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    1. Computer Time May Be Causing Kids' Nearsightedness

      By Julianne Cuba HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who spend lots of time indoors and on computers and other electronic devices may be raising their risk for nearsightedness, a panel of U.S. ophthalmology experts suggests. The prevalence of Americans with nearsi

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    2. Pot Chemical May Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pill containing cannabidiol (CBD), a key ingredient in marijuana, may reduce seizures for children and young adults with epilepsy, new research suggests. However, the researchers and outside experts agreed that more inves

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    3. Tiny Turtles Carry Salmonella Threat

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although they've been banned as pets in the United States since 1975, small turtles are still causing salmonella infections, mostly in children, researchers report. The turtles, less than 4 inches long, remain popular

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    4. Slight Brain Damage Seen in Youth Post-Concussion

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young children may suffer minor, but lingering, brain damage from a single concussion, a small study suggests. The findings don't prove that a single concussion caused the differences that were revealed in brain scans and

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    5. Child Paralysis Cases Spiked During Virus Outbreak

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have learned more about a "polio-like" mystery illness that has stricken dozens of American children, but its exact cause remains elusive, according to a new report. At least 120 children in 34 states have falle

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    6. Type 1 Diabetes Rising in Kids; Reasons Unknown

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. kids living with type 1 diabetes has increased by almost 60 percent since 2002, and experts are not sure why. Using a national database, researchers found that the prevalence of type 1 diabetes stood at j

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    7. Antibiotics Often Enough for Kids' Appendicitis

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with antibiotics alone can be a safe and effective alternative to surgery for children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis, according to a new study. The study was led by Dr. Peter Minneci and Dr. Katherine

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    8. Bodily Changes May Not Mean 'Precocious' Puberty

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who develop certain signs of puberty at an early age are commonly referred to specialists for an evaluation. But most of the time it's nothing to worry about, says a new report from a leading group of U.S. pediatrici

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    9. This May Explain Down Syndrome Health Problems

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with Down syndrome have long been known to face a higher risk for a range of other illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and immune disorders. Now, a new study has honed in on a possible cause: too much of a spe

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    10. Docs: Screen Kids for Cholesterol, Depression, HIV

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- All kids should be screened for high cholesterol, depression and HIV, with some tests starting as early as age 9, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommends. The guidelines, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, are a

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