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  1. Sweets Ban at School Parties May Cut Calorie Overload

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- As childhood obesity rises, more schools have banned parents from bringing baked goods and other sugary treats for class parties. Now a new study suggests those controversial "cupcake crackdowns" may be on the right track. The study shows that kids can eat as many as one-third of al

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  2. Chew on This: Gum May Prevent Ear Infections

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Middle ear infections are common during early childhood, but the simple strategy of chewing gum with the sweetener xylitol just may be an effective way to help prevent them. Based on their review of three studies of healthy children from Finland, researchers found that there is "fai

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  3. Obese Kids Who Lose Weight May Cut Heart Risk, Too

    Nov. 16, 2011 -- When it comes to heart and stroke risk, some of us may be able to leave our childhoods behind. Obese children who manage to get to a healthy weight before they reach adulthood have the same risk for heart disease and other obesity-related diseases as kids who were never overweight,

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  4. High IQ in Childhood May Predict Later Drug Use

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- Brainy kids -- especially girls -- may be more likely to experiment with marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs when they grow up, according to a new report. In the study of close to 8,000 people, those who had high IQs when they were aged 5 and 10 were more likely to use certa

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  5. A Wake-Up Call: All Children Should Be Tested for High Cholesterol

    Nov. 11, 2011 -- When you look at a child, you don't think heart disease. But in a sign of the times -- these obese times -- new guidelines today are urging that all children between the ages of 9 and 11 be screened for high cholesterol. In addition, the guidelines call for the same children to agai

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  6. Lack of Sleep, Overweight Linked to Kids' Learning Problems

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- Children who are overweight and don't get enough sleep may have a harder time learning, and those with learning difficulties may be at higher risk for obesity and sleep problems, new research suggests. The study found that a child's weight, sleep problems, and ability to learn are al

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  7. Males Aged 11-21 Should Get Gardasil HPV Vaccine

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Boys and men aged 11 to 21 should routinely be offered the Gardasil vaccine for HPV, the human papillomavirus, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today voted. Although HPV vaccination is approved for males as well as females, it has been routinely recommended on

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  8. Survey: Younger Doctors More Skeptical of Vaccines

    Oct. 21, 2011 -- Younger doctors may be slightly more skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of childhood vaccines than older doctors, a new study suggests. Overall, support for childhood vaccination among doctors remains high, however, says Saad Omer, MBBS, PhD, MPH, of Emory University in At

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  9. Girls More Likely to Get HPV Vaccine When Doctors Recommend It

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Doctors need to recommend the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to help increase the number of girls getting immunized, according to CDC researchers. Two vaccines against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection, were licensed for use in the U.S. in 2006 and 20

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  10. What’s Behind the Latest Measles Outbreaks?

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Safety concerns about the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine helped fuel a measles outbreak this year in Minnesota. It was the country’s largest measles outbreak since 1996. Research on the outbreak is slated to be presented Saturday at an infectious diseases meeting. From Ja

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