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  1. U.S. Kids Growing Fatter Than Canadian Kids

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American kids have a harder time controlling their weight than their counterparts to the north, a new U.S. study indicates. About 17.5 percent of U.S. kids aged 3 to 19 are obese, compared with 13 percent of Canadian ch

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  2. Many Parents Put 'Food Pressure' on Their Kids

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that parents of overweight kids are more likely to restrict their children's food intake -- a potentially bad idea -- if they themselves are carrying extra pounds. By contrast, mothers and fathers are m

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  3. Low Blood Sugar at Birth Linked to Test Scores

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who experience a brief drop in blood sugar right after birth may have a harder time with reading and math when they go to school, a new study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,400 fourth-graders, found that kids who h

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  4. CT Scan Use in Kids Fell Over Past Decade

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children are receiving fewer CT scans now than a decade ago, dovetailing with a move to radiation-free MRI scans and ultrasounds, a recent study shows. Though several reasons might explain the shift, the study's lead author,

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  5. NFL Study Suggests Preteen Football May Harm Brain

    By Emily Willingham HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Playing tackle football before the age of 12 may be linked to brain changes seen in pro football players who developed memory and thinking problems later in life, new research suggests. "It makes sense that children, wh

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  6. Vocabulary at 2 May Predict Kindergarten Success

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with a larger speaking vocabulary at age 2 are better prepared for kindergarten, a new study shows. And prior research has shown that kids who function better in kindergarten have greater social and educational o

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  7. Survey: More Parents Accepting Vaccine Use

    Aug. 17, 2015 -- Fewer parents may be refusing to vaccinate their children, especially in western states, which have had some of the nation’s highest refusal rates, according to new survey data from Medscape. Forty-two percent of health care professionals said they believed more parents are acceptin

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  8. FDA OKs OxyContin for Some Children

    Aug. 13, 2015 -- The FDA has approved the use of OxyContin in children ages 11 to 16 with severe pain, the agency says on its web site. The child’s pain must be severe enough to require around-the-clock, long-term treatment and not managed well by other treatments. OxyContin is the brand name for a

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  9. Vaccine Sharply Curbs Chickenpox Cases in U.S.

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox cases in the United States have dropped sharply since a vaccine against the disease became available in 1995, a new study shows. Also, hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued to fa

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  10. Old Electronics: Source of Lead Exposure in Kids?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Working with old or recycled electronics may increase your children's risk for lead poisoning, an expert warns. Lead poisoning in two Ohio toddlers was traced back to their father, who worked at an e-scrap recyclin

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