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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Overweight Kids Risk High Blood Pressure

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- Children who are overweight compared to their peers are nearly three times more likely to have high blood pressure, a new study shows. The study, published in the journal Hypertension, followed 1,111 school-aged children in Indiana for an average of four years. Twice each year, resea

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  10. More Than 1 in 10 Parents Don't Follow Vaccination Schedule

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- More than 1 in 10 parents of young children don't follow the recommended vaccination schedule, new research shows. They decline some vaccines, delay others, or in other ways tweak the recommendations, the  survey found. The 1 in 10 finding is concerning, says researcher Amanda  Demps

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