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  1. Test for Newborns Detects Blood Disorder

    Dec. 8, 2009 -- An inexpensive new newborn screening method can detect a rare blood disorder that affects the immune system and causes life-threatening complications if left untreated. A new study shows testing of newborn DNA extracted from dried blood spots on newborn blood screening cards was able

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  2. Not All Parents Put Babies to Sleep on Back

    Dec. 7, 2009 -- Despite warnings that it is safest to place a baby to sleep on his or her back, the number of caregivers doing so has not increased in recent years, according to a new report.   The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's "Back to Sleep" campaign began in 1994 afte

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  3. Aluminum Can Tabs Still Pose Health Risks

    Nov. 30, 2009 (Chicago) -- The aluminum can manufacturers' move to make the tabs on cans harder to ingest is apparently too easy to swallow. The so-called stay-tabs were developed to prevent accidental ingestion of the pull-tabs that preceded them. But young people are still swallowing them, says La

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  4. Increase in Babies Born With Down Syndrome

    Nov. 30, 2009 -- The prevalence of infants born with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent years, new research indicates. Reporting in the Nov. 30 issue of Pediatrics, scientists say the prevalence of live born infants with Down syndrome increased by 31% between 1979 and 2003, from 9 to

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  5. 2.2 Million Drop-Side Cribs Recalled

    Nov. 24, 2009 -- After four U.S. infants died while trapped in the cribs, 2.2 million drop-side cribs made by Stork Craft -- including 147,000 with the Fisher-Price logo -- have been recalled. It's far from the first time that child entrapment has led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to r

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  6. 1 Million Maclaren Baby Strollers Recalled

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- Maclaren USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of "about a million" Maclaren baby strollers because of the risk of fingertip amputation. Maclaren USA has gotten 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller's hinge mechanism,

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  7. Newborns' Cries Reflect Parents' Language

    Nov. 5, 2009 -- The cries of infants as young as three days old already reflect the language their parents speak, according to a new study that compared the newborn cries of French-born and German-born children. It's well known by experts that parental voices, especially a mother's, are perceived in

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  8. FDA OKs Sabril to Treat Infantile Spasms

    Aug. 21, 2009 -- The FDA announced that it has approved the drug Sabril to treat infantile spasms in children ages 1 month to 2 years and to help treat complex partial seizures in adults. Sabril Oral Solution is the first drug approved in the U.S. to treat infantile spasms, a severe type of seizure

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  9. Teethers Recalled Because of Bacteria Risk

    July 20, 2009 -- Luv N' Care Ltd. of Monroe, La., is voluntarily recalling its gel-filled teethers with the brand names "Nuby," "Cottontails," and "Playschool" due to possible bacterial contamination of the gel inside the teethers. The FDA found Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans bacteria in t

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  10. TV Reduces Young Kids' Language Skills

    June 3, 2009 -- Having a television on within earshot of an infant or young child may interfere with their language development by stifling parent-child interaction and conversation. A new study shows that for every hour spent within earshot of a television, fewer words are spoken by parents to thei

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