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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Infant Suffocation Deaths Are Rising

    Jan. 26, 2009 -- Rates of infant mortality due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed have quadrupled since 1984, a new study shows. In the same period, rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) declined, while sudden unexpected infant deaths remained stagnant, shows the study, publis

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  5. Kawasaki Disease: No Link to Travolta Death

    Jan. 5, 2009 -- Jett Travolta's childhood brush with Kawasaki disease is highly unlikely to have caused the seizures that may have led to his death, a Kawasaki expert tells WebMD. Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, died on Jan. 2. The teen, known to have su

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  6. Give Your Baby the Best Start

    From car seats to child gates, and corner bumpers to outlet covers, we take a lot of precautions to protect our children. Here, we tackle the room your baby will spend most of her time in, the nursery, with eight simple recommendations that are important to giving your baby a healthy start in life.

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  7. Breastfeeding Helps Moms Lose Weight

    Dec. 8, 2008 -- Breastfeeding may help new mothers shed the baby weight. A new study examines the relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum weight retention. The study, which looked at data for more than 25,000 women participating in the Danish National Birth Cohort, measured how long women

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  8. FAQ: Melamine in U.S. Baby Formula

    Nov. 26, 2008 -- Tiny "trace" amounts of potentially toxic melamine reportedly detected in U.S.-made infant formula pose little if any risk to kids, experts tell WebMD. Just before Thanksgiving, the Associated Press reported that the FDA had been testing U.S.-made baby formula for melamine. On the F

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  9. Parenthood: Life After Baby

    If you're about to begin maternity leave and looking forward to all the free time you'll have, WebMD is proud to offer you a reality check. Don't count on finishing home improvement projects, catching up on leisure reading, or watching all those programs stored on your TiVo. Here's how new parents r

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  10. Panel Criticizes FDA Bisphenol A Report

    Oct. 29, 2008 -- The controversy over the plastic chemical bisphenol A is heating back up, with a panel of scientists criticizing an FDA draft report on bisphenol A safety. Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is a chemical found in polycarbonate plastic -- including some water bottles and baby bottles --

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