vaccinations on the exact schedule recommended by her pediatrician.

Keeping kids healthy in the summerupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 10:25:00

School's out and the kids are playing outside. How much do you have to worry about them getting sick? Here are some concerns you may have, and some you may not know about.

Time.com: Study Released on Childhood Cancerupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 08:00:00

Surprising research suggests that childhood cancer is most common in the Northeast, results that even caught experts off guard

Time.com: Bacteria, Baby Deaths May Be Linkedupdated: Fri May 30 2008 12:00:00

A baffling phenomenon known as sudden infant death syndrome is one of the leading causes of death for children under one. Now, British researchers say they may have found a contributing factor: bacteria

Time.com: Child Obesity Rate Levels Offupdated: Tue May 27 2008 23:00:00

The steep decades-long rise in child obesity appears to have peaked, according to a new study

Shaved heads for kids' cancerupdated: Mon May 19 2008 11:25:00

U.S. soldiers shave their heads in solidarity with young cancer patients. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

Taking your kid to the ERupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 10:33:00

CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has this week's Empowered Patient.

How to find the best ER for your child updated: Fri Apr 11 2008 10:33:00

When Andrea Buie-Branam brought her asthmatic baby to the nearest emergency room, she thought she was doing the right thing. But once she got there, she began to suspect she wasn't in the right place.

Pediatricians urge early autism screeningupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:30:00

From the time her daughter was very young, Briana Vartanian knew something was wrong.

New autism studyupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:30:00

New reports help doctors identify autism and do something to help. CNN's Kiran Chetry and Elizabeth Cohen have more.

When to question a doctorupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:58:00

There are times when it's reasonable to disagree with a pediatrician's advice. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

When it's OK to question your pediatrician's adviceupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:58:00

At some point during last month's well-baby checkup for her son Isaac, Kamila McGinnis stopped listening to her pediatrician.

Jaundice: Why your baby may look yellowupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 10:10:00

Jaundice is a common condition that affects six out of 10 newborns, according to the March of Dimes. CNN learned more about infant jaundice from Dr. Anne Hansen, a neonatologist at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Treating jaundiceupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 10:10:00

Light therapy is one of several ways to treat babies with jaundice as Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.

Cookies to help kids with cancerupdated: Tue Jan 01 2008 11:18:00

Gretchen Witt is baking cookies this holiday season to fund research for her child's rare cancer. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Help! My pediatrician's not listening to meupdated: Thu Nov 15 2007 11:11:00

One day in the pediatrician's office, Mia Redrick put her foot down.

5 mistakes parents make with newborns -- and how to avoid themupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:53:00

When you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital, it's inevitable you won't do everything right. We asked pediatricians for the five most common mistakes parents make with their newborns.

Bush to Congress: Get to workupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 12:03:00

President Bush calls on Congress to pass appropriations bills and deliver them to his desk.

Bush: Congress is not getting its work doneupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 12:03:00

President Bush blasted the Democratic-controlled Congress on Tuesday for having "the worst record in 20 years."

Time.com: Finding and Fighting Autism Earlyupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 03:20:00

Autism spectrum disorders can be picked up and treated very early in life, if you know what symptoms to look for

Dems: Override S-CHIP vetoupdated: Sat Oct 27 2007 13:32:00

In the Democratic radio response, Howard Dean says both parties should unite to override President Bush's veto of S-CHIP.

CNNMoney: FDA advisers frown on cold medicine for kidsupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 16:38:00

In a panel meeting on Friday FDA advisers decided that children under the age of 6 should not be using cold and cough medicines because they have not been proven to be effective or safe.

Children's health care plan heads to veto showdownupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 19:11:00

Congress and President Bush are headed to a showdown with no sign of compromise on a popular children's health care bill .

Stress less: 16 worry curesupdated: Fri Oct 05 2007 12:49:00

Do you agonize too much? Simple ways to spot the signs and find better ways to handle life's most common stressors

Congress regroups after vetoupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 22:58:00

CNN's Dana Bash takes a look at the Congressional response to President Bush's veto of the SCHIP program.

Democrats begin push to override veto of kids health insurance billupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 22:58:00

Congressional Democrats vowed Wednesday to pressure Republican lawmakers to join them in an effort to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would expand a popular children's health insurance program.

Time.com: Making Hay Over the Health Care Vetoupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 17:00:00

Democrats smell opportunity in Bush's veto of the children's health care bill, and G.O.P. Congressmen may bear the brunt

CNNMoney: Jamba Juice warns customers of hepatitis riskupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 07:05:00

About 4,000 customers could be at risk after a worker at a Jamba Juice store in San Jose, California, developed hepatitis A, the chief medical officer for Santa Clara County said Thursday.

CNNMoney: The Pulse: Health news for youupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 07:05:00

The Pulse: Health news for you

Time.com: High Blood Pressure Affects Kids Too updated: Tue Aug 21 2007 15:00:00

The rate of hypertension in children is increasing, a new study finds, but doctors often miss the danger signs

CNNMoney: Trouble in the toy boxupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 01:37:00

Mattel announced another major recall of toys made in China, feeding international worries about the safety of products made in China. What can you do to keep your child safe?

How to take away recalled toys with fewer tearsupdated: Wed Aug 15 2007 00:33:00

Toy recalls are no longer relegated to discount bins and no-name brands. The recent rash of toy recalls have included some A-list celebrities of the children's toy world, including Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, Polly Pocket and Barbie. In the last two weeks alone, Mattel has recalled over 100 types of toys totaling 10 million units.

Time.com: Baby Einsteins: Not So Smart After All updated: Mon Aug 06 2007 19:00:00

New research finds that brain-stimulating DVDs may delay babies' language development

Time.com: Hooked on McDonald's at Age 3updated: Mon Aug 06 2007 18:10:00

Given a choice, toddlers say the same food tastes better if it comes out of a McDonald's bag. Nutritionists don't find that such a Happy Meal

Taking the kids: Touring college campusesupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 00:59:00

Laurel Herter wishes she'd canceled the college tour trip as soon as she heard the dismal forecast.

Taking the kids -- and keeping them safeupdated: Sun Jul 01 2007 23:42:00

It's never going to happen to you, right?

Taking the kids: Sightseeing in unfamiliar turfupdated: Sat Jun 30 2007 05:29:00

Chocolate croissants.

Your baby: 10 milestones for the first 2 yearsupdated: Thu Jun 07 2007 10:09:00

Every milestone -- from when your baby first holds up her sweet little head to when she speaks her first word -- is thrilling. These moments aren't just exciting and fun; they're also markers that can clue you in to your baby's development. Most parents already know to look for the much-lauded ones, like rolling over and walking. But of the multitude of milestones cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, some are considered more significant. Here, 10 milestones that are worth paying a little extra attention to during your child's first two years:

Time.com: TV Linked With Poor Diabetes Controlupdated: Tue May 29 2007 17:40:00

(CHICAGO)--Diabetic children who spent the most time glued to the TV had a tougher time controlling their blood sugar, according to a Norwegian study that illustrates yet another downside of too much television.The findings, based on a study of children with Type 1 diabetes, lend support to the American Academy of Pediatrics' advice that children watch no more than two hours of TV daily, said lead author Dr. Hanna Margeirsdottir of the University of Oslo.Type 1 diabetes is the less common form of the disease and used to be called juvenile diabetes. It is not related to obesity and is caused when the body cannot make insulin, which converts sugar from food into energy. People with Type 1 must take insulin daily and regulate their blood-sugar levels.Snacking and overeating can increase blood-sugar levels; physical activity can lower them. While TV-viewing is often accompanied by snacking, the researchers didn't examine diet or physical activity.The study results "suggest that encouraging children with Type

Report: 'Pillow angel' surgery broke lawupdated: Tue May 08 2007 13:26:00

A hospital that performed a controversial procedure that stunted the growth and sexual development of a profoundly disabled child violated Washington state law by sterilizing her, according to an investigative report released Tuesday.

Fight over baby's life support divides ethicistsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 09:33:00

When Emilio Gonzales lies in his mother's arms, sometimes he'll make a facial expression that his mother says is a smile.

Doc shares birthmark basicsupdated: Mon Apr 02 2007 10:23:00

Birthmarks are often referred to as stork bites or angel kisses. They're pretty common in the United States. It's estimated more than half of all new babies are born with a birthmark.

Is it the flu? Get the fast flu testupdated: Fri Mar 30 2007 10:49:00

Fast flu tests, which drastically cut the time to diagnose a patient with influenza or not, are helping doctors better treat the illness, according to a recent study and medical experts.

ADHD drug use for youth obesity raises ethical questionsupdated: Wed Mar 21 2007 09:56:00

When Alex Veith was 11 years old, he was in a bad spot.

Got a million worries about your baby? Here's calming adviceupdated: Mon Mar 12 2007 10:49:00

When my first daughter, Sadie, was a few days old, we hadn't mastered breastfeeding, and I was sure I was starving her. But after a few panicked calls to the doctor and a few weigh-ins, it became clear that she wasn't starving at all -- she was thriving.

Test your baby-safety savvyupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 11:52:00

Make sure you know better than Britney! Here are four questions and answers from the editors of Parenting magazine:

Safety mistakes even good moms makeupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 11:38:00

You turn your head, and your toddler is gleefully shredding the work papers you brought home. Or you put the laundry basket on the floor, and next thing you know the baby's tipped it over and is covered with underwear.

Tots are prime targets for colds and fluupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 18:34:00

In the first two years of life, most children will get eight to 10 colds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The 7 kids' health myths every mom should ignoreupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 09:12:00

When it comes to colds, flu, stomach bugs, and ear infections, everyone has a theory. Some have been passed down through generations, or are based on outdated science. A few just seem like common sense. But whatever their origin, many just aren't true. The facts behind these myths:

A pediatric dentist's tricks for treat nightupdated: Mon Oct 30 2006 08:42:00

Halloween can be a scary time of year for dentists and orthodontists. Dr. Kaneta Lott, pediatric dentist, spoke with CNN medical correspondent Judy Fortin about the best and worst kind of treats and how to care for your children's teeth.

Study: Kids who slept through fire alarm tone awoke to mom's voice updated: Mon Oct 02 2006 09:16:00

Children in deep sleep awoke to recordings of their mothers' voices -- calling them by name and ordering them out of their bedrooms -- even if they slept through the beeping sound a smoke alarm makes, according to a small study.

Playing it safe: A checklist for parentsupdated: Mon Jul 03 2006 17:13:00

Organized sports can be a great way for children to socialize and keep fit, but they are not all fun and games, health officials say. Participation carries the risk of physical injuries, and the pressure of competition can sometimes take a mental toll on children.

Doctor attacks bugs that attack kidsupdated: Wed Apr 05 2006 13:23:00

Dr. Blaise L. Congeni has always been in a hurry.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Mar 10 2006 13:42:00

Coffee-heart attack link clarified

Real-age guru makes case for healthy livingupdated: Tue Mar 07 2006 15:53:00

Ask Dr. Michael F. Roizen how old he is and you will get two answers: 60 and 42.

FSB: Are product recalls fair to small businesses?updated: Fri Feb 17 2006 06:05:00

The sound of packing tape being torn from its roll echoes through the nearly empty warehouse of Boston Billows, a maker of nursing pillows based in Nashua, N.H. Only two executives--the co-founders...

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 21:52:00

Low-fat fizzles, not sizzles

CNNMoney: FDA eyes heart risks of ADHD drugsupdated: Wed Feb 01 2006 11:53:00

Do ADHD drugs cause heart attacks in children?

Not your mother's breast milkupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 10:53:00

One of my first assignments for CNN was to profile a young mother who was part of a government program encouraging women to breast-feed their babies.

Doctor's practice is an open bookupdated: Tue Dec 20 2005 12:25:00

Here is one doctor whose prescriptions are easy to read, good for what ails you and last a lifetime.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Dec 08 2005 15:23:00

Marital strife and healing

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Sep 09 2005 11:23:00

News from the heart

Doctor has the need for speedupdated: Tue Aug 16 2005 11:24:00

Children's hospitals and race cars are the two passions of Dr. William Pinsky. On Sunday at the Kentucky Speedway he indulged in both simultaneously.

Happy kids make for pleasant road tripsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 08:41:00

Take heart as you embark on your next summer road trip: There are ways to tone down the "are we there yet?" chorus coming from the back seat.

CNNMoney: FDA panel wants clearer ADHD labelsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 07:12:00

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- A Food and Drug Administration panel said Thursday the agency should move forward with plans to rewrite labels for Concerta, Ritalin and other drugs widely used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to more clearly warn of the possibility of hallucinations and suicidal tendencies in patients taking the drugs.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2005 15:08:00

Spectacular birth

CNNMoney: Report: J&J hid drug problemsupdated: Fri Jun 10 2005 06:17:00

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson negotiated with the Food and Drug Administration to keep a lucrative drug on the market and to weaken potential warnings even amid growing reports of deaths and heart problems by patients taking the drug, according to a published report.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 09 2005 15:24:00

A medical first

Study: Children near power lines may face higher cancer riskupdated: Fri Jun 03 2005 06:02:00

Children who live close to high-voltage overhead power lines may be at an increased risk of leukemia, a British study has suggested.

Pioneering surgery saves baby born 3 months earlyupdated: Thu Feb 17 2005 16:38:00

The pediatric surgeon who performed open-heart surgery on a one-week-old baby with a heart the size of a grape said Thursday it was "a wonderful feeling" to be able to save his life.

Report: Obesity rising sharply among U.S. preschoolersupdated: Thu Dec 30 2004 15:41:00

The obesity epidemic is reaching down to the playpen: More than 10 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight, the American Heart Association reported Thursday.

CNNMoney: Charitable giving - gamer styleupdated: Tue Nov 30 2004 12:22:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - When Seattle's Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center signed on to be the sole beneficiary of the "Child's Play" charity last year, it set its expectations relatively low.

Online tool to aid diagnosisupdated: Fri Oct 08 2004 11:00:00

Looking at her now, it is hard to believe Isabel Maude nearly died five years ago after doctors failed to diagnose a potentially fatal illness.

CNNMoney: This is science?updated: Tue Jul 06 2004 13:04:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Back in the ninth grade, I wanted to be a scientist. It fascinated me how brilliant men and women could look objectively at issues that had baffled mankind for years and find answers.

Kid fitness: How to get little feet movingupdated: Fri Jun 18 2004 10:54:00

As the nation's childhood obesity epidemic continues to spiral out of control, recent reports suggest that some parents are taking steps to keep their babies from becoming statistics by enrolling infants as young as a few days old in baby fitness classes.

Fortune: Can Gene Therapy Cure This Child? The money is short and the science controversial, but a lot more than business rides on a biotupdated: Mon May 01 2000 00:01:00

Loss threatens young biotech companies in more forms than any other kind of business. Investors can lose millions when a promising drug fails to work or funds run out before testing is complete. Re...

Money Magazine: THE LETHAL DANGERS OF THE BILLION-DOLLAR VACCINE BUSINESS WITH GOVERNMENT APPROVAL, DRUG COMPANIES SELL updated: Sun Dec 01 1996 00:01:00

When Miriam Silvermintz of Fair Lawn, N.J. took her seven-month-old son Nathan to the pediatrician for his third series of vaccinations on Feb. 18, 1991, she was thrilled to hear the doctor say her...

Fortune: FITNESS FOR YOUR KIDS Schools do not make children exercise a lot, but parents can -- and should, with the shape kids are in.updated: Mon Oct 27 1986 00:01:00

The fitness boom has bypassed America's kids. Most are fatter, many weaker and slower than they used to be, according to government surveys over the past two years. While their parents work out in ...

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