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    1. Less Than Half of U.S. Babies Get Flu Vaccine: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about four out of 10 U.S. babies aged 6 months to 23 months are getting vaccinated against the flu, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Between the 2002-2003 and 2011-2012 flu seasons, the number of infants w

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    2. Stomach Birth Defect Rate Increased Over 2 Decades

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A birth defect involving the stomach called gastroschisis has been increasing among U.S. infants for decades, and more than doubled among young, black mothers over an 18-year period, federal health officials report. Ba

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    3. Newborn Withdrawals Tied to Prenatal Painkillers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More babies are being born with drug withdrawal syndrome, possibly due to increased use of powerful prescription painkillers by pregnant women, according to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. It's

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    4. Infant Delivery, Feeding Can Affect Gut Bacteria

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A vaginal birth and breast-feeding make a notable difference in the bacterial composition of an infant's gut, according to new research. At issue is the gastrointestinal makeup of the microbiome, the collection of microbes ma

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    5. Noisy Electronic Toys and Babies' Verbal Skills

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As parents scramble to find the perfect gifts for their children this Christmas, new research suggests that electronic toys that light up, talk or play music might slow language development in toddlers. These pr

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    6. Skin-to-Skin Contact May Lower Preemie Death Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny newborns who get prolonged skin-to-skin contact with mom while they're in the hospital may have better survival odds, a new review finds. Experts said the analysis, of 124 studies from around the world, confirms the val

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    7. Are Toys and Gadgets Good for Your Baby?

      The toy aisle of the average American retailer is a carnival of lights, color, and sound. Every shelf overflows with gadgets that flash, twirl, beep, spin, and play a symphony of kid-friendly tunes. But before you plunk down $29.99 for a baby light-up cell phone or electric guitar, consider this: Do

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    8. SIDS Risk: More Than 'Sleeping Environment'

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A baby's sleeping environment is not the whole story when it comes to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new analysis affirms. Each year, about 3,500 infants die suddenly in the United States from no obvious

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    9. Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths: Study

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Infant deaths linked to crib bumpers have spiked in recent years in the United States, leading researchers to urge a ban on the padded bedding accessories. Bumper-related crib deaths tripled from 2006 to 2012, compared with

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    10. Breastfeeding May Lower This Risk for Some Women

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests another potential benefit for moms who breast-feed -- a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that breast-feeding for more than two months was linked to around a 50 percent reduction

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