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  1. Healthy Snacks Help Kids Fight Obesity

    Dec. 17, 2012 -- Healthy snacks including veggies and cheese can help take the edge off of kids’ between-meal hunger pangs, and may help put a dent in rates of childhood obesity. In a new study, children who were given cheese and vegetables as a snack ate 72% fewer calories than children who snacked

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  2. More Salt in Kids' Diets May Mean More Obesity

    Dec. 10, 2012 -- Limiting children’s salt intake could be one way to reduce childhood obesity, new research suggests. The study of more than 4,200 Australian children 2 to 16 years old found that those who ate more salt also drank more fluids, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages -- namely soda, f

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  3. Social Media May Help Fight Childhood Obesity

    Dec. 4, 2012 -- Kids and teens increasingly keep in touch through social media, and all that texting, tweeting, and online networking can be a powerful tool for combating childhood obesity, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). In a newly released statement, the group calls for more res

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  4. Simple Formula Predicts Obesity Risk at Birth

    Nov. 28, 2012 -- A simple formula that can be done soon after birth may help identify infants at high risk for becoming obese in childhood, researchers say. The formula calculates childhood obesity risk based on variables that include the baby’s birth weight, both parents’ body mass index (BMI), whe

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  5. Sharp Rise in Kids' Injuries in 'Bouncy Castles'

    Nov. 26, 2012 -- The number of kids sent to emergency rooms after being hurt on blow-up bouncy castles or houses jumped sharply from 1995 to 2010.   And the annual rate doubled between 2008 and 2010, according to research in Pediatrics. A child in the U.S. is sent to the ER after being injured in a

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  6. Unsafe Toy List: Dora Guitar, Dora Backpack, More

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- A too-loud Dora guitar and a lead-filled robot top the annual list of unsafe toys from the Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit consumer watchdog. This year's PIRG "Trouble in Toyland" report focuses on the specific dangers: Noisy toys that damage hearing; toys' small parts t

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  7. Sun Safety: Expert Q&A

    Pediatric dermatologist Andrea Cambio, MD, of Cape Coral, Fla., provides answers to your questions about staying safe in the sun. If using a lotion, one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount to cover the exposed areas of the body properly. Be liberal with the application; most

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  8. Reducing Kids' TV Time: What Works?

    Nov. 5, 2012 -- Counseling parents on the health risks of too much TV time for their toddlers doesn't seem to help break the TV habit. Researchers thought that educating parents about the dangers of excess screen time, with suggestions on how to reduce it, would work. But in a new study, it didn't,

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  9. New Treatment May Kill Head Lice -- Fast

    Oct. 31, 2012 -- Parents dread getting the call or the memo in a child’s backpack: the one telling you that your child or one of his or her classmates has head lice. Now, there's a new option in pharmacies that might just make that note less dreadful. The prescription lotion Sklice (ivermectin) may

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  10. Earlier Puberty: Age 9 or 10 for Average U.S. Boy

    Oct. 20, 2012 -- American boys are starting puberty up to two years earlier than decades ago, new data show. Boys are entering puberty at an average age of 10 among whites and Hispanics, and at an average age of 9 among African-Americans. About a third of boys start to mature sexually up to two year

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