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  1. Lack of Sleep, Overweight Linked to Kids' Learning Problems

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- Children who are overweight and don't get enough sleep may have a harder time learning, and those with learning difficulties may be at higher risk for obesity and sleep problems, new research suggests. The study found that a child's weight, sleep problems, and ability to learn are al

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  2. Males Aged 11-21 Should Get Gardasil HPV Vaccine

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Boys and men aged 11 to 21 should routinely be offered the Gardasil vaccine for HPV, the human papillomavirus, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today voted. Although HPV vaccination is approved for males as well as females, it has been routinely recommended on

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  3. Survey: Younger Doctors More Skeptical of Vaccines

    Oct. 21, 2011 -- Younger doctors may be slightly more skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of childhood vaccines than older doctors, a new study suggests. Overall, support for childhood vaccination among doctors remains high, however, says Saad Omer, MBBS, PhD, MPH, of Emory University in At

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  4. What’s Behind the Latest Measles Outbreaks?

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Safety concerns about the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine helped fuel a measles outbreak this year in Minnesota. It was the country’s largest measles outbreak since 1996. Research on the outbreak is slated to be presented Saturday at an infectious diseases meeting. From Ja

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  5. Girls More Likely to Get HPV Vaccine When Doctors Recommend It

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Doctors need to recommend the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to help increase the number of girls getting immunized, according to CDC researchers. Two vaccines against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection, were licensed for use in the U.S. in 2006 and 20

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  6. Fear of the Dark

    Jennifer Bianco of Lincoln, R.I., has two kids who are afraid of the dark. Her 6-year-old daughter absolutely must sleep with a blanket to help combat her fear, and her 4-year-old son insists on sleeping with a night-light. Bianco isn’t sure when or why her children developed a fear of the dark, but

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  7. Vaccine Halves Malaria Infections in Young Children

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- An experimental vaccine cut malaria infections in infants and toddlers by about half, a new study shows. "This is remarkable when you consider there has never been a successful vaccine against a human parasite nor obviously against malaria," study researcher Tsiri Agbenyega, princip

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  8. Knee Injuries on the Rise in Young Athletes

    Oct. 17, 2011 -- Young athletes' knees get plenty of wear and tear, and now new research is shedding light on how often this frequently used joint gets injured. Researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found a more than 400% jump in knee injuries in young people treated at this large

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  9. Doctors Not Stressing Follow-Up Plans With Obese Kids

    Oct. 14, 2011 -- More than half of all overweight and obese children are not getting proper follow-up advice from their pediatricians on how they can lose weight and keep it off. The rates of childhood obesity have more than tripled in the past 30 years. Today, one in three American kids and teens a

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  10. Concussions on the Rise for Young Athletes

    Oct. 6, 2011 -- There was about a 60% increase in the estimated number of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) seen among young athletes during the past decade, according to the CDC. In 2001, there were an estimated 153,375 traumatic brain injuries among people from birth to age 19.

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