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  1. Are You at Risk for Whooping Cough?

    It’s an illness that gets its name from the “whoop” sound people often make when trying to breathe between coughs. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is an infection in your lungs and breathing tubes. It is most dangerous for babies, but adults and teens are actually more likely to get the illness. When

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  2. Kids' Sports Injuries

    More than 1.3 million kids went to the ER with sports injuries in 2012. That’s a lot of torn knee ligaments, sprained ankles, and busted heads. Which are the most dangerous activities? And what can you do to keep a young athlete safe? Football caused the most emergency room visits among U.S. athlete

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  3. Fitness in Teen Years May Guard Against This

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are aerobically fit as teenagers are less likely to have a heart attack in middle age, a study of nearly 750,000 Swedish men suggests. Every 15 percent increase in aerobic fitness in your teen years is assoc

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  4. Temporary Fever May Occur When Kids Under 2 Get 2 Shots at Once

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children who receive flu and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time are at increased risk for temporary fever, a new study reports. While parents should be told about this risk, the benefits of the vaccines outweigh

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  5. Why Whooping Cough Is Rising Despite a New Vaccine

    When a new whooping cough vaccine was introduced in the late 1990s, there were hopes for a lower infection rate. But there's been a puzzling trend: a spike in new cases. More than 48,000 Americans had whooping cough in 2012 -- a 50-year high. The disease, also known as pertussis, brings on fits of c

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  6. Daycare Surfaces May Hold Germs Longer Than Thought

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Germs that cause common illnesses, including ear infections and strep throat, can linger on surfaces such as cribs, children's toys and books for hours after contamination -- even after the objects are well cleaned

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  7. Bad Night's Sleep May Raise Blood Pressure in Kids

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who don't get enough sleep at night may experience a slight spike in their blood pressure the next day even if they are not overweight or obese, a new study suggests. The research included 143 kids aged 10 to 18 who spe

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  8. Rise in U.S. High Chair Injuries Stuns Experts

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Young children are falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010. U.S. emergency rooms now attend to an average of almo

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  9. Slower Brain Connections May Be at Root of Dyslexia

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Glitches in the connections between certain brain areas may be at the root of the common learning disorder dyslexia, a new study suggests. It's estimated that up to 15 percent of the U.S. population has dyslexia, which impai

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  10. Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Although measles has been virtually eliminated in the United States, outbreaks still occur here. And they're usually triggered by people infected abroad, in countries where widespread vaccination doesn't exist, federal health

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