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  1. Social Bullying Common in TV Shows Kids Watch

    Sept. 27, 2012 -- Social bullying is common on TV, even in shows made for kids, a new study shows. Insults, taunting, and other forms of nonphysical aggression were found to be especially pervasive in cartoons and situation comedies, but they also showed up in some surprising places, like American I

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  2. Child Obesity Risks May Be Greater Than Thought

    Sept. 25, 2012 -- Children who are obese may have an even higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other weight-related diseases later in life than has been thought. Findings from a new review of studies suggest that these studies may have underestimated the effect of obesity during childhood an

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  3. Trampolines Not Worth the Risk, Doctor Group Says

    Sept. 24, 2012 -- Bouncing on a backyard trampoline is a lot of fun for kids, but a doctors' group is warning parents that the risks may not be worth it. An updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says trampolines can cause serious injuries to children. The group says

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  4. Too Much Tuna Means Too Much Mercury for Kids

    Sept. 19, 2012 -- A coalition of consumer groups says kids should eat much less canned tuna to avoid mercury poisoning. In a new report issued today, the Mercury Policy Project says children should never eat albacore tuna. It advises parents to limit light tuna to one serving per month for kids unde

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  5. Salt in Kids’ Diets Linked to High Blood Pressure

    Sept. 17, 2012 -- Eating a diet that's high in sodium has been linked in numerous studies to higher blood pressure in adults. Now, new research from the CDC suggests the same link in children and teens. The investigation found that the more sodium children and teenagers ate, the higher their risk fo

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  6. Details: New Presidential Youth Fitness Program

    Sept. 13, 2012 -- Goodbye percentile scores, hello “healthy fitness zone.” A new presidential youth fitness program is replacing the old presidential fitness test that most adults grew up with in physical education (PE) classes in school. The updated program does away with comparing students’ perfor

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  7. Whooping Cough Vaccine Protection Wanes Fast

    Sept. 12, 2012 -- 2012 is shaping up to be the worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, and a new study from California may help explain why. When researchers studied a 2010 outbreak in that state, they found that protection among children vaccinated against whooping cough (also know

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  8. Parents, Rest Easy About Infant 'Sleep Training'

    Sept. 10, 2012 -- Researchers have reassuring news for parents struggling to get their babies to sleep. Letting infants cry it out using two specific methods won’t cause any lasting psychological harm to your children or to your relationship with them, a new study shows. Researchers compared the lon

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  9. Laundry Packs Tempting to Children

    Sept. 5, 2012 -- For the second time this year, doctors are sounding the alarm about the dangers of laundry pods and gel packs to kids. Brightly colored, with a gummy texture, researchers say children appear to be mistaking the powerful cleaning agents for candy. In some ways, this is nothing new. P

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  10. Fish Oil for Infants No Help for Allergies

    Sept. 4, 2012 -- Giving a baby fish oil supplements may do little to prevent allergies, according to a new study. Researchers found fish oil supplements had little impact on the risk of allergies by age 1 in babies who took them for the first six months of their lives. Omega-3 fatty acids are necess

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