RSV vaccine protected infants from severe cases, Pfizer study shows

RSV vaccine protected infants from severe cases, Pfizer study shows

An experimental vaccine from Pfizer Inc. significantly reduced the risk of infants developing severe cases of a respiratory virus that kills hundreds of children each year, according to the company. Among mothers who received the respiratory syncytial virus vaccine, their infants had an 81.8% lower risk of developing serious lower respiratory infections that required medical … Read more

Families are still struggling to find baby formula nearly a year after the shortage began

Families are still struggling to find baby formula nearly a year after the shortage began

Many American households are still struggling to find infant formula, nearly a year since supplies thinned out on store shelves and eight months after a nationwide recall. Adults in about a third of households with infants who typically use formula had trouble getting it last month, according to a recent survey by the US Census … Read more

A salt-loving nation is trying to shake the habit

A salt-loving nation is trying to shake the habit

TOKYO—Pickled squid guts and pickled cucumbers are among the foods that make Japanese meals strikingly salty. Don’t forget the soy sauce. Public health officials worry that salt drives high blood pressure, a condition sprinkled over half of adults in Japan. But instead of trying to remake Japanese cuisine, food scientists are working to satisfy salt … Read more

Pfizer requests authorization for children’s Covid-19 Booster

Pfizer requests authorization for children’s Covid-19 Booster

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE asked US health authorities to clear the use of its updated Covid-19 booster in children aged 5 to 11 years. The companies made the request Monday as reformulated shots for people 12 and older roll out across the country. Health officials are urging people to get shots to increase protection … Read more

She tried to block eating disorder content on TikTok. It still pops up daily.

She tried to block eating disorder content on TikTok.  It still pops up daily.

Naomi Sanders tried to set up her TikTok account so she wouldn’t see videos about eating disorders, but she says they’re impossible to avoid. “I still see posts related to eating disorders on my feed at least three times a day,” says the 15-year-old high school sophomore from Bellingham, Washington, who has struggled with unhealthy … Read more

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs law requiring social media companies to consider children’s health

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs law requiring social media companies to consider children’s health

Social media companies operating in California will have to consider the health and well-being of children under a first-of-its-kind bill signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Called the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, the law would require makers of social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to study products and features likely to be … Read more

What we owe children considering gender transition

What we owe children considering gender transition

How should we care for minors who worry that their gender identity does not match their biological sex? The answer has become more contested than ever, as the proportion of young people who identify as transgender or non-binary rises by leaps and bounds. Read arguments and answers about this question from experts, pediatricians and other … Read more

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Dubious Transgender Science

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Dubious Transgender Science

A spate of headlines this month declared that America’s surge in transgender identification wasn’t being caused by a social contagion. These articles were prompted by a new study by Jack Turban and colleagues in Pediatrics, flagship journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study claimed that social influence isn’t the reason that as many … Read more

The Ukraine war is pushing millions of the world’s poorest against hunger

The Ukraine war is pushing millions of the world’s poorest against hunger

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The young victims of a growing global food crisis are being buried in unmarked graves. In overcrowded malnutrition wards, families wait for one sick child to be discharged before the next is brought in. Mothers are returning empty-handed from dwindling food markets, where prices for some staples have doubled in recent months. … Read more

Latest report on baby death after ingesting formula mentions Cronobacter bacteria

Latest report on baby death after ingesting formula mentions Cronobacter bacteria

By Jesse Newman and Peter Loftus June 23, 2022 at 18.45 ET The latest report notifies federal health authorities that a baby died after eating Abbott LaboratoriesBaby substitutes mention the cronobacter bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration said. Cronobacter is the same bacterium that previously made at least four other infants sick, including two who … Read more