Screen time is affecting kids’ eye health

The average American 17-year-old has spent the equivalent of nearly six years looking at digital devices, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by VSP Vision Care, also found that […]

Kindergarten immunization increased statewide, not locally

The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that the statewide kindergarten immunization rate increased by more than 2 percent this school year. The same can’t be said for Clark County. Statewide, 85 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Secondhand smoke puts kids with asthma at risk

A new study found the risk for hospitalization doubles for kids with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke. The study was led by Mayo Clinic Children’s Research Center. “The results of […]

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 […]

More Washington boys getting HPV vaccine

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the number of teens getting the human papillomavirus vaccine increased slightly but that many adolescents are still not […]

Poor oral health tied to school absences

Dental problems caused more than 30 percent of students to miss time in the classroom, according to a new survey. Delta Dental conducted a survey of parents across the country; 31 […]

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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