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  1. Kids' Post-Virus Paralysis Little Improved

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cluster of 12 Colorado children are suffering muscle weakness and paralysis similar to that caused by polio, and doctors are concerned these cases could be linked to a nationwide outbreak of what's usually a rare res

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  2. Should Vaccination Be a Personal Choice?

    Jan. 29, 2015 -- As a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland continues to spread, a backlash against parents who refuse or delay vaccination for their children has risen to a fever pitch. More and more pediatricians say they are "firing" patients who decide not to vaccinate. On social media, angry pa

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  3. Early Start to Football May Pose Brain Risks

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As football fans prepare to watch the 49th Super Bowl this Sunday, a new study suggests that boys who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 may face a higher risk for neurological deficits as adults. The conce

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  4. 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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  5. Menu Calorie Counts May Mean Healthier Kids' Meals

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents might order fewer calories for their children if menus included calorie counts or information on how much walking would be required to burn off the calories in foods, a new study suggests. The new research also fou

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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