San Diego, California - Pertussis cases are continuing to rise in San Diego County, far outpacing activity at this point last year.

Washington, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a surveillance summary report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.”

Washington, DC - For much of the nation, the long winter has presented a great opportunity to gather in the kitchen and cook up a new dish with the family. In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, USDA has recently released new cookbooks that feature 30 delicious, kid-approved recipes.

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - At Shriners Hospitals for Children, using the latest technological advances to enhance patient care takes many forms. Here are a few examples:

San Francisco, California - A weight management intervention delivered virtually via video conferencing helped participants lose weight, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.

San Diego, California - Five new cases of pertussis where others in the county may have been exposed to the disease have been reported to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - Here’s something to smile about: Whatever your age, wearing braces today doesn’t mean what it used to, and if you’re longing for a straighter smile, you’re not alone. More than 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces and more than 25 percent of them are adults.