(HealthDay News) — A wellness policy is a written document that helps guide a school’s approach to nutrition and physical activity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Including nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages sold on campus during the school day. Including policies for foods made available for classroom parties. Including…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — A high chair is a staple in a baby’s household, but it must be used safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Make sure the chair cannot be tipped over easily. If the chair folds, be sure it is locked in the open position each time you use it. Whenever your child…  read on >

MONDAY, March 19, 2018Young people treated for self-inflicted injuries face a far higher-than-average risk of suicide in the next year, a new study finds. Among teenagers and young adults diagnosed with a “self-harm” injury, the risk of suicide in the next year was nearly 27 times higher than the U.S. norm, researchers found. Certain young…  read on >

MONDAY, March 19, 2018A low sperm count may do more than affect a man’s ability to have children. It also may be linked to a number of health problems, new research suggests. A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely to have more body…  read on >

MONDAY, March 19, 2018One-third of young adults in the United States have been in a vehicle with a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs, a new study finds. Riding with a marijuana-impaired driver was more common than riding with an alcohol-impaired driver, researchers found. “We’ve put a lot of emphasis on drinking and driving, but…  read on >

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018The Old Woman in the Shoe may have lost a tooth or two. Nursery rhymes aside, a new study reports that the more children a woman has, the fewer teeth she has in her later years. Mothers of three had an average of four fewer teeth than moms with just two children,…  read on >

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018A new study of pregnant women in the Caribbean further confirms that Zika virus causes birth defects, particularly if infection occurs early in pregnancy. About 7 percent of Zika-infected women in French territories of the Caribbean delivered babies that suffered from birth defects of the brain and eyes, researchers report. These numbers…  read on >

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018Every day, more than 300 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for accidental poisoning, and two children die from it. Reports of youngsters getting sick after eating colorful laundry and dishwasher detergent pods that they thought were candy have renewed warnings about keeping all cleaning products both out of sight and…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Parents should learn a host of terms that schools use to indicate various states of emergency, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. The academy defines these key terms: Evacuation: Used to indicate movement of students and staff out of the school building. Relocation: Used to indicate movement of students and staff to…  read on >

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018Childhood obesity is a problem that often follows kids into adulthood, exposing them to serious health threats later in life. Here’s how to get — or keep — your child’s weight in a healthy range. First, eating as a family is key to preventing weight gain in kids. Positive family interaction has…  read on >