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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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