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What you need to know about this year's flu vaccine

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In addition to changing leaves, the arrival of fall usually signifies the beginning of flu season.

A serious and potentially deadly virus, influenza causes fever, coughing and muscle aches. It also can lead to other complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and potentially death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...Read more

Keep baby in parents' bedroom — but in separate bed, pediatricians say

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PITTSBURGH -- To further reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths in infants, children's health experts on Monday issued updated safe sleeping guidelines that emphasize the importance of a baby sleeping in the same room -- but not the same bed -- as the mother.

And in what might be a surprise to many new parents, the American Academy of ...Read more

Scarcity of mental health care means patients — especially kids — land in ER

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On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary schoolchildren who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety.

Though she does her best, she doesn't consider herself qualified to treat them at the level they need at her ...Read more

Preventing vital health care information from being lost in translation

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WASHINGTON -- A 9-year-old girl, misdiagnosed with the stomach flu, died after a doctor failed to communicate to her Vietnamese-speaking parents that the drug he prescribed for her could have dangerous side effects.

A 78-year-old stroke victim had to have her leg amputated after doctors and nurses didn't understand her when she complained, in ...Read more

Some military parents face shortage of autism therapy providers for children

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WASHINGTON -- It's difficult for some military parents at Fort Bragg, N.C., and other bases nationwide, to find in-network specialists for their children with autism and that's due, in part, to the way federal officials changed health insurance plan reimbursements earlier this year, according to a group of U.S. senators.

North Carolina's Thom ...Read more

Disabled students' rights draw Supreme Court scrutiny

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WASHINGTON-- The U.S. Supreme Court will consider how much extra help public schools must provide to students with disabilities, agreeing to hear an appeal from two parents seeking reimbursement for the cost of their autistic son's private school.

The case will mark the first time since 2009 that the court has considered the reach of the ...Read more

Parents often battle to get their children mental health services at school

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- On a hot summer day last month, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tried to do flips over a high bar at a local playground.

"You've got to pull your hips into the bar, like you've got to kick up like that," explained their mother, Selena.

"I tried to ...Read more

The 10 books in the running for the 2016 National Book Award for young people's literature

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Ten books have been announced as the longlist contenders in young people's literature for the 2016 National Book Awards. This week, the National Book Foundation is announcing longlists in all four categories of its awards -- young people's literature is to be followed by poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Shortlists are to be announced in October, ...Read more

Experts say stepped-up monitoring is crucial as Zika's threat lasts beyond a baby's birth

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As the Zika virus spreads both at home and abroad, new information is bringing to light how children -- even those who at birth do not show obvious signs of impairment -- are likely at a greater risk than previously believed.

This possibility, experts say, is highlighting a need to better track the development and well-being of babies who may ...Read more

US pediatricians pushing back on vaccine 'hesitancy'

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U.S. pediatricians are pushing back against parents who resist having their children vaccinated against a broad range of dangerous diseases by calling on states to stop offering waivers to those with nonmedical objections to the practice.

In a policy statement issued Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics also said that if parents continue ...Read more

Where millennials are more likely to live with their parents

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WASHINGTON -- By now, Karen Wilk thought she would have sold her five-bedroom house in Colts Neck, N.J., and downsized to a smaller home. But she has had to put those plans on hold because her 23-year-old daughter, who is finishing her college degree while working part-time, still lives with her. Wilk's 27-year-old son moved out two years ago.

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Catching the signs of concussion

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According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury, which is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The most common type of TBI is a concussion.

Concussions can happen to anyone, but children and athletes are at a ...Read more

Foster kids get their time to shine with professional pictures, pampering

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio -- Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for kids in foster homes, one picture can be worth even more -- it could just be the push they need to find a permanent family.

Caring for Kids held its annual My Time to Shine! event on Monday to help raise the profile of foster kids living in Summit and Cuyahoga ...Read more