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    1. One-Third of Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were diagnosed before the age of 6, even though there aren't many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young, a new federal

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    2. Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Kids' Sleep Hormone

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children's bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sle

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    3. Many Parents Unaware of E-Cig Dangers to Kids

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents don't understand that the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes poses a serious danger to young children, a new survey indicates. The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is often fruit-flavored, which

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    4. Even Short Bouts of Activity May Help Kids' Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even brief spurts of exercise may benefit children, researchers report. Their study of 28 healthy, normal-weight children found that doing three minutes of moderate-intensity walking every half hour over three hours of s

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    5. Most Kids Get Vaccines, Despite Resistance Pockets

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than nine out of 10 U.S. children entered kindergarten last school year protected with the proper immunizations, federal health officials reported Thursday. But, vaccination rates continue to lag in a number of st

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    6. Pot and the Developing Brain: Mixed Findings

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana's potential effect on brain structure remains a subject of intense scientific scrutiny, but mixed results have emerged from two of the latest studies on the topic. Researchers in one study have concluded tha

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    7. Many Kids Tossing Fruits, Veggies in Trash Since New U.S. School Lunch Rules

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More fruits and vegetables ended up in the garbage after the U.S. government introduced a rule requiring fruits and vegetables to be included with school lunches, a new study finds. What's more, the amount of fruits and

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    8. Is There an Alternative Vaccine Schedule?

      Laura Dye was all for childhood vaccinations until she had her first child. Then she got cold feet after reading what she now calls “scare mongering” online. "I was super scared about vaccines," says Dye, who lives in southern Delaware. "It was my new little baby. He was so perfect." She wanted to l

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    9. U.S. Kids Growing Fatter Than Canadian Kids

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American kids have a harder time controlling their weight than their counterparts to the north, a new U.S. study indicates. About 17.5 percent of U.S. kids aged 3 to 19 are obese, compared with 13 percent of Canadian ch

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    10. Many Parents Put 'Food Pressure' on Their Kids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that parents of overweight kids are more likely to restrict their children's food intake -- a potentially bad idea -- if they themselves are carrying extra pounds. By contrast, mothers and fathers are m

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