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  1. Whooping Cough Risk & Kids Who Miss Vaccinations

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Young children aged 3 months to 36 months who don't get all their doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine on schedule appear to be at increased risk for pertussis -- also known as whooping cough

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  2. 5% of U.S. Kids 'Severely Obese,' Experts Warn

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- While the rate of obesity among U.S. children seems to have leveled off, the number who are "severely obese" continues to rise, according to the American Heart Association. Some 5 percent of children and teens now fall into th

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  3. HPV Vaccination Rates Among Teens Still Lagging

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Not enough teens are getting the vaccine that protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV), and doctors' reluctance to recommend it may be part of the reason why, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Although the teta

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  4. Stomach Bug Vaccine for Infants Protects Community

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccinating babies against rotavirus also protects older children and adults against infection with the stomach bug, a new study shows. Since 2008, the vaccine has prevented up to 50,000 hospitalizations for rotavirus each ye

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  5. Stuttering May Not Cause Emotional Woes in Kids

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers who stutter typically do not suffer emotional or social problems because of it, and even tend to have stronger language skills than their peers, a new study suggests. Researchers said the findings offer reassurance to

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  6. 'Fat Letters' and the Childhood Obesity Debate

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- If their kids are frequently tardy, truant or failing to turn in homework, parents of U.S. schoolchildren expect to be notified. And in some districts, they might be contacted about yet another chronic problem: obesity. The "fat

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  7. Antipsychotic Drugs May Triple Kids' Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic medications such as Seroquel, Abilify and Risperdal can triple a child's risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the first year of usage, according to a new study. Powerful antipsychotics traditionally were

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  8. Plastics Chemicals May Boost Kids' Obesity Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Chemicals used in plastic food wraps and containers could be contributing to childhood diabetes and obesity, two new studies claim. One study links phthalates to increased insulin resistance in children, while another associat

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  9. Kids With Type 1 Diabetes: Insulin Pumps Better?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Devices called insulin pumps may work better at controlling blood sugar in children with type 1 diabetes than insulin injections, a new study finds. They might also cause fewer complications, the Australian researchers said. "Th

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  10. Kindergartners' Soda Intake Linked to Aggression in Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Five-year-olds who drink soda every day may have more behavior problems than kids with soda-free diets, a new study of U.S. children suggests. After looking at nearly 3,000 urban families, the researchers found that 5-year-olds' sc

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