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  1. CDC: Whooping Cough Heading to a 50-Year High

    July 19, 2012 -- Whooping cough cases could be headed toward a 50-year high in the United States, and the CDC says the nation is on track for record rates of the disease. Twice as many cases have been reported so far this year as at the same point last year, a CDC official said today. Nationwide, ne

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  2. Is Your Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

    No doubt about it: Cell phones are a great way to stay in touch anytime, anywhere. But is your child old enough to have one? It’s a tough call for many parents because it’s not just about age. You need to know what's involved -- in terms of both the phone and your child's well-being -- and the poten

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  3. Dental Fillings Linked to Slight Behavior Problems

    July 16, 2012 -- Children who received a common type of dental filling had slightly worse social behavior five years later compared to those who had different fillings, according to new research. "Some tooth-colored fillings known as composites were associated with worse social behavior in children

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  4. Many Babies Healthier in Homes With Dogs

    July 9, 2012 -- Babies in homes with dogs have fewer colds, fewer ear infections, and need fewer antibiotics in their first year of life than babies raised in pet-free homes, Finnish researchers find. Homes with cats are healthier for babies, too, but not to the same extent as those with dogs, note

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  5. What Is the Alternative Vaccine Schedule?

    When pediatrician Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, wrote The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, he envisioned giving parents more choices on how to vaccinate their children if they were concerned about a vaccine’s side effects or ingredients or the large number of shots that kids rece

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  6. 5 Serious Symptoms in Children to Never Ignore

    Runny noses. Stomachaches. An itchy rash. These are a few of the typical ailments that occasionally plague children everywhere. But what if something more serious develops, like an extremely high fever or a stiff neck? You may not know whether to rush to the emergency room, call the doctor, or simpl

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  7. Helping Kids Who Fear Vaccines

    When your young child whimpers at the mention of the word "shot," you probably have mixed feelings. You want your son to be protected by his vaccinations; you just wish that the procedure was pain-free. "Vaccines protect the health and well-being of children, but children don't understand that," say

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  8. Test May Spot Autism in Young Children

    June 26, 2012 -- A noninvasive test that measures and records the brain's electrical activity may reliably detect autism in children as young as age 2, a new study shows. There is currently no objective test to help doctors diagnose autism, a developmental disorder that strikes about 1 in 100 childr

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  9. Food Allergy Reactions in Kids Undertreated

    June 25, 2012 -- Severe allergic reactions are common among young children with food allergies, but nearly two-thirds do not get the emergency treatment they need, a new study shows. To find out how food allergy exposures happen and how often, researchers followed more than 500 kids with allergies t

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  10. High Blood Pressure a Rising Risk for Kids, Teens

    June 18, 2012 -- The number of young people sent to the hospital for high blood pressure rose steeply during a recent 10-year period, according to a new study published online in the journal Hypertension. Hospital stays for Americans ages 18 and under due to high blood pressure nearly doubled from 1

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