New chickenpox vaccine requirement for high-schoolers

Washington high-schoolers will be required to be immunized against chickenpox before entering school this fall. In the 2016-17 school year, all public and private high school students will be required to […]

State poison center reports increase in cannabis calls

The number of calls to the Washington Poison Center related to cannabis and cannabis products increased more than 10 percent over the last year. The poison center received 272 calls regarding […]

Childhood asthma rate plateaus, may be dropping

After three decades of rising, childhood asthma rates appear to have finally leveled off – and may even be declining. A new study found that childhood asthma prevalence increased from 2001 […]

Quarter of moms-to-be may not follow vaccination schedule

A new study found that 75 percent of first-time expectant mothers plan to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their children. That’s great. But what about the other 25 percent? Well, 10.5 […]

More hospitals support breast-feeding

More and more hospitals are taking steps to increase support for breast-feeding, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization and United […]

A 3-year-old was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

An American toddler was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – the form typically referred to as “adult-onset” because it’s most common among the middle-aged and elderly. The girl, who weighs […]

School lunches are getting healthier

In the last decade, the number of schools offering more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and using less sodium have increased significantly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

“Fat letters” aren’t influencing teens

Turns out those so-called “fat letters” informing parents that they have an overweight child aren’t leading to weight loss among adolescents. In the last few years, more and more schools have […]

Employers announce new parent-friendly workplace policies

This week, a couple of employers announced some pretty cool new policies for new parents. The Washington Department of Health on Monday announced its new Infants at Work policy that allows […]

Companion animals may ease anxiety in kids with autism

Children with autism spectrum disorders may benefit from being in the presence of animals. A new study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health found children with autism spectrum […]

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