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Finding a formula for 'medically complex' kids

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Five-year-old Lakota Lockhart talks about Batman nonstop. When his mom, Krystal, can wedge in a word, she describes what life has been like since Lakota was born with a rare central nervous system disorder that causes his breathing to stop every time he falls asleep.

She said they're lucky Lakota was born across the street, at ...Read more

Boise couple create app for diagnosing autism

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BOISE, Idaho -- Robby Oberleitner was 18 months old when his parents noticed changes in his personality. By age 2, the boy wasn't talking. He would cry and hurt himself.

What happened over the next year would inspire his parents, Ron and Sharon Oberleitner, to start a business they now operate from downtown Boise.

It was the mid-1990s when the...Read more

'All In': Is paid leave for fathers of newborns the next workplace battlefront?

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"All In: How Our Work First Culture Fails Dads, Families and Businesses, and How We Can Fix It Together" by Josh Levs; HarperOne (272 pages, $25.99)

When he was preparing to take time off after the birth of his third child in 2013, CNN correspondent Josh Levs was stunned to learn that his employer's policy entitled him to just two weeks of paid...Read more

Growing up White House-style: Obama opens up about his daughters

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Malia Obama, the older of President Barack Obama's two teenagers, got a new worldview on her security detail thanks to her father, he said in a podcast interview that aired Monday. When the 16-year-old was chafing at the restrictions of life in a Secret Service bubble, the president pointed out that having a driver to bring her home to the White...Read more

Hillary Clinton proposes more funding for early childhood education

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Hillary Clinton embraced her new role as a grandmother and her longer-term one as a child advocate on Monday, offering up proposals on early childhood education including doubling funding for Head Start.

It was Clinton's first set of policy proposals kicking off a summer of planned rollouts. Speaking at a YMCA in Rochester, N.H., Clinton ...Read more

Transgender kids: 'Exploding' numbers of children, parents seek clinical help

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Two years before Caitlyn Jenner showed up on the cover of Vanity Fair, Oliver Bishop was in crisis.

The Sonora, Calif., teen's grades had dropped, and he'd become suicidal as he sensed that puberty was beginning to trap him in a female body that seemed alien to the boy he had always been inside.

"You know you're a guy," he said, "but everybody...Read more

Her experience shows importance of 'kangaroo care' for preemies

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KANSAS CITY -- Jessica VanderKlei of Grain Valley, Mo., was, in her own words, "freaking out."

She was little more than halfway through her pregnancy on Jan. 18 when she noticed her feet had swollen. Her blood pressure spiked to a dangerous 188/120. Soon doctors were rushing her to Overland Park (Kan.) Regional Medical Center for an emergency ...Read more

Her experience shows importance of 'kangaroo care' for preemies

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KANSAS CITY -- Jessica VanderKlei of Grain Valley, Mo., was, in her own words, "freaking out."

She was little more than halfway through her pregnancy on Jan. 18 when she noticed her feet had swollen. Her blood pressure spiked to a dangerous 188/120. Soon doctors were rushing her to Overland Park (Kan.) Regional Medical Center for an emergency ...Read more

Tips to prevent leading cause of childhood injury: falls

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- When people think of kids and trauma, they often think about car accidents. "However, in reality, falls are the leading cause of childhood injury and most of them happen around the home," says Christopher Moir, M.D., pediatric surgeon at Mayo Clinic Children Center, who has cared for a wide variety of injuries related to ...Read more

Stay safe on the water in the wake of these tips

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Boating is fun, but it's important to do it safely. Whether it's a fishing boat, a canoe or kayak, or a personal watercraft, there are some basic safety tips that apply to all.

According to the National Safe Boating Council, learning to swim is one of the most important ways to stay safe on the water. But even expert swimmers can get into ...Read more

Playing it safe on bikes, skateboards and in-line skates

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LAKE CITY, Minn. -- Learning to ride a bicycle is a part of most childhoods in the U.S. More than 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles, and 55 percent of those children don't always wear a helmet, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Today in-line skating and skateboarding have also ...Read more

As weather warms, doctors warn of danger of kids' falls from windows

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SEATTLE -- Four young children have been treated at Harborview Medical Center here in the past month after falling from windows, prompting health officials to warn parents about the under-recognized danger.

"The most common scenario we see here is a kid who is being what most parents would consider well-supervised," said Dr. Brian Johnston, ...Read more

Social media can help families cope, mourn

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CHICAGO -- For some parents, news of a child's life-threatening illness means first you cry, then you turn to social media.

The recent public death of Emily Beazley, the 12-year-old girl from Chicago's Mount Greenwood neighborhood who courageously fought cancer, has cast a spotlight on pediatric cancer -- and also what it means to cope and ...Read more

Parents who use cellphones on playgrounds feel guilty, study finds

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SEATTLE -- Though not all parents steal glances at their cellphones while watching children at the playground, many of those who do feel guilty about being glued to a screen rather than the monkey bars.

That's according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington, who spent days watching hundreds of parents and caretakers ...Read more

Parenting is not a predetermined equation with a predictable outcome

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Robert Holmes looks anguished in the photos -- face tense, arms stiff -- walking out of a Centennial, Colo., courtroom, where his son, James, is on trial for committing one of the most grisly mass shootings in American history.

In a distant part of the world, another father awaits the outcome of the penalty phase of the trial for his son. No ...Read more