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  1. Infant Deaths Spur Video Baby Monitor Recall

    Feb. 11, 2011 -- Two infant strangulation deaths and one close call have led to the recall of 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors. Various monitor brands caused the deaths of seven babies when cords were left too close to kids. This spurred an October 2010 warning from the Consumer Product

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  2. Surgeon General Urges Support for Breastfeeding

    Jan. 20. 2011 -- U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, today announced a ''call to action" to support breastfeeding, asking families, communities, health care systems, and employers to make breastfeeding easier for mothers who wish to do so. ''One of the most highly effective preventive measures

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  3. Baby Fat May Predict Early Obesity

    Dec. 31, 2010 -- Chubbiness in babies may be a sign of good health, but it may also be a warning sign of obesity in early childhood. In a newly published study, babies who weighed the most at the age of 9 months tended to be among the heaviest when they reached age 2. The study is among the first to

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  4. Low Vitamin D in Newborns Linked to Wheezing

    Dec. 27, 2010 -- Infants at age 3 months who had newborn blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D -- a measurement of vitamin D -- below 25 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) were twice as likely to develop respiratory infections as infants who had levels at 75 nmol/L or higher, according to an international s

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  5. Kids’ Behavior Not Linked to Obese Moms-to-Be

    Dec. 27, 2010 -- Previous research has suggested that moms who are overweight or obese before they get pregnant are at risk for having offspring with behavioral such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cognitive problems, but a new study shows this is not the case. The new finding

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  6. Cow Milk Formula Leads to Quicker Weight Gain in Infants

    Dec. 27, 2010 -- Researchers report that infants fed cow milk formula gained more weight more quickly than infants fed protein hydrolysate formulas, which are also known as hypoallergenic formulas meant for babies that have problems digesting certain proteins. The proteins in the formula have alread

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  7. New Insight on Benefits of Breastfeeding

    Dec. 22, 2010 -- Although women have been breastfeeding for generations and groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life, researchers are finally beginning to get a better handle on exactly what makes breast milk uniqu

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  8. Breastfed Kids May Get Higher Test Scores

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- Breastfeeding babies for longer than six months may give them a brain boost that lasts well into their school years, a new study suggests, and this benefit may be particularly important for boys. The study, which was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that 10-year-old

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  9. Increase in SIDS on New Year’s Day

    Dec. 17, 2010 -- New Year’s Day brings a dramatic spike in cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and researchers say New Year’s Eve drinking by caregivers may be to blame. An analysis of almost 130,000 SIDS cases nationwide over more than three decades revealed a 33% increase in deaths on Ne

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  10. Drop-Side Cribs Banned Due to Safety Issues

    Dec. 15, 2010 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is banning cribs with drop-down sides because they have been blamed for the deaths of at least 32 infants since 2001. The announcement from the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who has pushed for such a ban, says new federal crib stan

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