Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many children get anxious or afraid when they have to get a vaccination, but there are a number of ways that parents can make these shots easier for their kids, an expert suggests.

Food Allergies More Common Among Inner City Kids, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Inner city children have a higher-than-normal risk of developing food allergies, a new study finds.

Counseling Does Little to Deter Youth Drinking, Review Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Counseling may do little to help young people with drinking problems, a large-scale review finds.

Racial Disparities in Breast-Feeding May Start With Hospitals, Study Suggests

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black mothers are less likely than white moms to breast-feed their babies, and here's one possible reason why: Hospitals in neighborhoods with many black residents do less to promote nursing than those in areas with more white residents, a U.S. government study finds.

New Drug May Fight Serious Respiratory Virus in Infants

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug shows promise in treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of pneumonia in infants, researchers report.

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Sunscreen, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. teens using sunscreen dropped nearly 12 percent in the last decade, a new report shows.

Consumer Reports Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Tuna

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure.

Health Tip: Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe

(HealthDay News) -- Inexperienced teen drivers, facing a host of potential distractions, are more likely than older people to be involved in an accident.

Health Tip: When Your Child Is Afraid to Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- A child's fear can interfere with sleep, but parents can offer soothing words of calm and reassurance.

Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although it's extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests.