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  1. 'Fat Letters' and the Childhood Obesity Debate

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- If their kids are frequently tardy, truant or failing to turn in homework, parents of U.S. schoolchildren expect to be notified. And in some districts, they might be contacted about yet another chronic problem: obesity. The "fat

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  2. Antipsychotic Drugs May Triple Kids' Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic medications such as Seroquel, Abilify and Risperdal can triple a child's risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the first year of usage, according to a new study. Powerful antipsychotics traditionally were

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  3. Plastics Chemicals May Boost Kids' Obesity Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Chemicals used in plastic food wraps and containers could be contributing to childhood diabetes and obesity, two new studies claim. One study links phthalates to increased insulin resistance in children, while another associat

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  4. Kids With Type 1 Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Better?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Devices called insulin pumps may work better at controlling blood sugar in children with type 1 diabetes than insulin injections, a new study finds. They might also cause fewer complications, the Australian researchers said. "Th

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  5. Kindergartners' Soda Intake Linked to Aggression in Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Five-year-olds who drink soda every day may have more behavior problems than kids with soda-free diets, a new study of U.S. children suggests. After looking at nearly 3,000 urban families, the researchers found that 5-year-olds' sc

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  6. Childhood Tummy Aches May Be Tied to Adult Anxiety

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Stomach pain is a common childhood complaint, and now a new study suggests it may place some kids at higher risk for anxiety disorders or depression as adults. The researchers compared 332 young adults, aged around 20, who had abd

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  7. Many Kids With Asthma Live With Secondhand Smoke

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Children with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke have more severe symptoms and more frequent outbreaks than other kids with asthma. Yet despite these health hazards, the rate of asthmatic children who regularly breath

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  8. Childhood Obesity Rates Drop Slightly: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- There was a small but sure sign Tuesday that the fight against childhood obesity may yet be won: A new government report found that obesity rates among low-income preschoolers had declined slightly in at least 19 states. After

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  9. Sugary Drinks Tied to Preschoolers' Extra Pounds

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Preschool children who regularly have sugary drinks tend to pack on more pounds than other youngsters, a large study of U.S. children suggests. Researchers found that among the 2- to 5-year-olds they followed, those who routinely ha

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  10. Taking Care of Your Child's Fever

    Young kids often get fevers. They're a normal part of childhood and usually aren't serious. In most cases, they go away on their own. Fever is the body's way of killing off infections by raising the heat on germs. It can be caused by bacteria, like strep throat, or a virus, like the flu. The key is

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