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    1. New Policy Supports Choice for Male Circumcision

      Aug. 27, 2012 -- The nation’s pediatricians are changing their stance on male circumcision, again. This time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says they want parents to know that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its small risks. But they stop short of recommending the surgery, which re

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    2. Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains

      Aug. 20, 2012 -- A new study is raising fresh concerns about the use of general anesthesia in young children. Recent studies have suggested that anesthetic drugs may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but only

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    3. Antibiotic Use in Infants May Raise Obesity Risk

      Aug. 21, 2012 -- Taken together, two new studies point to a potentially new culprit in the obesity epidemic: antibiotic use. Antibiotics, especially when taken by infants less than 6 months old, may shift the balance of bacteria in the gut and may set the stage for obesity. The first study, which ap

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    4. More Moms Breastfeeding

      Aug. 1, 2012 -- The health benefits of breastfeeding are widely publicized, and it seems that this message is gaining traction. A new breastfeeding report card from the CDC shows that more new moms in the U.S. are choosing to breastfeed their babies. Just shy of 77% of moms started breastfeeding in

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    5. FDA Bans BPA in Baby Bottles

      July 17, 2012 -- The FDA today banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and in sippy cups. It's a matter of closing the barn door after the horses have gone: All baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the U.S. are now BPA-free. Because manufacturers have "abandoned" BPA additives in these products, the FD

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    6. A Parent's Guide to Vaccines

      The tears and screaming, as upsetting as they are, are well worth the effort. A simple prick of the skin provides children with lifetime protection against diseases like chickenpox, meningitis, and hepatitis. With a schedule starting at birth and lasting into childhood, millions of kids in the Unite

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    7. Many Babies Healthier in Homes With Dogs

      July 9, 2012 -- Babies in homes with dogs have fewer colds, fewer ear infections, and need fewer antibiotics in their first year of life than babies raised in pet-free homes, Finnish researchers find. Homes with cats are healthier for babies, too, but not to the same extent as those with dogs, note

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    8. Many Moms Don't Meet Their Own Breastfeeding Goals

      June 4, 2012 -- Many moms who want to breastfeed exclusively for three months or longer fall short of meeting this goal, a new study shows. More than 85% of new moms said they intended to breastfeed for three months or longer, but just 32.4% met their mark. The World Health Organization (WHO) and th

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    9. Soy and Cow's Milk-Based Baby Formulas Face Off

      May 29, 2012 -- Soy and cow's milk-based baby formulas may offer similar developmental benefits for baby. But a new study confirms breast milk still is the best. Researchers found no differences in behavioral development, such as language and other thinking-related skills, between infants fed soy fo

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    10. Depressed Moms Disrupt Baby’s Sleep

      April 17, 2012 -- New research provides a unique look at the way a mom's depression can affect her baby's sleep. Researchers watched hours of video of moms as they took care of their babies at bedtime and throughout the night. They found that moms with greater depressive symptoms were more likely to

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