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Pediatricians Put The Kibosh On Boxing For Kids

Pediatricians should strongly discourage parents from letting their kids box and suggest sports that don't encourage intentional injuries, a new policy statement says.

Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely

Researchers say there's no evidence to support the widely held belief that there are distinct visual, auditory and kinetic learning styles. Though an industry has sprung up around the idea, psychologists recommend other approaches to help kids retain information.

Simple Things To Do To Lessen Back-To-School Stomach Bugs

When it comes to packing lunches for school, keeping hands and counters clean is probably the most important tip. Also, putting a bottle of hand sanitizer in kids' backpacks is a good idea.

Where Generations Of Soldiers Healed And Moved On

The last doctors and patients are leaving Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which is closing after more than 100 years of reshaping military medicine. For patients like Lt. Tyson Quink, the historic hospital is where he's rebuilding his body, and his life.

Desperation Grips Children In Horn Of Africa

Famine is driving Somalis out of the country by the tens of thousands. Many are seeking shelter in Kenyan refugee camps. Humanitarian agencies are facing intense pressure, and medical staff are receiving malnourished children. Aid is getting through, but the U.N. says more money is needed. NPR Foreign Correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton speaks with host Michel Martin.

Vitamin A Supplements Save Kids' Lives, Researchers Say

A review of clinical trials shows that vitamin A supplements reduced child mortality by 24 percent in low and middle income countries by preventing measles, diarrhea and vision problems in children.

Report: Vaccines Are Safe, Hazards Few And Far Between

Autism isn't linked to childhood vaccines, according to a new review from the Institute of Medicine, but vaccines aren't free of risks. The committee found that most serious health problems were linked to two live vaccines, the ones for measles-mumps-rubella and chickenpox. Other vaccines causes allergic reactions in some people.

Better You Than Me: Scientists Sicken Mosquitoes To Stop Dengue

Scientists infected hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes with a mild strain of a bacterium. They believe that once mosquitoes are sick from the infection, they can't spread the dengue virus to humans.

Mosquito Research Feels Bite Of Budget Cuts

State laboratories around the country are testing mosquitoes to warn people about the presence of West Nile virus, but funding cuts at the federal and state levels are threatening some of those labs.

When Forgetfulness Needs Medical Attention

Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt was diagnosed with Alzheimer's this week. Shots caught up with a neurologist for more on how the Alzheimer's diagnosis is made.