Researchers found that 67% of calories consumed by children and adolescents in the U.S. came from ultra-processed foods in 2018, a jump from 61% in 1999. The nationwide study analyzed the diets of 33,795 children and adolescents. Drazen Stader / EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption
August 11, 2021 • What do frozen pizza, cookies and ice cream have in common? A new study finds ultra-processed foods make up the majority of U.S. children’s and teens’ diets.
Elaine Murphy’s home in New Albany, Ind., is lined with family photos of her grandchildren. The president of the school board of the New Albany-Floyd County school district is a life-long educator. Schools were always her safe haven, but things are changing as school boards are tasked with making pandemic-related decisions. Farah Yousry/WFYI hide caption
Families protest any potential mask mandates before the Hillsborough County Schools Board meeting held at the district office on July 27, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images hide caption
August 17, 2021 • Mask mandates and other interventions can help stop a surge, even where vaccination rates are low, say scientists who’ve reviewed states’ data. When the measures start and how long they last matters.
August 24, 2021 • This year, face masks are on most parents’ list of back-to-school supplies. But which ones are most effective? Here’s how to choose the right one for your child.
Students wear mask as they arrive at school for in-person learning at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling, Ill., on Oct. 21, 2020. Students in Illinois schools will be able to take up to five excused mental or behavioral health days beginning in January 2022. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption
September 2, 2021 • Starting in January, students will be allowed to use their five mental health days without needing to provide a doctor’s note for their absence.
Tourists still stop by to see the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Cairo, Ill., where commercial ships dock on the banks. A history of racial tension dating to the Civil War still stings in Cairo. And like many rural towns across the U.S., the community feels underappreciated and misunderstood. Cara Anthony/Kaiser Health News hide caption
Allie Henderson with her sister Claire and her mom, LeAnn, outside their home recently in Terry, Miss. “I want people to get vaccinated — because I know what it feels like,” Allie says of her near-fatal encounter with COVID-19 this year. Imani Khayyam for KHN hide caption
August 14, 2021 • Health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic say there is another concerning prospect looming: a surge in children diagnosed with a combination of COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus.
First-graders listen to the interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Megan Reilly, read a book at Normont Elementary School in Harbor City on Aug. 16, the first day of school. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group via Getty Images hide caption
August 26, 2021 • The pandemic has meant many kids have put off doctor visits and recommended shots. Experts worry that means some pockets of the U.S. are now more vulnerable to outbreaks of measles and meningitis.
September 9, 2021 • The rate of new cases of COVID-19 among babies and children under 4 years old in the U.S. recently surpassed the rate of new cases among adults older than 65. Here’s how to protect newborns.
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August 15, 2021 • The sponsor of 4-H clubs nationally is tapping its respected roots in rural communities to promote COVID-19 vaccines. But it won’t be easy, locals say. Start with trusted local voices — and listen.
Nurses work at a COVID-19 testing day for students and school faculty at Brandeis Elementary School on in Louisville, Ky. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

Demonstrators calling on people to wear masks gather outside school district headquarters in Marietta, Ga., last week. A recent review at pandemic data finds requiring masks, capping the size of gatherings and instituting certain bar, gym and restaurant restrictions are all strategies that can help stop a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Mike Stewart/AP hide caption
August 30, 2021 • The department sent letters to state leaders in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, warning that mask mandate bans could violate federal protections for students with disabilities.
Janice Chang for NPR Shots – Health News Don’t Focus On Kids’ Weight Gain. Focus On Healthy Habits Instead August 16, 2021 • Many parents have seen their kids’ weight go up after months of disrupted schedules and excess screen time. Here’s how to respond, without causing new problems, like body image issues. children’s health articles 2020
HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 23: Students at the Xavier Academy, like many schools around Houston, are required to wear masks. Staff and faculty have been vaccinated and 90% of students in attendance have also been vaccinated. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption
August 18, 2021 • A COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 12 is not yet available, but research is well underway and the first shot for some kids in this age group is expected in the fall, doctors say.
A child tax credit poster is displayed during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on July 15. Early data shows that after the child tax credit payments went out this summer, the number of households with children who experience food insufficiency dropped. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption
August 13, 2021 • Early data shows that after the child tax credit payments started going out this summer, the number of households with children who experience food insufficiency dropped.
September 3, 2021 • Research shows increasingly that layering one strategy on top of another can help minimize the spread of the coronavirus in classrooms.
Nashville, Tenn., kindergarten teacher Amber Updegrove leads her class in a lesson this month. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education announced an investigation into Tennessee’s requirement that schools allow families to opt out of mask mandates. John Partipilo/AP hide caption
August 25, 2021 • School boards and superintendents are facing backlash over mask and vaccination policies. What were once nonpartisan public service jobs have now become more political — and dangerous.
September 3, 2021 • As kids head back to class, school nurses are stretched thin as they manage increased workloads and delta-variant surges. NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with three school nurses about this year’s concerns.
September 3, 2021 • Allie Henderson’s friends, extended family, church and the community prayed for the popular young athlete and then celebrated her recovery. So why won’t they follow her plea and get vaccinated?
August 20, 2021 • Across the country, it looks like this time, last year. Schools — some days or weeks into the start of the new year — are forced to close temporarily over COVID outbreaks. In many cases, the closures are necessary because too many teachers and staff members are sick or quarantined.
Students head to class this month in Thornton, Colo. Infectious disease experts say the decline in vaccination rates against childhood diseases during the pandemic has increased the potential for outbreaks of diseases once largely vanquished in the United States. RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption
Getting vaccinated during pregnancy is one of the best ways to make sure your vulnerable newborn benefits from your antibodies to the coronavirus, doctors say. ©fitopardo/Getty Images hide caption
August 23, 2021 • Some kids are getting sick or passing the coronavirus to vaccinated family and friends. It’s all unnerving to many parents. “It felt like a terrible head cold,” one dad says. “My brain was foggy.”
Principal Alice Hom and teacher Laura Lai look over the recently arrived Class of 2021 yearbook at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on July 22, 2021 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption
Only kids 12 and older are eligible — so far — to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S. But the shots could be available for younger children as soon as this fall, say researchers studying the vaccine in that age group. Chris O’Meara/AP hide caption
September 2, 2021 • Using the COVID vaccine “off-label” — whether that’s for booster shots or young children — may be tempting to some vaccine providers, but the CDC warns it could get them into trouble.
Health care providers who administer a COVID-19 vaccine “off-label” face legal liability, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. Luis Alvarez/Getty Images hide caption
September 9, 2021 • Black boys and girls ages 10-14 are injured at 5.3 and 6.7 times, respectively, the rate for white boys and girls, the study says., a new study shows.
A young girl and her mother visit a temporary art installation, called Bear the Truth, on June 28, 2020, at the Los Angeles City Hall. The installation honors Black children who have lost their lives to racial injustice and senseless violence. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption
August 11, 2021 • In the next few weeks, millions of children will head back to school. Many of them are too young to be vaccinated. At the same time, children are being hospitalized with COVID-19 in small but growing numbers — and approaching rates higher than the winter surge.
At the moment there is little data available on the impact of contracting COVID-19 and the respiratory syncytial virus , and whether together they can make a person sicker. news articles related to healthcare