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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Are Kindergarten Kids Getting Their Vaccines?

    Aug. 23, 2012 -- Most kindergartners are up to date with their vaccines, but federal immunization goals nevertheless remain unmet, the CDC says. According to a CDC report, the average number of kids who have been vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella is 94.8%. Health officials have set their ta

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  7. Father’s Age Linked to Autism

    Aug. 22, 2012 -- The father’s age may matter more than the mother’s when it comes to the risk of some disorders like autism in children.  A new study shows the number of “de novo” or new genetic mutations passed to children increases with every year of the father’s age at the time of conception. And

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  8. X-Rays, Scans, Radiation, and Kids

    When a child is ill or injured, you want your child to get whatever medical tests are needed, as soon as possible. But when it comes to imaging tests -- such as X-rays, PET scans, and CT scans -- the key word is "needed." Those tests use radiation that, if exposed to often enough, has been linked to

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  9. FDA: Codeine May Be Risky for Kids After Surgery

    Aug. 15, 2012 -- The FDA today issued a warning about the risks of prescription pain relievers with codeine in children. The drugs are often given to treat pain after surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids. The FDA codeine warning comes after three children died and one had a life-threatening rea

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  10. School Food Laws Help Kids Lose Weight

    Aug. 13, 2012 -- As children get ready to head back to school, a new study shows that state laws about foods sold at schools may affect kids' weight. The study, published in Pediatrics, shows that children are less likely to become or remain overweight if they live in states that have laws limiting

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