34 children a day treated for food-related choking

Many of the foods that kids regularly eat and enjoy — from fruits and vegetables, to hot dogs and candy — have long been known to pose a choking hazard and to sometimes be fatal. A new study shows just how common the risk is: On average, 12,435 children under age 14 are treated annually […]

Study: Food, Skin Allergies Increasing In Children

NEW YORK (AP) — Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found. Experts aren’t sure what’s behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies? Or are mom and […]

David’s Bookclub: Private Guns, Public Health

Gun advocates insist that gun safety is the sole responsibility of the gun carrier. He recounts a terrible story of a mother and father receiving the news that their 7-year-old has died in a fatal gun accident. The mother collapses into grief, but the father reacts with anger: He had instructed his son in gun […]

105 US Children Died This Flu Season, Most Were Not Vaccinated

This year the flu has killed 105 children so far. Normally roughly 100 children die in an average flu season. However this year 90 percent of the children who died did not get vaccinated, CDC officials said. All but four of the children were old enough to receive a flu shot. The season started about […]

10 Mobile Health Apps From Uncle Sam

Will 2013 be the year of the mobile app? Pundits seem to think so, and the prediction holds true for healthcare professionals and consumers alike. Although developers have come up with several apps to help clinicians diagnose and manage disease, the use of medical apps among consumers is set to take center stage, especially in […]