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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Concussions Might Affect Kids and Adults Differently

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- A blow to the head might injure a child’s brain differently than it would an adult’s, a new study shows. On the one hand, that’s good news, researchers say, because the brain damage caused by concussions appears to be less serious in kids than it is for adults. But the study also fo

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  4. Infants May Sleep Better When Vaccinated in Afternoon

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- Scheduling infant immunizations in the afternoon may lead to an increase in the infant's sleep over the next 24 hours. A new study shows that infants who received their vaccinations after 1:30 p.m. were more likely to sleep longer and have a small increase in body temperature in the

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  5. Chickenpox Vaccination of Children Helps Protect Infants, Too

    Nov. 28, 2011 -- Chickenpox infection can be life-threatening for infants who are too young to receive the chickenpox vaccine. The good news is that the routine vaccination of children aged 1 and older has shown spillover benefits for infants. The U.S. began recommending a single dose of the chicken

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  6. Sweets Ban at School Parties May Cut Calorie Overload

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- As childhood obesity rises, more schools have banned parents from bringing baked goods and other sugary treats for class parties. Now a new study suggests those controversial "cupcake crackdowns" may be on the right track. The study shows that kids can eat as many as one-third of al

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  7. Chew on This: Gum May Prevent Ear Infections

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Middle ear infections are common during early childhood, but the simple strategy of chewing gum with the sweetener xylitol just may be an effective way to help prevent them. Based on their review of three studies of healthy children from Finland, researchers found that there is "fai

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  8. Obese Kids Who Lose Weight May Cut Heart Risk, Too

    Nov. 16, 2011 -- When it comes to heart and stroke risk, some of us may be able to leave our childhoods behind. Obese children who manage to get to a healthy weight before they reach adulthood have the same risk for heart disease and other obesity-related diseases as kids who were never overweight,

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  9. High IQ in Childhood May Predict Later Drug Use

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- Brainy kids -- especially girls -- may be more likely to experiment with marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs when they grow up, according to a new report. In the study of close to 8,000 people, those who had high IQs when they were aged 5 and 10 were more likely to use certa

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  10. A Wake-Up Call: All Children Should Be Tested for High Cholesterol

    Nov. 11, 2011 -- When you look at a child, you don't think heart disease. But in a sign of the times -- these obese times -- new guidelines today are urging that all children between the ages of 9 and 11 be screened for high cholesterol. In addition, the guidelines call for the same children to agai

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