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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Sleep Problems Linked to More Special Ed

    Sept. 4, 2012 -- Young children who snore or have trouble sleeping through the night are more likely to need special education, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than 11,000 children in southwest England. They found that breathing problems during sleep, such as snoring, or problems such

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  6. Can Childhood Obesity Hinder the Brain?

    Sept. 4, 2012 -- A new study shows that children who are overweight or obese may face problems with brain development, especially if they have risk factors for metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of problems that set the stage for diabetes and heart disease.  The risks for metabolic

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  7. 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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  8. Tiny Batteries a Rising Risk for Children

    Aug. 30, 2012 -- Children and batteries are a dangerous and increasingly common combination, according to a new CDC report. In 1998, while battery-related injuries sent 1,900 children to the emergency room, 4,800 cases were reported in 2010. Overall, more than 40,000 children were admitted to ERs na

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  9. Only Children More Likely to Be Overweight

    Aug. 30, 2012 -- Only children may be as much as 50% more likely to be overweight than kids who have siblings, a new study suggests. Even if there is more than one child in the family, the longer the age gaps between siblings, the greater the risk that the first born will be overweight. These findin

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  10. Gallstones in Kids, Teens Linked to Obesity

    Aug. 24, 2012 -- More and more children are being treated for gallstones, and the obesity epidemic may play a role. In a new study, obese children and teens were at least twice as likely to have gallstones as those whose weight was normal or underweight -- and the risk was nearly three to eight time

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