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  1. Trendy Baby Names Tend to Fade Fast

    May 4, 2009 -- Naming your newborn after a rising star may make you coddle and coo, yet such "monikers of the moment" fade a lot faster than they appear. Names deep rooted in culture, however, stick around much longer. So say Jonah Berger and Gael Le Mens, who sifted through more than 100 years of i

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  2. Breastfeeding Cuts Moms' Heart Risk

    April 21, 2009 -- Breastfeeding cuts a woman's risk of heart disease and diabetes long after her infant has grown up, new data strongly suggest. Pregnancy increases a woman's risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. But breastfeeding cancels out this risk, says Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, assista

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  3. Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Infant Formula

    April 3, 2009 -- CDC scientists have found a chemical called perchlorate in samples of powdered infant formula. Perchlorate occurs naturally in the environment; it's also made for use in rocket propellant, explosives, fireworks, and road flares. Perchlorate has been found in drinking water in some a

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  4. Baby's Weight Gain Tied to Later Obesity

    March 30, 2009 -- Babies who gain weight quickly in the first six months of life may be more likely to be obese by age 3, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that rapid changes in weight during infancy increase children's risk of later obesity," says researcher Elsie Taveras, MD,

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  5. Getting the Baby Shower You Want

    The most uncomfortable baby shower Tina Haller remembers attending was one hosted by the expectant mother's mom. "It was obvious the mom-to-be didn't want to play baby shower games and she kept saying, 'I told my mom I didn't want to this,'" says Haller, a mother in Nevada City, Calif. "It was bad f

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  6. Fall Risk Prompts High Chair Recall

    March 25, 2009 -- Fisher-Price is recalling about 24,000 of its 3-in-1 High Chair to Boosters, which convert from a high chair to a toddler booster seat, because of a fall risk. The seat can fall backward from the high chair frame if the booster-seat release is unlatched while the child is in the pr

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  7. Report: Toxins Common in Baby Products

    March 12, 2009 -- You aren’t likely to see the chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane listed on the labels of baby bath products, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, a consumer group is warning. More than half of children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products tested

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  8. Baby Bottle Makers Ditch BPA

    March 6, 2009 -- The top six makers of baby bottles in the U.S. have agreed to stop using the polycarbonate plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their bottles. Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced that news yesterday. The six bottle makers who agreed to stop using BPA are Ave

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  9. RSV: Winter Virus Common Cause of Illness

    Feb. 4, 2009 -- More than 2 million young children require medical treatment for respiratory syncytial virus every year, yet most never receive a confirmed diagnosis, new research shows. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infection in people of all ages, but young infants and children are e

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  10. Bisphenol A May Linger in Body

    Jan. 28, 2009 -- The plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) doesn't leave the body as easily as previously thought, a new study suggests. BPA is everywhere: in PVC pipe, in polycarbonate drink containers, in the plastic that lines food and soft-drink cans, and even in dental sealants. It's also in our

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