More High School Athletes Using 'Dip' and 'Chew,' CDC Finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High school athletes may be getting the message that cigarettes are bad for their health, but the same can't be said for smokeless tobacco, a new government report shows.

One-Third of U.S. Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6: Report

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were diagnosed before the age of 6, even though there aren't many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young, a new federal government report shows.

Health Tip: If Your Child Chooses Unhealthy Foods

(HealthDay News) -- If your child tends to prefer junk food over healthier fare, there are ways to break the habit.

Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children's bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sleep.

Cutting-Edge Genetic Tests May Improve Management of Autism

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of genetic tests could help parents and doctors better understand the numerous challenges that a child newly diagnosed with autism might face throughout life, a new study suggests.

Genetics May Help Guide Kids' Cancer Treatment

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When a child has cancer that resists standard therapies, the outlook can be grim. But a new study suggests that for some children, extensive genetic analysis can open up options.

Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy, Youth Tied to Irregular Heartbeat Years Later

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People seem more likely to have atrial fibrillation as adults if they were exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke during childhood or while in the womb, new research suggests.

Many Teens With Chronic Illnesses Use Alcohol, Pot

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with chronic diseases such as asthma and juvenile arthritis have to manage their health carefully, yet many of them have had alcohol or smoked marijuana in the last year, a new study shows.

Proposed NYC Law May Trim 54 Calories From Kids' Fast Food Meals

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A New York City bill to improve the nutrition of children's fast food meals could reduce the average calories and improve the nutrition of these meals, a new study claims.

Some Sobering Stats on Kids and Drinking

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol poses a far greater threat to children than many parents care to admit, a new report warns.