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  1. A Little Bit of Extra Sleep Pays Off Big for Kids

    Oct. 15, 2012 -- Twenty-seven minutes. That's how much extra sleep a school-aged child needs per night to be brighter and more productive the following day. According to a new study, kids who slept that extra amount each night were less impulsive, less easily distracted, and less likely to have temp

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  2. Bedwetting Might Be Helped With Brain Biofeedback

    Oct. 11, 2012 -- Biofeedback may help children and adults who wet the bed at night, a small new study shows. The study of 11 children and adults treated at the same clinic in Texas found that all had reduced brain activity in a region that’s thought to relate to bladder control. When they were train

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  3. Is Your Cell Phone Toxic?

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- Gadget gurus who just upgraded to the iPhone 5 can feel good about one thing: It’s one of the greenest and least toxic cell phones on the market, according to a new report. Other phones that did well include the Motorola Citrus, which was the least toxic of all the phones tested, the

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  4. Active Video Games Help Some Kids Get Active

    Oct. 1, 2012 -- One type of TV time may actually play a valuable role in the battle against childhood obesity. A new study suggests active video games may help children, especially girls, raise physical activity levels. The results show most teens who play active video games play at moderate or vigo

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  5. Background TV Takes a Toll on Children

    Oct. 1, 2012 -- Most Americans love television. Even when we’re not engrossed in a show, TVs are often on as background noise while we cook, clean, eat, and even sleep.  Now a new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that children are being exposed to more TV than we may think, even if

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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