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  1. 1-Sport Focus May Raise Young Athletes' Injury Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes who train intensely for one sport are at greatly increased risk for severe overuse injuries such as stress fractures, a new study finds. For example, children and teens who play a sport for more hours per week th

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  2. Anti-Vaccine Parents Seek Like-Minded Opinions

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Friends and family may be key in parents' decisions on whether to vaccinate their young children, a small study suggests. The study, of about 200 parents, found that those who had opted not to follow the standard vaccine schedule

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  3. Why Parents May Push for Meds Against Doc's Advice

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- When doctors use quick-and-easy disease labels to sum up symptoms of concern in an otherwise healthy infant, parents are more apt to want to treat their child with some type of medication, even if they're told that drugs won't help

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  4. Should Short Boys Take Growth Hormone?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Parents often worry when their child, especially a son, is much shorter than average. But as long as there is no medical cause, parents can rest easy, experts say. Writing in the March 28 New England Journal of Medicine, two pe

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  5. Ready-to-Eat Foods for Toddlers Often Too Salty

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Those convenient, prepackaged meals and snacks for toddlers may contain worrisome levels of salt, U.S. researchers report. More than three quarters of 90 toddler meals evaluated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P

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  6. Norovirus Also Sickens 1 Million U.S. Kids Yearly

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- Norovirus, the infamous stomach bug that's sickened countless cruise ship passengers, also wreaks havoc on land. Each year, many children visit their doctor or an emergency room due to severe vomiting and diarrhea caused by

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  7. Fewer Kids Getting Hurt in Most Sports: Study

    By Carina Storrs HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Football has been blamed for a growing number of injuries among young players in the past decade, but a new study finds that football is an exception, and injuries from most other popular sports have dropped in children. The s

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  8. Parents' Worries About HPV Vaccine on the Rise

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Although experts recommend girls and young women be vaccinated against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, parents seem to be increasingly worried about the vaccine's safety, a new U.S. study shows. Experts say th

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  9. Depression in Kids May Be Tied to Later Heart Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who were depressed as children are more likely to be obese, to smoke and to be sedentary, a new study finds. The findings suggest that depression during childhood can increase the risk of heart problems later in life, acc

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  10. Breastfeeding Might Not Prevent Pre-Teen Obesity

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding has many benefits, but preventing overweight and obesity later in a child's life probably isn't among them, according to a new study. The study included nearly 14,000 children from Belarus whose mothers were inv

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