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  1. Rotavirus Vaccine Not Linked to Risk of Intestinal Disorder

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- Despite studies showing that the rotavirus vaccine can reduce the number of children hospitalized for severe diarrhea, some U.S. doctors are slow to embrace it for fear that this vaccine may increase an infant’s risk of a life-threatening bowel blockage (intussusception). It’s a case

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  2. Teens Exposed to Less Secondhand Smoke in Cars

    Feb. 6, 2012 -- Secondhand smoke exposure in cars declined among U.S. middle and high school students between 2000 and 2009. The number of young people who reported riding in a car with someone who was smoking cigarettes "within the past seven days" during the study period fell from about 48% to nea

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  3. Fiber-Rich Sack Lunches to Help Ease Constipation

    Most kids don’t get enough fiber in their daily diet -- and that can lead to a host of digestive problems, the most obvious of which is constipation. Fiber doesn’t get digested by the human body, so it moves through your digestive tract and cleans up the pipes -- allowing a smoother, easier passage

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  4. A Nutritionist Speaks: How to Promote Your Child’s Digestive Health

    If there’s anyone in the world who focuses almost as much attention on our children’s diets as parents do, it’s the dietitians who help parents deal with kids’ digestive problems. If you’re wondering how to set your child up for good digestive health now and later on, ask a dietitian. There’s a very

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  5. Kids Who Feel Left Out Are Less Active

    Feb. 6, 2012 -- Children who feel left out, even for a little while, may be less active. A new study shows that kids who are ostracized by other children are more likely to choose non-active pastimes over physical ones. The results showed that children who were excluded during an online computer gam

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  6. First Drug to Target Cause of Cystic Fibrosis Approved

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- Kalydeco, the first drug that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), today gained FDA approval. Only 4% of CF patients -- about 1,200 people in the U.S. -- have the specific genetic defect that Kalydeco treats. However, early results from ongoing clinical studies sugge

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  7. Sense of Humor Starts Early in Children

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- It may come as no surprise to parents of funny kids, but a new study shows children’s sense of humor starts developing early. Researchers found the same parts of the brain that respond to humor in adults are active in children as young as 6 years old. But the circuitry within the br

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  8. Study: Constipation May Cause Bed-wetting

    Jan. 30, 2012 -- A surprising new study suggests that for many children who wet the bed, the cause may start with their bowels and not their bladders. Undiagnosed constipation appeared to be a frequent contributor to bed-wetting among the children who took part in the research. When these children w

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  9. Study Links Cadmium Exposure to Learning Disabilities in Kids

    Jan. 27, 2012 -- Children with high levels of the heavy metal cadmium in their urine may be more likely to have learning disabilities and/or need special education, a new study shows. Cadmium occurs naturally in some soils. Children are most likely to be exposed to it through food such as grains and

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  10. Environmental Chemicals May Thwart Kids' Vaccines

    Jan. 24, 2012 -- Routine vaccines may not work as well in children with elevated blood levels of chemicals called PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), according to a new study. PFCs are widely found in consumer goods such as food packaging, stain-resistant carpeting, and other products. In the new study

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