More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it’s not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows. Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live births to almost 35 sets per 1,000 live births, the study found.…  read on >

Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show. Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a national poll of more than 1,000 parents with at least one child between 13 and 18 years old. “This poll suggests that sleep problems are common among teens and parents believe…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes it difficult for a person — most often a child — to pay attention and stay focused. A child with ADHD can be a more impulsive, which can lead to issues with learning and maintaining friendships. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, he or she may…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Schools are chock-full of loud and potentially destructive sounds, including crowded hallways, buses, band practices and sporting events. Over time, repeated exposure to these noisy environments can harm your child’s hearing, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says. To help protect your child’s hearing, the agency suggests: Send your…  read on >

Despite decades of warnings about the hazards of baby walkers, thousands of toddlers still end up in hospital emergency rooms with walker-related injuries, new research shows. The study reported that more than 230,000 children younger than 15 months old were treated in emergency rooms between 1990 and 2014. More than 10,000 of those youngsters ended…  read on >

New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman. Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the “fittest” for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men. “Women with high estrogen and low progesterone levels are most attractive to men in…  read on >

Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained “even after considering other important factors such as age, gender,…  read on >

Many children are picky eaters, making every meal a challenge. But for some, the problem goes deeper than not liking vegetables or whole-wheat bread. According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, more than one in five kids between the ages of 2 and 6 are considered “selective eaters.” Most of them are moderately picky,…  read on >

High doses of folic acid do not protect pregnant women against a sometimes deadly complication called preeclampsia, a large trial suggests. The finding frustrates the search for an effective way to prevent preeclampsia, or dangerously high blood pressure in pregnancy, in women who are at high risk for it. “We thought we had something that…  read on >

Adults have spent a lifetime hearing about or experiencing natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence, which is targeting the Carolinas this week. But how to explain to kids the dangers of these events, without unduly scaring them? The key, said child psychiatrist Dr. Victor Fornari, is to lead by example. “Parents need to remain calm…  read on >