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  1. Study: Even Some Vigorous Activity Boosts Kids’ Heart Health

    Feb. 14, 2012 -- Kids who exercise vigorously for more than 30 minutes a day may be at lower risk of heart disease than their peers who don’t break a sweat quite as often. This is true regardless of how much time the kids spent sitting on the couch. Kids who exercised at a moderate or vigorous pace

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  2. Kids' Lack of Sleep: Nothing New About Blaming It on Modern Life

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- It is a common complaint of our modern age that kids and teens don’t get enough sleep. Video games, TV, social media, and other trappings of our increasingly tech-centric lives are often blamed, but a new study shows that long before Facebook or PlayStation 3, kids were sleeping les

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  3. Brain Development Harmed in Mistreated Kids

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- A new study shows that the stress of child abuse appears to shrink a key region of the brain that regulates emotion, memory, and learning. The finding may help explain why mistreated kids often experience lasting mental problems like depression and other psychiatric disorders. The s

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  4. FDA Approves No-Comb Treatment for Head Lice

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- The FDA today approved Sklice, a no-comb, 10-minute treatment for head lice. The announcement comes from Sanofi Pasteur U.S., which last year acquired the developer of the treatment, Topaz Pharmaceuticals. Sklice is a prescription topical (on-the-skin) lotion containing a 0.5% soluti

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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