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Variety
December 5, 2015
Dannell Shu tended to son Levi, 5, at home in northeast Minneapolis. “In those precious last moments, I’d like to stop being the lead nurse, docto

St. Louis Park nonprofit wants to give terminally ill kids a hospice home

A St. Louis Park nonprofit is working to create a hospice center where children can go to live while they die.
December 5, 2015

The importance of respite for families

While some families of terminally ill children are able — and prefer — to care for them at home, the task is unrelenting and exhausting.…
Variety
October 27, 2015
Trick-or-treaters with allergies can look for the teal pumpkin

Trick-or-treaters with allergies can look for the teal pumpkin

For some kids, what's scary about Halloween has less to do with the tricks and everything to do with the treats.
Kids' Health
September 23, 2015
Children had lunch outside on a deck during the playdate.

Child's play gets complicated with the modern play date

Play dates used to be simple. Not anymore. The adult-supervised get-togethers have become elaborate affairs, and not everyone's happy about it.
Kids' Health
September 22, 2015

12 steps to the perfect play date

The play date itself isn't stifling kids, said Marti Erickson, owner and co-host of the Mom Enough website and podcast and a retired developmental psychologist…
Variety
June 24, 2015
Young children and teenagers can learn and practice deep breathing to strengthen their mind/body connection and manage emotions that may seem overwhel

How to breathe: Physician/yoga teacher offers tips on getting it right

Tips for getting the most out of every breath.
Variety
June 19, 2015
Dalon DeCory, foreground, aims to score, with defense by Bronson Grant, left, and brother Santino DeCory during a practice at Corcoran Park in south M

American Indians bring back traditional lacrosse in Osseo tourney Saturday

Braids flying, sticks scooping, American Indian lacrosse players of all ages bring back a tradition that's more than a game.
Local
June 19, 2015
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Minnesota is best state for working dads, analysis says

A state-by-state analysis of work-life balance, health, financial well-being and more from personal finance website WalletHub found that Minnesota leads the nation for working dads.
Local
June 8, 2015
Blue-green algae has sickened two dogs on a western Minnesota lake. One of them later died.

Blue algae on western Minnesota lake kills dog; kids warned to stay away

A specific type of algae in a western Minnesota lake is making dogs sick — one of them later died — and conservation officials say that children are particularly at risk of falling ill.
Kids' Health
May 29, 2015
Dr. Shruti K. Gohil, associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Medical Center, holds a dose of MMR, the vaccine agai

Look up your school's unvaccinated kindergartner rate

Search for your school or district to see what percent of last year's kindergartners were not vaccinated due to a legal exemption.
Kids' Health
May 18, 2015
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How Minnesotan are you? Take our mosquito quizzzzz

How much do you really know about our "state bird" – the ever-annoying and potentially dangerous mosquito?
Kids' Health
April 8, 2015
Amelia Enfinger, 14, warmed up with a jump rope before a CrossFit class for teens in Loyalhanna, Pa.

CrossFit branches out into kids' programs

Popular workout program has branched out to youths.
Kids' Health
April 7, 2015
Sarah McIntosh, of Kansas City, North, buckles Ethan McIntosh, 13 months, into his car seat as they sat in their driveway, May 26, 2011, in Kansas Cit

Safe Kids car-seat clinics: Minor adjustments can make major differences

Safe Kids Anoka County and others offer free inspections to try to ensure children's seats are properly installed.
Kids' Health
March 27, 2015
Students at Howe Elementary School in Minneapolis, including third-graders Victoria Parks, left, and Neveah Beaulieu, ate a school lunch that included

Rep. John Kline moves to loosen new school lunch standards

Kline and the powerful food lobby that donates money to him, say the new rules are onerous and expensive for school districts and there is more food waste when students are required to take foods they would not otherwise choose.
Kids' Health
March 27, 2015
Michael, eight months, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN. Michael was born with synostosis, a birth

Surgeon re-engineers way to rebuild babies' skulls

A surgeon at Gillette in St. Paul reinvented the way he rebuilds babies' skulls to limit the risk of bleeding and complications.
Kids' Health
March 27, 2015
Fewer than 1.7 percent of youth football participants eventually make the pros.

Spending more money on kids' athletic future often backfires

Youth sports have become big business. But they also might become a big disappointment for parents expecting to profit from them.
Kids' Health
March 27, 2015
Plymouth firefighter Paul Larson showed Samantha Richardson, 8, sister of drowning victim Benedict Richardson, how to use a pool rescue hook.

Parents, kids learn how to prevent future drownings

Three weeks ago, Samantha Richardson saw her brother drown in a swimming pool at a Plymouth apartment building. On Saturday, the 8-year-old was back at…
Kids' Health
March 27, 2015
Graphic shows life saving ring floating on a water background

How well do you know water safety facts? Take this test

Drowning myths are as prevalent as Minnesota lakes. Nationally, drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death, according to the CDC. Are you in the swim when it comes to knowing the facts?
Kids' Health
March 27, 2015

How teens deal with a parent's cancer

They're scared, sad, mad, helpful, not so helpful … and that's perfectly normalBy MARC SILVER Special to the Star Tribune"When my dad was diagnosed with…
Kids' Health
March 27, 2015
Preemie risks: Few women worldwide receive drugs effective in preventing deaths of babies born early.

Premature labor drugs could be used more widely

Drugs that save babies' lives are underused, study finds.