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  1. Flu Can Kill Even Healthy Children, Study Finds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Children, even those without severe medical conditions, can die from the flu in as little as three days after symptoms appear, U.S. health officials warn. Between 2004 and 2012, flu complications killed 830 children in the Uni

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  2. Doc Dispels Common Myths About Head Lice

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Although lice do not cause serious physical harm, they can result in a lot of emotional distress because many people still mistakenly believe they are a sign of poor hygiene, an expert explains. Head lice bite into the s

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  3. Expert Q&A: Childhood Vaccine Safety

    For parents, childhood vaccines are a source of reassurance -- protecting your child against disease naturally helps you sleep better at night -- but also anxiety about side effects and reactions. With misinformation about vaccines and health problems, it can be difficult for a parent to sort it all

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  4. High Blood Pressure Common Among Overweight Kids

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese children have a high risk of developing high blood pressure, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed the health records of nearly 250,000 children, aged 6 to 17, in California, and found those who were ove

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  5. 2nd Dose of Vaccine Cuts Chickenpox Cases Even More, Study Finds

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Two doses of chickenpox vaccine are better than one, new research confirms. After the introduction of the second dose of chickenpox vaccine, the rates of chickenpox infection dropped 76 percent and 67 percent at two U.S. sites t

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  6. Parents' Feeding Choices & Baby's Celiac Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Delayed introduction of gluten to a baby's diet and breast-feeding longer than one year appear to increase the risk of celiac disease, researchers report. People with celiac disease have an immune reaction to gluten, a protein

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  7. U.S. Panel Rejects Blood Pressure Screening for Kids, Teens

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Not enough evidence exists to recommend that children and teens be screened for high blood pressure, a U.S. government-appointed panel says. High blood pressure among American children and teens has been rising, in part due to th

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  8. Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families. Res

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  9. Preschoolers' Use of Psychiatric Drugs Levels Off

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors don't seem to be as quick as they once were to reach for their prescription pads when treating preschoolers for mental troubles, a new study shows. The research, published online Sept. 30 in the journal Pediatrics, loo

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  10. Pain Patches Pose Serious Threat to Young Children

    Skin patches that contain the powerful pain reliever fentanyl can be deadly to young children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The agency has issued a Drug Safety Communication to warn patients, caregivers and health care workers about the dangers of accidental exposure to and imp

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