Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says.

Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.

Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals

(HealthDay News) -- Household cleaners often are poisonous and their containers may be attractive to young children.

U.S. School Meal Rules Might Work Against Good Nutrition, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New federal mandates controlling the types of meals served at U.S. schools may actually promote eating habits tied to obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests.

Kids Who Need Heart Transplant Should Get the First Available, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who need a heart transplant may be better off if they get a new heart as soon as possible rather than waiting for a perfect match, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Easing Baby's Nasal Congestion

(HealthDay News) -- While the common cold is rarely serious, the American Academy of Pediatrics says young children may have as many as eight to 10 colds in their first two years.

Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated: Poll

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of American parents would consider removing their children from day care if other kids did not have all the recommended vaccinations, and many say that under-vaccinated children shouldn't be allowed to attend day care.

Home Cooking Helps Keep the Calories Down

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research on healthy eating has found that home cooking is better than restaurant fare, and that kids who are offered more nutritious food in school cafeterias rarely eat it.

Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3,000 children under the age of 5 die worldwide each day from preterm birth complications, making it the leading cause of death among young children, a new study reports.

Young Children, Energy Drinks a Dangerous Mix

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The potential dangers of energy drinks, those highly caffeinated beverages that promise to stave off sleepiness, are well known, but a new study suggests that even young children are at risk.