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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Actor Anthony Edwards Builds a Hospital

      When the producers of NBC’s Emmy award–winning series ER tapped original cast member Anthony Edwards to reprise the role of Dr. Mark Greene one final time for the show’s last season, he agreed, on one condition: His episode salary -- $125,000, to be exact -- would be donated directly to Shoe4Africa,

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    6. Helping Your Child Use a Nebulizer

      Sometimes children’s allergy symptoms don’t stop with a stuffy nose and watery eyes. If your child has allergic asthma, the most common form of asthma, exposure to allergens like pollen and mold can cause breathing passages to become swollen and inflamed. Childhood allergies that trigger asthma can

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    7. How Are the Quaid Twins Doing?

      With more recent horrifying headlines about heparin drug errors harming children — and even tragically taking the lives of two babies at a Texas hospital — WebMD recently sat down with Dennis and Kimberly Quaid. How are their 10-month-old twins, Thomas Boone and Zoë Grace, doing today, now that almo

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    8. Swallowing Gum

      Q: My 7-year-old son likes to swallow his bubblegum. I’ve heard that it will stay in his stomach forever. True? A: This old wives’ tale is very popular on the playground, but it’s definitely FALSE. "It is true that most of the components of bubblegum are not found in nature," says Robynne Chutkan, M

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    9. What to Do When Your Child Has Lice

      I was not a happy mom last spring when I got a call from the health clerk at my son's school saying she had found lice on his little first-grade head. While I know the critters carry no diseases and don't cause any actual harm -- but for itching --they're still gross. "I felt a sort of panic and dre

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    10. U.S. Children's Medical Needs, by the Numbers

      Racing champ Jeff Gordon's focus on children's health comes at a crucial time. The number of U.S. children with chronic health conditions has risen dramatically in the past four decades, according to a study published last June in The  Journal of the American Medical Association. Some of the study's

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