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    1. Obesity and Early Puberty: What's the Risk?

      About 1 in 5,000 children experience early puberty. Studies suggest that, on average, kids are starting puberty earlier than they once did. Could the rise in obesity be playing a role? Many experts think so, at least when it comes to girls. "I think it's quite clear that some of the early puberty we

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    2. How Doctors Diagnose and Treat Precocious Puberty

      You might think that diagnosing early puberty is simple. If your 6-year-old daughter seems to be developing breasts or your 7-year-old son has hair under his arms, isn't that evidence enough? Actually, it's not. Early puberty can be hard to diagnose, even for the experts. So how do doctors settle on

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    3. Want to Help Feed America's Hungry Children?

      Scarlett Johansson discovered her passion for feeding the hungry after Hurricane Katrina, when she started working with USA Harvest in New Orleans. Several years later, Stan Curtis, who founded USA Harvest, asked her if she wanted to help promote a new program called Blessings in a Backpack. The ide

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    4. Scarlett Johansson Feeds Hungry Children

      Growing up in New York City, the actor and her three siblings, including twin brother Hunter, saw their parents struggle to put food on the table for their large family. "We were a single-income family with four kids living in New York City," she recalls. "My parents tried not to make a big deal of

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    5. Is It Really Food Poisoning?

      You enjoyed every bite of the pasta alfredo, flame-grilled burger, or creme brulee but hours later you're sprinting, nonstop, to the bathroom. After vomiting or having diarrhea, you may not be thinking kindly of the restaurant or your BBQ host, figuring you have food poisoning. But is it really? You

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    6. Adventures in Vomiting

      Throwing up: It seems to be one of those unwavering rites of childhood, right alongside skinning your knees, and asking “Are we there yet?” But vomiting, nausea, and stomach upsets aren’t just reserved for kids. Adults deal with these issues too, though the causes may sometimes be different. So what

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    7. Children and Heart Disease: What's Wrong With This Picture?

      Few parents expect their children to develop heart disease. So when her daughter Alex started gaining weight at age 7, Tammy Benton was concerned -- but not overly concerned. Working with a pediatrician, she tried to encourage Alex to eat more healthfully. "I didn't talk 'diet' to her," recalls Bent

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    8. Making Sense of OTC Drug Use in Kids

      It seems every time you on turn on the news or read a newspaper there is something new on how, when, or even if you can use over-the-counter (OTC) medications to treat your children’s sniffles, aches and pains, and fever. What are concerned parents supposed to do, especially when their infant or tod

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    9. Summer Safety: Protecting Your Family from Environmental Health Risks

      As you prepare to let your kids explore the great outdoors this summer, you may have some nagging worries. What chemicals and environmental toxins might lurk in the local pool, lake, or beach? How can you protect your family from them? The good news is that there are ways you can reduce their exposu

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    10. Finding the Right Doctor for Your Teen

      If your child is on the cusp of puberty, gone are the days when she was placated by a lollipop after a doctor’s visit. Now you likely have to badger or bribe her to see the doctor or outright drag her to medical appointments. Even more challenging for parents is making sure the doctor is a good matc

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