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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Snoring Tots May Be at Risk for Behavior Problems

    Aug. 13, 2012 -- Preschool-aged kids who snore loudly on a regular basis may be at a greater risk for behavioral problems, a study shows. The behavioral issues include hyperactivity, attention problems, and depression. The study is published in Pediatrics. In the study, 9% of 249 children snored lou

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  5. Asthma Drug Helps Kids Avoid Sleep Apnea Surgery?

    Aug. 7, 2012 -- A new study suggests that a common asthma drug may be able to help children with sleep apnea avoid surgery. Children with obstructive sleep apnea may be tired by day, have trouble paying attention in school, and have other behavioral problems because they are not getting enough quali

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  6. Few U.S. Kids Using Correct Car Safety Restraints

    Aug. 7, 2012 -- When children are passengers in cars, trucks, and vans, low numbers of them are using car safety restraints appropriate for their age group, a new study shows. Researchers also found that many youngsters may be at an increased risk of injury during a motor vehicle accident because th

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  7. Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Sick Kids

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency is common among very sick children, and it is associated with worse outcomes, two new studies show. In both studies, critically ill children deficient in the vitamin were more likely than those with adequate blood levels of vitamin D to be sicker and have longer

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  8. Mom Was Right: Honey Can Calm a Cough

    Aug. 6, 2012 -- Ask any parent: When your little one has a cough, no one gets any sleep. But 2 teaspoons of honey before bedtime may safely relieve your child's coughing and make sure everyone gets their ZZZ's. That's the main message from a new study in September's issue of Pediatrics. Today's pare

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  9. Fitter Kids, Better Grades?

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- Fitter kids do better on school tests according to new research that echoes previous findings. Researcher Sudhish Srikanth, a University of North Texas student, says that fitter middle school students performed better on reading and math tests than their less fit peers. He presented

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  10. Heart Birth Defects May Have Lasting Effect

    July 30, 2012 -- Children born with heart defects need early screening for developmental disorders, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association. But a new review of research from 1966 to 2011 suggests certain types of heart defects may be more problematic in the long run. He

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