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  1. Genes Pinpointed for Common Childhood Obesity

    April 8, 2012 -- An international team of researchers says they've found at least two new gene markers that appear to increase the risk for common childhood obesity. Little is known about the gene markers, which sit on chromosomes 13 and 17. But they are positioned close to and within genes that are

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  2. Make Weight Loss a Family Affair

    April 6, 2012 -- Want to get your overweight child to lose weight, but don't know how? Do the same thing yourself. This is the main finding from a new study of 80 overweight or obese children and their parents. When parents lost weight, their kids did, too. For each one unit decrease in the parent's

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  3. No Rise in Seizure Risk With MMRV Booster Shot

    April 2, 2012 -- There is little to no risk that the four-in-one measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox vaccine (MMRV) causes fever-related seizures in children 4 to 6 years old, a new CDC-funded study confirms. In the U.S. parents can decide to give their child the four-in-one combination MMRV vaccine (m

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  4. Home Remedies for Children's Colds and Flu

    Winter may mean snow, sleds, and outdoor fun for children -- but it can also mean colds, sore throats, fever, and flu. When winter ills strike, soothe symptoms with these simple home treatments. There are over 200 cold viruses ready to lay your family low with nasal congestion, sore throat, and coug

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  5. Your Child: Too Sick for School?

    A sniffle. A cough. A sore throat. Children come down with illnesses big and small. Some are contagious, some are not. How do you know when to keep your child home from school? To know whether your child should stay home from school, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these three

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  6. Controlling Contagious Infections in Children

    It's easy to say to say, "keep the children home," when illness strikes. The problem is, kids can be exposed to and spread an infection before symptoms appear. That's why it helps to recognize and prevent common illnesses that plague children, including flu, pink eye, and gastroenteritis. These tips

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  7. Expert Q&A: Childhood Vaccine Safety

    For parents, childhood vaccines are a source of reassurance -- protecting your child against disease naturally helps you sleep better at night -- but also anxiety about side effects and reactions. With misinformation about vaccines and health problems, it can be difficult for a parent to sort it all

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  8. Medication Leading Cause of Child Poisoning in U.S.

    March 20, 2012 -- When children have access to a parent, sibling, or grandparent's medicines, it can be an accident waiting to happen, a new report shows. A young child's instinct to put things in their mouth (including colorful-looking pills) or a kid's natural curiosity may kick in. Both of these

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  9. Bedwetting: Answers to Parents’ 6 Top Questions

    Parents share secrets and strategies with each other about how to deal with fussy eaters, colicky infants, and tantrum throwers. But bedwetters? The problem of bedwetting is still shrouded in embarrassment, despite the fact that it's very common. As a matter of fact, one in five 5-year-olds is a bed

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  10. Schools Can Say No to 'Pink Slime' Ground Beef

    March 16, 2012 -- “Pink slime” may soon be off the menu at many schools. The USDA says it will offer school lunch program participants a choice between purchasing ground beef with or without the controversial product known as “lean finely textured beef” by the meat industry and “pink slime” by its o

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