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  1. 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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  2. Childhood Head Injuries Can Improve Over Time

    Jan. 24, 2012 -- Serious head injuries in kids can affect development for years, and parents worry their child may never recover fully or get worse. Now, Australian researchers who followed a small group of children for 10 years after head injuries from falls or car accidents have some answers. They

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  3. Only 25% of Children Wear Sunscreen Regularly

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap” may be losing its grip. Despite numerous efforts to encourage people to wear sunscreen, a new study shows only 1 in 4 children regularly uses sunscreen. Researchers say more than half of the children in the study also reported having a sunburn in the pre

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  4. Does Junk Food in Schools Matter?

    Jan. 18, 2012 -- Junk food sales in schools, long blamed for contributing to childhood obesity, do not make a difference overall in the weight of middle school students, according to a new study. The researchers followed more than 19,000 students from grades five through eight in 1,000 private and p

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  5. Exercise Boosts Kids’ Academic Performance

    Jan. 3, 2012 -- Physical activity may help children exercise their brains as well as their bodies. A new review suggests that children who are active in sports or physical activity perform better at school. Researchers say physical activity may enhance children’s brain function and thinking skills b

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  6. Very Early Experiences May Stick in Memory

    Dec. 22, 2011 -- The ability to remember our earliest childhood experiences may be in place sooner than experts thought, according to new research. Some children who played a unique game when they were just 2 years old were able to remember it six years later, the researchers found. Other researcher

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  7. Overweight Children May Be at Risk for Asthma

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- Overweight children may be more likely to develop asthma by the time they go to school, but losing weight early on may counter that risk. A new study shows children who were overweight at ages 1, 4, and 7 were up to twice as likely to have asthma by age 8 as normal-weight children.

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  8. Germs in the School Room

    The average American child has six to 10 colds a year. In fact, children's colds cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness. And every parent knows how easily colds passed to other family members once one child gets sick. What can a parent do? Stopping cold germs where th

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  9. Adult Obesity May Be All in the Family

    Dec. 15, 2011 -- A few years back, a study made headlines by suggesting that weight gain is socially contagious and that people often catch it from their friends. Now, new research finds that these social interactions may have little impact on body weight, and that early-life family dietary habits a

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  10. Obesity Rates Fall Among New York City School Kids

    Dec. 15, 2011 -- Slowly but surely, New York City seems to be making some inroads in its childhood obesity epidemic. New research documents a 5.5% drop in the number of obese children in kindergarten through eighth grade in New York City’s public schools from 2006-2007 to 2010-1011. Since 1970, the

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