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CHICAGO — Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year.College students tend to try stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin for the first time in November, December or April, according to the examination of 12 years of government survey data. They may believe the...

Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 8:11 AM

CHICAGO — A pediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.The interim guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this...

Updated Aug 25, 2015 at 9:54 AM

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she's particular about what she wears.But when The Associated Press followed the 15-year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping...

Updated Aug 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois families who don't want their children to be vaccinated will have to get a doctor's note before claiming a religious exemption, but the new state law won't affect students heading back to school in the coming...

Updated Aug 21, 2015 at 8:49 AM

NEW YORK — Even though Linda Ellerbee has addressed many tough topics with young audiences before, it took a decade before Nickelodeon approved her idea of a "Nick News" episode where children with terminal illnesses talk about their...

Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 8:58 AM

LOS ANGELES — The Muppets, longtime residents of PBS, are getting a second home at HBO.The premium cable channel and Sesame Workshop, which produces "Sesame Street," on Thursday announced a five-year deal that will expand the...

Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 7:27 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Parents in Illinois citing religious objections in refusing to have their children immunized will have to get a doctor's signature confirming they've been informed of the risks.A bill signed into law this month...

Updated Aug 12, 2015 at 8:31 AM

A new book written by a schoolteacher has a simple yet compelling message for parents: Back off.In "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed,"

Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 7:25 AM

CHICAGO — Barely 2 years old, Talia Pisano is getting tough treatment for kidney cancer that spread to her brain. She's also getting a chance at having babies of her own someday.To battle infertility sometimes caused by cancer...

Updated Aug 10, 2015 at 11:33 AM

CHICAGO —  A new online science exam that will be introduced to some students this coming school year signals a change in the way the subject is taught in Illinois.The exams are based on Next Generation Science Standards, which...

Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 11:53 AM

NEW YORK — The death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe at the hands of an American bow hunter continues to generate outrage around the world, but bringing kids into the conversation may require some finesse.That's where books come in.

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