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  1. Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana shouldn't be legalized because of the potential harm it can cause children and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. However, the group's updated policy statement does support the compassionate use of m

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  2. Study: 'Video Feedback' May Help Curb Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A therapy involving "video feedback" -- where parents watch videos of their interactions with their baby -- might help prevent infants at risk for autism from developing the disorder, a new study suggests. The research i

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  3. Vaccine Opponents Often Cluster in Communities

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated appear to be clustered in certain areas, a new study suggests. Among more than 150,000 children in 13 counties in Northern California, the researchers found five clust

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  4. Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids' Health: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- On the days your kids eat pizza, they likely take in more calories, fat and sodium than on other days, a new study found. On any given day in the United States in 2009-10, one in five young children and nearly one in four te

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  5. Neural Tube Defects, Like Spina Bifida, Declining

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal offi

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  6. Vaccine Can Cut Rates of Common Infant Infection

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rotavirus is a relatively common infection of infants and -- especially in poorer countries -- can cause sometimes fatal diarrhea and vomiting. However, a new U.S. study finds that widespread vaccination against rotavirus

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  7. Only 1 Child in Paralysis Outbreak Has Recovered

    Jan. 12, 2015 -- Just one child has fully recovered in 103 confirmed cases of children getting a sudden and mysterious type of acute limb weakness since last August, the CDC says. The agency says it's investigating whether the limb weakness, called acute flaccid myelitis, is linked to the recent out

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  8. Middle School Football May Not Cause Brain Damage

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who play football in middle school don't appear to have any noticeable short-term brain damage from repeated hits to the head, new research suggests. However, one doctor with expertise in pediatric brain injuries

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  9. Long-Term Study Finds Measles Vaccines Safe

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two measles-containing vaccines are safe, according to a new 12-year study. The research included children between the ages of 12 to 23 months. Some youngsters received the combination measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MM

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  10. FDA Investigating Laxative Ingredient's Safety

    Jan. 6, 2015 -- The safety of an ingredient in an adult laxative commonly given to children is being investigated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG 3350) is the active ingredient in Miralax and similar generic products that are given to constipated children,

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