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  1. Sense of Humor Starts Early in Children

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- It may come as no surprise to parents of funny kids, but a new study shows children’s sense of humor starts developing early. Researchers found the same parts of the brain that respond to humor in adults are active in children as young as 6 years old. But the circuitry within the br

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  2. 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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  3. Study: Constipation May Cause Bed-wetting

    Jan. 30, 2012 -- A surprising new study suggests that for many children who wet the bed, the cause may start with their bowels and not their bladders. Undiagnosed constipation appeared to be a frequent contributor to bed-wetting among the children who took part in the research. When these children w

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  4. Study Links Cadmium Exposure to Learning Disabilities in Kids

    Jan. 27, 2012 -- Children with high levels of the heavy metal cadmium in their urine may be more likely to have learning disabilities and/or need special education, a new study shows. Cadmium occurs naturally in some soils. Children are most likely to be exposed to it through food such as grains and

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