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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Kids' Prescription Drug Trends: What's Up, Down

    June 18, 2012 -- Children and teens got fewer prescriptions in 2010 than they did in 2002 -- but what they got changed. Overall, the number of prescriptions dispensed for children and teens was down 7% during that time, according to the new study, published in Pediatrics. When the researchers, from

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  8. Study: Self-Injury Common in Grade School

    June 11, 2012 -- Self-injury is a common emotional disorder among teens and young adults, and now new research confirms that young children also injure themselves on purpose. In one of the first studies ever to assess self-injury rates among children as young as age 7, close to 7% of 3rd grade girls

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  9. Friends Influence How Active Kids Are

    May 28, 2012 -- Kids who like to be active can influence others to do the same, or at least that's what new research finds. Children in social groups that included others who were physically active were six times more likely to be physically active themselves in a study published today in the journa

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  10. C. diff on Rise in Kids -- and Outside Hospital

    May 21, 2012 -- The potentially deadly diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is spreading among children in the community, a new study shows. "The typical person with C. difficile is thought of as being older, taking antibiotics, and in the hospital. For the first time, we are describing a

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